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02/09/2010 at 14:10

yeah I knew someone out on UTMB - if there was a landslide though I would think they don't have much choice but to pull it. I guess if you've been training for something for a year though you'd just want to get out there. MdS nearly got cancelled in 2009 I think due to rain!

Hmmm...eagle isle does sound just lovely....

07/09/2010 at 08:46

Marathon went well on sunday...I think probably the most 'comfortable' 26 miles i've completed which has helped my confidence. I'd run 10 miles on the Saturday as well so not a bad weekend. I've got three training weekends now til the atlantic coastal so next couple of weeks will just be a bit of run walking with the pack out on the north downs I think. Picking up the bike today so probably go for bike on the saturday, long run on the sunday.

I'm toying with going on a training camp in spain in feb next year - about a month before the MdS. Anyone got any thoughts on the worth of these things? They're not cheap but I would like to try and get some warm weather work in. Thought appreciated ultra gurus!

07/09/2010 at 09:10

bp..de went on one in the algarve and had a great time i think

i think getting away anywhere to indulge yourself in running can only be good..just make sure it'll be worth it for you as you're no newbie anymore

07/09/2010 at 12:46

BP - CD is right, been on a few with these guys http://www.209events.com/event.php?event=14. Its not while nearly mid-March but thoroughly enjoyed. Laid back, quiet location, most people there are either on the camp or doing similarly active activities (one year lots of international ladies football teams competing in some kind of european or world champs). Most days usually a led morning easy run on road/trail/beach AM and then some kind of harder work in the PM (hill reps, track reps, etc...). And a long run on Sunday. As the blurb suggests you have advisors with plenty of honours between them (e.g. Mike Gratton, Bruce Tulloh, Paul Evans). Very motivating.

The resort is built around a track and there are plenty of places for road or trail runs though for reall hilly stuff you'd need to head for the hills mountains slightly north. There is also a XC course which has been used for international events in the past. Plenty of apres run stuff, cafes, restaurants, bars for nights, all pretty laid back. I suppose you could probably just book in a hotel there and use the local facilites anytime. But I quite enjoyed the training camp mood.

07/09/2010 at 13:12

youre so lavish de

07/09/2010 at 13:41

the one I'm looking at is in andalucia and targetted at MdS participants so you get a camp out and some off road stuff which looks fabulous plus kit advice etc....I can see I'm talking myself into this!

seren nos    pirate
07/09/2010 at 14:20

Doing the pumlumon challenge this weekend...........27 miles 5500ft ascent.............

has anyone done it before..........I haven't got the OS maps of the area and so will have to rely on the organisers maps and instructions.anyone got any idea how easy/hard that is??

I think we will be too slow for the runners so will be starting with the walkers..........so with our walk/ run strategy we might be out in front for a few hours  and so can't even  look for others to support our navigation

seren nos    pirate
07/09/2010 at 14:52
Thanks FR     At least I will have company as OH and son are making up the team.........so will be good to have time to talk...........just don't want to get lost too many times and add on the mileage..........
seren nos    pirate
07/09/2010 at 14:54
I'm actually looking forward to seeing the proper fast runners going past us..........in a race you never get to see them.but as they will be bombing past at some stage I can watch and admire
07/09/2010 at 15:44

sn - L100 had that novelty for me, the leaders, then thefast then the steadier 50'ers alll passing me in my stiff legged hobble from 60m onwards  motivating at first, but eventually a little tiresome.

BP/FR - Yes Algarve is more focused on road marathon, especially as its in March prior to London. Good for me as a novice to learn and just a nice getaway. I don't like sunlounger holidays but do like temps of near 20c in March. I've started to feel why have a summer hol abroad when its at least warm in UK, go when its "baltic" and snowing here and 15-20c abroad feels like an oven! Probably not so good for ultra'ists stage marathon runners, wrong focus, not hardcore enough

FR - Sounds a good business, if you need any help setting up your training camp and to spend the money, I have some IT skills so we could setup a lavish website, and CD is pretty good for some good glossy pics of great british scenery 

And I'm with you on preferring cooler temps - I can't see myself doing MdS anytime soon, but useful to build in some heat resilience if your training through winter for a spring adventure in the UK?

07/09/2010 at 17:00

i'll do it all for lavish amounts of dosh

we had an idea of running people across britain on the c2c..then we said like you 'nah'..but then we said 'what if it were just for really good looking fit (physically) women...ticks every box if you ask me

07/09/2010 at 19:51

Well, I've got through a couple of ultras in the last 10 days or so.  Both disastrous in different respects.  

The first one in that I had the new experience of being the back marker and the RO ringing me to ask if I was going to make it.  (In the event I came in 4 minutes before the cut off.)  The second one because it now transpires I missed a mile out, failing to do a dog-leg down a road, round a cone, and back on the other side.  There was no marshal at that point (about the 45-mile marker) and I had no idea I was supposed to do that.  Not something you like finding out after the euphoria of actually finishing a hard event.  Some one at the end of this one (a road race) commented how hard he found the 8 miles of loose chippings.  Loose chippings???  I didn't even notice them.  There's tougher terrain than loose chippings out there to be enjoyed!!

C'est la vie.

07/09/2010 at 20:57

hey t rex! yippee and welcome home

hope you're ok and recovered?

must say not a race goes by you've entered without a great tale to tell.

hang around

fling entries open..have you? have you?

07/09/2010 at 21:16
Cheers, cd.  I've recovered fine.  Yes, I'm up for another Fling.  I'll be in the 0600 start .  I think there's going to be a lot of takers from the SNOD thread for it as well.  We must round them all up.
07/09/2010 at 21:27

Hi, Fellrunner.  Think you're having a little wind-up there, my friend.  In road events you generally rely on marshals to indicate where you're going otherwise, well, you don't know where you're going, do you?  It wasn't self navigate.

The Housman 100 is something I intend to spend a lot of time preparing for and I hope to recce the night section.  Might even go on the marshals' walk.  That said, I am expecting an adventure as well with the odd unscheduled situation happening.

07/09/2010 at 21:28

great stuff t rex..that race has a powerful draw to it..not my favourite route but i love the event..the finish is the best ever..get them enrolled!

fr..no offence..but looks like a bunch of xxxxx's to me

lets get the banter going

tomorrow..im off to bed..see you all at 5am???

07/09/2010 at 22:26

Also hope to do the Houseman, will be a new part of UK to run for me. My only target for it is not to break anything!

t-rex - Sorry to hear about the missed bit at weekend. In the scheme of things I wouldn't let it bother you ... shrewd nav

I get the general pont about training camps, but will have to agree to disagree re. Algarve one, plenty of good trails in that area to satisfy me. A little luxury never hurt anybody

...now will I be allowed the last word on that one

07/09/2010 at 22:30
Saved some dosh on the house insurance. Just about enough for next pair of trail shoes and a few pairs of cheap socks - can't beat free stuff
08/09/2010 at 00:07

Almost recovered from the Bullock Smithy on Saturday. What a great race that is. Looking forward to next year already.

Few days off running then back ready for the HP40 hopefully.

Loved the four trigs traipse CD. Definitely one to do.

08/09/2010 at 05:52

sp..good to hear from you. see your times on bs are getting better...hope to see you at hp40 but the jury's still out for me..but if we do fancy a jar after?

de..i could do that camp . i love the algarve. off there in 5 weeks. cant wait. what shoes are you getting?

fr..do you mean the last 400m and different finish area? less of a walk to the cafe yes? i loved the pipers last year, hope they'll be back.

tbh..i have my running sidekick so with him in tow, a map, and a bit of gun ho running can't get any better for me

is that the time? slept in..off out we go..catch you later!

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