Before my ultra marathon running even got started it seems as though its coming to an end Various problems. I am off to have some MRI scans and various other bits done. Perhaps it will turn out ok and I can carry on. However, it may seem like a silly question. Are ultra marathon events open to walkers? I know I can easily tab whatever distance I want and this could be a genuine back up plan if its allowed?. If not does anybody know of any clubs or organisations that hold such events. Essentially I want to test myself and I want to do something pretty daft over long distances and if my body says it can't run then I shall walk at a decent pace instead.
Oh and I don't mean the type of walking like you see in the olympics. I mean boots on bergen on and off you go!
Thanks in advance
I have a friend who does LDWA events with his wife and dogs, stopping at every possible opportunity for a bite to eat, a scenic photo opportunity, a cup of tea, or a natter with the marshals. They're not particularly competitive and treat it more as a social outing. I think every event has a mixture of abilities and some people at the front who are very competitive, but they're in a minority.
Sounds to me like you'd love the LDWA events actually!
I have never encountered any ultra, where it is stipulated that entrants must walk part of the event. The only question is whether you can walk round within the cut off times.
Elite power walkers routinely take on ultra distance events. For many years it was assumed that it was impossible to walk round the Lakeland Trail 100 within the cut off times, but the British Champion recently proved otherwise. In the Thames Path 100 yesterday, one of my friends injured her knee 15 miles into the race, and power walked round the course in 25 hours.
I would submit that even within ultras that are conventionally only undertaken by runners, there are plenty of possibilities for you.
Thanks guys, sounds quite promising. i have just dropped my local LDWA group an email and waiting to hear back from them. Thats what I thought Ben, the cut off times play a big part but its quite understadable why they do them.
I understand the whole socail outing thing but I do have a competitive streak in me They got a 30miler this coming April near to me. I might book myself on it. I mean 8quid aint bad and see how I get on. But hopefully between now and then i'll have an idea whether running is going to be a possibility or not for me.
TheVicar, have a look at the Dukeries Ultra Home - Dukeries Events they have got a 30 mile walk as well as a 40 mile run .
The Jurassic Coast Challenge is open to walkers
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