wannabe ultra runner?

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08/10/2012 at 12:20

Well, with the exception of WiB, looks as though there'll be a good contingent of us at WT! Let's hope we don't get snowed off.  WiB, we will of course be eating cakes in your honour.

Giants Head is two weeks after SDW, so might be a bit close for comfort. I'm in two minds myself, as I have the Enigma Summer Running festival the week after and I reckon I will need fresh legs for that.  I do like the medal though.  I know a couple of people running, not sure whether they are on the RW or Fetch teams. 



08/10/2012 at 13:22

That recce is a good bit of the course Debra. Softer underfoot than the rest and plenty of climbing and descending, you are guaranteed to get wet though. I was aiming to get over that section before dark this year and managed it with a 5 hour effort. I would say it is possibly the toughest section of the course but not by much!

I am partial to a bit of ginger cake if any is available and someone wants to have some on my behalf that would be great I will still be in post SDW100 mode so possibly eating a fair bit of cake myself too

08/10/2012 at 13:27

WiB. Oh wonderful! Just what I need. Seriously, I'm still deciding whether or not to do that one. It's part of the 100 route, so it's not necessary for me as a recce per se. I'm wondering whether I might be better spending a weekend on parts of the 50 course?

And having entered Winter Tanners, I now find myself eying the two-day Pilgrim Challenge just two weeks later...

08/10/2012 at 13:30

WiB, I shall personally ensure that some ginger cake (if available) is consumed on your behalf.

08/10/2012 at 13:50

Well it is a good run, I enjoy that section. Navigation wise there are a couple of potentially tricky areas which will obviously not be relevent to you on the day and you are not short of plenty of hills in the 50 route either so you wouldn't be missing out on that if you didn't do it and settled for some of the 50 route instead. 

I am in for the 50 as well, I know the course but will still head up to familiarise myself with it about May/June time.

Rosemary - That is very kind of you!

Edited: 08/10/2012 at 13:50
08/10/2012 at 14:41

Debs , im doing winter tanner 30 and 2 weeks after i am doing thames trot 50-so you wont be alone in feeling the pain as you do another 2 weeks later in for  a penny .......

08/10/2012 at 14:42

Rosemary!!! i think we were the first 3 in this morning for WT!!

08/10/2012 at 14:55

I was 5th, so slightly behind you and Rocker.  I am also a glutton for punishment and will be doing the Quadzilla on 7/8/9/10 February.

08/10/2012 at 15:44
I like my ginger cake with custard
08/10/2012 at 15:59

Thames trot is Feb 2nd....if its frozen over i can take my ice skates Rosemary

08/10/2012 at 16:06

It wont be frozen where I am racing on Feb 2nd

Edited: 08/10/2012 at 16:06
08/10/2012 at 16:08
WiB wrote (see)

It wont be frozen where I am racing on Feb 2nd

Nobody likes a smart ass.....

08/10/2012 at 16:10

08/10/2012 at 17:05

Ooh no, by 'eck, if the ginger cake is hot it needs ice-cream, so you have that whole hot-cold melty thing happening.

08/10/2012 at 17:36
WiB wrote (see)

It wont be frozen where I am racing on Feb 2nd

we KNOW!!!!!

if i wear my sunglasses at Thamestrot i can try and pretend underneath my 5  base layers that i still have a suntan and i am warm

08/10/2012 at 17:37
Rosemary Close 4 wrote (see)

Ooh no, by 'eck, if the ginger cake is hot it needs ice-cream, so you have that whole hot-cold melty thing happening.

+1 agree i like the melty thing too

08/10/2012 at 18:35

oo just googled Giants head marathon.....i wanna do it..for the goody bag!!!! Lush are providing things in the goodybag!! i want one!!

08/10/2012 at 21:13

Mmmmm rhubarb crumble with ice cream is the best - or plum crumble.

Giants Head is very tempting, but I am going to be sensible and sit it out.  It's too close to other events.  Another one on the 2014 list!

08/10/2012 at 21:15

Agree, that looks a fabulous race (Giants Head). My parents live about an hour away in Sixpenny Handley so may have to put that on 2014s'to do' list at this rate as I imagine it will be a stunning race - very hilly though if it's anything like where my parents live. 

Just realised I put 1:10 map - doh, 1:10,000!!! Scale still pretty small though and I did make some STUPID mistakes. Not next time though, I am determined if nothing else!!

Great running going on over the weekend by the sounds of it. LOL at the canoeist at box hill. Vague memories of crossing there in the middle of the night on some kind of rope swing (on a venture scout night hike competition), this was followed at the next checkpoint by flipping pancakes over a net - challenge was a 20 mile night hike whereby you had to navigate to various challenges, in the correct order, using getting back to camp at sunrise

08/10/2012 at 21:16

Rosemary, hope you are beginning to feel recovered.

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