wannabe ultra runner?

share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........

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18/02/2015 at 15:08

For me:

April - SDW50

May - TP100

July - Racing the Planet's 155 miles/7 days in Ecuador

October - Downslink 38 mile ultra

18/02/2015 at 15:45

March - MCN Round 1 Ultra, (Black Mountains)

April - Fellsman

May - Transylvania 100km

June - Dragon's Back

Everything prior to DB is just training really 

And possibly, a 100-miler in the USA in the Autumn... Looking at Pine to Palm, Javelina, Chimera, Rio Del Lago

18/02/2015 at 16:46

Dragons Back. that looks fantastic.  Good luck.

Hope your 'training runs' go well

18/02/2015 at 23:30

I see I've started a trend.  All looks very interesting!  Some monsters in there.

Hardmoors 60 is on my to-do list.

LN&B - eldest son is getting married over there 10 April, so we are having an extended stay for a couple of weeks.   I just happened to search on various websites to see if there were any races I could do on 4 or 5 April, our other free weekend, and came up with that one!  It involves a 0130 departure from San Francisco to catch a 0410 coach taking runners from the finish to the 0600 start ...  Going to be a long day.

19/02/2015 at 08:28

T-Rex, if you're up in Northern California you could do a lot worse than go exploring some of the parks around there, especially the redwoods...

The Muir Woods just off the Golden Gate bridge are a bit of a tourist trap, so if you head south for an hour there's loads of alternatives. I went to the "Big Basin State Park" for a day and hiked about 13 miles last year, it was absolutely brilliant. It's the natural version of being in New York, looking up at the skyscrapers!

The trails are superb and I would have been running but had done 105 miles around Lake Tahoe a few days earlier so wasn't really up for it


19/02/2015 at 13:55

Sounds as though you are in for an exciting couple of weeks T Rex, although the early start is not so appealing!

20/02/2015 at 17:08

I'll try to sleep in the day on Friday and get up about 2300.

GeeeM - thanks for tips.  Trying to avoid too much driving and Jnr has arranged various activities lined up for the wedding party the week before, including something involving mountain bikes ...   We'll check out the tree, though.

20/02/2015 at 20:38

My schedule for this year is not finalized yet.  

I did the Thames Trot two weeks ago.  

I have confirmed places in the Thames Ring, and the Wasatch Front 100, so some big dreams.  

20/02/2015 at 20:57

Enduroman 200 for me. Doing Run Until You Drop challenge thingy at the moment, which is good training and good fun.

I did some Haribo handing out duty at the ThamesTrot around Long Wittenham, first one in 4 years I haven't run, so thought I should support.

21/02/2015 at 20:19

Compton 40, Ridgeway 40, Ridgeway Challenge

24/02/2015 at 22:33
Ashridge trail- March
Compton 40-April
Northants ultra (?) - June
chiltern challenge ( as training ) - July

hi Tigs * waves *
25/02/2015 at 00:41

That's a serious collection of ultras, loulabell.  The only one of those I've finished is NDW100.  A great race.  I seem to remember the last 20 miles being a little dispiriting - probably my state of mind by then!   Got to mile 72 of the TP100.

TMW - is that TRA's Ridgeway '85' late August?  A brilliant choice for anyone doing their first overnight event (or if you are at the sharp end - going into the night ...)


25/02/2015 at 00:42

The Thames Ring is outrageous. Don't know how folks do it.  But I suppose Mimi Anderson is planning her double Thames Ring ...

25/02/2015 at 07:26
T Rex - don't panic me by saying that ! :0
I'm really looking forward to ndw100, I love the first 50 miles of it so let's hope my love of it isn't destroyed after that on the next 50! :/
Northants I've done before and just thought I msy use that as training towards ndw

Re: Thames ring ... Ouch Im not sure if id like that one ....
25/02/2015 at 13:03

T Rex - yep, that's the one. As you may guess from the other events, I live close by to it, and have run parts of the "middle bit" of the Ridgeway from the M40 to Wantage a fair bit in training


Good bridge between shorter ultras and the really long stuff.. we will see anyway

25/02/2015 at 21:01

Yep, 85 miles is the new middle distance.

4 finishes for me on that one plus the dnf at mile 83. I really enjoyed all of them.  It is colder than you might expect on the Downs at night so I'd take hat and gloves for that section. Remember it's 7 miles to the finish from the last CP, 9, not the advertised 5. Poles not needed or perhaps even allowed.  No heroics jumping stiles - the aim is to get to the finish in one piece.

25/02/2015 at 22:07

No cheating sticks for me, and yep I know how chilly it can get. Gonna recce the 2nd half with a mate overnight one weekend in July.

25/02/2015 at 22:36

T. rex , was that reply for me about ndw100? any hints & tips gratefully recieved

26/02/2015 at 01:42

loulabell - sorry, no, my last post was about Ridgeway 85.

My memories of NDW100, which I did in 2012, seem to be very hazy .

I do remember getting lost straight after leaving the half way CP and by mile 60 more or less grinding to a halt and walking the rest of it.  It was a bit touch and go about meeting the cutoffs but ended up finishing in 29+ hours, the last but one to finish.

The first half seemed to go quite well on pleasant wooded tracks and I think most of the hills, none of which were long, but there were a lot of them. On top of one of them were some giant Olympic Rings.

Chalk is very slippery when wet.

There's was a very shouty, unpleasant military type at CP 1 who I wanted to hit, which is very unlike me.

Crossing the Medway you are very high up - a good head for heights needed.

There's a dreadful section about miles 82-85 with endless steps going up and down, up and down.  The final 15 miles seem to go on forever on a dusty tracks and through fields of cabbages, but eventually there it is, the finish arch.

26/02/2015 at 01:42

Hope that helps!

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