wannabe ultra runner?

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

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26/02/2015 at 08:24

Thank would be Henk of Ceasar's Camp fame at CP1 T-Rex He is/was notorious for his style of motivation!

I did NDW100 in 2012 as well, that's a pretty decent summary! And remember it's officially about 103-104 miles, (so will actually be even more than that by the time you've  got a bit lost and zig-zagged around a bit) - that extra 3 or 4 miles might not seem a lot now, but trust me - it is if you're not expecting it


26/02/2015 at 18:57

No dusty trails towards the end of ndw100 last year, thanks to the remnants of hurricane Bertha it much of it was under water. Those extra miles were mental torture, as GeeeM says, but as rd James says, he doesn't charge extra for them.

26/02/2015 at 21:56


Video from Arc Of Attrition earlier this month, well recommended if anybody is looking for a winter challenge next year.

26/02/2015 at 23:12

I liked the original out and back course of the classic NDW100,

Guess I should try the new configuration before I dismiss it though! 

27/02/2015 at 15:57

OK, now for the next one on loulabell's list:


What can we say about this?!

The first thing is NOT to read any race reports before the 2014 edition of this event ...

27/02/2015 at 18:15

And I'm pacing her from Benson, poor girl.

27/02/2015 at 19:33

The first half of TP100 is better handled with road shoes, because it is mostly paved. The second half is mainly trail, and might be better handled with trail shoes depending on conditions. I would advise starting out in roadies, and keeping a pair of trail shoes in the 50 mile drop bag. 

27/02/2015 at 22:20

Tiago will be the best pacer ever !! I trust him like a big brother !

27/02/2015 at 22:23

T Rex , once again , any tips??

28/02/2015 at 08:53

The same goes for any night ultra, but if it's cold at night try and be quick through any indoor aid stations (of which there are quite a few on TP). You don't need to stop for long to really feel the cold when you go back out and if you're down to a shuffle then it's hard to get warm again. I was on CP duty at Whitchurch last year and it was carnage with the number of drops. Quite a few left and came back 5 mins later shivering.

Sticking with that, recognise that this is what's happening when you do start shivering after an indoor CP and keep moving, you *will* warm up again within 5 mins if you can keep the effort going. Don't let your brian use the shivering as a way of talking you into dropping!

28/02/2015 at 17:54

Good advice, shawk, it was especially bad last year as it was probably the first really hot day of the year, then the night got really cold, so the contrast really hit home.

28/02/2015 at 18:16

I was at the Reading beer festival that day and yes the weather was tough. The kit you need when you're running in the day won't cut it when you're walking more in the night.

28/02/2015 at 21:02

I hope you didn't DNF the Reading Beer festival Too Much Water!

01/03/2015 at 23:20

I didn't get as far as Benson.

I was already in an ambulance by then, hypothermic and with a BP of 90/30.

02/03/2015 at 08:14
T Rex ! * clamps hands over ears * :0!
02/03/2015 at 10:19

Good to see you back on here loulabell. Will TP100 be your first 100, or have you already done one?

02/03/2015 at 21:33
Hi LNandB yes my first ! Eek
How about you ?
02/03/2015 at 22:21

They were trying to put a drip in whilst in the ambulance but the veins were too collapsed to allow them to do it.  They were also concerned that they couldn't seem to find a radial pulse (wrist). Rhabdomyolysis had set in again and one leg was already rigid and lifeless. They also told me when we arrived at the hospital that they had been doing up to 90 mph which isn't normally allowed on A roads.

Because I've had this scenario twice in long ultras I am deciding to stick to 60 miles and under for the time being at least.

02/03/2015 at 22:46

The first 52 miles to the half way CP at Henley is idyllic riverside running.  The main thing is to know which side of the Thames you are supposed to be on at any one point and cross over at the right places.  The route through Marlow is a bit dodgy so well worth looking at the map there.

It took me 11h32 (I arrived just after dark) to get to Henley and I was feeling quite pleased about things.  I was even thinking about 24h.  It was very cold and draughty at the CP which was only a gazebo and they weren't really able to provide very hot food or drinks. In trying to change into night attire I get very cold and by the time I headed off I had badly stiffened up, or so it seemed.  

Overtaking runners told me to keep going and I would 'soon warm up'.  Well I spent an hour or two pottering along at about 0.5 mph, including heading off on a causeway into the middle of the river and thinking 'I shouldn't be out here' but unable to face going back.  (It was the right route.)

02/03/2015 at 22:55
I'm heeding all these anecdotes T Rex
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