Hi Andy I re ran some of the sections through Gateshead up towards Tanfield and it looks like a monsoon has swept through! Was still runnable though.
My fatass runs this summer have been more geared towards recces for the Hardmoors 60. But still very much up for a run in Tyne and Wear. If anyone is free one weekend I like to go out early about 07:00 and can fit in a 2 hour run most weekend if anyone wants to start running sections to put together a 50km. I want to take in Penshaw, the Angel of the North, Tanfield and Beamish. I have a route for most of it, would be grateful for others views on the course.
If there were sufficient interest in an event in Leicestershire, I could come up with a route of the desired length, that would be picturesque, challenging, and avoid any dangerous roads.
If people are interested in preparing for a hilly event and do not have hill training opportunities on heir doorstep, I have some 25 mile training routs with up to 1000 meters of ascent/descent!
Ben: now there's an offer! As you may recall, I've got Beachy Head mara end of October and I've my eye on Lakeland 50 next year, so hilly training routes are a good thing.
If you are having trouble finding hilly training routes where you live, then come to Leicestershire and I will give you a beasting.
I live in Mountsorrel Charnwood, which is home to the Chanwood Hills Marathon, Bowline Race, Woodhouse Challenge, and other notable hilly races.
Ok, well I've got some ideas and have made a start so once ive got something to show I'll circulate and welcome any feedback.
Just to bump this thread for any Tyne and Wear based runners
Anyone care to help me create a Tyne and Wear Fat Ass? I am in the process of creating a 50km that takes in Penshaw, Coxgreen, The Angel of the North, Tanfield, Causey Arch, Beamish Woods and back to Penshaw. I have around 10 km to add to take in extra sites along the way. Has anyone got any suggestions for other landmarks to take in? I would like to finish it off with running the tidal path on the River Wear up towards Sunderland(Queen Alexandra Bridge) and back to finish at Penshaw
Would anyone be interested in running a Tyne and Wear 50km(ish) fatass next year as a training run?
I am generally doing my route finding runs early on a Saturday morning starting in Washington, so if anyone cares to help plan the route with me then give me a shout.
There will be an water and food and at the start and finish and possibly some water at the half way point. The idea is that you should be pretty much self sufficient. Depending on numbers we would run this as one or two groups, with the idea being that it as more of a social occassion than a race. In fact no prizes for winning, but would try and get some tee shirts printed for those that want one.For my route I will publish a map and route description for those that want to run it alone or at another time. Oen of the main advantages of a fat ass is that it is not a formally orgainsed event, so we do not need seek permission to run etc
Hi Tim, IF I can get there, I'd be interested in this as a training run, although I'm nowhere near you! Please keep us posted.
I'd be up for it, though I'm currently training up from a marathon to tackle longer distances, so I might be a pants in the endurance side.
If you can complete a marathon without medical assistance and start running again within a couple of weeks of finishing the marathon then you should be fine with a 50km training run. For me a Fat Ass is not a race you are free to run it as fast or as slow as you like, Indeed you are free to run part of the distance if you so desire.
Next steps for me are to finish the route and then start documenting the route. Will break it down into three 10 mile(ish) sections. Will hopefully start documeting one or two of these sections before Christmas. I might even turn into a blog post about Fat Ass runs.Anymore else willing to publish a Fat Ass in their area?
I've been thinking about working out a variant on the Croydon Ultra (30 miles) course for myself for training runs, to remove some of the irritating wiggling around suburban streets (I already use parts of it in training, and always leave out those sections). May also try to work out more of a trail version, but that's going to take longer to do (planning the route, that is).
Planning on developing a run I do in the Peak District, it is a cracking 14 miler at present as a 'pan and handle', I am pretty sure I could replicate in the opposite direction providing a figure of eight, with the car park in the middle allowing for a mid-point re-fuel, will go exploring in the next few weeks and see what I can find.
Croydon Ultra is a "pan and handle" with the clubhouse at the pan-handle junction, so a natural re-fueling point - or with a small wiggle it could go past our house...
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