I am going come down on the pro support team for WHW. having supported a really experienced ultra and trail runner last year I definitely think it should be there as an option.
DOTH is quite tempting. That could be a triple crown for me in 2015, assuming I get in to the WHW. That said North Pole Fling (entered but might no make due to North Pole), WHW and Glenmore 24, adding in the DOTH might just be a race too far
I missed the whole malaria post when reading back My brother got amoebic disentry - not good. He had survived travelling out east easting from the street stalls, but then got ill when put into a 5* Hilton he was in the Philipines at that point and things kicked off, so they got all the vistorrs herded into hotels at the airport and guess what .....
TP, I too am coming to the conclusion that the artificial sweeteners in sports products casue stomach issues. I do not undertsand why they have to add the artifical ones as well as the real ones.
I struggled in Chile. Eating and drinking left you gasping for air, chewing real food was nigh on impossible and the altitude supressed apetite. Blergh.
Sorry to hear that you have been unwell TP. Sounds horrible. Hope you are recovering well.
Well, that was bloody awesome
The hardest, most gruelling thing I have ever done. Combine altitude, windy conditions, heat, epic climbs, soft sand and technical terrain and what do you end up with: altitude sickness and a finish line collapse and oxygen
24 runners started including 6 women. 21 finished and I was 3rd woman. The worl champion stair runner from Mexico city who was marked for 2nd place dropped out, as did 2 of the Chilean runners.
So, it may have taken me an appalling 7.16, but I finished. I will get some blog entries up soon.
The Atacama is an amazing place, bleak, majestic and awesome. Mr FFB loved it too and was a regular David Bailey. We have some great photos. One of the other British runners gave him her mega DSLR camera with huge zoom lens which he went mad with, so hopefully we will get those pictures too. There will also be the official photos once the photographer gets back from Antarctica,
Good to see everyone planning for next year. I have put in an entry for the WHW and have entered the North Pole Marathon. Neither a definite as I have to get through WHW selection and need to sort finances for north pole which is very expensive. Looking for some corporate backing - so if anyone knows of any big corporates looking to off load some profits let me know
Just as I was departing for Chile I got word that I had been given an Exceptional Volunteer award from Alzheimer Scotland
Meant to say - update on the Loch Katrine Ultra. So, I have been a bit short of time recently which is why the 'trial' invite run only has not happened.
I have now reccied the whole route and some 'add ons'. There are a few logistics isseus around getting folk to the start, where to actually finish it. There is also the small matter of the path going through the middle of a working farm at Brig O'Turk. Been chatting with the Trossachs path person and what I might do is arrange a trial run to coincide with the official opening of the path next easter, then look to get a full event scheduled for autumn. It is going to be quite tricky to find a good time to hold it so that it does not clash with other ultras.
Well done TP - your marathon was almots a replica of mine including the times at halfway and finish
It was really good to see Elspeth and OH at Loch Ness especially at the finish.
I am totally at sea with my events for next year. I did not particulalry want to do the Fling again, but I am probably going to enter WHW and everyone was saying that I 'must' do the Fling in preparation. I was actually fancying the Kintyre Way, but everyone says that is too long to close to WHW. Arghhh Problem is, that if I do manage to raise backing to to the North Pole, that is in April and I am pretty sure that 2.5 weeks recovery for the Fling won't be enough. So, I have enetered the Fling not knowing if I will actually do it. If I don't I will have to take the rsik of doing the Kintyre Way, so will probably have to enter that to ensure I have a place, so either way it is going to be a not insignificant entry fee wasted
Well done Samantha and 57.5 I am slowly getting back into things and have done another hypoxic session. Hoping to get a couple of weeks solid training in before a short taper into the Volcano marathon. Only 4 weeks away
Have been nominated for the Alzheimer Scotland individual volunteer fundraiser award. My fundraising now at £13.5k Ironically the award event is on the 7th November just as I go out to Chile and hope to raise more funds
Did I say that I somehow managed to come 2nd in my age group in the SUMS long series and 5th overall in the long series.