Last year I recced the whole course but not sure I'm going to be able to this. My plan is actually to do a few extra peaks so I'm going to need to see how they fit in.
Good bits to look at are:
choosing the best line from Fan Fawr to Fan Llia
finding the path down to the Storey Arms from Fan Frynych - there is only one and it is quite hard to find especially after dark. Once you're on it it's OK - a great trail.
the self clip CP on Fan y Big last year was not on the summit but a little to the south attached to a stone shelter - make sure you can find this if, like last year, it is midnight, raining, and thick cloud with about 3m visibility.
the section between Carn Pica and Bwlch y Ddwyallt which is practically pathless and full of peat hags and bogs. Tricky after dark on the way down, but at least on the way up with a later 0500 start it should be daylight by then.
the section between the two roads ending at CP4 is pathless and worth reccing a good line.
The rest is relatively straightforward.
Be sure to do plenty of hillwork - the climb to the top of Fan Gyhirych is absolutely monstrous.
I'll be aiming for 24 hours, and to make no navigational errors. Should do the first, probably not the second!
It wasn't as hot as Saturday, fortunately, but it was still important to drink lots of fluid, eat plenty of salty crisps from the aid stations, and have impromptu showers using the trusty sponge I carried in my fuelbelt when coming across any suitable-looking water.
The course is essentially an out-and-back with two laps of a hilly offroad loop taking in three non-runnable hills on each loop. At least I wasn't running up them. Glorious scenery on great trails. Only let down by the mystery wooded section near the beginning.
Was this roughly how you found it, mandy b? How did you get on?
Good to hear the latest stories from our resident nutters. Just to prove there is always someone more extreme than you, running in Bath was someone who is in the process of running 360 marathons in 2014. And apparently he is on schedule.
Marathon #92 (career, that is, not this year), Bath
Felt a little bit uneasy on the start line of this one after about two months of sleep deprivation (work-related) and next to no training. Got chatting to someone I know quite well who has done 311 marathons and rated Bath in his top 3 toughest . Not what I wanted to hear at all. At the top of his list was one called the 'picnic' which presumably isn't?
A combination of heat, hills (including two ascents of Solsbury Hill of Peter Gabriel fame), and terrain, some of it quite technical, led to a slow time but I was pleased to keep going quite strongly over the last few miles. Except for the last one. At mile 25 a cheery marshal was announcing, 'All uphill now to the finish!' And he wasn't joking.
There was an ominous incident about mile 2, and I wasn't to blame at all, where the whole field went wrong and got lost in some woods. The heated discussions from the 100-odd runners that ensued were quite hilarious. It was meant to be waymarked but at this critical point there were no signs, marking tape, balloons, or a friendly marshal, all of which were present at most other difficult route choices. We eventually found the right route but probably lost 10-15 minutes.
roy silver - you doing the long course? I'll be running it again this year. I remember last year's outing being a very arduous event, but most of it was in wonderful sunny conditions. It got bad after dark - setting off from the Storey Arms at 2230 in appalling conditions to do Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big and Waun Rydd finally arriving at the finish about 0300 was one of the edgiest things I've ever done.
Superb event, this year starting at 0500 instead of 0400.
I can probably fill you in with any details. I recommend doing recces if you can. Although the map is useful there are often no paths, or the paths are hard to find, and you need to be good at nav.