Iain - is that White Cliffs? (Not one that I do - notice the word 'cliffs' ) They do entries on the day, but you are supposed to print off the navigation instructions yourself - will be on their website. And don't forget your mug .
Shades - I'm already booked in for Amesbury Amble on 9th October (and travelling down on the 8th).
I've now got two pair of trail shoes and have done a short run in both. Seem comfortable enough, but problems never tend to surface until about 12 miles. I also bought a really cheap pair of walking shoes from Decathlon. Will try those out tomorrow. Not sure now what to wear for a long walk at the weekend .
Iain - look on the LDWA website under events and choose Challenge events. You get a list or a map so you can see what's when and where. Some of them would be good practice for ultras. And some runners do race them and get ridiculously fast times!
Had a lovely run/walk this morning, mainly through the woods so cool and shady. Been so hot since I got back I've hardly done anything . Think I'm suffering from Rio withdrawal symptoms .
Shades - well done at Cork, looking forward to the report. I'm not surprised that Boston 12 hour has been cancelled - with only a month's notice I expect most people had already arranged things for that weekend. I loved running round (and round, and round ....) the park, but I don't think I'd enter if it was track.
Re Paula and the laces - I've found that long wet grass often undoes my laces even when they're double knotted and tucked under. Not much grass on the Rio marathon though .
Iain - do you do your long runs by yourself? Why not throw in a few LDWA challenge events as training? You can go as fast or as slow as you like, great company and plenty of well-stocked checkpoints
Big G - You will come home refreshed, de-stressed and raring to go
Leila's Run last Sunday . Low key multi-terrain marathon, quite local and with lots of the usual suspects. Held for the past few years in memory of a lovely lady (a member of the 100MC and Garden City Runners) who died of cancer. Ran/walked (and talked) in the usual fashion and came home in 5:16. Two runners did their 100th - I congratulated them, had a little chat and ate cake - I didn't bother to wait for the chairman to do the presentations as he was taking a rather leisurely stroll to the finish, and I wanted to get home in time to catch the end of the Olympic marathon.
I did the LDWA 3 Forests Way (in Essex and Herts) on Saturday. In parts it's quite near where I live, but the bit I knew well had been cut out so that the distance was revised to 54 miles. I had recced one other section on a walk last week and it made that bit go very smoothly. Started off at 9am and within 100 metres we had all taken the wrong path . Most of the instructions though were more or less related to what was on the ground. No hills, just a few gentle undulations but the terrain was very tough with lots of rough ground, long grass, ploughed fields and nettles . Ran and walked (more walk I think!) with a friend and was very grateful she was there when we couldn't find the right path in the woods at night . Fantastic, well-stocked checkpoints as usual . Very sunny and hot, and stayed hot even after the sun went down. Finished at 11.45pm (14h 45m) and after a cup of tea, a hot shower and some cornflakes I had a few hours sleep in the car as I didn't want to drive home in the dark. Spent most of Sunday watching the Olympics, dozing, and trying to make my legs comfy. Not only did they ache (especially my hips) but all the nettles and brambles left them feeling like I'd been given electric shocks . Great day in great company .
Shades - well done on IOM marathon. That's a decent time as you weren't feeling too good.
Jugula and Cal - great running. Well done
lily - have a good holiday. Hope your mum is ok now.
Louey - Gloucester was quite a good marathon to do. Course was good, apart from one hill, and if it hadn't been so hot it could be a fastish course. Race venue in the park so I'm not sure how it would be if it was raining . But there again, it is in the middle of summer. I did Yorkshire last year - thought it would be very hilly, but it was just undulating a bit (until right at the very end where you turn a corner and face a very steep hill - but you had to run it because it was at the end and there were loads of supporters). Too many runners for me, city marathon atmosphere, but I was glad that I did it.
I think 3 cubes of shotbloks equal one gel - but by then you'll probably feel sick of them . Like Shades I use Elete if it's very hot, but I'm not sure if it has any effect!