Accommodation in the Highlands is very very expensive. But then, generally we don't have the infrastructure, so transport costs, etc tend to be very high.
On a similar note I was looking at doing another event, the Cape Wrath Challenge, again next year (done it 3x, last time was in 2011) and couldn't believe how much even a quite basic holiday cottage had gone up for a week! Then you have petrol costs etc and food also costs more up there.
But then, it is remote, you can go to a beach and not see another person for miles, their is very little traffic (apart from in the Summer when its rammed with German and Dutch camper vans), so it can be a lovely break from the general City madness.
I'm not then that surprised if ultra organisers charge lots, because just all the driving around for miles on single track roads must eat up a tonne of fuel between checkpoints.
I had a nice run too and was enjoying it up until the last half mile when I got a stab in the stomach. I much prefer these quieter races where you can do your own thing and just see one or two people (although I did think for a moment between 20-24 miles, that you and me were the only two running!!). York did my head in a bit last year with all the people.
Cycled to the allotment yesterday as everything was needing watering - the worse part was carrying the bike downstairs!!
Lovely day out at Strathearn yesterday after some truly horrific driving conditions on the Saturday. Wind stayed with us but thankfully the lashing rain buggered off to give some glorious sunshine for race day.
A nice measured relaxed plod for me, enjoying the scenery, just getting the miles in. Learnt my lesson to start slow after the mass hysteria start at York last year where everyone hairs off like they are doing a 10k . Took my time and enjoyed the long climbs up over the moors but had forgotten about some of the really steep descents, not having done this since 2012!
Very strong cross-wind at about 11m-14m seemed to slow everyone down, by 15m we turned up a slight hill then dropped down into a lovely wooded valley and it was boiling hot, but much better without the constant gale hammering you. Right hip was yelling Oi over the last 5 miles, and then just as I approached 25.5 with the end in sight, it was like someone stabbed me in the middle of the stomach and I had to try really hard not to just double over. No idea where that came from as had had no 'issues' on the race at all. Consequently when the guy at 26m asked me to wave at the camera all I could manage was !! And then it was the finish Hurrah !
Really great race, very well organised. I like that they take your drinks out to 10.5 and 18.5m, that seems perfect spacing, and this year they had them ready to hand out so there was no fumbling about. Also liked the squirrel medal and the cake at the finish .