Cape Wrath and Dragons Back have a different attitude to hosting ultras. I believe there is much less emphasis on relying on good will for Marshalling and other duties. The expenses ,travel costs paid ,meals and free Kit given to Marshals are much more generous then at other events. This all costs but probably gives the organiser more control over the event making the whole thing more slick. For a competitor you get a more predictable race but have to pay for the service.
For myself I rather prefer the more raw but cheeper events. (carrying all my own gear adds to the fun for me. )
You have the choice of what type of event you enter which is fine by me.
The only type of race I do object to is where you end up paying for things like shiny sign written vans and flash banners but discover the actual things you need like good CP food and support is missing!
Would I like to do The Dragons Back and the Cape Wrath? The answer is yes but I fall apart in hot summer races , that fact added to the price rules them out for me.
Put them on in the winter and I would start saving up.
E mailed the organiser. Evidently the course and checkpoints published on the website are not the actual course. The the new GPX file will be published soon then they will mark the whole course on Dartmoor. 50 miles of marks! This could prove interesting as the trails are often indistinct unlike the UTMB which is fully marked but on easy to follow trails.
I hope they have a forrest of bamboo poles and plenty of man power. At least they have 16 days left to get the route sorted.
Entered this one as it is on home ground. Getting a bit worried about the route much of which is trackless on the ground. Todays Recce has not filled me with confidence as one control is located in a deep bog (location verified by GPS and map) Sunk up to my waist twice and retreated . I suspect the planner has not run the course!
Blew up at 44miles with severe dehydration. Could not hold anything down. One 20 mile race over the last few months was just not enough (predictable really!). On the plus side I feel far stronger now having done long runs for the last few days.
Getting proper training and miles in for the Perambulation.
I am in for the 64 miler as well. Done not nearly enough training so plan to go real slow and see how it goes. (one 21 mile run in the last 5 months is not really sufficient) Did it in 3013 and I must admit it hurt! You spend ages plodding up one steep cliff path only to go back down and face the same over again. The last ten miles is hell as you know can almost see the finish but have to take the long hilly rout to the bitter end.