The way I look at backpacks is that its something I plan to use for a good few years and that will usually mean, for me, getting into double figures for races alone. So I stumped up a fair amount for mine with the assumption it will carry me from where I am now to where I wish to be in x years time.
If you can still get a place the SDW 50 is at the beginning of april and I cant fault the organisers or the views.
I personally feel it makes quite a good first 50 as it isn't overly challenging (did I really just say that about an ultra?) and the good amount of hills means you don't feel you have to run the whole way as you might in a pancake flat race.
Also the fairly large field of 400 runners means that you are unlikely to spend too much time without seeing a friendly face.
Entries opened a while ago so it may be full but that's why they made wait lists
Just got over one of those before the same race. It wasn't nice and very frustrating and I may have jumped back into things a bit too quickly in preparation for my goal race. I get the feeling its slowly shutting down on me so a week of enforced rest it is.
I found it hard myself but you've just got to try and get out a keep the fitness up somehow.
Was given antihistamine tablets and told to notbuse suncream actually as adding chemicals to the mix can irritate further. Also told to leave blisters to go down on their own rather than lancing. So keeping myself covered for the next week. Docs not able to do much it seems just relieve any pain thats there.
If it is indeed that plant its not common I think we may have just been unlucky after the weather and it may have ended up overhanging a path.