Regards the course, Below is taken from Rory's latest e mail this morning for those of you at work who can't get your personal e mails which I hope helps.
I shall be taking road and trail just in case we get a real consistant downpour today, but have to say from the basis of comfort and my own personal prefernces I am favouring road.
Good luck everyone for what promises to be a wonderfully exciting and friendly event and here's to a great couple of days for all.
'We hope your training has gone to plan and you are looking forward to the ULTRArace 45/90 event as much as we are! We completed a final recce of the route today and can report that the going is good. There are a small number of muddier spots but by in large the ground is perfect for the race, and with the weather set to stay dry all weekend the conditions are set to be perfect! The route is absolutely stunning you will have a fantastic race.
Just a reminder that your maps, race numbers and technical tshirts will be handed out at registration, where safety pins will be provided. At registration (20:00 - 21:30 the night before and 07:00 - 08:30 on the day) you will need to let us know which start you will be joining (08:00 - early; 09:00 - mass). Please remember that early starters must register BEFORE 07:30 that morning. Furthermore, although we will try our utmost to reach checkpoint 1 in time for the first runner, for those starting early we would advise you to carry an adequate quantity of food and drink for the first 18 miles where the 2nd checkpoint will be located.'
Must admit I've been really toying with using road shoes, but purely because I usually have motion control shoes for overpronation and find that with trail shoes there isn't the supprt and on harder surfaces the lugs under the forefoot start to cause me discomfort. I'm going to take both types with me but realistically if the majority of the route is gravel/hardpack and concrete tow path then purely to save my ankles and comfort over that long distance I will probably go with road. I think comfort over speed. Admittely that is subject to change with Rory's update this evening.
The day is getting closer and the nerves more tingly, but I am really looking forward to this one....
This will be my first longerish ultra (ie over 30) as my last was Doyen in December which has really got me hooked. The atmosphere and the fellow runners are so much more friendly,
The training has gone really well although I think I am going to be one of the back markers (trail marathon - four and half hours and Doyen took just under 6 albeit in all that mud) I think the last few miles will be the tester.
I am really toying with the early start as I just cannot judge this one time wise, I'm approaching it with the lets finish with the biggest smile mentality.
Looking forward to meeting people and in the meantime the very very best of luck for a wonderfull incident free race for all