Top tip from this one from me would be to train with full weight in the pack. I did all my long runs with the backpack on. You don't need to fill it with the exact contents you'll have on race day, I carted round firewood, empty bottles, phonebook, any old ballast I could find to weigh me down. You just cannot underestimate the difference that a full pack has on your lower legs.
It was a phenomenal race and easily the best medal I've ever received. The brutal nature of this race meant that finishing was all the more sweet.
Well done to everyone that ran and a special thanks to my new best friend Richard "Bubblewraphead" Hurdle!!
DK, is that last bit trail shoes terrain or would road shoes do the job? I'm not planning on bringing a selection in the backpack and was thinking that trail shoes that go well on the road would be cover all bases. If road shoes are likely to be okay, I might just stick with them.
Okay, I'm late in on the thread but I'm in on this one too. Coming from a rock in the middle of the Irish Sea, any race in the UK is blimmin' expensive (£300 just for the ferry) so I'll not get sidetracked into talking about money.
How's training going folks?
I have a top tip following this weekend's long run: if you sneak out at night (because you can't sleep) make sure the note you write, in the event that your wife wakes up and wonders where you are, has more detail than "gone for a run". She wasn't supposed to wake up, but did, and was on the verge of notifying the emergency services when I waddled back in at 4am. My bad!!
Good run though - 24 miles off road in the dark whilst tired