Thanks for all your suggestions, folks! I don't mind hills per se (I love the Loch Ness marathon, for example), it's just when they require actual climbing rather than running. Connemara and Dartmoor sound good, though!
Hi folks, I've done quite a few marathons and I'd like to have a crack at some longer races. However, it seems a lot of ultras (and this could just be my perception) are on trails and mountain walkways which involve hiking and scrambling up and down steep banks of loose gravel, or worse, wooden steps that only people taller than 6'9" can walk up properly. That's not me. I want to be able to run the entire length of the course, not run a bit, stop to open and close a gate, run a bit, then stop to think about how I can get down some tricky descent normally used by mountain bikers without breaking my ankles. I don't want to get lost, either - if I wanted to carry a map and a compass with me, I'd take up orienteering.
Does anyone have any recommendations for good, challenging road (or sufficiently smooth trail) ultras in the UK? Something around 40-60 miles would be nice. Thanks!
I'm really bad at swimming (think fish with no tail) and not great on a bike, but I've done some triathlons. And you don't get changed - just stick on your running shoes and a tshirt over your cozzie and off you go.
But wouldn't that feel all wet and horrible? No, I can't imagine leaving a pool without getting dried off properly. Actually, they should just make the swimming bit last. Why don't they do that? Is that because it's the part that looks least exciting on TV?