Did anyone else here do this race? Route was Ok but a bit bland I thought and the Glasson area seems to be very popular with motorcyclists. One thing I noticed was after 24 miles, next thing I saw was 11 miles, then 25 miles, then 12 miles, then 13 miles.
What was going on? Surely 24 (full) should have been in the same place as the 11 (half) as both races finished in same place. Were the 24/25 mile markers just a bit early?
My GPS made the 50km route to be 52.6km which seemed to be around what other people said (53km) and marshall said that the 100km route was actually 110km.
The GPS also gave me an elevation of 4000m + which I'm severly doubting. Wondered if anyone else tracked it and had a more accurate figure? The site states 4,000ft in total so I'm guessing if the secodn half was hillier it was 7500ft - 8000ft?
DE - I knew there it was a long section but I felt great still at Watendlath and really eager to get going. A mistake in hindsight, but will know for next year!
I was going to suggest maybe they have a checkpoint at Stonethwaite, only a few km from Watendlath I know, but would still be nice and reduce the distance a bit to Langdale.
Never done Skate Pass before but been up the neighbouring Rossett Gill and pretty similar, all the switchbacks make progress seem very slow. Have to say I thought the descent off skate pass was the easiest bit of the course for me and I normally struggle a bit on downhills (trying to get a good speed without falling on my face!). The bit I really hated though was going up past Loughrigg tarn. Made great progress to Elterwater, but wasn't then expecting those little hills and thought it was more or less flat to Ambleside so got a shock with those.
15h 30 for 100km sounds pretty good to me. I only did the 50km and had hoped for 7 - 7h 30. In the end I got 8:10. I mucked up my nutrition badly and spent 1/2 - 3/4 hour stopped up skate pass (foolishly I decided not to have a break at Watendlath and pushed almost straight through, just had a quick drink). I walked the flat just before this (from around Stonethwaite), knew I didn't feel quite right started the climb and thought I better have quick rest, so sat down for 5 mins. Got going again but was no better and eventually the marshalls came to my rescue and stopped me until they thought I was OK. It obviously worked as I was so full of energy when I got going again and raced up the rest of the climb. A very nice route though.
For the 100km people which half seemed harder (trying to ignore any fatigue)? Was it the second half? Which half seemd the nicest?
Hmm thanks. I suppose you're right when you look at it in that way. Was comparing it to Borrowdale race, which I'm planning to use as one of my main training runs and that was only £9 inc t shirt. No chip timing though.
Think I'm going to enter, route looks very good. There's a bus from Brockhole to Patterdale where the 50k-ers start and then (IMO) we do the more interesting half with Borrowdale and Langdale included.
Good luck to every one with their training anyway!