Great, glad to hear you are having another crack at the 100.
We are moving down just off the South Downs soon so if you are heading down for recce runs or racing, let me know. Will be too late for this time round but give me a shout if you plan on heading that way in the future.
Best of luck and looking forward to following your progress.
Thanks Ultra Shaz. Was half expecting to see you as you normally appear somewhere in most of my races
Enjoyed the experience but not sure it was my best idea as need to get my knee sorted out properly. NDW100 is next but probably won't run it unless I can get back to some kind of sensible training as don't fancy struggling on that one.
Well done to you too shawk. I fumbled through in 15:31 but I think around 11-12 hours may be a good time for me if properly prepared. Not sure I would want to try and go any quicker than that as am always trying to protect my weak ankle on such technical terrain. (normally I run anything technical with a fairly rigid ankle brace that prevents me from turning it but had to do without it on the day)
The congestion really was a big downer for me and I doubt it would have been much different unless running towards the front end of the race.
I found some of the organisation a little odd and in particular I felt sorry for those at the front of the shorter races having to try and fight their way through the massive ultra field!
The bag collection was also a complete mystery and I had to ask several people before I was pointed in the right direction. I was however very grateful to the lady who tended to my badly blistered feet.
I would definitely return for a training week to enjoy some amazing trail running without the crowds.
1, This really is a tough race but the length makes it manageable.
2, The terrain is unlike anything you will see back home and difficult to train for.
3, Your feet will hurt (even more so if you wear stupid trainers)
4, The crowd support is great but the crowds within the race are frustrating.
5, It could be hot.
This race seems to keep coming up as a bucket list race and it's easy to forget that it has only been run since 2009, however I will take special memories and views from the race.... just maybe I would like to forget the pain over the last 15 miles.
Would I run it again? The resounding opinion within our group was 100% never again straight afterwards but I am starting to think that maybe doing it properly prepared and fit would be good