Wow, great time. Well done in Manchester ! I agree about it being a great PB course as I ran it with half a dozen mates from Ireland and all but two got PB's (and the two that didn't hadn't done any training). I'm already planning to do it next year for the third year. It's a great one for me as it's my home town.
I reckon I'll need to charter a plane next year if even half the people who've told me they're going to do it actually register.
You'll have to drink twice as much as me at the wine stops, just so that I can keep up .
I'll give my outfit some serious thought this weekend and let you know when I get something.
Tony did a lot of training....the above isn't very clear on training....looks like they are planning one 30 mile walk without any weight and a couple of short ones with the weight....I think that unless you have trained for this for a long time...the time limit will also make it very difficult....the arms shoulders and back Will fail before the feet..
If they're not careful they could end up with permanent damage. I'd still say that the only way to do it would be to split the weight and put it in backpacks so it's carried properly.
That's a proper challenge and you deserve respect for being prepared to do it.
The only thing that I can think of that was similar was 'Tony the Fridge' who ran the length of the UK last year with a fridge on his back. This was a full sized fridge, not a little toy beer fridge. He used a backpack type thing to hold the fridge on his back and did pretty much a marathon a day. Why wouldn't you use a backpack each and split the weight ? I'd say it'd avoid the risk of permanent damage.
Nobody's going to think you've taken the easy option .
If you wanted to get hold of him then I'm sure you could find him either on Google or FB, failing that I'm still Facebook friends with him (meaning I don't know him) so could drop him a line.
I'd say that any good, well fitting running shoe would be okay over that distance with minimum blisters, but cover your feet in vaselene and check them every 20 miles or so.
Good luck. I'll drop you a few quid if you've opened up a 'just giving' page (I only tend to give to sponsored events where I respect the challenge they're doing, not the " I'm running 5k, please sponsor me" type things).
How are your plans going for this ? I'm hoping to book my flights this weekend, there seems to be more availability on flights from Dublin to Bordeaux than when I last checked, so will probably go for it soon.
How did you get on in Manchester ? I came in at 3:44, which was a PB for me, so I was delighted.
Not bought my outfit yet, but am still going for the James Bond 1980's look.
Anybody else out there doing it and fancy coming along ?