glad those comments were taken in the spirit intended
I'm big on solo, self-supported stuff and am planning to do the UTMB route, aka TMB, (who knew?) later this year... It'll be just like the big race, but without 2,000 people and with more cheese and wine!
i'm doing Dragon's Back - just because of the community behind the whole event. It's more than just a race, it's an adventure with friends - and I hope to make a lot more over the week. I expect a lot of us will be looking at Cape Wrath at around 9pm on Friday 26th June in Castle Caareg after a few beers.
We think it's expensive because we're in the UK - but look at the international ultras... they're all flipping expensive. Iceland, the Junge Ultra, MdS, Atacama, etc. And you have to get there into the bargain. Not a lot of change out of £5,000 for a big international multi-day. In fact Bear 100 in the USA cost me over £3,000 and Tahoe 200 was more all-in.
I say capitalise on the local events, they can be as epic and challenging as the big well known ones.
Pro-rata it's about the same as Dragon's Back from the same people, (£150-ish/day)... Yes expensive, but you can't compare it with the Spine... On these events you get accommodation and food, breakfast, tea and dinner. Plus support at halfway every day!
People will still claim it's a rip-off but I guarantee you no-one is making millions out of it.
of course you could pay triple the £1250 and jog around the desert for 5 days, carrying ALL your own food and spend half your time queueing up for stuff... So I hear, but then you'll never see me at the Marathon des Sables no offence meant to anyone who has done it, or is planning to do it - it's just not my cup of tea.
Me And I know of at least one other RW forumite on here who's in for it, (looking at you Sean)
Training has just been lots of big, long days in the hills and mountains. Most of my weekends involve 10-12 hours of plodding up and down big hills, I've included some races e.g. Fellsman, Transylvania 100km, the Might Contain Nuts events to mix-it-up a bit.
I've got no problem with 1-2 days, but no idea how 5 days will affect me. That and the navigational aspect are my biggest worries. But I'm going in to complete and not compete, so slow and steady is fine - even if I have to walk/hike the majority of it.
Compared to some of my other big adventures, (Bear 100, Tahoe 200 and even the NDW100) I've probably not thought about it as much, however I've started to look at kit in the last couple of days and realised I probably need to start getting my act together soon!