Trying to remember the section but it's not coming back to me. I think by the 21 mile mark last time I wouldn't have noticed if I'd been running on a soft covering of duck down and rose petals I was that knackered. But well done anyway on looking after the paths, will keep an eye out.
Not a mistake at all - it's a fantastic race! There were a few run-walking last year as it was hot and hillier than you might first think for inside the M25, so you won't be alone in taking that approach. Gareth's email has said there will be some more course markings and route description this year which should make life a bit easier as there was a bit of confusion last time around (thinking of the front runners bombing off in the wrong direction about a quarter of a mile in!). Submitting my entry later today...
Thanks for the old forum posting, handy and found my way to race reviews from that too. Doesn't sound like the undulations are too dramatic, which is good as I'll be doing more hills a few weeks later and don't want to be completely dead in the quads region.
LNandB - thanks, the thought came to me the other day and I've not really been able to think about anything since, already plotting how much food I'd need and how much water I'd need for overnight with no access to shops or taps in pubs. Probably quite a bit I think...
Planning the rest of the year out and this caught my eye as it looks like I'll be on holiday later there this year. Isle of Wight coastal path. 68 miles, rolling climbs but nothing too big from what I can see, and easy navigation. Details here
So questions are, has anyone ever run all of this (looks like there's a full and 2 day ultra on this route) or sections before? Anyone got any experience of running coast paths at night and is this a really bad idea? And in terms of going unsupported overnight, is that a really bad idea too? Or should I just get on with it and not worry about it?
I figured I'd like to start on a Thursday evening, and finish in about 16-17 (there's no rush) hours taking me through to Friday lunchtime, at which point my friends arrive and we've got a house booked for the weekend and I get to drink beer in the sun all afternoon, as opposed to trying to get there for the crack of dawn and racing to finish before it goes dark (it'll be September so daylight is 0630 - 1930).