Hi WiB, Great report and effort! Those sound like a cracking series of events and further proof of the rich tapestry of mountain running out there overseas. Sometimes I wish I could split myself in half to do a few more
I see what you mean about thee toughness of the 'Ronda', the 70m Mitac has roughly similar to UTMB asc/desc. So for a 100m+ event this must rank up with the toughees of Europe (and US as that's quite a lot more asc/desc than Hardrock too) at 400+ft a mile regardless of terrain!
No problem Roy, sounds a good run out on Saturday.
Nearly forgot, I don't know, but assuming you get one indoor CP on route. The one at lakes10 - at Honister - was well stocked with a hot food, cold offering - pasta, sandwiches, etc.... - as well as more variety of drinks (inc. cans of cola - don't drink when not running, but great during a long run for some reason).
I can't comment on route as don't know the beacons, but I did The lakes event last month.
Food/drink on offer on the way around includes clif bars, gels, bananas, water, energy drinks, may have been sandwiches, crisps (can't completely recall on the savoury offering), other sweet stuff. If you like clif bars/gels (various flavours) then its a pretty good offering, if your not so keen its worth having a stash of your own likes. I didn't use the clif bars (usually find them too "chewy" at a hard effort pace), but snaffled a small mars bar from one station. And clif gels from a couple of others (a 'mocha' one which was nice if you like a coffee and chocolate taste and a 'citrus' one which was a refreshing alternative to cereal bars/flapjacks at one stage.
Training, if anything like the lakes event get out on hills that make you walk as well as more runnable terrain. try to match the terrain you train on to the race day stuff as much as possible.
re. food I'll probably carry enough specialist running foods like chia flapjacks and gels from day 1 to last me to end of day 4 when I can resupply at home. Due to the slow pace I'll go I don't necessarily forsee need for half or hourly energy replacement like in an ultra event and can afford to take bigger feeds on the run and slow down while digesting. So will rely quite a lot on a big breakfast, lunch, tea and fill in the gaps with things I can buy in shops on route (cola, sandwiches, lager/cider in pub if a warm day). Much of the route doesn't go too far without visiting a village/town with pub or shop.
I've done 3 and a little bit days in a row before of wainwright coast 2 coast route, before stopping injured, so can learn from that. And I know I can carry the minimal level of gear I need in a 20L pack (without compromising safety). Main lesson from that venture probably the refuelling, didn't do anywhere near enough even for the slow pace. Should be a little easier on this route to find shops then in Lake district and remote areas of dales.
Hi Booktrunk, it was a pretty memorable event, both very good and quite bad memories really. Certainly the most action-packed and possibly slowest 30m I've ever done!
I've put a bit about the challenge in an earlier post, roughly I'm going to follow the entire length of the river Ure from source high in pennines as it runs on to become the Ouse and then Humber, finishing at the end of the long spit of Spurn head. Its going to be over 180m. I'm a bit further on with route and now need to sort accomodation.
Day 1 - I plan to book in to a little remote inn west of Hawes mid afternoon which will probably take a few bus, train, more buses to get to. Then I'm going to run north up the hills (pathless by look of map) to seek out the river's source, then follow it back to where it passes near Inn. Have tea, drink, bed. 8m done.
Day 2 - follow river to east the length of Wensleydale, then take south turn, probably stay in Ripon area overnight. 55m (63 tot).
Day 3 - follow river roughly south as it becomes Ouse, through York and stop overnight in Selby. 46m (109 tot).
Day 4 - follow river to when it joins Humber and follow East. Finishing the day in Hull (so I can sleep at home that night ). 46m (154 tot).
Day 5 - Hull to Spurn point - 35m (189 tot).
Thats the theory anyway. Just need to figure transport, book accomodation, train to get used to day-after-day big miles carrying a heavier than usual pack, hope I don't get stuck in a bog somewhere remote on route....
I'm still catching up on blog, but he's first part of Centenary Way write up (May's challenge).