I used roclites for a wet and rocky Wasdale a few years back thinking of the comfort. I think I'd have been better off in mudclaws as got a bit hairy on some descents. So if an AL cat race somewhere like lakes, snowdonia, much of scotland then definately go for grip! If a less rugged area of fells, borderline trail then maybe just a trail shoe.
Long, wet and cold in January ... sounds great, intrigued to hear more Hope you make it back for the Great Glen Ultra. I've no biomechanical qualifications, but I know I've been much less injured since I started off-roading more and especially since I started using more minimal, less cushioned shoes, closer to barefoot type shoes. Don't run in any of the major hight street brands now and feel the better for it.
I was feeling good and squeezed an extra long one in this month (Sat 1st) a week after the 43. Couldn't resist as feeling quite good and it was a local LDWA challenge. Speedy stuff with a fair bit of road and only 1800ft +/- so it was a good chance to practice a sustained run. Will hopefully do me some favours next month for the more runnable bits of Hardmoors 55, just need to do some more hill training now, bit rusty.
February long run done. Plenty of miles into strong winds, but otherwise a nice jaunt in the countryside north, east and west of Hull and a few miles in Hull to go south of it along the bank of Humber. 43.6m done
A marathon or ultra length run a month for me this year. Probably no more or less than the last few years, just some years might do two or three one month and none others. This year doing it as a bit of a charity challenge though and one a month acts as good training for the next so I don't have to do loads of long weekend runs between. So not robbing the family time.
Most are unofficial, non-event long runs and no hurry to get around them. Things I've fancied doing for awhile, manyn local, but not got around to. But might get competitive with my previous efforts in some of the events ;)
Jan - Hull to bridlington (avoiding roads) 27m - DONE Feb - Round Hull (again avoding roads) 43m - this coming weekend Mar - Hardmoors 55 Apr - Woldsman 50 May - Centenary Way (long distance footpath) Jun - 10 Peaks: The lakes (short) probably Jul - East Yorks "Grand Tour" - distance unplanned and unknown
The rest I'm not sure of yet, barring the Yorkshire marathon in Oct, which will be the shortest of all my long runs