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Vanguard Way Marathon

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 09:40

Thanks to all the marshals and yourself for yesterday Gaz, that was great fun again. Improved on my last year's time by 40 minutes to 4:49 and had a lot of fun hammering the downhills and then being overtaken by everyone I'd just gone past whilst I was recovering on the flats. A couple of wrong turns as you'd expect, but overall course markings better than last year. I'm feeling alright today, bit of a sore ankle from a few trips on those awkward rutted fields before the M25, but everything else feels alright. Also, thought the relayed paths section was great, thanks to all involved in that. 

See you again in 2015?

Vanguard Way Marathon

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 17:28

Emailed you...

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.

Vanguard Way Marathon

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 12:15

Hi Gaz - has the email for this gone out yet? Very much looking forward to it and hoping the weather stays cooler as forecast, anything over 25 degrees starts to get a bit uncomfortable for me.

9.30 start in Lloyd Park I'm assuming?

Vanguard Way Marathon

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:30

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...


Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:36

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...

Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:13

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).


3x3000 80K Scafell Pike - Helvellyn - Skiddaw

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 09:16

Not so bad here either, did the Country to Capital 45 back in January which was very pleasant on nice easy terrain on a perfect winter day, so not exactly comparable to anything you might get in the Lakes. Since then just keeping things ticking over, moved house to somewhere with actual inclines on the roads so I've now got a very convenient half mile repeat available to me which helps. Bit of arch pain but I'm tempted to say that's my work shoes rather than running related, seems to loosen up after a few miles but there's always the worry that something's going to fall...

Hope the exams went well.

3x3000 80K Scafell Pike - Helvellyn - Skiddaw

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 17:26

And another familiar name returns...

Interesting stuff mate, I'm not surprised some of the "shorter" fell runs are at the top, but that 10 Peaks is a new one to me and that's some eye-watering climbing to deal with too. I see from other posts you've signed up for one of the options this year, what's the plan?

Goes without saying that the UTMB + relations is out there leading the way. I take it you had a bit of a time out there which seems to be a familiar story for a lot of people, at least from what I've read. (Andy Mouncey's book has a DNF on the UTMB I think, sounds brutal.)

Think I'll be doing at least 2 recce trips over the summer if possible; particularly the stretch coming off Scafell Pike (don't know it and looks like getting lost would be a bit of a pain...), potentially Skiddaw in the dark too. Can't wait...

3x3000 80K Scafell Pike - Helvellyn - Skiddaw

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 14:48

Hello again cragchick, I was wondering if you'd be interested in this actually, good to see you're in. I'm particularly looking forward to lining up alongside you at the start this time rather than cheekily cutting in at the halfway point...

How was your winter running?

3x3000 80K Scafell Pike - Helvellyn - Skiddaw

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 11:59

Might be of interest to any folks who perhaps missed out on a Lakeland 50/100 place or are looking for a Bob Graham Lite option for this year: http://www.highterrainevents.co.uk/24.html

It's a cracking route with some serious climbing involved, I've not checked the numbers overall (or what the most is for an organised event in the UK?) but it's going to be right up there I expect. Three very sizeable hills...

Anyway, I've put my money down and started planning the next 6 months of blisters and quad pain, anybody else?

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