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lakeland 100/50 2014

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 16:26

I don’t think they needed to add a werewolf to this event to make it harder!

The Trionium UK Wife-Carrying Race

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 12:39

What if you don't have a wife?

Can you nominate a woman to take her place?


Bring Back races

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:30

















This is a list of the 15 largest cities in the UK by population.  Quite a few of them do not have a major marathon!

Leicester Marathon 2014

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:55

I was sceptical about the lime green T shirt last year, but it is very distinctive, even from a distance.  You can see all the Leicester Marathon finishers training, when you go out running, or drive round in your car.   

Saffron Trail Ultra

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:53

I do want to, but unfortunately I am out of the country at that time. 

Should be a cracking event though!

First 100 miler

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 14:42

It is also important to ignore the siren call of people who tell you that a DNF is not failure. 

They are nice people and they mean well, but they are not helping you.  If you go into a 100 mile race with the mindset that a DNF after 50 miles is still a damn fine effort, then you have practically failed before you even reach the start line. 

I absolutely consider any result where I did not finish a race to be a failure, and I frankly wouldn’t want it any other way. 

First 100 miler

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 11:55

You took the step up from non runner to marathon, and then marathon to 50 miler, in an incredibly short period of time.  Most people will get in a few races at each of those distances, and thoroughly master them physically and mentally, before they step up.  The speed with which you have escalated the length and difficulty of the races that you have undertaken, will have contributed to the problem. 

In order to finish races like the Ridgeway and Winter 100, you have to set the threshold for a DNF high.  It is not macho bullshit, it is what it takes to get the job done.  Pairing up with the right person would very likely have made the difference here.  You perhaps need to get a bit of practice with night running.  You could even look at the possibility of using a pacer on the night section, if you know somebody who is willing. 

I live near to you, so I can take you for a beasting, if you think it will help. 

The Trionium Picnic Marathon

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 18:12

No question. 

I have done 100 mile races with a 30% dropout rate before, but 26.2 miles is an awfully short distance to cram a 30% attrition rate into. This is a very different kind of difficult.

In a 100 mile race it wouldn't concern you too much if you are near the back of the field, because the attrition is relatively evenly spread across the field. In this race you should be seriously concerned, if you are in the second half of the field.

It isn't a weak field either. Your straw pole, showed that all the participants except one had previous marathon experience. Speaking to other competitors, I get the idea that the average picknicker is a 3 something marathoner, and will often have ultra distance experience.

How long to rest after an ultra

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:10

I would say listen to your own body.  If you feel that you will be OK for the club run tomorrow, then there is no particular reason why you should not give it a go. 

My philosophy is to be disciplined in my preparations for a race, and do what the hell I feel like once the race is out of the way.  Its not like you need to do it again next weekend!

The Trionium Picnic Marathon

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 21:36

 33% DNF rate. That’s just insane for a marathon. There are 100 mile races with lower dropout rates than that.

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