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£100 for the doctor to sign my form!!!

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 22:24

My GP didn't charge me a penny for signing the UTMB medical form.  

He just tested my blood pressure, then signed on the line!

Transylvania 100k

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 22:40

There are a lot of interesting European mountain races, and only one body to spread between them!

Sandstone Way Ultra

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 21:20

No problem.

There is a thread entitled "wannabe ultra runner", which is a veritable treasure trove of information for a person attempting an ultra for the first time.  

Here is a link to one of the more popular 100k training plans, which would provide a reasonable starting point.

In terms of pacing strategy, your best option will probably be to walk all the uphill sections from the opening gate, while running the flat and downhill sections. When the organisers publish a course profile, I will be able to recommend a more detailed strategy.  

You have until October to prepare, so your marathon training plan is a reasonable starting point. The main change would be to introduce back to back long runs. For example while your long run might have been 18-20 miles for the marathon, you would do something like 20-25 miles on the Saturday, then do 15 on the Sunday while your legs were still tired.   


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 12:01

OK touie2

The South Downs way is considerably better than anything I had to work with in Leicestershire. You can always find some sort of section of steep or technical hill, and just keep blasting up and down it.  

I don't know exactly where you live, but if you are quite close to the North Downs Way, the the ascents are a bit sharper and more technical than the SDW. A lot of CCC and UTMB entrants who live in the south, seem to use Box Hill.   

For a project of this importance, it might even be worth your while to take a trip to the Peak District or Snowdonia, to get in some high quality hill training sessions.  

Sandstone Way Ultra

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 11:25

Congratulations blondescisors

If you want any advice for your preparation, we will be happy to help.  

The SNOD ultra runnig thread

Posted: 25/12/2014 at 20:27

Have got myself a place in the Thames Ring as a Christmas present to myself!  



Posted: 24/12/2014 at 12:35

There are quite a few European mountain races, that should probably be getting more British interest.  

Marathon de Ben Nevis

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 20:54

Find the biggest hill near to where you live, and blast up and down it at the weekends.  

Realistic expectations

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 20:52

More than anything else, it will turn on how your body copes on the day.  

The whole sub 24 hour 100 mile thing can go out of the window pretty quickly, if you have a bad time in the last 30 miles.   

Atacama Crossing 2014

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 23:22

Thanks for the write up.  

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