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Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 13:28

Thanks Vincent. I just want registration to open so I can sign up. I don't feel I can focus on it until I'm officially in!

Greatest strength as an athlete

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 12:43

Andrew Thomas, I am the complete opposite to you. I labour up hills (I do a lot of hillwork though, and am definitely improving) but I fly down them at a dangerous pace. I do a lot of overtaking downhill in races. The way I see it, it's free speed!

Looking for something new (advice needed)

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:44

It says non navigational and that it has "shocking inclines that ALMOST have you on your hands and knees" so no climbing either, although if the ground underfoot is particularly icy or snowy, I'm guessing you'd have a bit of scrambling to do.

Is Costo-Sternal syndrome similar to costochondritis do you know? I had a touch of that a few years back. It didn't last too long and luckily, hasn't returned.

Looking for something new (advice needed)

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:19

I might do this one year (without a pack):

The Hill

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:37

It's the challenge, simple as that. It's harder than running the same distance point to point or in a loop because it takes a hell of a lot of mental power to keep turning round and going back up the hill. Fair enough, it doesn't appeal to me either, but that doesn't mean I don't see the point.

Also, if you think that's a crazy race, you should check out this:


Posted: 06/09/2014 at 14:28

Another good report Dill. Nice blog too, just read through your other reports, interesting reading.

If I only ever got to do one more race, UTMB would be the one I'd choose. the expense, distance and terrain all frighten me to death though so whether or not I ever will, who knows. It won't be any time soon, that's for sure.


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:37

Wow Ben, what a report! Congratulations on finishing. Sounds like you certainly left it all out on the course!

Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 12:03

Thanks Bear and way2slow.

SVP100 looks good but it's quite a bit further away from me. Race to the Stones finish at Avebury is only just over an hour from my house, whereas the finish for SVP100 is more like four hours. After running 100K, I reckon that's going to be very important!

Actually, the chatting to other runners thing isn't that big a sell for me. I'm quite happy having short chats and a bit of cameraderie but would definitely not want to have to make small talk for hours on end. I got chatting to someone near the start of my last marathon and, although she was very nice, I couldn't face chatting for the duration as I really felt I needed to focus inwards a bit. I had to make an excuse to go off to the portaloos to avoid awkwardness!

Anybody else planning a crack at Race to the Stones this year?

Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 07:51

Thanks FWo. I quite like the idea of doing a big event for my first as it should be well supported and organised as you say and I'm willing to pay for that. I certainly wouldn't do events like that regularly. Not too worried about start and finish locations as hopefully I will be able to get dropped off and picked up.

The elevation looks reasonable. I like an undulating course, but didn't want anything too mountainous. Didn't know about the generous cut offs, so that's good to know!

Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 13:03

I know what you mean. It is expensive and you might expect a bit more in terms of support etc, but I guess the big difference is that at these big sponsored events, the marshalls etc are paid, rather than being volunteers. Whether or not that makes an overall difference to the experience, who knows. Obviously not a big enough one at The Wall!

How far did you get at the Ridgeway then? Back for another go next year?

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