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Head Torch for night Ultras

Posted: Yesterday at 16:15
Fell Running Guide wrote (see)

I've got an Alpkit Gamma, good cheap little torch but I can guarantee that it doesn't last 10 hours on full!  The lamp may stay on but it dims considerably.

FRG- fair point on the Gamma, it's not a regulated output so it does dim over time, but the absence of the electronics to do this means it is a low price.  I replace the batteries before they are completely spent.  

Head Torch for night Ultras

Posted: Yesterday at 10:08

I'm on my second Alpkit Gamma (https://www.alpkit.com/products/gamma) and think that it's fab- I reckon I get around 10 hours at full blast on a set of batteries.

I've also just picked up one of these http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/blue-mountain-headtorch-1w-ac210104?id_colour=124, a bit too wobbly when running but cheap as chips and can be unhooked from the headband so could be gaffer-taped to a set of handlebars.  Claimed battery life if pretty miserable and it needs a coin or a screwdriver to open it up.

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:39

I perfected the Mandrill impersonation (other red bottomed primates could be added to the repertoire) following my first longish bike, so I've paused to consider.  Running is going much better now I can see my feet when I leave the office of an evening.  

The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:33

Sounds a bit like a warm Haggis pate then Dave?

I've always fancied the idea of XC skiing, but I've never been organised enough to book anything when I've been on holibobs.

Forgot to say thanks for all the info on Islay.  I suspect I need to get my arris in gear if I want to play with the marathon, although I now see that there's a half as well in August- midge-tastic perhaps?

The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 15:36

Not had the pleasure of trying Indian.  To your two I'd add Lagavulin (the 16 yo used to be my standard Xmas present to myself).  Had I kept the bottle of Loch Dhu I so rashly drank all those years ago I could have bought something quite expensive today. 

The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 14:39

Many apologies Meldy m'dear, but the inner pedant Kraken awakens:-

whiskey is Irish, triple distilled

whisky (depending on your perspective) is the proper Scottish stuff, double distilled.  Although I have also had some nice Welsh whisky (Penderyn) and a friend bought back some Japanese (Hibike) which was also OK. 

Checkpoints Race - anyone up for making ateam of 5

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:20

If you check the indigogo campaign (which is why it's priced in USD) it's a bunch of French organisers- hence the final being in Alp D'Huez as they have local buy-in (and support presumably).

Their base case is for 10,000 teams (globally).

I'm similarly not fantastically enthused by the social media aspect, it smacks of being one step removed from 'sponsor me please', but the website is a little light on detail.

I'd also imagine if you managed to persuade some professionally sponsored ultra runners to join a team (anyone got Killian Jornet's email?) they'd be shoo-ins.   


The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:09

*fx* sound of bucket list being added to 

Morning all

Ironman Frankfurt - Split Transition

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:59

I must have had a bad day at the office (2006)- getting my bike out to T1 was not good.  My scheduled check-in was around early afternoon.  The shuttle buses had gone AWOL and there was a huge queue to drop bikes off (and it was stiflingly hot).  If I had to do it again I'd go for bus of the day.

That aside, it is very good and the best supported IM I've ever done.

The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:49

Interesting in what sense TMW?  I get the impression its a little wild and windy that far up.


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