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Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:02

I don't know what the surface is like at the North Pole, but running on snow is very different than running on ice. And there are lots of different types of snow  Loose, soft, hard, flaky, wet, dry etc...!

I love running in fresh snow, 2-3 cm deep - and hard-packed snow is quite grippy with trail shoes. Deep snow is tough, more like sand and you need to lift your knees up higher.

Ice is a different matter - though it's often easier to run than walk on ice, it's said that running is just controlled falling anyway! I've done a parkrun on a completely iced course with no issues at all.

I also have some YakTrax which work pretty well on ice and may help your confidence. Get 'em before winter as everywhere sells out as soon as the temperature drops below 0C

Recommend a good 45/50 mile Ultra for April / May 2015

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:34

Compton 40, (near Reading) is an excellent one, normally around Easter time - cheap as you like, mostly off-road, not too hilly, CPs every 5 miles.

Two 20-mile laps, and there's a 20-mile option that starts at the same time.

r.e. That Cardiff Ultra, (42 mile version) I live in Cardiff, the ultrarace Cardiff 50 was my first 50-miler in 2011 and I did it again in 2013. I really don't understand why they don't keep going to Bute Park and make it 50? Weird... Having said that, I'm hearing good things about the organisers after the Gower 50, so might be worth looking at, it's a nice enough route - lots of tarmac though 

Extreme runner over 60yrs needs insurance

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 15:42

That's good to hear GKD, I might look at them when it comes time to renew again.

Had heard some horror stories about Dogtag which put me off, mainly from the winter sports crowd. I guess if you're part of an organised event, carrying the correct kit and complying with the event rules things are a lot simpler.

Extreme runner over 60yrs needs insurance

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 14:39

InsureAndGo do my cover for international ultras, (but I'm only a 44-year-old whippersnapper) - and I can't vouch for how good they are if I need to make a claim.

I'd look for Marathon De Sables insurance companies - I've heard good things about Sutcliffe, might be worth ringing them


The Spine

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 12:03

I'm not doing The Spine but have a bit of experience in long events out in the middle of nowhere 

I highly recommend a Sawyer Mini Filter, while I don't mind drinking from rivers and streams this gives you some peace of mind. About £20-25 online, pretty small and light. It'll even go in-line on a bladder.


First 100 miler

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:53

I'll be at WRD too seren... It's an awesome route, one of my favourites in South Wales, and £9 for all that cake 

Expecting to finish

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 20:20

I've just written a blog about my DNF at the Tahoe 200 which offers a bit of a different explanation for quitting.I thought it might be of interest to this thread?

7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:54

Good luck chaps - I suggest you read,and re-read Chapter 16 "Heart Attack" of the Sir Ranulph Fiennes biography "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know" 

a contingency plan for Antarctica would be a good idea - I think Ranulph & Mike Stroud ended up running around a Falklands air base due to bad weather.

Tor des Geants

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:03

GKD - as in the protagonist in this brilliant story I presume?

Chapeau indeed sir - I read the report with great interest having recently come back from a failed attempt at the Tahoe 200.

Although it's nowhere near as extreme as the TdG I found a non-stop 200-mile/100-hour race is a very, very different beast from a 100-miler, (Barkley excepted) - I wish there had been electric fences on the Tahoe Rim Trail  

Rest-up and heal well

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 10:38

Or just run the first half of C2C - to the canal as a long run, (22-miles) and drop there... You get a supported run, with company and can experience the infamous "race to the gate" 

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