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Realistic expectations

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 18:08

a good rule of thumb is that you need to go through 50 miles in 10 hours to be on for a sub-24 100 miler. It's possible - I went through halfway on NDW100 in 10:30 and finished in 23:45, but no-one overtook me after 50 miles.

having said that, 24-hour events are easier as you shouldn't get lost, you don't need to carry as much kit etc... At Endure24 I went through 50 in 9:45 and 100 in 21:41 to give you an idea of the difference...

yes, it's possible but you have to get comfortable with pushing through the night sections, minimise your pit stops. On a fairly easy course you could walk 100 miles in 24 hours

Rules on 'self supported'

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 08:33

A view from the the "Fastest Known Times" website

  • Supported means you have a dedicated support team that meets you along the way to supply whatever you need. This generally allows for the fastest, lightest trips, and for an element of camaraderie and safety, since someone knows about where you are at all times.
  • Self-supported means that you don't carry everything you need from the start, but you don't have dedicated, pre-arranged people helping you. This is commonly done a couple different ways: You might put out stashes of supplies for yourself prior to the trip, or you might just use what's out there, such as stores, begging from other trail users, etc.
  • Unsupported means you have no external support of any kind. Typically, this means that you must carry all your supplies right from the start, except any water that can be obtained along the way from natural sources. This approach has also been termed "alpine style". The longest trip I'm aware of using this style is Coup's 20-day thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. For most people, carrying enough food for more than a few days to one week will be prohibitive. Unsupported also means unaccompanied!

Rules on 'self supported'

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 21:05

Depends if you mean an actual "FKT" attempt, like the Pacific Crest Trail, an organised race or just going out for an adventure. I ran the SDW "unsupported" earlier in the year and used taps and a shop en-route but who cares? It was just me vs the SDW...

In the USA there's more focus on FKT's on the big trails - Appalacian / Pacif Crest / Tahoe Rim / John Muir etc... and they have very specific rules about supported vs unsupported. When JB Benna did the Tahoe Rim Trail unsupported he carried all his food but used water as he found it en-route. He did have support but they only met him at certain points and only gave moral support, if I remember correctly he wouldn't even hug his wife in case it was counted as "support"

Foot preparation for ultra's / adventure racing

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 18:57



hi Ablefeet, 

Taping - I tape my big/little toes, instep and inner heel areas only. those are the areas where I can get rubbing... 

Gaiters - I do a lot of running in sand, (on the Wales Coast Path), my shoes have built-in Velcro for DG Gaiters so they were the natural choice. They were a revalation - where I was dumping sand out of my shoes every 5 minutes, I now don't need to take them off and my feet come out clean  

i use the Gehwol Foot Cream Extra - this one

These are my feet before and after running the South Downs Way






Foot preparation for ultra's / adventure racing

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 15:01

Tape my feet for anything over 50 miles after having a few issues with sore feet above 50 miles. I initially used this guide but have adapted it a little since then

Always in Injinjis and I use Dirty Girl gaiters which keep dust, stones, rocks and other debris out of my shoes.

I swear by Gehwol foot cream - amazing stuff and use it immediately after a long run and for a couple of days afterwards. Plus any time I feel like a bit of pampering


Western States 100 Qualifier

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 16:13

Yep, would agree - WS100 isn't the only 100 in the USA, (there are LOADS - just go onto 

Bighorn, The Bear, Pine to Palm, Zion, Bryce, Angeles Crest, Wasatch to name a few - and most you can get straight into without a lottery.

Western States 100 Qualifier

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 15:10

Personally, I'd say that a sub-24 SDW100 should get you through WS100 under the cut-off, (30 hours?)

I did NDW100 in 23:45 and then The Bear 100 which is a lot tougher than WS100 in 28:30 and I could have easily gone a couple of hours quicker if I'd really wanted to... I've also run the SDW trail solo in 26-ish hours for comparison.

The trouble with WS100 is getting in! The odds are very low for first-timers, I applied twice and never got in either attempt. Dragon's Back in 2015 so am out of the running next year.

I say if you have a qualifier go for it, just train for those downhills


Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:07

Sunday 24th May Jase, I think you should give everyone else a head start if you're as fast as you were earlier in the year at Llanelli Born To Run


Why are so few races on Saturdays ?

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 10:54

Ultras are generally on Saturdays which I like as it allows for a few post-event beers without having to worry about it being a school night

Obviously the longer events extend into Sunday, (and sometimes beyond)

likeys ultra

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 20:38

top report Barbie, nice cloud inversion on the first Tor y Foel climb I was up in the west side of the Brecons on Saturday and it was very different, especially up on the peaks!

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