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Ways of finding volunteers to help out at a race

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:19

I've volunteered at quite a few races, but have normally approached the RD myself as they've been events I've run in the past.

If you maintain an email list of past entrants then an email-shot to those people may hook you a few more volunteers. People who've done the event before are invaluable as volunteers and marshals, they know the course, what the competitors are going through and can offer good advice!

Other than that, the usual social media channels, a specific area on the website about volunteering, duties and benefits, (free entry, food etc...) with a specific contact email address might help.

Now I think about it though, I'm surprised that no such register of willing volunteers exists that people can register on. Maybe it does?

Cape Wrath 2016

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 13:44

glad those comments were taken in the spirit intended 

I'm big on solo, self-supported stuff and am planning to do the UTMB route, aka TMB, (who knew?) later this year... It'll be just like the big race, but without 2,000 people and with more cheese and wine!

i'm doing Dragon's Back - just because of the community behind the whole event. It's more than just a race, it's an adventure with friends - and I hope to make a lot more over the week. I expect a lot of us will be looking at Cape Wrath at around 9pm on Friday 26th June in Castle Caareg after a few beers.

We think it's expensive because we're in the UK - but look at the international ultras... they're all flipping expensive. Iceland, the Junge Ultra, MdS, Atacama, etc. And you have to get there into the bargain. Not a lot of change out of £5,000 for a big international multi-day. In fact Bear 100 in the USA cost me over £3,000 and Tahoe 200 was more all-in.

I say capitalise on the local events, they can be as epic and challenging as the big well known ones.

Cape Wrath 2016

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 10:07

Pro-rata it's about the same as Dragon's Back from the same people, (£150-ish/day)... Yes expensive, but you can't compare it with the Spine... On these events you get accommodation and food, breakfast, tea and dinner. Plus support at halfway every day!

People will still claim it's a rip-off but I guarantee you no-one is making millions out of it.

of course you could pay triple the £1250 and jog around the desert for 5 days, carrying ALL your own food and spend half your time queueing up for stuff... So I hear, but then you'll never see me at the Marathon des Sables no offence meant to anyone who has done it, or is planning to do it - it's just not my cup of tea.

Dragon's Back 2015

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 02:10

Me And I know of at least one other RW forumite on here who's in for it, (looking at you Sean)

Training has just been lots of big, long days in the hills and mountains. Most of my weekends involve 10-12 hours of plodding up and down big hills, I've included some races e.g. Fellsman, Transylvania 100km, the Might Contain Nuts events to mix-it-up a bit. 

I've got no problem with 1-2 days, but no idea how 5 days will affect me. That and the navigational aspect are my biggest worries. But I'm going in to complete and not compete, so slow and steady is fine - even if I have to walk/hike the majority of it.

Compared to some of my other big adventures, (Bear 100, Tahoe 200 and even the NDW100) I've probably not thought about it as much, however I've started to look at kit in the last couple of days and realised I probably need to start getting my act together soon! 

Have you ever been last in an event?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 13:42

I was (joint) last at the Transylvania 100k a couple of weeks ago. To cut a long story short, I got lost up a mountain at about 40k and spent the rest of the race chasing cut-offs.

It was an amazing adventure though  Full story on my blog, (below)

https://guymawson.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/transylvania-100k/

 

Newbie at ultra running

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:32

Another great site for finding ultras worldwide.

http://www.ultramarathonrunning.com/races/uk.html#southeast

I'll eat just about anything when running - generally "real food", little and often is the key, approx 300 calories/hour works for me - split into 100 cals / 20 mins or 150 cals / 30 mins, That's a gel, couple of Jaffa Cakes, mini pork pie, handful of peanut M&Ms, half a flapjack etc - you get the idea!

 

Lisbon or Vallencia marathon or anywhere else ?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 19:01

Valencia is good, as is Palma and Lanzarote isn't too bad... All cheap to get to and very UK-friendly. there's usually a Valencia & Palma thread in the events forum, In 2012 I met up with a few of the forumites for drinks in Valencia afterwards....

!00 miles walk

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 16:48

Kinesiology tape - have a look at this link, it's what I used when leaning to tape my feet. I've modified it a bit, but it's a great starting point... Gehwol foot cream is awesome too, get it from Amazon

http://traviss.co.uk/wisdom/foot_taping_for_ultras.html

I use Injinji Trail 2.0 toe socks, love them - Traviss suggests covering them with another pair of socks which might work for you. You can then remove the second pair if/as your feet swell later in the event. Not something I've ever needed to do - but I've never carried 75% of my body weight for 100 miles

!00 miles walk

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 20:11

You might want to investigate taping your feet if blisters are a problem. I've always taped my feet for anything over 50 miles, (I also use Injinji socks). You need to practice and work out the best strategy for you. There's a few good articles out in internetland and the book "Fixing Your Feet" might be worth getting - or at least look at the website of the same name.

A 5kg backpack for 30 hours destroyed my back so good luck, rather you than me... 

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