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Newbie at ultra running

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:32

Another great site for finding ultras worldwide.

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

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... 

Might Contain Nuts - The Welsh Trail Running Series 2015

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 08:30

The course will be well marked... I had problems with the gpx file too and had to run it through the converter at to get it onto my Fenix.

I ran the marathon route yesterday and it's dry and firm up in the Brecons at the moment, really nice underfoot and even the infamous "Bog of Doom" before the Corn Du ridge is pretty decent, (you'll still get wet feet)

Having said all that - if the MCN team turn the weather machine up to 11 that will probably all change

Might Contain Nuts - The Welsh Trail Running Series 2015

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:48

If you need a headtorch you'll be outside the 21:30 final cutoff, but it's never a bad thing to have in your pack just in case. The 25-mile cutoff is 15:30 so if you get through that there should be plenty of time to get home before dark.

Pony Express v Druids Challenge Comparisons

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:37

I didn't have any problems with signs last year, though I had the GPS log on my watch to keep me honest.I have heard that there's been issues with signs in previous years, so it's probably worth keeping your wits about you!

We went to "The Alice Lisle" in the evening which is short walk from the overnight stop - it's a nice pub and does decent food if you're still hungry after the XNRG dinner, and serves a good pint or two if that's your thing


Pony Express v Druids Challenge Comparisons

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:29

I've done the Ridgeway, (not with XNRG) and did the Pony Express event last year...

In my experience, the Pony is easier underfoot, flatter and with more Tarmac than the Ridgeway. I'd think it'll be bone dry after the recent weather. it's a different sort of landscape around the New Forest rather than higher up - not better, or worse, just different... 

Personally, I prefer the Ridgeway but it's a good weekend and XNRG are always good hosts. There's a decent pub near the overnight stop too which is worth a visit


Any Ultra Runners in Pembrokeshire or South Wales

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 08:39

Seren - a better run is to get the train to Pyle or Port Talbot and then run back to Barry. There's drop-out points at Llantwit and Rhoose if you want to knock-off a few miles. Pyle to Barry is about 35 miles including a couple of miles to get to the WCP from the train station

It's a much more inspiring run, the prevailing westerly wind is normally in your favour, water points at Portcawl, Methyr Mawr, Ogmore, Llantwit and the caravan parks.

Best GPS watch for ultras

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 12:24

Sorry Steve, I don't have a 310XT any more... I have the Fenix now, but often wish I still had the 310XT as it was a solid bit of kit.

I like the look of the Fenix 3, and also the Epix but really can't justify it, especially having just bought a Garmin GPSMAP 64 handheld for navigation, (very nice - but that's a different topic)

To be fair, my Fenix has been a lot better recently - but it only lets me down when I really need it, which is normally towards the end of a big day out when I've lost the trail and am braindead, tired and confused.

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