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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!

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 22:24

That schedule looks similar to the one I did, think the biggest weekend I had was 2x20 milers and I did Rhayader and San Dom 20's on consecutive days

The San Dom 20 and new Merthyr Half use the Taff Trail so would be ideal training runs. 

Merthyr is almost exactly halfway between Brecon & Cardiff so a brilliant start/finish point. it's worth familiarising yourself with the bit through Ponty, obvious when you know it but confusing after 35 miles and catches a lot of people out.

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:13

Me too seren, I've done the Cardiff Ultra twice, (my profile photo is from the finish last year!). I run the route fairly often as a training run - catching the bus up from Cardiff to Brecon.

It's a nice enough route, mainly tarmac, long slow climb from 9-17 miles alongside Talybont reservoir, (which is hardpacked trail)

It baffles me why they haven't extended it to Bute Park to make it a nice round 50 miles, surely that's an easier place for people to get to-and-from anyway?

Have heard good things about the organisers though so it should be a good day out


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.


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