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Wasatch Front 100 race report

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 14:32

Bad luck Ben, altitude effects people differently and you never know how it's going to hit you until you try it.

i did the Bear 100 a couple of years ago which also in Utah about 100 miles north of SLC - it's similar to Wasatch and spends most time up at 8-11,000' it was my first time at altitude.

I find above 8,000' things get tougher - especially going up hills, and over 10,000' it's very hard! Since then though I've been up at those heights in Tahoe, Transylvania and  the Alps and not really noticed it as much. Maybe I'm just a bit more used to it?

if I was going to something like Hardrock I'd get there 1-2 weeks earlier to acclimatise a bit, I have friends who've used those altitude tents, the verdict is out as to whether they helped or not.

Cape Wrath 2016

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 20:56

As a bit of an appendum to this topic - yes, I did Dragon's Back this year.... and i'm doing asking King Offas Dyke 2016 which is £245. But that's non-stop, no overnight camps...

the only reason I'm doing KODR is I have loads of mates doing it, and the camaraderie will be epic. That's exactly why I did DB which, even at £750 was one of the most rewarding weeks of my life.

when you get into the epic stuff, it's about more than a tent, cup of water and sandwich, (though you get a lot more). The contacts, friends and experience really is priceless - it sounds like a cliche, and probably is. I'm one of the most cynical people around and the £750 I spent doing DB was money o will never regret spending

SW100 03/06/2016 (South Wales)

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 15:56

Good luck MTri, I'm also Cardiff-based. I won't be entering the SW100 but can vouch for the RunWalkCrawl crew having met them, and marshalled at the Vale Ultra earlier in the year. Ben and Joe know their stuff and are veterans of UTLD and Dragon's Back amongst others

You probably already know about the MCN, (Might Contain Nuts) events - ideal prep for the Brecons section and you'll meet a lot of people doing SW100 on those days. 

The Beacons are only 45 minutes away, so lots of opportunity to get familiar with the territory - especially the sections in the dark, it should be a cracking course - about time South Wales had a really good 100!

Mile/km dilemma when running a European Marathon/Race

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 10:56

km's tick-by much faster than miles Just remember not to stop after 26!

Ultra Overseas Insurance

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 22:38

DogTag comes recommended from friends of mine, I've been out to the USA, Transylvania, the Canaries, Spain, France and Italy and have used InsureAndGo only because they specifically reference ultras and mountain running in the policy.

Never had to use them, so can't vouch for it. In Europe an EHIC card should always be with you, and is free to apply for.


Race signage / upcycling

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 16:28

Most races will re-use the signs, direction arrows, "runners in road", "drinks station", "race HQ" etc... are generally on some sort of waterproof, durable backing and then stapled / cable-tied to a tree/post/fence

Having swept several races and collected them up and returned them to the organisers to be used again, I doubt you'll get much. If they don't want them, if you offer to sweep and collect them up then maybe they'll let you have them

You'd be better-off looking at sporting / music events that have the date and location branded on the medium. That stuff can't be re-used, but then again - would they just give it away? 

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.

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