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University research help - running accessories

Posted: Yesterday at 21:35

We get a lot of these sort of posts on the forums.... I've participated in market research / studies before - but these have been attached to a race, so maybe think about approaching a Race Director and ask if you can aproach participants to help out in your survey. 

If you can give something back, e.g. Volunteer at the race then all the better, then you can actually meet and see the runners.

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:03

Easy - no... It goes up the Taff Trail, so you head out on the canal from Brecon and then up alongside the Talybont reservoir before dropping down to meet the Roman Run route, (about 9 miles in) there's two possible routes to the reservoir, on road or along the canal to Talybont... The old Ultrarace 50 went on the road but the canal route is nicer


Warm gloves

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:23

I suffered from Fellsman wind-blindness in 2012 too! You just need something to keep the wind from drying out your eyes.

Wrap-around sports sunglasses with interchangeable lenses work well - like these

A couple of years ago at a Might Contain Nuts event I used a pair of ski goggles and lent my clear-lens sunglasses to a mate! Now that was an event to remember



Any Ultra Runners in Pembrokeshire or South Wales

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 09:22

All the best Jase, I may marshal at Born To Run again this year

Dragon's Back is the big one for me in June, throwing a few "training races" in - Thames Trot 50 and Transylvania 100km booked so far.

Warm gloves

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 11:49

It depends what the weather's like. I've done Fellsman twice and got a case of mild frostnip in 2012...! It took nearly a year before my fingers were back to normal, and I still have issues with them in the cold now.

Since then, I've used mittens with silk liner gloves underneath if it's really cold. I've never had any luck with waterproof gloves - they always seem to get wet through eventually. I have a variety of mittens, from thin ones to full-on snowboarding gauntlets 

The biggest revelation was wearing fleecy/thermal arm-warmers. Keeping the blood warm on the way to your hands, (especially at the wrist area) helps keep the fingers warm too.

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 19:15

Shoelaces. If you are running London "hard" then in no way should you be looking to race a 42-mile ultra anywhere near your A race! 

Anecdotally - the old ultraRace Cardif 50 was my first 50-miler and it took a good 3-4 weeks to recover from it. It's fairly flat and fast, mostly tarmac so it really gives your joints a pounding. I did it again in 2013 and felt more sore afterwards than after my first 100-miler! 

Focus on London, there's loads of ultras out there and the guys who put on this one are creating new races all the time.

best ultra race vest for £100 or under

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:32

+1 for the Salomon S-Lab. £82 online for the 5-L version at the moment, personally I'd get the 12-L as it's light enough to use for short runs and gives you room for a bit more gear.

I've had Raidlight, Ultimate Direction, UltraAspire packs over the years but the S-Lab has relegated them all to the bench. Have used it for everything from a short commute to work to a 200-mile race in the USA.

Also at Chain Reaction Cycles for the same price - both with free delivery

The Spine

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 19:57

Nice, honest report booktrunk - the vision problems may be because of the wind, the same thing happened to me at Fellsman a couple of years ago. The wind dries out your eyeball apparently!

The Spine scares the hell out of me, I'm doing Dragon's Back 2015 and it looks like that x2-3, all in one go with limited support in the middle of winter. It really is a supreme challenge, maybe one day I'll graduate to it - but not for a while...

rest up, and enjoy the tracker

ultras in south wales /west

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 08:43

This is one of the best sources for finding ultras I know of - it's sorted by region too

I'm in Cardiff and don't think I know of any before The Green Man in March. Country to Capital / Thames Trot / Green Man are usually my first 3 ultras of the year, (not this year though)


Ambit3, fenix2 or wait for the fenix3?

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 08:43

I have a Fenix 1 which is currently at Garmin being replaced - I'm actually really disappointed with it. Maybe I just have a duff one but judging by some of the other reports on the internet I suspect it's not an isolated case:

  • NEVER got more that 15 hours out of it even on the most optomistic settings
  • It randomly reboots once the battery gets less than 50 percent
  • The battery gauge is unreliable - mine charges from 0 to 100 percent in minutes then drops back once the charger is removed
  • The map page / navigation can be really sketchy. The track redraw rate can be really slow sometimes or disappear completely - this leaves you thinking you're on the right track

As I say, maybe I have a duff one - the replacement might solve all these issues. I bought it for Tahoe 200 but it let me down so badly that I threw it in a drop bag early on and went back to a non-GPS G-Shock.

At the moment I'm using the trusty Garmin eTrex 10 again, I really like it - the screen is big, it's light and easy to hold, it has replaceable batteries that last around 40 hours and it spits out a track that you can load onto Garmin Connect / Strava etc... Does everything I need for around £80 - haven't done any Geocaching with it but it seems to have Geocache-specific features too

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