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The Spine

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 14:46

Working on updating my earlier blog on sleeping issues . The drain pipe is under one of the major road crossings ( the A67 it think). 

And yes we are talking about sleeping in drain pipes!

The Spine

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 22:37

Re issued and edited Parts of my Spine Race Guide.http://dartmoordogrunner.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/spine-psychology-aka-using-your-head.html

The impact of stress hormones is a subject all us Ultra Runners should be aware of.


The Spine

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:55

Javed made it ok and raised loads of dosh for the MRTeams. I believe they also turned out to give him loads of support and local runners piled in to run with him. He did not use the CP,s as s most were closed . When he needed to sleep then warm dry rest was arranged for him. Javed does the really long milage thing; Double Spartathon, Double Thames Ring to name but two.

Two times the Spine take his achievements to a whole new level. The milage is one thing but coping with Winter Pennine weather over that length of time takes a very strong mental attitude and Javed,s ability to just keep on smiling.

The Spine

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 12:51

Well that Hurt!!!

Not read the rest of these posts but thanks for all your support.

We the back runners had very little information to go on . No one had any idea how long the Bryness to finish leg would take or what the Cheviot conditions would be . My self and Steve just Hauled Ass as fast as we could up onto the Cheviots. Our limiting factor was a total of about 3 hrs sleep between Alston and the finish line! Feeling tired does not even touch it.

Got a phone call about 2 hrs out of Hut 1 asking us to stop and search for a lost runner 500m south of us.!! 20 mph wind probably -5 without wind chill Snow about 80cm deep out of the drifts with underlying heather. Steve headed south leaving me as a lighting beacon. Ground undulating so steve,s torch kept vanishing. Lost runner saw my flashing torch and came to us. He said he was not lost and was pissed with us for trying to help him. We all kinda lost it as me and Steve were now freezing . 

When you are fighting that hard for survival it all get,s a bit 'Lord Of The Flies' The ground was covered in Pram Toys for a while especially as the lost runner wanted to teach us how to navigate.

Anyway it is possible to do 60min Km hr  at times and still finish the spine .

Will post full blog later.

The Spine

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 21:20

Temp is dropping at last . Looks like it will be sloshing through the low ground and Bogs then sliding about on the high level flagstones at night. This should sort the field out. 

Hopefully the race won,t be paused or diverted this year. All that extra sleep in 2015 boosted the finish rate by at least double. 

Pack loaded up and ready to watch the fast buggers running up Jacobs ladder. Hopefully I shall reel them in later in the race provided I don,t blow day one this year!

The Spine

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 06:24

not long now. Out to Princetown today to play outside with Storm Frank.



The Spine

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 20:33

Finally done the update.


More thoughts on traction aids and my latest discovery Hoka Speed Goats. Finally a Hoka that will work on hilly UK conditions Ultras.

Cape Wrath 2016

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:18

Cape Wrath and Dragons Back  have  a different attitude to hosting ultras. I believe there is much less emphasis on relying on good will for Marshalling and other duties. The expenses ,travel costs paid ,meals and free Kit given to Marshals are much more generous then at other events. This all costs but probably gives the organiser more control over the event making the whole thing more slick. For a competitor you get a more predictable race but have to pay for the service.

 For myself I rather prefer the more raw but cheeper events. (carrying all my own gear adds to the fun for me. )

 You have the choice of what type of event you enter which is fine by me.

The only type of race I do object to is where you end up paying for things like shiny sign written  vans and flash banners but discover the actual things you need like good CP food and support is missing!

 Would I like to do The Dragons Back and the Cape Wrath? The answer is yes but I fall apart in hot summer races , that fact added to the price rules them out for me.

 Put them on in the winter and I would start saving up.

Dartmoor Perambulation

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 21:54

E mailed the organiser. Evidently the course and checkpoints published on the website are not the actual course. The the new GPX file will be published soon then they will mark the whole course on Dartmoor. 50 miles of marks!  This could prove interesting as the trails are often indistinct unlike the UTMB which is fully marked but on easy to follow trails.

I hope they have a forrest of bamboo poles and plenty of man power. At least they have 16 days left  to  get the route sorted.

Dartmoor Perambulation

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 22:04

Entered this one as it is on home ground. Getting a bit worried about the route much of which is trackless on the ground. Todays Recce has not filled me with confidence as one control is located in a deep bog (location verified by GPS and map) Sunk up to my waist twice and retreated . I suspect the planner has not run the course!

Trying to keep an open mind. We shall see?

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