Posted: 19/06/2016 at 09:20
Badbark - you're right. It was the "Race the Wall" - I'd originally entered because of the challenge of running a 100K race but only when I did the calculations a few weeks ago did I realise it was 111K!
Finishing was the main target but sub-14 hours was at the back of my mind and I would have been over the moon with sub-12 although looking at the results from last year I realised that that would have put me in the top 20, so it was a bit of a pipe dream.
So, how did it go? Firstly it was hard work - about 2/3 was on the road which was undulating rather than hilly, but there were still some bits that it made sense to walk up. The off road part varied between a pretty flat section coming into Newcastle and the Hadrian's Walk footpath around Vindolanda which was definitely NOT flat. Tough going up and equally tough coming down but as you can imagine, the scenery was stunning.
The event itself, while on the pricey side, was very well organised with the opportunity to have a bag taken to the finish and a couple of others delivered to a pit stops along the route. The pit stops themselves were well stocked with drinks (including bitter shandy at one!), chocolate, sweets and sandwiches although apart from a mouthful of a roll at the first pit stop, I stuck with the plan of eating familiar running stuff and staying well clear of pork pies and scotch eggs.
I put my strategy of a walk break every hour into action from the start, although it quickly became one every half hour to be on the safe side. I was starting to feel a bit weary about 20 miles in - not good when you've still got nearly 50 to go so the ultra shuffle became an ultra ultra shuffle.