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The Spine

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:04
Returning to the challenger in 2016. Planning starts again.

The Spine

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 14:36

Interesting reads as always.  I twisted my ankle with a dreaded cracking noise on Torside coming off Bleaklow.  Pushed on using poles to reach checkpoint 1 but 4 hours behind my plan, rested and found a very swollen ankle in the morning. 

I calculated I would take around 65+ hours min to now reach the end at my current pace and pulled out on that theory (as well as common sense and needing to ensure I could return to work), not easy choice.

Loved the race, hated doing parts of it but that's what makes it for me.

Already eager to do it again.  Interested in finding out where people Bivvy down, didn't look very appealing.  Tractor sounds a great idea.

Appreciate must be frustrating but what time/location did they make the decision to pull you Cragchick?

The Spine

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:46
GPS is compulsory as well as map and compass, which is quicker. The kit list for the race is a page and a half a long.

The Spine

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:22

Richyla, I started the challenge this week, but due to a few issues with injuries this year I did not get my weekly mileage to where I would have liked.  that said I did reach hebden bridge Without too much hassle but twisted my ankle after 15 miles.  Didn't cause too much of a concern until I went to put my shoe back on on Sunday morning.I would recommend a recci of the course but perhaps focus on the areas you expect will be in darkness.  But as circlip mentions, last year had a few areas of white out so can be serious micro nav.   Some areas are easy to go wrong on and have poor signage.   Although in the early stages it can be busy I still spent a few hours without seeing a soul.  Ian's blogs are very useful and he has completed a couple if times.  Chatted with him on Friday and he is happy to advise people.   That will help with kit and planning.  The people organising and competing are very friendly and a good atmosphere.

The Spine

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 22:02
Well done circlip. I agree, those guys overtake like a gentle breeze, gentle quiet and no effort at all but with polite, friendly respect for everyone. Totally respect to them. Sadly I retired at cp1 having twisted my ankle coming off bleak low, tried to keep going but just was too slow after that. most difficult race I have ever entered, so many variables and so many very experienced competitors. Hated doing it, love that I did and totally as long respect for anyone on that start line. I will be back next year.

The Spine

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:25
Don't think there are any limits for stopping but deadlines for exiting checkpoints. 12 hours max at a checkpoint but who can afford that? Any stops over an hour have to telephone race hq.

The Spine

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:58
Credits are given back for time helping others or being held back. Penalties were mentioned at the briefing for going off course, not reporting long breaks, not passing a spot kit check and similar.

The Spine

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 17:40

An insight into the challenger race:

The day before involved a one2one registration process, full race briefing from race organisers and from mountain rescue ranging from beating hypothermia to country code. This was followed a little down the road by a full kit inspection, mug shot and tracker fitting.

Saturday morning and the challengers meet in Edale car park and are escorted to the start line. Lots of nervously excited faces with fully laden backpack and lightweight running gear....

What happens next changed the game.

A short register and countdown to start and they are off. Some gently jogging, some walking up to the Pennine way with just a little gentle rain, down the dark track opposite the old school and bam. The spine bites. Full gale force winds, head on, accompanied by very heavy driving rain. Wind so strong you need to battle to remain standing, rain hitting your face like someone firing a BB gun at you continuously. I have never experienced anything like this! Less than a mile and it's tough.

I have heard three people dropped out around this area for injuries, twisted ankles, wind blindness and simply falling over. Many complaint of blurry vision, I had it in one eye for the whole day, making identifying objects in the distance very difficult when map reading.

The rain battles down hard and many resort to full mountain gear to gear up to tackle the Peaks biggest mountain. Crossing Kinder the rain does ease a little but the wind remains. If you jump you may be blown away. Kinder downfall is blowing 20 foot into the air, even gravity is loosing today.

Cross the torrent of river kinder and down toward featherbed moss, the path is fairly flat, flagstones, should be easy to get some pace. Every step is like walking on ice with a full cross wind constantly sending you in to the boggy side track. Backpack creating a great wind sock. A few more go over here. Even last years race leader is out. Weather so bad the race organisers delay the full race by two hours. Run, lucky to stay standing.

That is just the first ten miles of 110..... It doesn't improve much throughout the day, wind, rain, hail, snow, sleet, sun (well a little). Feels like -10 for the whole day with base layers damp from the start.

The Spine

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 10:42
Sorry to hear that booktrunk. So soon, but can relate, my eye blurred over at kinder, temporary wind blindness I think. I also slipped a couple of times on those slabs and hire text shoes lasted minutes. Twisted my ankle coming down bleak low. Managed to go to cp1 but hours after plan (2am). Too small we swollen this morning so I am out too (44). Horrible day, great experience.

The Spine

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:58

Have to agree, the blogs have been useful.  I have a treadmill covered in kit now, with last minute bits being checked.  Sure it will be challenging mentally, emotionally and physically.  Good luck everyone. 

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