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The Spine

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 15:30

Wow, got an idea of what the event is about.  Took my step son and went to walk across Bleaklow last night.  Pitch black, no light not even a star to glow.  Thick fog and visibility down to about 3 metres.  Made nav very interesting but just about managable with map, compass and GPS but very difficult. On pennine way could cover reasonable pace, once paths were vague, slowed right down., really right down. We went across the moor and by midnight decided enough and pitched the tents.  Can't imagine how eiry this will be alone and tired during the race.  Coming back we could check the route this morning and some very difficult sections were just difficult because we couldn't see the right path a mere metre away.

Rat race coast to coast 2014

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:21

How did everyone do?


Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:19

depends if they can cure my Achilles tendon, ankle pain from a severe break in 2010 and a little heart problem I deal with.

The Spine

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:10

hopefully a late start to training wont hurt, had a Achilles injury from July but have ran Helvellyn and Blencathra over the last week.  Tried out the new Osprey Talon 33 and that went well.  Not waterproof I expect so will be using dry bags.  powered walked up with a pole and ran flats and downs.

Andy - Gps.  I have tried this on a budget.  Used a Etrex venture HC, found it was only good for Geocaching so resold it only a few days later.  Showed towns and main roads only.

This week I used an Etrex 20.  good gadget for a budget.  Showed position fairly accurate when matched to a paper map and showed paths.  Could be better with OS maps downloaded perhaps.  Would do a job but not the best.

The Garmin etrex 30 looks the best value with better options and mapping.  Not tried it yet but does come up on this thread a few times.  Cab get from £90 to £140 on Ebay.  I think Ill end up with that unless I can save more.  It does seam you get what you pay for with these things.  Plenty out there better such as Oragon 600 etc but at a cost and watch for paying additional for maps.  (I am old Skool with paper maps though)







The Spine

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:15

Thanks that's quite interesting.  I currently run in la sportivva so may stick with what I know.  Like the look of the crossover version as a balance between trainer and boot/gaiter.

Rat race coast to coast 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 07:31

Its hilly on a lot of track.  I ran the flats and downs, but marched up the hills.  I found doing this I did not get over taken once and allowed a steady pace.  You could run it all if you had the life left in you.  The last hill is steep and comes down a wet grass verge which can be a bit precarious.  Once the run is done, most I saw got cramp sitting on the kayak, this was best avoided by sitting cross legged - surprisingly works well.

The Spine

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 18:04

Read the guide about kit, wandering what others are considering as footwear choices?

Rat race coast to coast 2014

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 17:57

I took a single trekking pole last year, I could off sold it on the final section for hundreds. Lol

Rat Race Scotland Coast to Coast

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 17:56

I did it in a day last year and had same question.  I used a hard tail mtb with thin hybrid tyres and tri bars.  I kept with road bikes on up and downhills, but they fly past you on the flats.  There are a fair few miles of this.  the off road was mainly fire track and a careful road bike would be fine.  The only mud section was less than half a mile, while I flew past them, they caught me on the next road.   Personally cross bike best, but I would consider a road bike with slightly gripper tyres if I did again.  Recon i would knock a good half hour off my 12 hour time.  Hope that helps.

The Spine

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 15:53
I will be taking my poles (bought when I broke my tib and fib to get back into trekking).

I have a set of Fizan which are the lightest on the market and used them last year for the Scotland c2c.

Can be used very short if needed as kids sometimes claim them.

One to consider..
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