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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..

The Spine

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 12:35

Interesting Forum.  Will have to read in more detail when I get a chance.  I have dived into the Challenger event for 2015.  thought the pictures looked good. lol. 

Are you Mad, or just f*****g stupid

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 10:01

The dictionary has various meanings of "mad".  Crazy, insane etc  I like the later options described as "Wildly Excited".  but if you looked at any challenge and it didn't appear mad, surely it would then not make a challenge.  I too raced on my birthday and loved every minute.  I had many messages on my phone while running suggesting madness etc. but then it was the Scotland C2C.  I thought trying it in one day was Mad but then with preparation it became a goal.  Stupidity is different, that is surely the critic that sits in front of a TV to see what is outside in the world.

Asics Target 26.2 Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 10:37

Entered last year and thought it was exciting just waiting to hear back.  Hopefully this year will the volume will be louder and I will hear back with an invite not just a

Got to be positive.

Training for the Scotland Coast to Coast

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 14:12

Might be useful to others, contact rat race about the mandatory kit and the initial run, response was:

  Rat Race Adventure Sports

Hi Nick,

That's great to hear, in answer to your question there is a mandated kit list for both the bike sections and the run sections. These mandated items must be carried with you on bike and on foot at all times. The only time you will not need your mandated kit will be the first 10k run section. After that your kit should remain with you and relatively unchanged (You can get rid of any bike kit in your bag for the final run section if not all attached to your bike etc)

Hope that helps!

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