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Grim Reaper 2014

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 11:46

Anna - yep, you really need your own tent (for rest & storage)  plus food. It's a fun event though & I'm sure you'll have a blast!

Running In the Article Circle

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:13

The lowest temperature I've run in was about -22C - brrrr.  Just remember it's slow going as breathing is much harder and if you take a drink, make sure you fill bottle/bladder with warm water and you'll also need some kind of neoprene sleeve as it'll freeze really quickly otherwise - something that has slipped my mind before and I ended up chewing snow ... whoops

Ultimate Trails Lake District 50/100km

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 09:21

CC -  only just got round to reading your race report,  LOVED it Thanks!

Bumbag or hydration belt or rucksack, or.....

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 11:22

Hi there! The thing is, hydration systems are such a personal thing, so it's difficult to recommend a specific product to you. Some prefer bottle belts, others swear by backpacks, some prefer bladders, others insist on bottles either on the back or on the front straps. Some have one bottle at the back, some have two - same goes for the front.  I think you ought to go to a shop and just try a few things out first, see what feels right and onc eyou've decided which type is for you, then maybe we can suggest some favourites? I know it's not the response you were hoping for but it really is such an individual thing.
Either way, exciting stuff about your approaching marathong! Good luck

Ultimate Trails Lake District 50/100km

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:01

Very sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience but  thanks very much for reporting back. From the race description, it sounded like they were putting a great deal of thought, effort and organisation into making sure runners are safe but then to read they didn't even make notes / dib runners as they were passing CPs & handing out the wrong emergency contact is really quite worrying and has made me pause with regards to signing up for next year.
Packing up CPs as runners are still present - shocking!. You either get there within the cut-off or you don't. To try and send runners back out on their way without drink or food is not really good enough - what if you get lost on the next stage - the emergency number is wrong, so you can't get hold of anybody - you've run out of food / drink, nobody misses you.... that's just a recipe for disaster. 
I'm desperate to do this race next year but realistically, I think I'll need some reassurances from the organizers first that changes will be made for next year.  I hope they listen & take note!

Is the Marathon Possible?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:46

Definitely, Jemima  I ran my first marathon 9 months after I started running - it was hard work but it's one of my fondest 'running memory'! The thing is, every step up in race distance involves nearly doubling it and I'm sure most people have moments when they doubt it's possible, but just keep training well - consistency is key - and most importantly believe in yourself and all will be well! 

Ultimate Trails Lake District 50/100km

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 09:54

Great stuff, guys & bloody well done all!!!

2014 date in the diary - just  waiting for the 'enter' button to appear on the web page

Worst runs in Britain - please!

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 14:03

By the way, DrRobert - read your Saxon Shore ultra race report - absolutely shocking!!!  They are putting people at risk - I really wish there was a governing body for reporting them to, so not every Dom Dick & Harry can 'organise' one and cash in on ultras' increasing popularity - utterly disgraceful.

Worst runs in Britain - please!

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:53

Bottle of wine & wine decanter - sign me up!

Worst race - Huntingdon10k a few years back, where the organizers got the winner wrong and then said over the loudspeaker 'oh it doesn't matter who won, it's only a charity race anyway!'

Ultimate Trails Lake District 50/100km

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 10:26
cragchick wrote (see)
Okapi - you will be guaranteed a race report, you may get bored though as I am not very good at keeping things short (how did I ever manage to work as a desk editor?!).

Fantastic, cragchick - can't wait, and the longer, the better - I love a good race report

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