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The Spine

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 00:50

Agree with Ian's comments about sleep deprivation or lack of it this year. Having started all four Spines, this is the first year that the sleep demons didn't really come into play.

re Spikecross: both Gary & I used them on the first section in 2013 when it was very icy/frosty underfoot. Great grip but could really feel the spikes on anything hard - non-iced rock and road. Led to a few early hot spots and we both jettisoned at CP1

The Spine

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:06

Pavel is primarily an adventure racer. The Spine isn't an ultra marathon running race, and the fastest runners will probably not win. It's a mini-expedition, a week's long adventure. I was with Pavel on Day 1 - he moves very smoothly with minimal energy wastage - looks very efficient to me


The Spine

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:51

I'm up to Hawes in my's a long write

10 Peaks 2015

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 09:42

Want a really tough challenge next year? Here's one .
Entries for these bad babies open tomorrow 10/10 at 10am

Having done the 'standard' long course last year and Xtreme this year, I will definitely be returning. The Xtreme definitely was "an adventure in a day" - 100km, 20 peaks, 8000m ascent - brutal but superb.

These are great events - well organised, truly challenging yet truly enjoyable.

My race reports are here if you want the gory details…/the-lakes-10-peaks-rac……/lakes-10-peaks-xtreme.…

The Spine

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 09:42

Circlip - last year was VERY wet 

Expecting to finish

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 06:49

PS Absolutely agree with Daz - always go section to section, CP to CP. I try really hard never to think of the finish. And once you start considering the distance left, trouble looms


Expecting to finish

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 06:46

I never doubt that I can do the distance. Even in the very long stuff that I do, I always have absolute faith that my body (barring injury) will go where I tell it to go. The issue becomes whether my head wants to tell it to go further.

I'm absolutely convinced that the longer the distance the more it becomes an almost totally mental thing. Unless i am injured, my legs will always take another step, the pain will not be there forever and I can finish - but the mind has to want to, and allow you, to keep going.

I know that if I get my head in the right place then I can do any race. I have been in 100's+ where I KNOW, with an unshakable belief, I am going to finish after 10 miles . I also have been in races where my head is in totally the wrong place, I haven't 'wanted' it enough, and a DNF is inevitable.

Interesting, I am increasingly finding that the less mental energy I use pre-race the better I run. Some of my best runs have been when I literally just turn up with minimal pre-thought. A minimal mental taper.

Always learning about my body and particular my head.......which is a complex place


The Spine

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 08:21

Enter it then.......

I have done 40 miles on the flat in 5:30. The first 43 miles of the Spine have taken me 14:30, 12:30, 13:30 respectively in the last 3 yrs. And that's near the front. In 2012, it took us nearly 44hrs for the first 108 miles and we were second in. Distance, terrain, weather, time of year, 15hr of dark, difficult navigation, full winter kit etc

Most events are against yourself not the clock....but The Spine is both. Try it......

The Spine

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 16:09

From memory, there were 2 separate classes the 1st yr with differing time limits and differing access to drop bags, plus the Challenger - I think I was just getting muddled in that post 


The Spine

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:41

Who knows - seems a long time ago!


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