Richie H

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ultras in south wales /west

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 21:24

Unfortunately I think you are right. There aren't any.

With one new exception, although may be too far from you in S Wales. Arc of Attrition by the Mud Crew. 100 miles round the end of Cornwall in early February! Doing that should satisfy the running long bug for a few weeks!

Druids Way

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:40

Lucky you did not take the train after all. There was plenty of stress Friday morning due to problems from Euston. I think we all got there in time in the end.

Just want to say here what a great event this was. The XNRG team are really good. I would recommend this or any other of their events.

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:37

The event in 2015 will be the first time this 42 miler will be run. It takes over from the 50miler but that was organised by Ultra Race. The 2015 run will be organised by RunWalkCrawl. They are a new team. I did their Gower Ultra recently and they did a great job, so this is on my "to do" list for 2015.

Druids Way

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 20:30

I am going by train  from Wiltshire to Waterloo to Euston then out to Tring. The only problem I always have is that I cannot get there for the 11am start. End up at the back of the fast guys leaving at noon, then finishing day 1 in the dark. A pity, but the only way if I do not stay overnight closer.


Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 17:19

This was a brilliant event. The beach running was superb, the coast path views stunning. The organising team made everyone feel really welcome. This should become a classic ultra challenge. It probably will not as it is too far from London, which is just as well as I also enjoyed the low key atmosphere.

Yesterday's weather certainly helped, even the marshes looked great in the late afternoon sun. This is definitely a race to do in 2015.

Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:21

Bought the Gower OS map last night. I know the organisers say they will give us a map, but it may not be that good and I want to study the route beforehand as the next best thing to recceing the course. Plus I love maps, so not worrying about the navigation. First thought is that the route looks really interesting. The scenic bits are all in the first half? Then the last third is either road or flat? Sounds boring now, but with 30+ miles in your legs my focus will be getting to the finish as soon and as easily as possible.

Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 20:15

I did the Wye 50 last year and thought it was a great race. It was tough though as my first 50. I will be happy if the Gower is easier as I need to build up my experience with the distance. I also loved the point to point and the hills of the Wye 50, but running on the coast is as big an attraction.

Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 21:43

I have some old heavy waterproof trousers as well. That's why I need such a large bag!

Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 20:08

I have just got myself a 18 litre Inov8 bag as my previous bag of less than 10 litres was just too small. Particularly for this event as the kit list includes waterproof trousers. I will take all my food (gels, bars and salted peanuts) and use anything provided as extra. Otherwise you can find what is provided does not suit you. I will also use some Saucony light trail/road shoes. Cushioning is more important than grip. I expect there will be some miles of road over the 50.

Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:21

I am only doing 50 to 60 miles a week training. I think if I did more than 60 miles a week I would get injured. I was exhausted by ultras (mentally & physically) after the Thames Trot in Feb, so will not be turning up overtrained, having done little over 20 miles since. I think what is important is having done some recent long runs and b2b with time on feet rather than miles. I will be doing plenty of run/ walking! I am expecting the coast path to be a lot flatter than the South Coast. I hope I am not disappointed.

Pink bug- I envy your recent long runs that must give you plenty of confidence that you can do the distance and the more confident you are the more you can push yourself to run rather than walk.

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