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Long-standing races

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 09:44

The Lyke Wake race will next year celebrate its 50th anniversary. Does this make it the longest running ultra in the country.

Lyke Wake Race

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 09:58

The race is back on. All confirmed on the site 

 I'm signed up, last years rain is long forgotten, although hailstones in the middle of summer is something I'm not going to forget in a hurry.

Any other takers for this mad trek acros the moors?

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 19/12/2011 at 08:48

I actually think that the entire field whent wrong when we crossed the road. According to the map, we sholdnt have gone over the fields before coming down onto the canal. We should have gone onto the road a lot earlier and then continued on the same side of the road. It made no sense to go down the steep bank, then under the road only to cross it again.

While the marshals that were there were excellent, there were too few, and the course marking were also too sparse.

That said, it was an excellent marathon, really enjoyed it. Good to see that a marathon doesnt cut out tough sections just for the sake of speed.

Lyke Wake Race

Posted: 30/09/2011 at 13:17

Looks like this year will be the last year for the Lyke Wake Race. Email from the organisers seems to imply that there is still a huge shortage of marshals, and as a result the race will not get to its 50th anniversary.

Such a shame, it is one of the most unique races around, great tradition, and the route is second to none.

I'm hoping that something comes in to rescue this race, but unfortunatly it looks like we have all run it for the last time.

Shame, was looking forward to being waist deep in mud and desperately trying not to lose my trainers once more.

How key is the bike?

Posted: 22/07/2011 at 22:50

Need to know how hard this will be.

I am desperate to do an Ironman. Natural progression fom my marathon to Ultra marathon to whats next theme. I am addicted to seeing how far I can push things.

I have for the last seven years done the london triathlon,slowly and badly. Swim doesnt  bother me, not quick but can swim all day if required. Marathons are just a question of how fast and how much pain I want to put in.

However I am bad on a bike.

Never raced outside an standard tri (olympic  best 1hr 20) .

I am desperate to do an Ironman, but with the bike as my weakest displine, how much transition time do I need from marathon running to Ironman?

I understand from an ex colleague who has done a sub 10hr Ironman (His word is beyond reproach, and he is way  beyond my pathectic abilities) that it is all about the bike.

Is he right, or can a slow swimmer, pathetic cyclist, but detemined marathon runner still complete an ironman in time? 

Lyke Wake Race

Posted: 10/07/2011 at 20:18

I ran ok, 9hrs 58 minutes. Enjoyed it despite the heavy rain at the end. Couldnt believe how hard it came down. Coming towards the last checkpoint afte jugge howe, the whole road was just a torrent of water.

Did you try the route down the side of the glider club? I ran it, and estimate that it saved 5 minutes, and valuable engergy.

My other shortcut at the finish didnt work, you were right on it going sharp down then up. I reached the point where I could see it, and then took another route.

Also I decided to make another change, ran up the hill after checkpoint 1 instead of going round. Thought that if this was the last race, I wanted to see the veiw from the top one last time. Probably cost me 5 minutes, but as I'd gained this on the last section, I thought it was worth it, and the view was good.

Hope it is still on next year, will be running this until it stops

Lyke Wake Race

Posted: 28/06/2011 at 11:17


 Your training is probably slightly better than mine this year. Last year I came home in 10hrs, could have run a bit quicker but kept it steady towards the end. This year I'm aiming for 9hrs, but may end up settling for 9.30 or above. I will be walking parts of the course, and intend to walk the hills from the start.

Last year it worked out well walking the steep climbs etc and running where the course allowed.

I've stopped training now, had a shocker yesterday when doing a 15 mile steady run. Legs just too tired now, so just relaxing ahead of the big day, and praying for decent but cloudy weather on the day.

See you at the start line, and so looking forward to the entrance to Coalmire Plantation, so beautiful expecially at that time in the morning.

Lyke Wake Race

Posted: 28/06/2011 at 11:11

Sounds like there is some fun to be had on the shortcuts then;.

I havent done the glider club shortcut yet either, just a piece of advice that I got from someone very experienced in the race. I have looked at various photographs of the area, and it does appear that there is no direct path to the glider runway, but also it isnt a particulary long cut across the heather to reach it.

I will be choosing on the day which route I take, but I think that it is worth a shot at this route, even if a couple of minutes are wasted in searching for the correct route to it.

Lyke Wake Race

Posted: 27/06/2011 at 10:48

Its around the pacing. If the bog is a complete nightmare, then I can go fairly hard to the bog section and then accept that I will have to slow to a walk. Last year I was able to run through the bog section, so ran a measured pace to that point.

Spare socks are definite, but if I am bouncing over most of the bog, then I will run a steady pace with some walking to that point.

If the bog is virtually impassable, then a spare pair of trainer is to be considered. If you lose a trainer, you are out of the race.

Lyke Wake Race

Posted: 26/06/2011 at 23:16

Glad the tips helped, most are well known, only the path down the glider club isnt a commonly used option. The final one I listed last night is an odd one, cuts off less than I first thought, but still almost 1/2 a mile. If I list it without trying it and make a mess of others race day, it simply wont be fair. I'm going to give it a shot and then share it will all next year.

Thanks for the tip on the bog section. Will help in my prep.

See you at the finish line.


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