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yes - together with a fellow club-mate (MF7) from Thanet Roadrunners (Kent). Given the distance we won't be able to come recce, so any information on the terrain and ground conditions as the date approaches will be most appreciated - I got the Cateran Trail book and maps for Christmas
Are you partaking?
Thanks KarenD I'm really looking forward to this now my running buddy bo-bo found this event for us so its all her fault (thought I should get that in now) I too received the Cateran trail book as a Christmas pressie. My wife And I have had several wonderfull holidays in your part of the country staying at the Kirkmichael Hotel and on the Glenfernach (sorry about the spelling) estate staying in the farmhouse and the lodge We have even plaid a round of Golf at the Glenshee Hotel Course chasing the sheep from the fairways is an experience LOL . I can also remember taking a walk up to the Devils Elbow near the Ski lifts and standing on the side of a hill lwith the RAF jets pasing level with us as the did low level training. Cant wait Im so excited
You know the area well then MF7. Brilliant. I live about an hour and a bit from the route and it's amazing how quiet it is. I did a training run on the route last year in the summer time, about 30 miles and only at the end did i see walkers at Bridge of Cally. In the May race i did, no sheep were in the fields but when i did the summer training run i had to run through hoards of them, certainly got rid of my mild fear!! There's one HUGE bull called Hamish in the first half of route and on our run in October we were flying through his field as fast as we could, one of the guys had red trainers on and Hamish did a jump!! We started at 6am in the morning too so in one field we thought the way markers were flourescent but turned out it was actually the cows eyes shining back with our headtorches on. Looking forward to meeting you both.
Karen you did not mentioned that you have a special affinity with cow poo which is a distinct advantage on this route.
oh no dont mention Cow poo. bo-bo has some very bad memories from last years London to Brighton when I managed to stomp right in the middle of a huge sloppy cowpat and splatter it all over her
Look forward to meeting you guys at the race or as bo-bo and I prefer to call our little jaunts "event" as there is much less presure to go fast if you call it an event
I like the sound of a bimble through the cow pats - though when map reading is involved it qualifies for the definition of adventure, you never can tell where we might end up
<note to self carry - purchase solar shower for the pit crew car>
Their is not to much map reading involved, its just that the path is not well defined and at times you just have to run from one way mark post in the direction it points looking for the next one. This can be hard in the dark and snow as I have found out, but race day we will not have those problems.
Also the official guide with the updates is still not correct as their have been more changes and add to that the alternate route the race is using from Alyth to Blairgowrie .
You will be supplied with a map so no worries,
If you have the technology and I can figure it out I could send you a GPX file of the route it just misses last few miles as battery ran out but you cant get lost on that bit anyway.
I just like to keep everyone guessing - in my own defence I always get there!
I did the Winter Tanners 20 last w/e in snow & ice, the conditions made for some very interesting slips and slides, so I hope we are bathed in Spring sunshine come May!
Only 7600 feet of climbing Bo-Bo so no worries their.
When you climb over the Larig gate you get a glimpse of the Hotel , its all down hill from then till the finish.
LOL, nope no horses MF7. You don't have a horse phobia do you? I'm sure i seen a bear though.
Well done on run Bo Bo, i did 2 of my local hills yesterday - AND didn't get lost. Plenty sheep scaring to be done.
bo-bo had to protect me from the horses on L2b they seem to know its me and come running over to try and savage me.
I had a lovely run this morning while bo-bo was out bimbling on the downs I managed 20miles along the coastal paths not very hilly but is my first long run since november
No suger lumps I think they just realised there was someone who was scared of them so thought it would be a laugh to try and bite him
Managed a very slow 8.4 miles yesterday morning and my little leggies are tired today. club run tonight approx 5 miles then 2 days rest
I was like that with sheep MF7 but I'm getting much better. I did my double hills again yesterday and legs tired tonight.
Well done bo-bo, snow up here but not on the ground thankfully, just on higher ground.
Some photos of March race last year on cateran
Hopefully this works Bo-bo. This was first attempt at the ultra by a different organiser last March with lots of roads closed and was a bit of a shambles. Well organised now with this one with the west highland way race organiser on board.
wow fab pics Karen hope its not that snow covered this year.
Did about 5.5 m last night in about 55 minutes with the club. Loads of the lads kept asking if I was OK as I was bimbling about at the back having a nice chat on the way round