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I heard about last years race and what happened, a friend of mine who's running the UTMB course this year ran the CCC last year but luckily went through as the CP closed behind her. I'm hoping that having what happened happen last year this year will be that much more organised.
Any tips, advice as ever gratefully received
Gutted that I didn't make it through the ballot.
Anyone done the TDS? i've got the opportunity to transfer to that but not sure at the moment... I'm guessing the Ridgeway Challenge will be run the same weekend and I'm tempted to run that again as it's one of the best out there in my humble...
TDS or Ridgeway? Someone help!
I ws planning to run the TDS instead of the CCC(alot less runners guaranteed places) but became unavailable for either. The TDS is supposed to be a great event , during my last ultra i was speaking to 2 lads who have ran it before and they said there are some fairly technical climbs but overall highly recommended
Have transferred to the TDS. Looking forward to it and quite excited but no idea how I'm getting there or where I'm staying... any reccomendations?
Also looking for some good long runs in the lead up. Have MightContainNuts 40 miles in Brecons in May. Other than that, nothing planned. Time to start scanning the events listings and being nice to the wife.
Bugger, completely forgot to get my medical cert sorted out, seem to remember someone from here being somewhat creative with theirs last year which I'd prefer to paying my GP for a full exam. Anyone have a template?
Robby I'm staying here I think they still have room if you're still looking
Lirish - thanks for the link: it looks great. Still can't work out how long I'm going to stay. Can those on TDS register any time during the day on Wednesday? Had originally wanted to find a flight out on Thursday evening but think the timings of buses/planes might be a bit tight - and I'm not sure I want the extra worry to add to the already considerable worry of actually getting round the course!
As for medical - you've got until the end of May, so plenty of time to get it sorted. The receptionists at my GP are, currently, insistent that he won't want to examine me and will just sign the form. He's currently on holiday so I've left it with them and pointed out that if he does sign it, he's doing so to confirm he's actually seen me... I'm hoping he won't charge me too much as not only are his kids in the same class as mine at school but he was the one, 4 years ago, who told me I could do with losing some weight, thus starting me on this ridiculous journey of ultras in the first place!
Are they only just confirming entrants into the UTMB - isnt that a bit late for an August race...?
Interested in doing UTMB 2012. How does the entry process work?
I know you need 5pts accumulated to enter the ballot, but over what period and when is the 2012 entry system open? Im doing Malverns and Brecons Ultra this year, so I need find another 2pt-er.
Daz as far as I know it's five points from no more than two races over a period of two years prior to the race, it's now done on a ballot system and you can, as far as I remember pre register your interest in Sept after this years race.
The ballot was held in Jan this year and as you would expect was about 40% oversubscribed for the UTMB
Lirish is correct - 5pts from two races run in the two years preceding the UTMB.
The rules do change slightly from time to time, but they are currently listed here:
Sorry Lirish - no such problems.
Have you downloaded it to your computer? I don't know what software you have, but you might try opening it in an image application like Photoshop - or preview if you've got a mac is pretty good at dealing with all sorts of files.
Or you can try creating your own form dropping in the logo etc?!
I got mine signed off this morning...
On another subject, I have a room booked at Chalet Pele for wednesday, thurs and friday nights... It's a double room so if anyone needs a place to stay, please let me know as sharing cost is significantly lower than single occupancy.
Lirish - Did you do London to Brighton last year. that would count as a 2 pointer?
Anyone else, - I am doing CCC this year. Will be in Chamonix on 27th June for 4 days altitude/reconnaisance training if anyone is up for it.
I can only dream of something as useful as reconnaissance training at the moment. Have damaged something in my left foot - possible stress fracture, or ruptured tendon, doctor unsure and x-ray not conclusive - and can barely walk let alone run. It's getting me down as I'm missing great running weather and having to do my cardio in the pool. I'm also worrying that once I've finished my so-called 6 weeks recovery, I'll only have about 6 weeks to get in shape for the TDS. Going to be hell.
Mr Immune - one half of the team that kicked me around L2B! Tears of joy... mmm. Perhaps half of them were! As I remember it, you were in a fair bit of pain yourself towards the end. We were both a bit quicker on the Thames Trot though - your sprint finish was much admired... from about 400 yards back!
It's good to hear from you. I've barely run since a short sprint around the Reading Half Marathon. I got tendonitis shortly after and missed a 40-miler in Newbury; then, the week of the MightContainNuts Brecon 40 miler I did this thing to my left foot. That was three weeks ago and I'm still in pain. Has Rob recovered from his broken leg?
What are you up to next? Beginning to seriously doubt my ability to be ready in time for TDS... but flights booked, accommodation sorted... it's going to be a tough call.
Ah bugger, I'm trying to post a question on the UTMB forum to see if the Mammut Packaway jacket conforms to the new regulations but I can't seem to get past logging in to the forum screen, my schoolboy French then tells me they're looking for a pseudonym? I'm adjusted my personal data page but that doesn't work either.