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Fun???? Waves to Birdypie as Bear remembers crawling through mud, weeping at the bortom of several mountains (known as 'hills' in that part of the world), not to mention having to share a caravan with some eccentric young woman who insisted in bringing her mascot with her .
Trouble is that their idea of walking speed averages 3.5 mph which is quite tough for me to maintain over that terrain. Lovely event though. Have you done the reverse route and if so how does it compare?
As for Pilgrims - I find that nasty hill a few miles from the enf before the descent to Merstham harder than the dreaded Box Hill steps.
Yes its a bit speed walk isn't it. I haven't done the 'backwards' route yet. I think its going to make for a very hard day 1 but day 3 will be a bit more manageable. Not looking forward to portland bill again but still should be fun!
Ahh yes that is a biggy - but its a nice one to come down on the way back! Hope you manage to get a nice tin of cold lager at the finish to refuel!
Yes they are walker friendly and start the walkers first. I think day 1 they set everyone off together but after that you should get a head start. I bimble along walk running so am usually amongst the walkers and there is a lovely supportive atmosphere so I'm sure you'll be fine. I'm certainly packing my trekking poles for this one!
Thanks Birdypie - that sounds encouraging. Will plod around regardless.
Did a test drive walking on Saturday. Did around 25 miles and now have big blisters on the bottom of my heels. Its funny - I can run/walk this sort of distance without much problem at all but walking the whole way has damaging consequences - ho hum. Mrs MuddlingAbout now sick of hearing about me moaning about my blisters as well as my hamstring.
Yeah you'll get there I'm sure. You will probably find you are better prepared than many that are attempting it. Its all in the mind!
Hope the blisters heal up quickly. I'm sort of in taper mode now. Just planning some mid distance plods over the next couple of weeks...and then monster carb load!
Perhapse we should start an excuses thread? Imanaged to run back to back 6 milers at the weekend so am clearly well prepared.
Cool will keep an eye out. Weather looks OK fingers crossed and hopefully won't be quite as mudtastic as it was two years ago.
Cheers Bear! Hope all is well with you! I'll try and drop back in when/if I make it safely to the finish line.
Sorry - should have waved a friendly paw to all the others on this thread - good luck!!
BP - all fine with me - still doing silly events. If not before might see you at the start of Beachy .
Yeah it was a brilliant weekend. I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather. Stunning scenery and great company and camraderie on the course as always. My legs and feet are still in recovery but lots of happy memories again. After all that fun I think I'll just have to have another bash at the Atlantic Challenge at some point as well...next year though I think!
Congrats Midge- its a brilliant achievement!
Ho hum - ran Friday according to plan 50/50 but hamstring seized up after 16 miles and I walked the rest back to Weymouth. Really enjoyed the day but somewhat frustrating as people jogged past.Decided not to start saturday to avoid further damag.
I met a couple of tall blond ladies Birdypie (even with balding chaps in tow), but neither were you . began to feel daunted as they seemed to look at me like I was a bit of a sad case. Also Mrs MuddlingAbout might have something to say about the matter too.
Until next time ....
Aww bad luck muddling - i wonder if it was you I passed approaching the finish - I offered some brufen? Really sorry to hear you couldn't get going on Saturday but very sensible - the hills at the end would have been agony.
Hope you take another crack at it at some point. I'm hoping to revisit the Atlantic Coastal Challenge next year.