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I'm thinking about booking camping and paying for event seperately, as I'll be taking 2 dogs and family! Oh - why am I getting into ultras? They're so dear! I agree though, if you go for the whole package on this one, it's a good price. Not sure I could handle sleeping in a hall full of strangers, all arriving back to camp at different times..hmm, nightmare!
Yes, I think take the family and camp seperately will suit me better!
I've never done a coastal ultra though, concerned if my knees will take it. Roger, have you done any other ultras recently?
Nope, am new to ultras, have a marathon in a few weeks time but after that I'll be concentrating on this race.
Was going to do a more local event in June, but this appealed to me more, the route the set up and the support XNRG are providing. Plus UTMB qualifying points!
Camping with the family sounds nice, I am fairly accustomed to dossing down on the floor so will probably just go with that option.
Never been to the Isle of White before so don't know what the coastal paths are like, however I do find in general that trail runs are kinder on my knees, speaking as a fairly big built 6'2" fella.
I live in Swanage and can see the IOW across the sea from my house. I love coastal running, but I find the steep decents quite tough on my knees. I really must have a go at JCC next year, as it's on my doorstep, but it was too soon after TP100, which I did a few weeks ago.
Where's your marathon?
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I live in Swanage and can see the IOW across the sea from my house. I love coastal running, but I find the steep decents quite tough on my knees. I really must have a go at JCC next year, as it's on my doorstep, but it was too soon after TP100, which I did a few weeks ago. Where's your marathon?
The isle of Wight is subject to as much coastal erosion, as any part of the British Isles, along its entire border. I know the area, from regular fossil hunting trips.
I would venture a guess, that this event will be fairly punishing on the knees, but fun and picturesque.
Loula - Yes I got caught in the horrendous hail and snow and was frozen to the core, but I was fortunate enough to finish before the plug was pulled. You too eh , Ben!
Hmm - yes as I thought re the knees! What to do, what to do!
I've just entered the Dorset Doddle, which is a 32 mile coastal event from Weymouth to Swanage and cost an amazing £11 plus an optional £6 to get a coach to take me from Swanage to the start at Weymouth! Unbelievable value!! That's not till August though and i want to do something nearer whilst my fitness is still not bad on the back of TP training!
Purplepig - Have you ever used knee strapping/ supports, I never have myself but a friend of mine who's a rather good prop forward swears by them when he goes out for longer runs. Oh and it's the Madrid Marathon I'm doing in just over 3 weeks time
Yes I have and they def help. I might experiment with some Kinesio tape though. It's supposed to be excellent.
Madrid sounds like fun!
I am really tempted by this but as i'm only doing my first marathon on 22 apr, i think i might have to aim for next year!......... or will i......
Oh no, that's a shame. Well london's your prority right now - so all the best with that!
You've got plenty of time to study your OS IOW map now - and to fully convince the OH!!
Hope you recover soon!
Thanks for the info Iron lady. Is any of it technically challenging, as in descents that are loose underfoot? Or close to cliff edge etc?
No excuses for not practicing though, as I live on the Jurrassic coast! I can see IOW from my landing window. Never been across though either.