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I've signed up for the 2013 North Downs Way 100. It will be my first attempt at 100 miles - I've not run further than 100km up to now.
Anyone else planning their first 100 miler in 2013?
Thats me maybe!
Hi Martin - I did think about a winter 100 but I thought the weather would be much more pleasant in August...
Thames Path in March, and I'm in the Western States lottery, although if I could choose when I get lucky I would prefer that to be 2014...
Kevin - looks like you'll be the first - we'll have to pick your brains then!
Looks like we're all running Centurion races then...
You ran 96 miles then the race was abandoned?
That must have been a bit annoying!
Yikes Andy - that's really bad luck.
Slow Duck - NDW100 was my first 100 this year. Excellent choice. I found I had to keep moving - 41% of the field were timed out which I was determined was not going to happen to me and I finished last but one in 29:44:00!
mr f - I suppose some were retirements but I think the bulk of the DNFs simply did not make CP cutoffs. Whether this was because the CP closing times were erratic I don't know. Probably more that the course was more strenuous than people were expecting and they got caught out.
In these sorts of events the early CPs do close early, and you get more slack in the system as you go on. They don't seem to be geared up to exact even pacing throughout - probably because that's not what runners generally do!!
I was hoping to be relatively even paced, never thought to look at CP cut offs!Also on the site it says all drop bags will be disposed off?? I was thinking about having a shoe change, starting in road shoes and then trail as a lot of the first 1/3-1/2 is paths and road, fairly firm. The last part is more track, fields etc (gates!) so if it is at all wet will need trail. Not run more than 40 mile in my trail shoes, a bit less cushioning hence the change. Maybe I will have to look at new trail shoes then.........Dear Father Christmas please can I.....!
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Or goretex lined furry wellies??
I think it will look like I'm running (erm shuffling? ) in wellies by the end!
Mr F - thanks for some really good advice on cut-offs. So sorry that the elements conspired against you this year when you were so close to the finish...
Jeremy - I suppose the trick with the drop bags might be to have a support crew handy to collect your disposed goods?...
SD - would be nice but it will be a solo effort. Have 3 pairs of road shoes on the go so might use and discard the oldest. Rest of drop bags will be cans of coke, cake and chocolate!
Lol... oh dear Mr F, the 'peeing in a bottle' brought a few tears to me eyes with laughter! I can totally sympathise too; after my last ultra (only 70 compared to your gigantic 96), I couldn't move after having rested for a few hours. I had to literally throw myself off the bed & kind of caterpillar myself to the bathroom, it then took me the best part of 10mins to make it onto the toilet - ouch!Also signed up for my first 100 miler next year & had intended to do the SDW100 but stories of getting lost towards the end really put me off so I decided to go for a fool proof 'loopy' one instead :-/ ...