It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
The course is dry as a bone.. rock hard.. No significant rain has fallen or is forecast... tough call for footwear.... BBC Weather for the forecast....
I would allow a good hour, maybe a bit more.
Come off the A361 at Aller Cross (The Northgate Inn) and take the A399 right, turning right again at Blackmoor Gate (towards Lynton) it was well signposted last year (turn left after the station).
I will be in a white Endurance life top and an Inov8 belt bag. Good luck.... weather looks shit..... but not cold
I am feeling a bit second hand at the moment; I tried to win my age group and went too fast! Consequently I went slower than last year So I am pleased that I went for it, but looking back I should have added some time because of the conditions. Hopefully my local knowledge helped you; did you see/feel what I meant about the bit between the valley of the rocks and the start of the second loop?
I stopped at the last checkpoint on the way home to see the ultra runners emerging out of the mist coming down from the cairn; it looked pretty grim. I did look out for you; what is your next race? If you enjoyed this race look at the Exmoor Stagger in the Autumn (Minehead Running Club) great race....
The words, "beat my time" are a sore point... I went half an hour slower this year 5h 10m. I wanted to beat 4h 30m and have run it (unofficially) in 4h 36m so this was not unrealistic. I think the weather was a major factor as the times were much slower this year than last. Next year.... (but I said that last year). I don't know how you could describe that second loop 'fun' and doing the London Marathon next weekend???? My legs are still sore today...
You are making me feel very amateurish! I want to do an ultra but pacing is an issue for me, I cannot resist getting carried away... even in a 10k!
The Stagger is 'only' 18miles but you run from sea level to the highest point on Exmoor and back again; 1600 metres of climbing in total. Scenery is again, world class.