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this will be my first attempt at an ultra and wondered if anyone had done this before ?
Not doing it this year, but it was my first ultra 2 years ago. Very beginner friendly, well organised and friendly. Just make sure you take it VERY easy as far as Masham - the first half is flat, then after Masham the hills start and you need plenty left in the tank! Good luck.
Thanks LNandB.... yep, the cut off times at the checkpoints look pretty generous.. my primary concern was naviogational. Ill make sure i study a map but im entirely capable of getting lost.. just wondered re the number of runners and the likelihood of spending long periods running on your own..
There were plenty of people; I think I had someone in sight most of the way. I found the nav pretty straight forward, but I am confident with a map! The Ripon Rowel signs are not always obvious so you just have to be a bit careful. I think a few people got lost in some of the wooded bits, but as long as you keep concentrating then you should be fine.
thanks again... maybe its a good time to treat myself to a garmin upgrade, im thinking a nice Fenix 2 with pre set GPS points would take the pressure off !
I am doing this race. I expect to be very slow, but hopefully within the cut offs after a bit of a lay-off. We went round from Masham to near the end and you do need to watch the map a little - one of the problems we had at Ilton is specifically mentioned in the race instructions though.
Perhaps see you there! Steve
thanks for the heads up re Ilton Steve... ive emailed the organisers as for some reasons i havent received the recents comms with race day instructions.. i wont be pulling up any trees either with my times.. like you, my goal is to finish without being filtered out at one of th checkpoints...
Bernard, well done on your time. I finished as planned without injury which was my number one priority, although I was badly blistered which made the last six miles rather gruelling. I would have better in road shoes as it had been so dry and there was very little soft track. A good race, although I would have liked a little more options for snacks at CP3.
Hi Steve, i really enjoyed the race.. Tough in parts but i think we were very lucky with the weather.. Like you, I blistered with 5 / 6 miles to go.. I was fortunate to run with a bunch of fantastic runners from Ripon Runners.. Their knowledge of the route was brilliant and without them I'd prob be still wandering round the moors ! for a relatively low key event (130 runners), I thought the organisation was great.. i took loads of gels and energy bars but didn't use any.. ( just needed my bladder pack of juice), Their fruitcake and drinks were enough for me... Thanks again for your pre race advice