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MF - Hopefully you'll have a injury free 2018
Shades/BG/Emmy - Classing some of Foxy's as non road is tenuous as Furzton is 17 laps of paved pathway from memory and zero grass, plenty of duck poo though Plenty of road races have pavement bits you are meant to go on to be away from traffic. Willen has the sizeable off road bit near the end and Caldecote has the short bit across the grass bottom end of the lake but also some gravel stretches.
Emmy, yeah, I agree. When I first started doing Enigma events, to be honest I was quite surprised that when the gun went off people just started walking right from the start. There was very little attempt to run at all by some. On the one hand it's great that these events are inclusive and open to everyone, but surely there should be some attempt to at least try and run some of it, but how a rule can be made for that I'm not sure? Don't get me wrong; I've walked quite a lot on a couple of mine, this year. I did a really hot one and had to walk about 3 laps out of 7 otherwise I thought I may DNF. I also picked up an injury at another one so walked about 5ish miles just to get it done as walking didn't seem to make the injury worse. But in both cases I just did my best to get it done on the day, whereas setting out to walk the whole way somehow doesn't seem in the spirit of it in my view. Maybe I'm old fashioned in that though? Don't know. I know this would be virtually impossible to administer, but it's almost like an age grading % would work well, but I know that will never get adopted even if it was possible to administer. The very generous cut offs obviously help RDs fill their events.....Yes, the Challenge events do seem to be an anomaly. My understanding is that say there are 25+ finishers across any distance that is on offer at a Challenge event, then it counts for 100MC, even if significantly less than 25 did the marathon distance or more. Yet, if an event specifically advertises the marathon distance but less than 25 finish it, it doesn't count. Seems odd. From the FAQ: "As a Challenge event is a timed ultra then there must be a minimum of 25 starters for an event to count. There doesn’t have to be 25 finishers of marathon or greater distance, but there must be 25 starters". In practice, a Challenge event could have 1 person doing the marathon distance and 24 doing a 5K, but it would count for that one marathoner.