Thanks, I certainly found it hard going. The provisional results are out and it looks like about a 60% completion rate for the 100 miler. The intent of the organisers is to move to course around different stretches of the South West Coast Path each year, and if the next one is anything like as hard, or as beautiful as this years then I think it would be a worthy challenge to undertake!Great write up... sounds tough! Am considering a bash at a 100 next year.
The coach transfer I did think was a bit much. I didn't begrudge the entry fee since I ended getting more out of it than I originally signed up for (I must have eaten about 50 quids worth of clif bars alone), and given the distances and time scales involved it still seems like better value for money than say a regular city marathon. I appreciate though that obviously you can do similar events for much less via the LDWA or athletic clubs; my first ultra was the Round Rotherham which was about 15 quid including a nights accom. I wouldn't want to pay this much for every race I do, but then, not every race I do will be a 100 miler! On which note, I have a suspicion that the course is actually over 100 miles as some sections seemed to drag on and on even when we were making good time. I'll be interested to hear what people on the race with Garmin's recorded. I know I certainly went further than I needed to due my bl**dy awful nav!now that is taking the p * ss a bit isn't it?
Ultimately, I got more than enough out of the event on a personal level to justify the cost, I thought overall it was a great race and has the potential to be even greater in the future.
Great report Dave!
just after this event was announced a friend of mine tried to talk me into entering, but I resisted (she didn't do it in the end either), but I am very interested to hear about it/how it went, so thanks for that
I currently have no plans to do a 100, buuuut...
the great land stretches on, where the endless hopes are born
Great repot and well done for completing a 100. I will have to try one of these somtime - just need to find a lot more mileage and spare legs
Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top, then you will see how low it is.
Great report and congrats on completing, a beautiful part of the country as well, not been there for many years but happy memories of the area.
Hills and Guinness
Really enjoyed the write up Dave. Superb effort! I'll be going for my first 100 miler in four and a half weeks time at the Lakeland 100. I'll be hoping for some of that surprise energy boost somewhere in the last 15 miles! Cheers - Steve
About the best account I have ever read on this forum or any other - do you have a blog Dave - you should try one. Just wondering if I could do the event next year - I know I can do the distance but its a lot of climbing. Maybe the trick is to look at the section of the path they are using and enter when its the least ascent. Perhaps that's not really in the spirit of the event. Congratulations Dave - a fantastic effort.