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    Old County Tops

    Anyone got a link to where I can find an entry form for this please? And anyone got any tips/hints on routes, survival etc?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr1470 View Post
    Anyone got a link to where I can find an entry form for this please? And anyone got any tips/hints on routes, survival etc?!?
    I did this last year and had a fantastic day out.

    I presume the address for entry forms is in the handbook (I don't have mine with me at the moment).

    As for routes, it's fairly straightforward, really. From the New Dungeon Ghyll, over to Grasmere, Tongue Gill, Grisedale Tarn & Helvellyn. Down to Wythburn Church where there are excellent refreshments laid on. Then it's up Wythburn, skirt round High Raise to Angle Tarn where there is a kit check. Scafell Pike, down to Great Moss, over to Mosedale & down to Cockley Beck where there is another superb refreshments stop. Then it's up to the Old Man, back to the Three Shires Stone, down to Blea Tarn and you're nearly home.

    As for survival, my number one tip would be to make sure you eat plenty whenever you can, but most of all enjoy yourself.

    The organisation (Achille Ratti club) is superb and it is without doubt the best value for money day out anywhere. You get food & drink at 2 check-points as well as at the end, you get a t-shirt, Ray-net cover etc. all for about 7 quid, I think.

    Oh, & did I mention, I really like this race?

    Fantastic - just do it!

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    Thanks for the info GeoffB.

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB View Post
    I presume the address for entry forms is in the handbook (I don't have mine with me at the moment).
    Same here! Will have to check later then.....

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB View Post
    As for routes, it's fairly straightforward, really. From the New Dungeon Ghyll, over to Grasmere, Tongue Gill, Grisedale Tarn & Helvellyn. Down to Wythburn Church where there are excellent refreshments laid on. Then it's up Wythburn, skirt round High Raise to Angle Tarn where there is a kit check. Scafell Pike, down to Great Moss, over to Mosedale & down to Cockley Beck where there is another superb refreshments stop. Then it's up to the Old Man, back to the Three Shires Stone, down to Blea Tarn and you're nearly home.
    Think I'll go and recce it in 3 sections then. I like the sound of the refreshments Was only saying after the recent LDWA event that fellrunning ought to have refreshment CPs!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB View Post
    As for survival, my number one tip would be to make sure you eat plenty whenever you can, but most of all enjoy yourself.
    Yeah, think I'll have to get used to eating when running. Not very good at it at the moment. Did the Kentmere round the Thursday before Xmas without eating or drinking a thing 'til I got down!! Not good!!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB View Post
    The organisation (Achille Ratti club) is superb and it is without doubt the best value for money day out anywhere. You get food & drink at 2 check-points as well as at the end, you get a t-shirt, Ray-net cover etc. all for about 7 quid, I think.
    Wow!! All those sad, sad people paying 's to get into London!! Doh!!

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    Oh, & did I mention, I really like this race?
    No, you never said.

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB View Post
    Fantastic - just do it!

    Do you know, I think I will!! Got a willing partner for the race (it's run in pairs I believe), although I've told him he'll have to keep reduce his speed a bit for me!
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    See you in May, then.

    As for recceing, I would say the most important bit is from Scafell Pike to Mosedale. Crossing Great Moss & that area can be quite confusing, especially if the mist is down.

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    Have decided to do this as part of BGR prep (BGR on 30th June). I'm doing the Fellsman the week before and Jura the week after - it's going to be a tough old May!

    It sounds like a really good event - food stops on the way round is clearly the future.

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    SwissToni...that's madness!! And there's me wondering whether my legs will recover in time to do Ennerdale on 10th June!!

    Mind you....did notice that Windermere Marathon is the next day.........

    Got my Lake District Anquet map last week and been trying to plot the route into it (saddo!!) and then fly through it. Relieving the boredom of not being able to run 'cause of a rotten cold.
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    Re: Old Counties Tops Race

    Quote Originally Posted by Swiss Toni View Post
    Have decided to do this as part of BGR prep (BGR on 30th June). I'm doing the Fellsman the week before and Jura the week after - it's going to be a tough old May!

    It sounds like a really good event - food stops on the way round is clearly the future.
    What time are you planning on doing the Fellsman in cos anytime is going to be hard to get 62 miles out of your legs in a week !!!
    If you cant change something, change the way you feel about it !

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    The OCT is cracking good fun. The race doesn't even start till Scafell and I was dead on my feet by then. The heat was incredible last year, my partner was in and out of every river and tarn in sight, like a car with a leaky radiator. You think it is all over at Cockley beck before Grey Friar looms like your doom come early. Great run in from Coniston too. Just booked the weekend off for this year. Great fun!

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    Re: Old Counties Tops Race

    Anyone out there need a partner

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    Just in case you haven't looked at other thread Ive posted this here as well!

    Congratulations to everyone who completed the Old County Tops yesterday in conditions that couldn't have been any more different from last year. A big thanks from me to all the marshalls and helpers from Achille Ratti and Raynet - without you we have no race. It is fantastic to see runners still smiling at the finish - makes it all worth while as far as I am concerned. Next year's race is on May 19th. Hope to see you there.
    PS One negative - the runner who left his partner after Cockley Beck and span a yarn to the marshalls on Coniston Old Man and Three Shires Stone - this is breaking one of the golden safety rules of the event - you are not welcome at next year's race.

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