Challenge Hikes and Runs

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by PhilHo, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    There's some interesting ultras here: http://rangerultras.co.uk/

    Way beyond what I'd be capable of but might interest one or two of you. The courses that they run look particularly interesting. I think that these folks are really hard core, involved in organising the Spine Race.
  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Stu Westfield is a decent bloke, he does the safety team for the spine.
    I've done a night running nav course with him. Very easy to get along with.
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  3. PhilHo

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    Just in case this motivates you to have (another) go.
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  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Cheers for this :thumbsup:
    I'll have a look on big telly later. I've no intention of not returning and I'm not saying I won't chisel it as a running Acheivment... I'm sure I've at least a couple of friends that would at least meet me at a couple of points and give me a spoon of beef dripping or have a change of kit at hand...
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  5. Enzo

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    No way I could run it but I'd love to walk it, great video :thumbsup:
  6. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    What about this then the Great Lakeland 3 Day Challenge
    The organisers transport your overnight kit to the next stop over (a bit like they do in the Cape Wrath Ultra). Each day you can choose the course you are going to do from 20k with 1000m of ascent course to 45k with 2500m of ascent. You can mix and match these, maybe do a longer one for the first day and a 20k for the next two.
  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I'd be interested in the course, but I'm not much of a pot chaser I'm afraid, seems like having to pay for the privilege of walking on the buisiest day imaginable!
    I'm discounting the comradery and good conversation of course. But I like the feeling of going on an adventure :)
  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    • Friday Night Meal & Drink - £9: Take the hassle out of cooking your pre-race meal; complement the above with a homemade vegetarian main meal + cake & custard dessert + choice of teas or coffee.
    • Saturday Morning Breakfast - £5: Don’t want to get the stove out before you start running? Easy! Order your breakfast ahead - includes vegetarian sausage and sliced-egg bap + hearty bowl of cereal, semi-skimmed milk + choice of teas or coffee.
    • Finishers' hearty vegetarian meal + cake & custard + unlimited tea/coffee
    Catering to one lifestyle and ommiting others ... :banghead::banghead::banghead:
  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I thought that might be an issue for you :angelic:

    @Enzo I agree in a way in what you say. For me making the commitment in advance is what would make it worthwhile and its a different type of experience from what we are used to. I find that I push myself a little bit harder on events than I would just going out on my own. I'm not totally settled on whether that is a good thing though. I used to have a personal trainer until I realised I was just paying him to make me feel obliged to turn up when I said I would. I guess I'm just trying to break out of a lifetime of procrastination before its too late.
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  10. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Some wisdom there :thumbsup:

    My sister has got into the challenge thing and asks me to join her. I did one with her but our paces are too disparate to manage without frustration. She as ALL about the T shirts :)
  11. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I find it very difficult doing challenges with someone else, we are all different and each of us is better at one aspect and not so good at another even if your overall pace is similar. I do like the camaraderie of doing these things in the company of strangers who you find yourself alongside for a while.
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  12. Chiseller

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    Chisellin the Dales Way on Tuesday or Wednesday... Not decided yet if I'm going to do it at a fast & UL pace or a light & comfortable bimble...
    Hardest thing for me, will be keeping out of the caves along the way :snaphappy:
  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Stickle Grind Vertical 650
    2.4km of UPHILL | 650m of ascent | 20th October 2019 | Location: Stickle Barn | Price: £10.00
    A serious struggle of will and lung capacity. Race to the summit of one of the most iconic fells in Lakeland. Relax after the race in the Stickle Barn with a beer or two and listen to some great music.

    Enter or Bring a cowbell, camera and come and watch me suck the air out of the valley :facepalm:
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  14. PhilHo

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    Carnivore - Trail Division :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::eek:
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  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Couldn't help misen.... :happy:
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  16. Mountain Mackem

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  17. PhilHo

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    Interesting and reminds me:

    One of my mates in the mountaineering club, 40 years ag,o had the nick name Ennerdale. I think there was a campaign at the time to "save Ennerdale" and we found some tenuous link to this. My name was TinTin because when I took my balaclava off I had a big curl at the front and the rest of my hair was plastered to my head. You get the picture.
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  18. PhilHo

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    Hanging stone leap was all going so well until the the downhill from Hanging Stone. I just couldn't get my legs going well on the flat after the technical slippy downhill. I would recommend it also as a challenge hike. The new organisers have retained the LDWA format. I had a chat with a man wearing Altberg Tetheras. Really nice buffet spread at the end.
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  19. Chiseller

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  20. PhilHo

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    Looks like you might have some competition in the most impressive beard in the race category. :D

    I'm staying in Patterdale for a couple of days just before your run doing a mountain skills course to see if I can get a bit of exposure confidence scrambling up the Helvelyn edges. Will probably go home on the Friday night and do Parkrun on the Saturday morning.
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  21. PhilHo

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    I did the The Mamores Half Marathon yesterday. Perfect conditions. Around 10 degrees C, 5 MPH wind and dry. Its a lovely route being 13.3 miles of the WHW between Kinlochleven and Glen Nevis (near the visitor centre). It was very well organised with friendly marshalls, excellent feed and water stations and a bus to take you back from the finish to the start. Only two small negatives. 1. They had a wave start with a few minutes between each wave. With 200 runners this seemed unnecessary and meant we were getting cold waiting for our turn. 2. I wasn't 100% clear if I'd crossed the finishing mat/line because ir wasn't clear and so carried on sprinting past were I needed to.

    I would recommend this event if you want to challenge yourself over the distance in relatively easy under foot conditions in a lovely part of the world. It is a run with bits of walking where the slope stops you running or the single track is congested so you can't get past. About half of if is on wide Landrover tracks or forestry tracks.
  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Nice run Phil, :thumbsup: what's this word mean? I've not heard or used it before 'sprinting' ??? :woot:
  23. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I just switch my brain off and make a dash for the line. This is what it looks like when a 61 year old fat boy does it.
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  24. Chiseller

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    If it wernt fo grey socks, I wouldn't have known you were wrong side of 50 :thumbsup: your runs put me to shame, an that's a shoot :thumbsup:
  25. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I don't look very happy though do I. I've got that colour of hair that doesn't start going grey until late and then goes overnight. Although my beard went years ago.
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