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Wilmot Wander

26-Jan-2020 Chaddesden, Derbyshire, UK (England)

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51KM / 32Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Walking and running event that starts in Chaddesden (Derbyshire) along a 32mile route around Derby consisting mainly of paths and towpaths.

Entry to this race includes drinks and biscuits during the event and hot food and drinks at the end.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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SarahCrunning

11:15 30-01-18

I ran this in 2018. I'm a big fan of LDWA events - they are incredibly cheap and serve as great opportunities for a long training run with checkpoints or as a good value race if you want to push yourself. They vary in size and popularity. Some are geared up more like 'races', whereas others are more low-key. From the entry process, I was expecting this one to be the latter. There is no online entry system - you email the organiser and post a cheque - and no official gpx file of the route. There was some delay in getting confirmation of my entry. However, there were a lot of entrants and organisation on the day was very slick. They set people off at 2 minute intervals. I was allocated to 8:24, and it was followed to the second. Everyone is given a two minute warning. I wasn't entirely sure this was necessary until I realised how small the scout hut was and how long the toilet queue would have been if everyone started together. There were maps and route instructions available at the start. I had managed to find a gpx file online from a previous entrant. I find this easier to follow than trying to read and run at the same time. However, the instructions were thorough and the route wasn't difficult to navigate. It would have been helpful if the checkpoint details had specified which mile they came in, as it is useful to know how far you are from them if you need to refill bottles etc.

It's fair to say that I found this route tougher than I expected. I was anticipating mud, and I usually quite enjoy muddy events. However, this was off the scale in terms of relentless deep mud. There were some boggy sections and lots of waterlogged farmland with the heavy kind of mud that sticks to your shoes. It was fun initially, and the early stages of the route are surprisingly varied. After a while, it became progressively more of a slog. I have done moorland races that have boggy sections that are deeper than the mud in this event, but nothing that has such a long stretch of deep mud. The endless wading and extra weight on my shoes sapped my legs far more than steep hills would have done. I found myself longing to see a road so I could actually run - normally I avoid tarmac as much as possible! It was dawning on me why there were so many checkpoints - this was going to take much longer than I thought!

Sections of the last 10 miles were more runnable, and the last 5 miles is on a surfaced cycle path. However, my legs were exhausted by this point, and this section was also monotonously flat.

It wasn't all negative - as always, the LDWA volunteers were fantastic and the checkpoints well-stocked. The event had a very friendly feel and the first half of the route has some nice scenery. After a drier winter, the event might feel very different. I don't think it would ever be completely dry, so I would certainly recommend wearing your grippiest shoes. The route will definitely test the strength in your legs and is great value. Just don't expect a fast course!

Overall, if you know what to expect from the route, then I can't fault the set-up of the event. I'm not sure I'd go back to this one though.

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Runmoor

02:27 15-02-17

Brilliant event, great route, quite flat but lots of muddy fields and stiles. Biscuits and hot drinks at each checkpoint, easy to navigate. Very friendly. Runners set off at 2 minute intervals so doesn't feel like a race, really nice and relaxed you can go as fast or slow as you want. This also allows for people to pass other people making it even more friendly. The last 5 miles are on bike path the rest of the route is fantastic off road terrain. Hot food at the finish is always a bonus and a nice certificate as well. Its a real bargain.

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Ofrunsoundmind

10:36 08-02-16

Laid back but very friendly event, checkpoints were awesome and very well placed. The hot coffee at the last one hit the spot! Challenging course which requires a little bit of navigation but fortunately I was in a group with someone who was very familiar with the route so was just able to enjoy the scenery (and the mud!). Hot soup and a variety of cakes at the finish. If there was one thing I would suggest as a change is perhaps have some crisps at one of the checkpoints as an alternative to the sweets but that's a very minor issue (and I should have carried my own). Definitely want to do the Wilmot Wander again!

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Lisa Walbridge

04:27 08-02-16

Low key event with entry on the day. Easy parking near race HQ. Minimalist route description along with detailed map of route. Interesting and fairly challenging route due to muddy terrain. 5 adequate CPs and soup at the finish. Would recommend and will return.

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RobT

02:46 08-02-16

A great little race, organised by a local club group under an LDWA event, so relaxed with walkers, food (snacks) and drink (some hot) and checkpoints and soup at the finish.
The course starts suburban then quickly turns into farms and muddy fields with a parkland and woods, although not very hilly it undulates with most of the hills in the first half. The finish is 5 miles on tarmac urban cycle path, I'd recommend a change into road shoes for this finish if your feet are tired - changing shoes at the last checkpoint.

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shepmonkey

01:37 08-02-16

Tough run in tough conditions. Checkpoints were excellent for re fuelling and very friendly. 2016 was my first time for running it and I will deffo be returning next year

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