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Adventure into Wonderland

02-Feb-2019 Lochore, Fife, UK (Scotland)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
65KM / 40Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

Alternate Distances: 46KM/29M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £56 GBP

Marathon plus a bit extra & Ultra marathon.

Two trail race distances to choose from, taking in Benarty hill, loch leven and the lomonds.

Enough elevation to test the legs of even the keenest runner.

Generous cut-off times. Stunning scenery, should the Scottish weather play by the rules and generally, a good laugh.

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Calum Anderson

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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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Chefyego

09:50 15-10-18

A few months ago. I was egged on to do a race. No i was challanged to do a challange. So i signed up for my 1st ever Marathon
Not just any Marathon but a 28.8 mile hill race. There was also a 14 mile Mad Halfer and an 46 mile Ultra. Weather report has been storm and rain.
I woke a bag of nerves had my coffee stretched got my kit and caught the bus to Loch Ore Meadows. It was wet but not to cold. Not the most ideal day for a Newbie to this type of racing. I have been up here myself a couple of times in various weathers but this this ugg. People arrived slowly about 8am for the 9am start. 7am the Ultra left well on there way. Only people i new was the RDs and a couple of marshalls. I was on my own 🤪
Another coffee and off to the start line after a pep talk from Kristian and Callum and encouraging words from fellow runners
1st hill Benatry Hill (been here a few times phew) slip slide small just to warm you up
Harran Hill, its the steps that get to you on the way up. Visibility poor but doable. Trig point turn left follow around (first slip shook it off chuckled go) to the path slide down 4in thick in mud weeeee
Fallow path through the gate and down to Vane Farm. 1st check point some water sweets laughter and away we go flat tarmac and mud around Lock Leven to CP2 we're told we are ahead of schedual, good because here comes the Kinneswood Lomand Hill 60 degrees angle. Now this is a *****, half way up you feel the burn in you legs from calfs to hips i past 1 or 2 but 3 or 4 past me (not the're 1st rodeo then😂)
To the top yayy turn left and follow around the wind and rain are beating down visibilty crap look down for me footing but loose balance i laugh get up n go. There are runners in front about 200 yards. I keep an eye open for them. Down into the Vale shelterd from the weather (a bit😋). Over the bogs and man made tracks to Boll Resevior and CP3 (half way point) cola water sweets fruit top up and go. Now to me the hard part its all a slow uphill slog to the GolfBall(radar station). Turn left here at the gate. Problem 1 somebody has taken/destroyed markers couple of people have contacted the RDs i meet one coming up and tells me what has happened, as i go down towards Scotlandwell (read my maps and did a couple of small recce) turn right back to CP2/3. Another top up. I find out a lot of people are lost because of locals moving and destroying markers so they are cancelling the cut off point. I leave the cCP and bump into a couple of ladys who got lost. They quickly check in and follow me
We head back to CP1,1 of them shoots of doesnt wanna stop. The other want tongve up. Shes had enough. I said are you sure 10k to go but its a *****ty steep climb and the last. She follows me around the Hill this time. I keep her spirits up (im glad of the company to be honest as i have feeling dishartened by the weather loneliness and sabotague)
We get to the last marshalls at the bottom of the Harran Hill steps. Then its quickly over Benatry for the last 2k
Then the home straight flat tarmac for 1/2 mile. I get there done it 8 hour 18 minutes so happy i finished. No crowds because of the weather. Just the marshalls. The lady who tailed me had her running pals waiting i was happy for her. I may have beat her by a minut n a half but i cheered her on till she crossed the line and see her smile she was so relieved
I go to get my goodie bag and thank everybody for the experience. I thank Kristian and Callum for their hard work and i will do it again in a years time because it has to be done twice to beat my previous time. Its a great area. A great challange. Its a must. On a good weather day its beautiful.... the choice is yours.. put it on your to do list there is another in Febuary ,😘

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