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JW78 - 10/07/2017 06:58:57
nervous ultra newbie....
Hi all, stumbled across this excellent website after looking for some ultra advice.
Having started at 5k races and working my up to a marathon distance, im now nervously excited about moving up to doing an ultra.
I have picked out the Tweed valley ultra as a possible, with the choice of a 50k or a 65k distance and by what I've read it seems like a good entry level ultra.

I have a question that hopefully i can get the answer to on here...
The Tweed valley ultra states you must have some mandatory kit, ie full body waterproof kit, do I need to carry this in my backpack even if the weather forecast says i wont need it?

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SarahCrunning - 10/07/2017 08:54:42
RE:nervous ultra newbie....
Hi JW,

Welcome and glad you stumbled across us. I hope you find some of our articles helpful in your preparation.

If a race has a mandatory kit list, then this must be carried regardless of whether you think you'll need it or not. It is likely that you will have to go through a kit check and there may be random kit checks en route. Although it can seem unnecessary, weather forecasts can be wrong and things can change quickly. There are usually things you carry and don't use, but if you had an emergency situation you would be glad of them. Sometimes there are kit items which are recommended but not mandatory and then you can make your own decision. Everyone will have to carry the mandatory kit, so you won't be at a disadvantage. If there is a lot of mandatory kit then it may be helpful to do a few training runs with the kit in your pack to get used to carrying it.

Hope that helps a bit. The kit is often part of the race's insurance conditions.

Good luck!
Sarah Cooke


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