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SWM1878 - 09/09/2017 20:14:59
   
1 Day or 2, Advice Please....!
Hi all

I'd really appreciate any thoughts or advice....

I have been running for about 2 1/2 years and have ran several marathons. I'm now planning to take part in my first ultra next year and have decided on The Race to the Stones (100km) as it seems to be well organised, doesn't require navigation, etc. I have no designs on racing it nor do I have a particular time in mind, I simply want to complete it and enjoy it. My question is, as it is my first would you recommend the one or two day option? My initial thoughts were two as I thought it may be a bit 'easier' plus I'd get to meet loads of people at the camp however I'm now thinking that two days in a row of running a long distance may be harder than one day of a longer run?

Any words of wisdom would much appreciated!

Thanks in advance

Stephen

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lukejarmey - 11/09/2017 07:51:25
   
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Hi Stephen,

We've scheduled in a tweet to your question, so someone should be along soon with some advice.

In the meantime, as a new ultra runner, you might find this training article very handy: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Training/February-2016/Everything-you-need-to-know-to-run-a-50km-ultra

Can be applied to most distances, not just 50km.

Thanks

Luke
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Bestsim - 11/09/2017 14:10:36
   
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I say how long you think it would take to run the 100K ?

I ran RTTS for the 1st time his year, and running a conversative pace, made the 50K in just under 6hrs. As such, had I been doing the 2 day, would have had most of the afternoon, and all evening in the camp. As such, was glad to simply push on and finish on the day.

It kind of depends what you want to get out of the event. Am sure there is a great social side to the overnight camp. For me, 100K was my longest run, so reason for entering event was to hit that landmark distance.

The course is very easy to follow, and well marked, so don't expect any navigation issues. Terrain becomes more hilly in 2nd half, but never gets that bad.

Personally am glad I did the 1 day, the 2 day event had no appeal to me, and I suspect is more aimed at the walkers.

Am sure which ever one you chose to enter, you will have fun. It's a great event and very well managed.

Good luck !

Simon

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Andy Freeman - 11/09/2017 18:31:25
   
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Hi

Race to the stones this year was my first ultra. I ran the 100k in a day. You're absolutely right on the organisation. It's first class. Well stocked stops every 8-12 k. No worries on navigation as well. Signs absolutely everywhere and so no map reading required and you'll stay on course just fine.

My background is probably similar to yours. Running regularly for 2.5-3 years. Had completed 3 marathons but nothing further until training for the ultra and the race itself. Hope this is helpful. Go for it!

Finished in under 11 and a half hours... there's a bar at the finish!

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SWM1878 - 11/09/2017 20:26:05
   
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Thanks guys, really appreciate you taking the time to post and your advice

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SWM1878 - 11/09/2017 20:38:31
   
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Many thanks Luke, much appreciated

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