LOVEultras 036 Northern Traverse Countdown 2 weeks to go

My latest vblog in my countdown to the Northern Traverse includes my detailed race plan. I wonder whether I will be able to keep to it on the race! I’m certainly looking forward to trying!!

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LOVEultras 035 Northern Traverse Countdown 3 weeks to go

My latest vBlog covers my 3rd and final recce weekend on the Northern Traverse route. On Saturday I ran from the Lion Inn to Robin Hood’s Bay (30 miles) with James & Steven and then on Sunday I ran from Osmotherley to Danby Wiske and back (24 miles).

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Northern Traverse 3rd Recce weekend plans

This weekend I’m heading down to North Yorks for my third and final recce weekend on the Northern Traverse course.

Over the first two weekends I have covered the first 130 miles from St Bee’s to Danby Wiske. I have missed about 3 miles just before Grasmere when I had to turn back due to the ice. I’ve also went on the road instead of the path for the final mile or so into Rosthwaite and also the same into Reeth. But basically I have covered the first 130 miles of the course.

For my final recce I’m going to cover the rest of the route. Katrina is not coming on this one so I asked for some help with a lift from Robin Hood’s Bay back to the Lion Inn on the Hardmoors Facebook page and James Hargan got in touch and asked whether I would like some company. Then another friend Steve Brown was keen to come as well so I will have some company for Saturday which is great.

So the plan is as follows …

Friday 13th April

  • Drive down to Robin Hood’s Bay after work
  • Stay at Bay Ness Farm Campsite

Saturday 14th April

  • Meet James and Steve at 8am at the Flyingdale Hall car park
  • Drive my car to the Lion Inn
  • About 9am – run from the Lion Inn to Robin Hood’s Bay – approx. 30 miles

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  • At the end of the run drive back to the Lion Inn to pick up my car
  • We will then go our separate ways.
  • I’m then driving to Osmotherley and staying at the Cote Ghyll Campsite

Sunday 15th April

  • About 8am (or maybe earlier!) my plan is to run to Danby Wiske and back approx. 9miles

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I would like to do about 60 miles over the weekend so I’ll work out how far I need to run in the other direction on another out and back from Osmotherley.

I know the 10 miles or so from Osmotherley to Bloworth Crossing as it is part of the Cleveland Way and I’ve done several Hardmoors races that cover that section.

 

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LOVEultras 034 Northern Traverse Countdown 4 weeks to go

In my latest vblog I show what I’m planning to put in my drop bags for the race.

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Summary of March 2018

March has been my biggest month for almost a year. I ran a total of 206.71 miles and it felt good!  The key weekends were the Hardmoors 55 (reduced to 43 miles!) with Katrina and then two weekends later my second Northern Traverse Recce weekend.

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In graph form (Hardmoors race and recce weekend stand out)

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A diary of my runs and cycles

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A summary of my runs in 2018 …

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In April the key weekend is going to be my final Northern Traverse Recce weekend when I plan to run the final 35 miles on the Saturday and then around 20 on the Sunday. I will then have covered the vast majority of the 190 mile route.

After that weekend I will have 1 easy week, 1 medium/hard week and then a 2 week taper when I will run every other day until the race which starts on Saturday 12th May 2018.

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LOVEultras 033 Northern Traverse Countdown 5 weeks to go

In my latest vblog I have included lots of video clips from my two day recce of the course from the past weekend when I ran from Shap to Danby Wiske.

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Plans for my second recce weekend

Link to follow my progress on Friday 30th March and Saturday 31st March 2018

I’m really looking forward to covering the next section of the Northern Traverse on Friday 30th March and Saturday 31st March 2018.

In February I covered the first 62 miles from St Bee’s to Shap over two days and I really enjoyed it despite a few navigational issues!!

For this two day run as it is Easter weekend I’m able to get away on Thursday night and run Friday and Saturday. Katrina has very kindly offered to support me over the weekend so I don’t need to worry about getting trains or buses.

We are staying our friends Dave & Tracey in Keswick on Thursday night which means that we can start earlier.

James Thurlow has sent me a tracker again so if you have any time or interest on Friday and Saturday click on this link and see how I’m getting on!

So the plan is as follows …

Friday 30th April

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  • 8am Start running from Shap
  • approx 1.30pm arrive at Kirkby Stephen (20 miles)
  • approx 5pm arrive at Keld (32.75 miles)
  • approx 8pm arrive at Reeth (44 miles)

If it takes me longer I do have the option of stopping earlier than Reeth  but I would really like to make it all the way to Reeth if I can.

Saturday 31st April

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  • Aiming to start running at 9.30am from Reeth
  • approx 12.30pm arrive at Richmond (10.5 miles)
  • approx 5pm arrive at Danby Wiske (24.5 miles)

I’ll be taking some video clips along the way to help me remember the route so I’ll include those in my next LOVEultras vblogs.

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