One week to go

Another easy run at lunch time today. I made sure I ran nice and steady and spent the time thinking about where I’ll be this time next week.

The Lakeland 100 race is just over a week away and my thoughts are more and more with the race. I must admit I love the build up, the preparation and the planning. For me it’s all part of the event. There are lots of comments on the Lakeland Race Facebook page about the race which are fun to read.

One of the main things about this race that is very different to the West Highland Way Race is that it is unsupported so you need to carry a minimum amount of equipment throughout the race. I’ve found this makes a difference to the pace you can run at and so I have been training with a rucksack throughout this year.

I’ve been putting my gear together and seeing how much room I have in my rucksack. Here is a picture of the compulsory gear you have to carry.

I understand from previous comments on Facebook that some runners manage to get all this in a bumbag. They must have a lot smaller (and expensive) equipment than I have. It all fits in my rucksack quite easily and still leave me room for any food I want to carry on each leg.

I have two main decisions still to make.

The first is which head torch to take.

The one on the left is my petzl myo which gives a good light and is not too heavy to carry. The one on the right is the one that Ali B-J has kindly lent me for the race. It is definitely a better light but it is significantly heavier with a battery pack to carry.

I’m still not sure which one I’ll go with. One option would be to use the heavier one for the first night and then swap torches at Dalemain so I’ve got the lighter one for the day.

The other decision I have is whether to take my camera and head cam or just one of them.

 I will definitely take one as for me part of the adventure is make a video of the run. I know people have said in the past that I may be wasting time but I’m not sure.

I only do the video clips while I’m walking up hills and I find it gives me something to think about and plan for. Again another option would be to put my head cam in my drop bag at Dalemain and take it for the second half of the race.

I’ll make a decision over the next week.

I’d like to send my best wishes to the Scotland team who are running in the Celtic Plate 100k race in South Wales on Sunday 22nd July.

The men’s team is Gareth Mayze, Matt Williamson, Marco Consani and Thomas Loehndorf. The women’s team is Gail Murdoch, Isobel Knox, Sharon Law and Sandra Bowers.

The course is a 2mile loop which they will run 32 times.

 I hope they all do really well and enjoy the experience. I was interested to read that whw winner Terry Conway is running. I know Thomas, Marco and Sharon chose not to do the whw this year so they were ready for this race.

What makes it even more of a challenge for Terry is that he is also running the Lakeland 100 race 5 days later. It will be interesting to see how he gets on in both races.

The next race in the SUMS series is tomorrow so all the best to those who are running the Clyde Stride and to Lee and her team who are organising it.  Hope you all have a great day.

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2 Responses to One week to go

  1. TrailDragon says:

    Hi John,

    I notice that Marc L mentioned on the FB page regarding emergency drink that “Drink in your bottles will be fine, so long as you have some emergency food which should still be in your pack at the end”. I'm figuring that'll save me 150g in not having to take a Capri Sun with me. 😀


  2. Gaynor says:

    Hi John,

    I used a petzl myo xp last year with no problems. Getting excited yet?!

    See you next Friday, although I'm not on kit check anymore; I've been promoted to 'Team Leader'!


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