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Harpenden, England, United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Race Plans for 2012

After some deliberation, I have solidified my race schedule for 2012. While I am still going to run a few of the local short fell races (mostly to remind myself how poor my strength and speed are), my focus will be on these four:

Brecon Beacons 40M (May 12, 2012)
This is once again part of the Runfurter Ultra-running Championships, so I expect it to be fairly competitive. I don’t usually return to races I have done (the Vitosha 100K being the only exception so far), but this one is too close to pass, and I actually do want to try it again after last year’s navigation debacle.
Welsh 1000m Peaks 20M (June 9, 2012)
What can be better than a short fell race? A long one, of course. I am looking forward to this one, but I will have to be very careful, if I want to run well at the Vitosha 100K.

Vitosha 100K (June 23, 2012)
This one will always be special for me, even when/if I eventually ‘get it right.’

Lakeland 100M (Ultra Tour of the Lake District) (July 27, 2012) 
By all measures, the big one this year. I don’t dare plan much or any running in August. Then, we’ll see.

Meanwhile, here are some pictures from a 10M fell race (Ras Yr Aran) that I ran this weekend. I was too tired from traveling and field work to compete, but how do you pass on this weather and scenery?

4 comments:

  1. Great race plans, Gancho. The countryside you're running through is gorgeous. I'll look forward to hearing of all your exploits!

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  2. Awesome stuff Gancho. Looks like a great schedule. I was hoping to see a date listed in WV, U.S.A though.

    What kind of shoes are those that you're running around them-there hills?

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  3. Awesome Gancho!!! Venturing for your first 100M, correct? I to am reaching for the longer distance this year Mohican, although not as technical looking as yours!

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  4. Phil, northern Wales is stunningly beautiful. Plenty of good cycling and climbing too – I am looking forward to your promised visit!

    Adam, I am running fell races with an Adidas Kanadia TR4 this year. They fit me really well, have decent traction on grass/mud, and are fairly cheap. I just can’t bring myself up to coughing up the £80 ($130) for a pair of Inov8 X-talons, which seems to be by far the shoe of choice among fell runners. I would really like to come back to the US for a race or two, but this is unlikely to happen soon. Good luck at Massanutten!

    Jim, with all my navigational mistakes, I pretty much ran a 100-miler last summer. By mile 90 or so of my version of the Ridgeway Challenge, I knew I could keep moving at the same (slow) pace for many more hours. But the Lakeland 100 will be completely different. From what I have read, it is the British version of UTMB/Hard Rock, without the altitude factor and with less climbing (‘only’ about 22,000 ft), but with possibly more challenging underfoot conditions and definitely more challenging navigation.

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