Challenge Hikes and Runs

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by PhilHo, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    I'm wondering if anyone else here, other than @Chiseller and @Stan Appleton is interested in doing challenge hikes and/or runs. This thread could be where we post ones we are interested in or are going to.

    Here's some I'm interested in or am going to:

    Borrowdale Trail Race
    6th July 2019 - half marathon trail run

    Hanging Stone Leap

    11th August 2019 - run or hike - this was an LDWA event

    The Mamores Half Marathon
    8th September 2019 - trail run - the second half of the Glencoe Marathon starting in Kinloch Leven

    I'm a new to trail running so am approaching it with the zeal of a fresh convert with all the gear and not very much idea. I have friends who do Man v Horse, 100 milers, Spine race, Marathon de Sables, Hardmoors Trail series etc but you have to start somewhere and doing half marathon distances in beautiful countryside is a nice controllable bite.

    If you spot any other trail running/ fast hike challenge events, I hope you'll post them here. V
  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Put me in a bit of a spot bub... I've tried (tried) to stop saying what I'm going to do, and have settled for what I have just done...
    I've not made two races and it made me look bad. Both for genuine reasons... The trigger race and the one I was going to do where you were..

    It's like the ldwa rr50... I just did it, the Hathersage Hurtle 20... I just did it, and Saturday I ran a trail half... Just for the hell of it.
    I will say though.... I have aspirations of being possibly the first carnivore runner to complete, the Montane Goat, the summer spine and the winter spine.

    I may back off being carni and still go for it... But carni is my lifestyle and its keeping me healthy.... So I would like to keep how I am... With the odd dirty day, having a scon, pint, or an ice cream.
    It's not like vegan... If I want an ice cream or a scon... I won't have my peers looking down on me.

    I will share...... I'm starting to read a book called 'Ghost Runner'.... :whistling:

    Great idea though Phil, and it could potentially be a great Treklite inner group.

    It's like the HH20.... I bet I was the only runner with a cuban rain skirt and a lite flex brolly lol
  3. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    I need to get down to the Peak District. That was were I was dragged up, 2 miles from Hathersage. I just love the hills, edges and valleys in the Dark Peak.

    That Hathersage Hurtle looks interesting but might clash with Malhamdale Trail.
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  4. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    I'm aiming for a half marathon September ish so would be interested. Something in the middle of the country up to the lakes could work.
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  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I'm toying with the notion of doing the lakes one whilst being on the Treklite meet.... But do it as a non entrant and carry my pack....

    That could just as easily not happen as happen...
  6. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

  7. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Backpacker

    I'm doing the Borrowdale race in July. Might do the Wooler one later in the year too.
  8. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    You're clearly hard core Chiseller

    The LDWA do some "nice" challenge hikes/runs. I get the impression that they are increasingly becoming runs but there are usually (I'm told) quite a number of walkers who are set off earlier as moving obstacles for the runners ;). There's usually hot food provided afterwards and they are relatively cheap to enter. I've not done these on the day but have done long sections of them as a recce with Mrs Ho.

    Notable in North Yorkshire are:
    Smugglers Trod that starts and finishes in Robin Hoods Bay. 25th August.

    Wensleydale Wedge Starts and finishes in Askrigg and includes Bolton Castle and Semer Water. 17th November 2019

    West Yorkshire
    Denholme Doddle 20th July

    Alliteration is common when naming challenge hikes :)
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019
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  9. Sue

    Sue Summit Camper

    I am doing the Great Glencoe Challenge again this year - it is marathon length and includes >5000ft of ascent. They are allowing a few runners to enter this year but this primarily a trekathon. We are timed but most folks are more interested in finishing rather than getting a good time.
    The walk starts just outside Glencoe and joins the West Highland Way part way up the Devil's Staircase. It then follow the WHW until the trek ends at Glen Nevis, just past the campsite.
    I did the walk last year for the first time and it was good fun. It seemed very well organised. Lots of drinks, snacks, lunch, and a hog roast afterwards.
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  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Someone say Hog Roast? :hungry:
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  11. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    It's bloody expensive though compared to LDWA events. I think it is the hiking equivalent of a charity black tie dinner where you don't mind paying over the top because it is going to charity.
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  12. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    For anyone who has every fancied doing the Ripon Rowel there's the Round Ripon Ultra 35 mile. This is the best 35 miles of the Ripon Rowel starting in Studley Roger, up the river to West Tanfield and across through Hackfall to Masham (Home of Theakstons and Black Sheep), then up to Swinton Bivouac, Ilton, and across the moor to Carlesmoor then on to Sawley and through Spa Gill before a final run down through Studley Deer Park, next to the World Heritage site of Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey.

    The Ripon Rowel was created by Les Taylor of the Ramblers Association. Sadly Les is no longer with us. When he put the walk together he had places that he wanted it to visit and in order to do that there is a bit of road walking on narrow single track roads. This is a bit of a pain when you walk it but is a relief when you run it so it is quite a good first ultra run for anyone wanting to step up from marathon distance. It is a run rather than a walk although there is quite a bit of walking goes on. I've manned a drinks station for a couple of years so this is from observation rather than personal experience.

    Round Ripon Ultra 35 mile Saturday 12 Oct 2019 £42 for unaffiliated runners.

    I have to declare an interest in this one, I am involved in the organisation of it. All proceeds go to charity. The club have a vote on who gets the money, this year 1/3 went to each of: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Motor Neurone Disease Association and Ripon YMCA.
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  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Great causes @PhilHo I did the RR50 last year.
    I quit the ldwa this year.. A lot of The Lancashire branch organisers are Pro vegan.
    There's a tale behind it... But it's a yarn.
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  14. Lang pack

    Lang pack Summit Camper

    Couple of challenge walks in Northumberland that are run to help raise funds for the local mrt. Allendale challenge earlier on in the year which has some interesting ground conditions when wet. Alwinton round which is this Saturday, usually dry but looks like it will be slightly moist this year! I’m interested in doing similar walks elsewhere so following this post with interest. Much as I would love too , running isn’t my bag.
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