Challenge Hikes and Runs

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

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru 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 Thru 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 Thru 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 Trail Blazer

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

    PhilHo Thru 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 Trail Blazer

    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 Thru 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 Thru 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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  15. Sue

    Sue Trail Blazer

    Finished it and shocked myself! I treated it as a personal challenge to see how well I could do... and I managed to come 25th overall, 3rd quickest woman, and fastest woman over 40 (and I was officially in the over 50 category!). Never expected that.

    Trekking 20 mile days with a 10-12 kg pack is obviously great training. :cool:

    Admittedly, most folks doing it were charity walkers who were just pleased to finish. Well done to all of them, whether they managed it or not.

    @PhilHo Not black tie... but lots of black mud after about a mile of bog. I suppose it's a bit pricey but we get taken to the start by coach (45 mins) and we get a t-shirt :p. Amazingly almost 600 trekkers this year. Lots of accents so people were coming quite a distance to participate. Scenery is outstanding so lots to enjoy even for those who struggle with the distance.

    And @Chiseller the hog roast at the finish line was great!
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  16. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Well done @Sue
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  17. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Did you do it? I didn't know what or who to look out for.

    The first 4 miles were like a dream but gave a false sense of what to expect. I struggled with the descents, old knees not really up to carrying my bulk.
  18. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    Hi Phil

    Yeah I did. Really enjoyed it. The first bit by the Lake was definitely the easiest. The climbs were tough in the heat but I found the single track along Watendleth Beck to be the trickiest part. I take it easy on the descents as have old injuries on both knees.

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  19. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I turned my ankle on that single track section. I had someone following me closely and let myself get distracted. The ankle is a bit weak as I've gone over on it a few times in training. Still managed to run in and sprint the last bit of the park but have bought and ankle support today and was just looking for the braces that Andy Murray wears. Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace but at £42.50 each i might just see how I get on with the cheapo support I bought today.

    Agreed regarding the downhills. When I saw the elevation plot and after running the first 4 miles I was looking forward to the long downhill but it turned out to be far more technical than I foolishly expected. I have one leg sans knee cap and it is about 10-15% less strong than the other one because of associated damage. I found some of the downhills more difficult and slower than the up hills.

    I really enjoyed the route and the views were lovely. I would definitely recommend this one and will probably go back next year. I think it is a step up in difficulty from the Malhamdale and Wharfedale trail half marathons.

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  20. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    This looks interesting.

    I've done a backpacking version(esque) of the Ramsay....dusted off my BG plans now due to publicity here...., and hmmm the Paddy Buckley..
  21. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    For me I see those rounds as bucket list items rather than doing them as a challenge. In other words I fancy doing the BGR one day at a really leisurely pace focusing on enjoying the views. IMO there's no real point in setting yourself time goals for these big rounds unless you can aim for under 24 hours, which is way beyond me. So you might as well just enjoy them.

    Having been up to Borrowdale last weekend I fancy doing the Newlands Round one day soon. Looks like a lovely day out.
  22. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

  23. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    @Mountain Mackem Dave, do you live in the Sunderland area (just guessing from your forum name)? The reason I ask is Hanging Stone Leap on 11th August, that starts and finishes in Guisborough looks like a cracker. There's a 13 and 24 mile option. It used to be an LDWA event but now is being organised by "Lets Run" a local (Stokesley) running shop. It is open to runners and walkers. I'm currently chasing them for a route although I think it may be one in the LDWA tradition of copy route onto your map from a master on the morning of the event. I've found an old LDWA description if you want to look at the route.
  24. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    @PhilHo yes I do :D It looks interesting. Thanks for the suggestion. I will probably go for it.
  25. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    Go on then:thumbsup:

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