Dear Neil, I wanted to take time to thank you for such an amazing event this weekend. Whilst it was much more gruelling than I had certainly anticipated (so much mud!) I enjoyed every painful step taken particularly on day 2. The route was fantastic, the marshals were fab and check points were a welcome sight! Box Hill - wow! It was a bonus to still come in as first lady, I decided to run out hard on day 1 and hold on for day 2 but as Jen went passed me at mile 14 as if she hadn't run the day before and I was running like a small child was clinging to my ankles, I had settled for second place in my head. By the skin of my teeth or no wasted effort - depends how's you look at it. I have only recently switched to the ultra scene after realising my road marathon time would probably never get any quicker, I love the off road running and so far have done ok. 2nd female in the Much Wenlock Marathon, 1st female in the 135 mile Ring O Fire, 2nd female in the Brecon Beacon Ultra I have a few challenges throughout 2014 - Apocalypse 100, Race to the Stones and hopefully the Dragons Back in 2015 ultimately I would love to run Des Sables, I have registered interest and attended an expo in London. As a seasoned veteran of this particular event, I was wondering if you have any advice with regards to training, equipment requirements, entry costs, and ultimately how to fund something like this, is commercial sponsorship the route to go down? Any advice you can offer would be gratefully received.
Dear Brian and Neil,
Firstly, thank you organising another great challenge! I really enjoyed it, and would encourage you to put on more 1 day events. My only suggestion is to try to avoid putting this race on at the same time as the Race to the stones, as they start in the same area and there was lots of confusion at Rigsborough Station as to who was getting on to our mini bus pick up..we almost ended up with several of the Race to the Stones runners! Also, some of my friends had already booked for the other race before you announced this new I day Ultra, and would have liked to have run both (as would have I) so I suggest that next year you do try to put them on different days?
Otherwise, I would highly recommend this race to my friends.
Thanks Brian and Neil,
Karen Summerville xx
Thanks to everyone who supported us all to have such a good time