Spine Race - serious thread.

Well, it's just over a month to go to what promises to be an absolutely amazing event. I've had numerous threads dedicated to my impending doom and dead-pool stutus from many Cold War warriors who haven't seen or used their feet in years; bitter, turps drinking blanket stackers who are convinced they would have made CGS if only they could get past L/Cpl rank; an aspiring porn-director who is currently etching out a living in Dublin bars by singing loyalist marching songs; a delusional QA who spent her 'military career' as a spunk receptacle for 5 AB Bde and many more far too numerous to list. Oh, and Jarrod of course :)

I was rather hoping that there may be some Arrse members who have experience of such / similar events with whom I could bounce some ideas off without having to plough through hundreds of pages of DIE BWYAN DIE for which other thweads ampwy cater for. I will not be widiculed by a wabble of wowdy webels.

So, to kick off the serious race plan discussion, heres mine:

There's 5 checkpoints on the 270 mile course however trying to split them up into 5 equal sections seems pretty pointless, especially consdiering the fact that after 5/6 days, exhaustion reduces the survivors to a much slower pace, sometimes as little as 2mph through the more technical sections of the course. To that end, getting to CP 2, 110 miles in at Hawes SD 872 889 is going to be my primary phase objective, cut-off for this is 60 which is a realistic target. In order to acheive it in berst possible time, I'm not planning a rest-stop of CP 1 Hebdon Bridge SD 979291 but instead aim to log in/ out and just basic admin, hour tops.

60 hours solid without sleep is going to be brutal however to keep going the plan is to scran up every 20miles, taking in a good 800cals at a time. That's 6 freeze dried food stachets (2 man meals) total weight less than a kilo. I've got some excellent ones from Go Outdooors, scran on the march and a thermos for hot drinks again to take on the go. Although I'm taking many Nescafe 3in1 stachets (no weight at all) I want to stock up on bovril / oxo drinks to keep salts up. When I did Jurrasic Coast Oner, 79 miles 24 hours, I ate myself sick on energy bars and gel bars / isotonic drinks. I'm going to be carrying a chest sack loaded with choc bars, haribos, other energy stuff but won't go overboard on this as it's no substitute for good proper hot food. Many competitors, especially the professional athletes on this shun the idea of stopping to fuel up, preferring to take their nourishment in at the CPs however I see that as a recipe for disaster. The body will give up, mine certainly will.

Maps. Ordered pre-lammed OS 1:25,000 covering the whole route, I'll only ever need to carry one at a time so rest can follow in kit bag. Everyone else seems to be using Harveys 1:40,000 however the much smaller scale, whilst cutting down on bulk / weight, can leave you open to basic errors when fatigued. On the training weekend there was a point when 6 of us all had our Harvey maps out, everyone was in disagreement and jabbing each other's maps with stubby fingers shouting WE'Re THERE, stubby finger covering about a square klick. The OS 1:25000 even shows gaps in hedgerows / walls which you won't find on the Harveys, again, ideal for micro-navigation when the route is in pitch darkness / snow whiteout. I'll cut the maps down leaving a couple of klicks either side of route just in case I get navigationally embarrassed by a faulty compass!


That's the plan for the first 110 miles. Still working out the rest. Input guys?
What ever happened to this intrepid, knickers dropping, chisel jawed fellow?
 
Count down reminder less than two weeks to go :clap:
Thanks for that ....family circumstances permitting I hope to be in the Padon Hill area , North of Bellingham , to see some of the entrants pass through .
 
@schweik are you up for a bimble on Snake Pass again. Weather should be better at this time of year although not guaranteed.
I would have been. Unfortunately I will be having my prostate chopped out a week tomorrow, and I wont be in any fit state. I’ll have to wait for next year’s winter one, and go up and freeze my bollocks off again!

On the bright side I will be able to pass many happy hours while sat at home with a catheter up my Jap’s eye blob-watching, so I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies.

Thanks for thinking of me, though, much appreciated.
 
I would have been. Unfortunately I will be having my prostate chopped out a week tomorrow, and I wont be in any fit state. I’ll have to wait for next year’s winter one, and go up and freeze my bollocks off again!

On the bright side I will be able to pass many happy hours while sat at home with a catheter up my Jap’s eye blob-watching, so I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies.

Thanks for thinking of me, though, much appreciated.
Rather you than me mate, all the best. Hopefully we can meet up next January.
 
I would have been. Unfortunately I will be having my prostate chopped out a week tomorrow, and I wont be in any fit state. I’ll have to wait for next year’s winter one, and go up and freeze my bollocks off again!

On the bright side I will be able to pass many happy hours while sat at home with a catheter up my Jap’s eye blob-watching, so I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies.

Thanks for thinking of me, though, much appreciated.
Good luck and fingers crossed. At least you won't miss any blob-action for a pee-break. Every cloud etc.

If it all goes tits up, my boots are size 8s for those who might be interested. And no, I didn’t owe anyone a tenner!
8s? Marvellous. Are they good ones? Got some wear left in 'em?
 
Polite Reminder Summer Spine six weeks away.
@High on the hill are you taking part again ?.
Events — Spine Race

I decided earlier in the year that I would not do the summer version. The cost of this race just adds up and equipment is another substantial outlay.

I have a Spine flare medal, it is the Spine Challenger medal I covet.

So I have entered the Winter Spine Challenger 2020

Started a flexible training plan already did the Ridgeway 40 in May and did ok, next month I am taking part in the
chemin de la Liberté after that it is days in the Brecon Beacons.

I shall be dot watching - wishing all the competitors well

High on the hill
 
I would have been. Unfortunately I will be having my prostate chopped out a week tomorrow, and I wont be in any fit state. I’ll have to wait for next year’s winter one, and go up and freeze my bollocks off again!

On the bright side I will be able to pass many happy hours while sat at home with a catheter up my Jap’s eye blob-watching, so I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies.

Thanks for thinking of me, though, much appreciated.

My neighbour had it done earlier this year ... he is back to normal now ... well as normal as can be bashing golf balls around the golf course .

Hope you have a similar recovery .
 
I hope that you recover sufficiently in time for all the trials and tribulations of the forthcoming RWC in Japan,
That’s a good point! It’s in September, and I’m hoping to be back at work sometime in July. However I may have to have a “relapse” in September so I can mong out at home and watch all the rugby!
 
Thanks. Although I’m not one for bashing golf balls tbh.
Neither am I .... someone once said .... " Golf was a good walk spoiled " ... I am happy with a good walk .
 

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