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#70795 - 30/09/12 07:03 PM The Spine Race?
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Ive got until November 2nd to make up my mind to enter this race along the Pennine Way in January.
Ina weeks time or so I will go to my GPs and get the medical form filled in just in case I decide to give it a go.
I am slowly, very slowly building up my training program and took part in my first race for 5.5 years at the Red Rose XC league at Leigh Lancs.
I was surprised to finish first vet 65 and over 3 minutes ahead of my nearest rival. I can't wait to see how I go when Ive lost another 1/2 stone. I wish we had been allowed to run with the rest of the senior mens though. Looking at the time and position with other runners, of the first vet 60, I'm sure I could have given him a run for his money.
The Spine has a much bigger entry to date than last year with a number of competitors from abroad. I wonder what they will think of Pennine Way, they may be in for a surprise, me thinks.
Dave.

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#70796 - 30/09/12 08:59 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Slogger]
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Hi Dave,
Well done on that race result !
I will follow this thread with great interest, the spine looks live a living hell but I guess thats the challenge, certainly makes for good reading !
All the best
Les

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#70797 - 30/09/12 09:21 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Les + Heidi]
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Thanks Les,
I hope that knee is on the mend.
Dave.

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#70798 - 30/09/12 09:59 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Slogger]
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Getting there slowly Dave thanks, Im going to the gym now a couple of times a week for non weight bearing routines. My appointment with the specialist at the hospital is in two weeks, that will be virtually 4 months since I hurt it. Ive set myself a target of a weeks backpacking at Easter !

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#70829 - 09/10/12 07:33 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Les + Heidi]
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Got the medical form filled in by my GP today (a fellow runner) who gave the all clear to give it a go.
Heavier than I would have liked at 75Kgs, but bpm at 50 and blood pressure at 122/72 he said I was very fit for age.
All I need to do now is get the 350 together and enter online.
Dave.

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#70830 - 10/10/12 02:55 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Slogger]
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Give it a go.As long as you know when to stop you will be okay.

Do you have over night stops or does the entire run have to be done in one go?

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#70833 - 11/10/12 03:59 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: tonyk]
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Therer are 5 undercover checkpoints where you can have a hot meal and get your head down, although they prefer you don't hang about too long.
It's a non stop ultra, first one to KY wins.
I think it's a matter of working out a strategy and trying to keep to it and not be drawn into what others are doing.
Some will have road support, which I think is a bit unfair on those that dont, as clearly that is an advantage.
Looks like there will be around 70 on the start line, at the moment with about 40 doing the full Spine race and the rest doing the Spine challenge, finishing at Hawes.
I am not bothered about walking in the dark, the weather will make or break it.
Dave.

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#70834 - 11/10/12 04:14 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Slogger]
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What a fantastic challenge, I'll be cheering you on from the comfort of my arm chair mate !

Seriously, I remember looking at the reports you posted of last years spine and it look amazing, wish you all the best with it and I will enjoy reading all about it afterwards.

PS Will be interested in the kit list you end up taking


Les

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#70838 - 12/10/12 04:41 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Les + Heidi]
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The big advantage is the 40 Litre kit bag that they transport to each checkpoint for you, meaning you don't have to carry everything you may need for the full distance.
Thought I had done my right hamstring at the Mid Lancs XC last week, I had to limp round the last 5K to finish, then later on my lower back went into spasm which is still sore. Now things have started to settle with the help of Diazapm etc it is clear the trigger is the damaged Sacroiliac Joint ligaments, that I suffered when I got knocked down crossing that road. Must still be weakness there and somehow I caused it to flare up. I'm sure it's only temporary.
Ive got planty of lightweight gear but I think I will need a lightweight but warm sleeping bag. Looks like I will have to settle for 2/3 season one and hope I don't have to bivvy down in freezing conditions.
Dave.

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#70840 - 14/10/12 12:06 PM Re: The Spine Race? [Re: Slogger]
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Looks like your 90% at doing it Dave, pleased to hear the running's coming back,but don't overdo it & spoil your prep for the spine. Watching with great interest & wishing I was 20yrs younger.
MIKE M

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