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Post by buzyg » Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:36 pm

So several months ago I found the website bellow.

http://www.dartmoorhighground.com/dartmoor-marathon

I'm a walker, never run more than a few miles in my entire life. So the plan was to walk the marathon route. Of course being so inclined that was never going to happen. After researching on a few fell running sites, I found a training plan and set about getting fitter and learning to run, at least a little. :wink:

Any way to day was the big day. Start time was 10:30. My modest target for the 26.22 more and 5500 ft of climbing, that's almost 6 times up and down the shard, was 9 hours. After a wet start the weather cleared and it was a great day out on Dartmoor. Plus a bonus a not expected time of 7 hours 37 mins, according to my photo log. Didn't actually time it my self. :oops:

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Post by Smartbear » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:19 am

Well done, I bet you lost more than a few lb training for that! How much of it do you think you ran? :?
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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:46 am

Smartbear wrote:
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Well done, I bet you lost more than a few lb training for that! How much of it do you think you ran? :?
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Target was 15 stone. The scales broke a few weeks back thought, so not sure what I weight just at the moment. I was 17.5 stone when I stopped surfing, but hat has come off gradually over 4 years. :D

Plan was to run all the down hill sections. I felt a small pull in my right calf on one section about a third into the course, so I walked down that bit. I"d say I ran 11-12 miles. The OCD is kicking in writing that? Going to have to measured the sections I ran now. :lol:
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Post by dhobbs » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:13 am

Well done for completing the course. Looks far more fun than a road based marathon.
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Post by patriot66 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:12 pm

Well done that man ! :happyclap: Now you can have an extra large pasty and a pint of Rattler :D
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Post by Huzee4 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:58 pm

Great effort and very inspiring, well done sir :happyclap:

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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:50 pm

patriot66 wrote:
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Well done that man ! :happyclap: Now you can have an extra large pasty and a pint of Rattler :D
Almost did. Settled for large fish, chips and peas, at the old police station in Princetown, for lunch today. Then went for a walk with Mrs G over to Leather tor. A bit easier than yesterday's. :wink:
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Post by Jembo » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:06 pm

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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:37 pm

dhobbs wrote:
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Well done for completing the course. Looks far more fun than a road based marathon.
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Never tried any form of road running. I would imagine it is very different indeed. There were only a hundred or so competitors, so the only time you speak to any one is while filling up your water bottle and scoffing wotsits at the feeding stations. The vast majority of the time it is just you and the moor. You always have the pull of other competitors though. Yesterday I spent the last 14 miles chasing the same woman, (story of my life), I was closing on the steep hills, being a walker, she was pulling away on the down hill sections. Clearly a better runner. :)

There is a video of the 2017 winner of the 50miles race, on the web site. It gets the whole experience across really well. Worth a watch if you are interested. :thumbsup:
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Post by Chippie » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:05 pm

Very well done to you sir, I can’t run for a bus without getting stitch 😁
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Post by Lynchy » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:33 pm

That's good going John, well done :thumbsup:

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Post by Mr Tidy » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:17 pm

That's quite an achievement. :thumbsup:

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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:26 pm

Chippie wrote:
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Very well done to you sir, I can’t run for a bus without getting stitch 😁
That was me just a few years back. I was better swimming after one. :lol: :thumbsup:
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Post by Number5 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:40 pm

Well done John. We're all getting older and its easy to get more sedentary as you do so, therefore a damn good effort :thumbsup:
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Post by ihadablackdog » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:57 pm

Well done, takes dedication to put the training in and I suspect the terrain made it harder than a road course.

Excellent achievement, no one can take that away from you.
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