On May 22nd 2021 Trevor Lee ran his first ultra marathon - the 44 mile Classic Quarter on the Cornish coastal path from Lizard Village to Lands End. The podcast is full of tips and advice from training to nutrition via race planning, kit, etc... Particularly good if you are planning/considering your first ultra. Along the way Trevor raised £6600 for the South West Children's Hospice Music Therapy Programme.
#67: Club Night is back, Park Run is returning, RAT is nearly here, Pirate Run and Newport Marathon
Running is coming alive again - Club Night is back, Park Run is due on July 24th, The RAT series on August 7th, Bude Pirate Run on Sept 12th and Newport Marathon on October 24th - dare we suggest things are feeling a bit more 'normal' - let's hope that are!
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#66: Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon Record Holder Edward Chapman on how to run a 7 day race in the desert
The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is an iconic staged self-sufficient 250km run known as the 'Big Daddy'. Starting in 2000 it attracts those seeking one of the ultimate tests of 7 day running.
Edward Chapman has completed the event a record 12 times - 5 more than anyone else. Edward shares his experiences, tips, and advice on how to prepare and plan and complete this gruelling event.
In October 2021 he's planning to take it number 13.
Find out more about the event here
Edward also mentions the 6 stage 250km self supported Ultra Race Romania taking place in August 2021 and which he is due to compete in. Details here.
You can connect with Edward in Linked In and on Twitter
#65: Comrades Marathon with Green Number holder Trevor Nel
The Comrades Marathon is described as 'The Ultimate Human Race'. It is 54 miles between Durban and Pietermaritzburg alternating each year with the Durban start known as the 'Up' version and Pietermaritzburg start known as the 'Down' version.
It is the world's oldest ultramarathon starting with the race won by Bill Rowan in 1921.
In this episode Trevor Nel, who ran Comrades 10 successive times to earn a much prized 'Green Number', talks about and shares the toughness of the race and his own adventures in it.
Trevor's article which appeared on Linked In illustrates how Comrades is a metaphor for life. Trevor also took part in the 120km Dusi Canoe Marathon - which like Comrades runs between Pietermaritzburg and Durban and is the biggest canoeing event on the African continent.
#64: Phil Begnett and the 53 mile 'Race to the King'
Phil Begnett returns to the podcast to share his experience of his first large-scale ultra run 'Race to the King' which was along the South Downs Way starting at Goodwood racecourse and finishing at Winchester Cathedral to meet the 'King' although it seems the King had another engagement to attend when Phil arrived.
Phil shares his tips and ideas for fellow first time ultra runners including the benefits of a shoe change and why he wouldn't recommend running 35 miles just 4 weeks before!
It is called 'Race to the King' because in 827 the first king of all England, Egbert, was crowned in Winchester. Phil did the full 53 miles in one go but there is an option with this event to split it over two days and a 23 on the first day and 30 on the second day.
To find out more click here: https://www.thresholdtrailseries.com/events/race-to-the-king/
#63: 7 top tips for first time Ultra Runners from a first time Ultra Runner
In this episode Trevor aims at first time Ultra Runners sharing his tips from being a first time ultra runner. A summary of those tips is below:
Find the ultramarathon you want to do, book it, and then tell everyone you’re doing itStudy the course plan, if you can do some recces great if not use Google maps / earth watch videos, listen to podcasts etc...Have a training plan that works for you. My recommendation would be in the last 13 weeks do some back-to-back runs maybe 16 one day and 13 the next and build in some hill work (run up the hills in training) Practice eating and drinking in the last 3 to 4 months of training. You need to know what you’re going to be comfortable eating on the day . Practice eating even on short runs so if you’re doing 6 miles take something to eat after 3.Taper early - I did from three weeks out and the four short runs I did in those last three weeks were all at ultra paceRecruit a reliable crew if you need crew for your event. If it is going to be hilly then walk up all the hills and consider using running poles but of course if you do that then do practice with them prior. And the bonus one - go and have a big day out, you know you’ve done the planning and the preparation so all you’ve got to do now is go and enjoy the day
#62: 2 weeks after the Classic Quarter - what's been happening?
2 weeks on from the Classic Quarter so what has happened?
Legs felt good - far better than expected
Fund-raising for Childrens Hospice South West will come in at £6600 - £150 per mile
Next job - write the 44@60 book
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