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So, how was it Kate ?
The weather was ideal for such a race.
Did anyone else do it, any reports ?
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Indeed, if a tad hot, though less hot than last year and they gave out sponges at the start. Each of the refreshment stops had a trough to cool yourself. My hubby put a wet sponge under his cap which seemed to help.
Saw quite a few with cramp, maybe worth trying taking magnesium if you think you might be one of those more likely to suffer from cramp and for gods sake don't ignore the warning signs of muscle twinging that sometimes occur before full on cramp.
Of the four of us who did it i think we'd all recommend over estimating your finish time to get in the best start block and so reduce the chances of getting stuck behind slower runners on the single track sections, which can be frustrating as over taking isn't easy.
A simple formular would be to add 30 mins to your normal half marathon time. A expected 3hr finish time puts you in the last/slowest block (5th), 2:45 in the 4th and 2.30 in the 3rd. In reality it took us all an hour longer than a flat course.
If you want to be particularly competitive then starting near the front of your block and running the course before hand are good ideas. There are all sorts of tactics that could be deployed to this course.
and lastly we stayed on and enjoyed the area (running and climbing) for the following week which was a splendid idea and highly recommended.
other fantastic running routes are;
Belap - Blatten vie Riederalp furka and the new-ish 124m suspension bridge.
and Ried morel - fiescheralp via the panoramweg.
both are quite long but stunning and in a non race day you can just take your time, plus it was so nice to be high above the valley heat too.
happy summer running