The Dukeries Ultra

NaturalBritain NaturalBritain

Saw this on another forum, had a read and thought....mmm, why not?

http://www.dukeriesevents.co.uk/

So this will be my first official Ultra ever. Am using it as a training run and equipment check for Run The Wall as it's 4 weeks before, so perfect timing. Looks like it should be a good event, sounds like it will be well organised, including drop bags halfway round etc. I'm only doing the 30 mile version as it's only a training run, but here's hoping it takes off as the route looks wonderful - helped by having booked a pitch at the Caravan Club site in Clumber Park, so wifey and dog can come and cheer as I pass through.

 

Anyone else fancy a nice run around the woods?

UltraDad! UltraDad!

Posted

That's getting an mmm from me now as well now. Have a marathon in April an planning 40 mile event in July so the 30 miler might be a goer.... hmmm. The major issue for me is travelling down from the north of Scotland - but my parents do live in Derby ;-)

I'll discuss it with Mrs UD and get back to you.

Running Bear Running Bear

Posted in reply to UltraDad!

That does look good and as it is the day before the UK Backwward Running Championships I'll be coming up from Cornwall anyway. Too good an opportunity to pass up. Thanks for the link.

Adam Adam

Posted in reply to Running Bear

I can see where I used to live on the map! Not sure I'll do it but it's a tempter.

btw, 30-odd years ago I was Dukeries sack-race champion. That wasn't quite so far though... :-)

UltraDad! UltraDad!

Posted in reply to Adam

Go on Adam you know you want to, and you now being an ultra runner and all...

(you could always do it as a sack race if you wanted to handicap yourself against the less experienced of us!)

NaturalBritain NaturalBritain

Posted in reply to UltraDad!

I'm glad it's brought the event to peoples attention - I know it's only just opened for entries but fingers crossed they get quite a few - look forward to meeting people there!

UltraDad! UltraDad!

Posted in reply to NaturalBritain

Thanks for the heads up for this one NB - wasn't aware of it at all.

Now trying to decide with Mrs UD if we can afford to do it as a holiday for the boys to visit their grandparents. (Especially as No.1 son is obsessed with Robin Hood - in fact his imaginary friend/mentor/guru of all lifeskills is "my grandfather, Robin Hood"! Apparently we teach him nothing of any value, it all comes from him and his merry men.)

UltraDad! UltraDad!

Posted in reply to UltraDad!

Now we really are going off topic but to illustrate my point said boy (aged 4) is now singing

"Friar Tuck, Friar Tuck

Shoot your bow and arrow

Shoot your bow and arrow"

to the tune of Frere Jacques

(too much Radio 4 I think, I'll speak to his mother!)

NaturalBritain NaturalBritain

Posted in reply to UltraDad!

LMAO - how could you deprive the poor child of such a chance (surely that's a good argument for Mrs UD?) - especially as the route passes the huge Robin Hood tree, and if you do the 40 mile also visits one of his (many!) caves.

UltraDad! UltraDad!

Posted in reply to NaturalBritain

Well as it happens... after a thorough cost analysis and establishing that we definitely can't afford it Mrs UD has announced a 2 week camping holiday to coincide with the event. Apparently essential for personal development before school starts proper.

See you there!

(Also using it for a warm-up so it'll 'just' be the 30 miles - I need my head read)

NaturalBritain NaturalBritain

Posted in reply to UltraDad!

Brilliant news - I'll see you there!

UltraDad! UltraDad!

Posted in reply to NaturalBritain

Well folks (and NB in particular) signed on the virtual dotted line today. The organisers Roger and Maria seem nice and helpful and are quick to respond to enquiries.

I now face the pilgrimage down to the East Midlands where I was brought up. The things I get myself into! And apparently it's going to get worse...

NaturalBritain NaturalBritain

Posted in reply to UltraDad!

Brilliant news - another 'Bug get together!

RogLS128 RogLS128

Posted in reply to NaturalBritain

Hi this is Roger from Dukeries Ultra

Just wanted to say thanks for the support we have got from here. It is great the way our race is popping up all over the internet in places we either hadn't heard of or thought about.

Just wanted to let you all know that there is now a link to the entry list on our webiste or you can go direct here

NaturalBritain NaturalBritain

Posted in reply to RogLS128

Now I'm wondering if I ought to do the 40 - more entries for that LOL. Thing is, as it's going to be my first ultra I don't know if I can get round in the time limit!

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