I think the general consensus was that the L100 was harder than UTMB. I cannot comment myself as I was trying to use this as my last qualifier for UTMB2009. However, that seemed to be the view from all the UTMB vets I spoke to.
I met the two guys who came second on the train back to London and one of them claimed this was harder than MdS and they are seasoned semi-pros!
It will be interesting to see how this event grows. I wish the team all the best as this was a cracker. However, I doubt that the Nat Park would allow the scale of razzamataz that goes with the UTMB. And there is a certain quality that goes with smaller events that suits me more than the big ones!
So I hope that it grows and that Marc and co can make money out of it....but just not TOO much that it becomes just another BIG event. At least, we can all say we were there for the 1st one!!
As you know I am perfectly capable of asking stupid questions, but are these leg times correct? Leg 2 seems generally too short, legs 5 and 8 too long. I wish I had run leg 2 in 1:35 but glad that i didn't take 5+ for leg 5....at least I hope I didn't!!
Great to see all the positive feedback from the event and to hear that there were no serious casualties.
Should be good for 2009, especially for those of us with unfinished business!
With my colleague and I both DNF - it is taking some persuading to encourage our work colleagues to join us next year but we are working on it!!
Kev and Fiona - glad to hear you are both in one piece. Sorry that we lost you somewhere at the end of stage 1 Fiona. I though that you were also behind us during CP2 but obviously not. Good luck with UTMB.
Well done getting to PB, Kev. Did you see the Scottish guy who hurt himself just after B'mere. I hope that he was OK.
mandH - sorry I missed speaking to you but not sorry that they had obviously moved the dead cow!
I hope that Marc gives us some accrediation for getting to/past half way. The IH was the tougher of the two after all!!
The only fault, I could really see, was the lack of grid references on the maps.
An incredible race and awesome challenge! Many thanks and congratulations to Marc, Paul, Dave and Phil. You have a potential classic on your hands here. Thanks also to the incredible marshals/helpers who did an awesome job in some pretty exposed conditions. More thanks to Dave, Marc, and Fred for your company during the race. I am sorry that I did not stay with you the whole way as it sounds like you had some navigation problems later on! Good to meet and run briefly with Andy (at the end), Kevin and Fiona (early on). I hope that you are all ok. Finally ‘Haile’/Chris nice to meet you in the flesh at the finish! Well done on your finish - great effort. Of course, the biggest thanks go to my Mum and Dad for their help and support over the weekend and for picking Andy and me up from Patterdale. I know you hate driving over Kirkstone, Dad! Apart for Windsor Tri 2007 when a bike crash put me in A&E, this was my first ever “DNF”. It also means that I have missed qualifying for UTMB 2009. Despite this, I still feel exhilarated by the experience and proud of getting round well over half the course. I am amazed that ‘failing’ can feel such a positive experience!! My main problem was a massive underestimation of the time that this would take. After 20 hours, 34 minutes, I packed it in a Pooley Bridge – the last chance to catch my train back to London and a warm bed!