Let’s sign up for a 100k Race!

In this blog, you will learn! 

  • What am I looking for in a race 
  • How I researched this race
  • What race I am doing
  • Why I am doing this race

How are you all doing?

Well, it’s that time of year again, in the U.K our nights are getting darker earlier. I would say it’s getting wetter, but it’s been a pretty wet year already! 

This time, last year I decided it would be fabulous to enter a 50k Ultra Marathon run! Which seemed very daunting at the time and to be honest, still is! In the spirit of “Do something that scares you” and “Carpe Diem”. It’s time to book a 100k race! It’s time to do something that scares me.

What am I looking for in a race?

Something not too technical or lumpy for my first 100k, with my 2022 and 2023 goals in mind I felt like this event had just the right amount of elevation for the distance. I have to come to terms with the distance before I challenge myself further with elevation. 

Which is quite reserved for me! Let’s not throw ourselves too much into the deep end.. yet.

How I researched this race

We kids now do everything first and foremost with a Google search right?! 

I’ve had the pleasure of supporting Skippy on her 50k event (which is where the seed was planted) and 100k event, with the same event organisers.

I have spent hours on the below website’s and more…

Websites used; 

https://findarace.com/ultra-marathons

https://www.ukultra.co.uk/

http://www.ultramarathonrunning.com/races/uk.html

What race I am doing

The Ultra Challenge Jurassic Coast 100k race. Please see the below web site. Having spent a couple of days supporting Kate at her events, I have got to know the setup and what to expect from the Ultra Challenge team. It reduces another thing to worry about on the day. I can rock up the night before eat, sleep and get up and run. Simple as that.  

https://ultrachallenge.com/jurassic-coast-challenge/

Coast path along Jurassic Coast in Dorset, UK.

Why I am doing this race

Firstly to raise awareness for the Alzheimers Society. Secondly to challenge me. I am very much project-driven, I need something to occupy my week’s away from the normal working life. If I know I have to get ready for a big run, those rainy, cold days running in December are worth it. Having only ever played football and the furthest I’d have run was maybe 4.5miles in one go before. To have achieved a 31 mile (50k) run three times this year (one being 55k), what else is possible?

There are two expressions I now live by;

“We go again” and “left foot, right foot, repeat”.

When life is getting you down, go again, fight again.

When you’re struggling and can’t see the woods for the tree’s, remember to put that left foot after that right foot and repeat. You will get there.

Good day to you all,

Rich x

As with all my challenges, there is a just giving page…

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trekkingtweedultra?fbclid=IwAR0GDw_x_9UfeYiHB68KhCAqNexjG4Ch7QcRvHrQ9u2FINp2hxKH5J_14O4

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