extreme2015

Preparing for Anglesey Half Hardmoors style

The Anglesey Half isn’t a half – it is 15.5 miles of hilly (2005 ft ascent) and mixed terrain running. I didn’t notice this when suggesting this as our first Extreme 2015 endurance challenge but having thought about it this seems like a good starting event as it seems pretty tough.

This is one of the Coastal Trail Series of events which can be found on Endurance Life. There are four distances you can do:

  • 10k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
  • Ultra

An Ultra is sometimes described as anything over a marathon distance and was the initial motivation for doing this event as towards the end of June we’ll be running the Cortina Trail and we wanted a trail based half to push us on.

Cortina trail will be a 30 mile race across the Dolomites and is a scary proposition since we have never tried anything like this before. I am trying to recall the mental rationale for thinking I could do this but all I can recall was thinking

Yeah that sounds rock hard

[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]I’ll be talking about Cortina trail in later posts but for the moment we have to deal with Anglesey which looks like a tough enough proposition in its own right. We briefly considered doing the marathon distance but figured that we wouldn’t be marathon fit by January.

Having looked at the stats for the half, shown to the right we realised this is not a fast race and anywhere that they use the term “Fell” tends to be an ominous sign in my mind.[/su_column]

[su_column size=”1/2″]

Average Time M 02:46:52
Average Time F 02:43:33
Distance 15.5 Miles
Ascent 2,005ft
Terrain Fell – 25%
Trail – 45%
Tarmac – 30%

[/su_column][/su_row]

So whats the goal for this race? Well normally i’d be looking for a good time but in this case it is simply about surviving it and getting some good experience in these conditions. With a decent amount of ascent at Anglesey this should give us a small taste of what is to come in Cortina.

So how is our preparation coming along? We managed to get out a fair bit before Christmas and New Year; which to my mind is pretty amazing since I normally overindulge. 7 puddings at Junes shindig before Leeds half taught me the error of that though and I managed to restrain myself over the Christmas/New Year period.

However since we don’t have a great deal (read any) mountain running experience we’ve signed ourselves up for a weekend of training courtesy of Hardmoor training camp – the team responsible for the infamous 50 and 110 mile ultra marathon events (that is not a typo). The weekend consists of trail running, tuition, including group runs, navigation exercises, body conditioning, a night race and most importantly, trips to the local pub!

Looking forward to that last part.

Apparently we need to bring along a map, compass and sense of humour, along with other more mundane accessories.

Not sure I have any of those …

Anyway just checking out the agenda and it looks pretty full on (i’m sort of thinking we should have included this as one of our events!):

HARDMOORS WINTER TRAINING CAMP 2015

FRIDAY
1830 – 1930 – ARRIVE /SHOWN ROOMS etc
1930 – 2030 – INTRODUCTIONS & COURSE CONTENTS
2030 – 2200 – TONY’S EQUIPMENT TALK (TRAIL RUNNING GEAR)
2200 – PUB OR EARLY NIGHT

SATURDAY
0700 – 0800 – BREAKFAST
0800 – 0930 – TRAIL RUNNING SPECIFIC EXERCISES (BRING ALL WARM GEAR & RUNNING GEAR READY TO GO ON THE HILL)
0930 – 1000 – TRAVEL UP TO LORDSTONES
1000 – 1100 – ASCENDING & DESCENDING SKILLS (HILL)
1100 – 1200 – BREAK (ON THE HILL)
1200 – 1330 – GROUPED RUNS (HILL) (3-4 DIFFERENT GROUPS ACCORDING TO DISTANCE/SPEED)
1330 – 1400 – RETURN TO HALL
1400 – 1430 – BREAK
1430 – 1600 – SPORTS MASSAGE INTRO (HALL)
1600 – 1800 – DINNER/BREAK (HALL)
1800 – 1900 – NIGHT RACE REGISTRATION (HILL)
1900 – NIGHT RACE START (HILL)

SUNDAY
0800 – 0900 – BREAKFAST
0900 – 1100 – NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS THEORY (HALL)
1100 – 1200 – BREAK
1200 – 1230 – ALL READY TO GO (MEET IN HALL) (TRAVEL UP TO LORD STONES, WARM GEAR NEEDED)
1230 – 15.30 – NAVIGATIONAL EXERCISE (ON THE HILL)
1530 – 1600 – BACK TO THE HALL
1600 – 1700 – Q & A (VARIOUS SUBJECTS)
1700 – FINISH

The race team looking after us seem to be rock hard ultra runners with 100+ marathoners  i.e. run 100+ marathons not 100 miles. Actually scratch that last bit they have run 100 mile races as well…

I’ll be posting an update about how we get on next week, especially with regards to the night race. The team sounds exceptionally talented so I think we’ll get some fantastic tips from these guys.

Now where did i put my compass…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *