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Dig Deep Peak District Weekend Programme 2014

Dig Deep Peak District 2014 – Friday 20th June at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 

0114 235 2678

Talk/Film programme

Friday 20th June at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 0114 235 2678

ENTRANCE IS FREE!

7pm – 8pm

James Andrews                        “Why I bother”

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James will be presenting a story of what he has learned about the human brain while running. James has been running ultras for about 7 years and over the past couple of years he has been reading and studying psychology. The talk is going to be a combination of what he has learned about the brain in the process, including;

  • What motivates it in general and throughout a race
  • How to deal with stress and paranoia that will attack you in a race
  • What to do when the task feels overwhelming, or boring, or pointless?
  • How to use your mental training to deal with novel event that might pop up in races
  • Some general tricks on making yourself feel awesome

Ultimately he hopes to answer the question “Why I bother?”

8.30 pm                         The Dragons back – Film

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The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.

The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened in September 1992 and ever since, it has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. Its reputation had reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over by September 2012 when the second Dragon’s Back Race™ happened.

The Dragon’s Back Race™ is one of the hardest mountain races in the World and this is the film of that event in 2012.

Saturday 21st June –at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 0114 235 2678

5pm                                    Iron Trail (film)

The Irontrail, held in Switzerland, breaks the 200 km barrier. With the start in Pontresina and the finish in Chur this film covers the event which Stages the Alpes’ highest altitude, longest, toughest and most beautiful single-stage trail race in the multi-faceted natural, cultural and mountain landscape of Graubünden – this is the thinking behind the Irontrail!

6pm – 7.30 pm           

Helen Bonser                        Taking on stage racing in the Alps

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Having grown up in the Lake District UK, and now living in Scotland, Helen has always been passionate about the outdoors and spending time in the hills. For her, hill running is a way of life, and is what continually pushes her forward – it enriches her life in adventure and rich friendships. Some of her favourite races are technical 1 day races in the Alps, and Alpine stage races, where she enjoys racing day after day in big mountain scenery. Helen still works full time, and it sometimes a challenge to fit both work and running in! Helen is a Mammut sponsored athelete.

Multi day stage races in the Alps are some of the most challenging and engaging racing experiences.  This talk gives a brief look into what’s involved, from the trails and terrain, to the training and preparation, and the racing itself, with examples from some of the major stage races currently in the Alps.

7.30pm – 8.50pm

Marcus Scotney                        The Peaks and troughs of Ultra Running

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The Peaks and troughs of Ultra Running – Team MONTANE International Ultra Runner Marcus Scotney will share, in his entertaining and motivational style, the highs and lows of his Ultra Running experiences where he has overcome physical and mental exhaustion and continued to dig deep rather than giving up.

9pm                                                 The Dragons back – Film

The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.

The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened in September 1992 and ever since, it has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. Its reputation had reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over by September 2012 when the second Dragon’s Back Race™ happened.

The Dragon’s Back Race™ is one of the hardest mountain races in the World and this is the film of that event in 2012.

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Ultra marathon nutrition

We have now finished filming the 2nd in our series of three films following the training plans of three athletes who are all competing in the Ultra tour of the Peak District this June 21st/22nd.  This month we have been talking about the effects of nutrition on the body when competing in something as physically and mentally challenging as an ultra marathon.  Nutrition seems to be a minefield and in every article you read on it, you will find something that contradicts everything you have been taught.

The overriding message from listening to Sally, Amy and Matty’s opinions seems to be – listen to your body, and just use common sense.  Stay away from processed food on the whole – stick to meals that you make yourself from scratch but make sure that you treat yourself from time to time.  Interestingly both Sally and Amy mentioned that when they are racing in ultras, food becomes something to look forward to – something that drives you on to the next checkpoint, a reward for your efforts.   I have definitely found that when you are going through a low point in a race and you still have a long long way to go, the thought of launching myself on the food at the next checkpoint always picks me up…vulture.

Amy talked about how she likes making her own energy food and views gels as a last resort, Sally switches between both making her own and snacking on food such as Running Food’s Chia Charge and Matty is a huge fan of Torq gels as a source of immediate energy but also as it can bring the weight of his pack down.  I think it is very easy to get bogged down in reading various articles and following new superfood trends, and it is easy to forget that everybody is different.  What works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for everybody.  Some people crave sugar when running and others need savoury.   It’s also important to take into account what you find easy to digest – the last thing you want to worry about when you are 30 miles into a 60 mile race is your digestion playing up – there isn’t much to hide behind on Stanage Edge!

A tip I was given before my first ultra was to make sure to hydrate well before the race – and to actively go out of my way to drink way more water from about three days before hand.  With hindsight it seems quite obvious but then it didn’t even cross my mind to start hydrating before I was was even thirsty.   According to a few articles I’ve read we should be looking at drinking around 3 litres of water a day  (it seems to vary from researcher to researcher), just during a normal working day, how many of us can say we drink that much?!  It takes quite a lot of effort and a lot of bathroom trips to drink 5 pints!

Sally mentioned one thing that stuck in my mind, and that is that she makes sure she eats a colourful diet – that is one lesson that I had been taught years ago but i’d forgotten whilst being preoccupied trying to cram as many superfoods onto my plate as possible!

Possibly one of the driving forces for me was something Matty mentioned:  the great thing about running in ultras is that you are able to pig out at the end of them – 60 miles for as much macaroni cheese as I can eat – ok then!

Hope you enjoy the film and good look with the training…

 

It’s only 40 days until the Dig Deep Peak District

– still time to book yourself onto a race!  We have everything from a 60 mile to a 10k to choose from!

 

 

 

Trail races and ultra marathons in Suffolk

Check out our latest addition to the Dig Deep Race Series: Dig Deep Suffolk, 6th&7th September 2014.

Featuring 4 fantastic trail races through Suffolk:

5.5 mile Rendlesham Dash Suffolk Trail Race starts at 10:30am on Sunday 7th September £13.00

20KM Rendlesham Suffolk Trail race starts at 10:15am on Sunday 7th September £17.00

28 mile Suffolk Trail ‘Intro Ultra’ starts at 10am on Saturday 6th September £40.00

50 mile: ULTRA Tour of Suffolk (Suffolk trail ultra marathon) starts at 8am on Saturday 6th September £55.00