From finding the perfect training plan to wondering what is needed out on the trails, there is no doubt about it, taking on your first ultra marathon can be a daunting task. To help alleviate some of the worries you might have about undertaking the challenge, we have pulled together a list of the top 6 questions people normally ask us when contemplating going beyond a marathon, to walk or run their first ultra.
1. Can anyone do it?
Going beyond a marathon is a scary prospect but no matter what your age, gender, size or current fitness level, we believe you can achieve this goal. Whether you choose to walk, jog or run, you can tailor the trek to suit you and from the moment you sign up, you will receive everything from training and nutrition plans to support and guidance from us.
2. Do I have to run it?
Most definitely not! From elite runners to casual Sunday walkers, anyone can take on our events and that is the true beauty of the trails, you can tackle them however you like. Whereas a marathon is usually about speed, an ultra marathon is all about endurance, so even if you are choosing to run the trails, we would probably advise against you attempting to run the whole thing!
3. How do I prepare for an ultra marathon
The key to success, in any event, is training and preparation and an ultra marathon is no different. With a large proportion of our participants taking on an ultra marathon for the first time, we provide a professionally designed training guide for both walkers and runners to help you get in shape.
4. Can I enter by myself?
Of course! Whether you enter as an individual or a team of 20, it really doesn’t matter. Regardless of if you turn up alone for this incredible challenge, we can promise you will not be on your own out on the trails for long. It’s not just our pit stop crews located every 10km along the route that will help motivate you, but all the other participants you will meet along the way. It seems there’s nothing quite like trekking up an unbelievably steep hill to help bond people together!
5. How will I know where to go?
Haven’t read maps since that time you got lost on your Duke of Edinburgh expedition? Fear not, your safety is our number one priority when you are out on the trail, and ensuring you stick to the signed route is a large part of that. The trails are tested in advance and our incredible route team make sure there are arrows for you to follow at every point.
6. Will there be water and food along the way?
Perhaps one of the greatest reasons to take on an ultra distance event is the food! Every 10km along the route we provide fully stocked pit stops geared towards keeping your body fuelled and hydrated. From crisps to chocolate bars, the food varies from pit stop to pit stop.