With just three sleeps left, we thought we’d say hello. “Hello! 👋” It also gives us an excuse to link to this song, as if any excuse is ever needed.
First things first, the weather. Its looking very wet. But strangely warm. But also very windy. A typical Scottish day really.
What this means for you… Unless you seriously think you’re going to be up there with the winners, you need to be wearing and carrying the right kit to keep yourself dry and warm. The course is fairly sheltered, but for those of you who will be on your feet for a long time, if you’re wet, you’re going to end up cold. Very cold. Layering is good. Hat and gloves are great. You’ll also have a rucksack/race vest with you into which you can easily slip an extra base layer or leggings.
There’s some really good tips about how to keep warm and dry on the FB chat which you can access here.
You must all carry a foil blanket with you. This is the most important item of mandatory kit and we will be doing kit checks. As well as being invaluable in the event of an emergency, it can also be used it you are getting cold while running. One important tip… if you are going to use a foil blanket, its pretty much pointless if you wear it like Batman’s cape. Get it as close to your skin as possible and nicely tight. Put it under your jacket or top layer… not over it.
Secondly, our friends from Likeys will be in attendance this weekend. If you don’t know, Likeys have been selling ultra-running kit sice before most people had even heard of ultra marathons. They kitted Bill and I out for our respective desert adventures back in 2008/2009 and they also organise the amazing 6633 race.
Likeys will have their mobile shop with them which will be packed with the latest race vests, waterproofs, t-shirts (short and long sleeved), various leggings, shorts, gloves, hats and socks, shoes,nutrition and hydration products….
If there’s something you want for the wekeend, give ’em a call and so long as its before Thursday night at 3, they’ll bring it up with them. How’s that for service?
And did we mention there’s also a discount code for all you lovely people too? GO18 will give you 10% off.
Oh, and don’t forget your pennies for the lovely ladies from the local Cancer Research Fundraising Group who will be on hand at the end to sell you hot tea, coffee and the most amazing homebacked cakes.
Anyway, that’s enough rambling, we hope your training has gone well and you’re raring to go.
See you at the weekend!
Mike of BAM©