/ 55 times over Shining Tor anyone?
The Hill Ultra is an EXTREME test of mental and physical strength.
Its simple, you have 48 hours to run 160 miles. This is 55 times up and down The Hill (part of Shining Tor), one of the highest hills in the peak district.
One up and down stretch of The Hill is exactly 2.9 miles.
The Hill Ultra has an elevation of +/- 6380m, which is like climbing to the summit of Everest from basecamp and back down, almost twice!
'The Hill has a gradual incline, chosen so that there is never a need to walk. It should be runable within the time limit, as long as you keep going, but the MENTAL aspect of facing The Hill again and again will be extreme and for the toughest only'
Even I'm not that daft! ;-)
Hear, hear! I'll join you...
> ... an EXTREME test of mental and physical strength.
Sounds like torture.
Anyone who pushes themselves on long, long after every muscle, bone and fibre in the body has screamed to stop has issues and would make a great ultra runner ;-)
As for the race, I'll be interested to see who does enter it though....
Friend of a friend has done a couple of deca-ironmen ...the run was on a tiny little loop of a mile or so. Id need sectioning after 200+ laps of that.
I'm not suggesting that any of these are applicable in this race of course because I don't know this organiser but 55 times over the same hill does strike me as a bit stupid....
>... but 55 times over the same hill does strike me as a bit stupid....
I think getting into discussion about 'stupid' is a slippery slope when talking about ultras. 1 weeks to go to my first one for two years.
Any way, the motor-racing world seems to cope with 10s of laps (and a lot less scenery) in a race.
There's also no comparison to motor racing, I'm sure if you were racing at Le Mans you wouldn't really get chance to get bored or take in the scenery.
Yep. Run over it once a week or so. Not 'beautiful', but better than most lowland/urban running.
> There's also no comparison to motor racing, I'm sure if you were racing at Le Mans you wouldn't really get chance to get bored or take in the scenery.
Because the racing is the point. Much like this event, I guess.
I spoke to a few ultra runners about this course and funnily enough even those that have been lured in by the likes of Caesers Camp and the Grim Reaper aren't interested in this....
I definitely want to see who is. And I'm running an ultra next weekend too, mines a point to point along the Cotswold Way. Not the most scenic I guess but pretty enough and not covering the same ground twice....
Hmm, I assumed the run up 'The Hill' was the ridge from Errwood reservoir up to the subsidiary summit between ST and the Cat'n'Fiddle. The paved path doesn't really have much climb.
There are ultras which just go round and round short flat laps. This is not much different. I wouldn't do either - I see ultras as more of a 'day out' than just a physical/mental test - but there's plenty of people with different views.
Physical/mental tests are all very well but this seems like an excercise in masochism. A bit like sewing your scotrum to the sofa except you won't do it sitting down.
Yes, the more I think about who would want to do that the more I think that you'd have to be a masochist.
In reply to the other comment. I doubt it's anything like sewing your scrotum to the sofa but feel free to try both and report back to us ;-)
I doubt that very much, assuming you're talking about the spectator. I'm not sure mankind has yet designed a more tedious spectacle than motor racing.
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