/ the spine race
Wow. Good luck with that!
OK, it's in winter but is it as tough as The Dragon's Back which is also making a reappearance after its one and only running about 20 years ago.
The wrong decision could be fatal. The dragons back might be long and tough, but it probably won't kill you.
This year there was a small field of about 25 people I think and most of them dropped out on day 1 in near perfect conditions - only about 3 people finished the race. Suggests it didn't attract a very high quality field, so I hope if the OP is wanting to test himself against the best ultra runners in the country he isn't dissapointed.
Regarding price - its high but it has high operating costs because of the level of expertise required for the support team and the fact it is not staged. We are trying very hard to reduce the entry fee and did have a £350 promotion on, which we may be extending if it is successful. it's a numbers game really, the more popular the event the better we can be on price but as the event is in its infancy we have to base this on sensible projections. We ran almost exactly at cost for the first race and many of us worked for free. We love doing this more than anything.
Experience - we had a real mix, some incredibly experienced athletes who have raced around the world, to newcomers looking for a challenge. We will always welcome athletes and advise as best as we can and if we feel you may not be up to it we would have that conversation, rather than accepting your money. There were a few instances last year were we refused entry. We have a training event this year and hope that we get good attendance to advise on areas to improve if required.
We hope that 2013 will be as memorable as the first race.
Btw good luck!!
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