We did it. Well, we did half of it. But believe us, taking the 50km option of the
Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones 2018, with the amount of training we managed to squeeze in, was still every bit the accomplishment. We were certainly glad to see the sight of the basecamp nearing on the horizon, letting us know that our time on the trail in the searing heat was coming to an end.
This year, we were down to just two from Team Wareable brave enough to take on the ultra marathon challenge once again. With our wearable tech kit, supplied by our pals at Curry's PC World, to keep us in check we also had some ultra trail running-friendly kit to put through their paces too.
Race to the Stones 2018
Race to the Stones 2018
So how did we get on? Here's the story of how two runners (and walkers) tackled Race to the Stones 2018 and how the sports watches on our wrists fared in the conditions.
Michael Sawh, editor
It might sound weird to say, but having a good go at running one 50km as opposed to walking a lot of an 100km still felt just as challenging on the mind and the body.
I haven't run a lot of long distances for a few months now, but I felt I had it in my legs to get through that 50k. It was just matter of overcoming the obstacles that lay ahead (or above) that would make that difficult.
The biggest one was the heat. This was some of the hottest conditions I've ever run in. 50k with very little shade in the last 30k was going to be tough and it was already warming up at 8am at the start of the race. I took the advice from 2016 Race to the Stones winner Rob Forbes and invested in some salt tablets, tried not to wear too much clothing and carried very little in my bag, relying on the pit stop stations to refuel and eat lots of salty snacks to make up for the lost electrolytes.
It was a bit of a step up in the wearable department too after last year. The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR felt more rugged and built for the outdoors compared to the TomTom Adventurer I used to track my run with in 2017.
This time I also had more faith that the battery would go the distance. Suunto claims up to 10 hours with the most accurate GPS tracking, which can go up to 30 hours if I fancied getting up the next day and doing another 50km (I didn't).> Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Wareable may get a commission Buy Now
Source : https://www.wareable.com/running/dixons-carphone-race-to-the-stones-2018-battling-through-the-heat-and-the-pain-6323