Thursday, 10 July 2014

Route and times

For anyone out there into the details of my Wainwrights run, below are the links to the route I took (gpx file) and the times I took to each of the 214 tops. This will obviously also be really useful for the next person to have a go at this (I assume it will be less than 27 years time!)

GPX file of actual track taken

Pdf file of scheduled and actual split times and Excel spreadsheet of scheduled and actual split times

The final gpx file gives a total of 516km with 36300m of ascent in my old version of Memory Map.  The error in the track over Dow crag and a few other small errors have been corrected. Although I have  forgotten to remove the extra bit my tracker did while I was asleep on Great Cockup! The actual route will probably be slightly further than this as there is sometimes a straight line between two points on the tracker while my actual route bends considerably.

One of the things I found most strange on my run was how close I stayed to my schedule. I was almost always within two hours of it. The way I worked it out was not very scientific but it obviously turned out to be good. On the first day I set the speed to 20 hour Bob Graham pace. Then after that I gradually reduced the speeds so that my final scheduled time was 6 days and 14 hours. The speed depended on a flat speed and a climbing speed (plus a slight reduction in  speed for descent which I did not bother changing) - the main weakness being that it took no account for the type of terrain. So on day 1 in the schedule my flat speed was 12 km/hr and I was climbing at 15m/min. By day 7 this was set to 7km/hr flat speed and climbing at 8 m/min. At the end I was actually still climbing well and a lot faster than 8 m/min so I was picking up lots of time of the climbs. On the grassy descents I was staying just about level with the schedule. On the steep rocky descents I was loosing quite a bit of time (for example the west wall traverse down from Scafell to Lingmell).

Friday, 4 July 2014

Is it possible to beat Joss’ time – post run analysis

Before I set off I thought the way to beat Joss was to have less rest time. I obviously did manage to beat Joss’ time but my pre run thoughts turned out to be completely wrong as the analysis below will show.

Before the run I stated

My plan is that I should really only be either sleeping or moving, I should be trying to eat as much as possible whilst moving.  So below are Joss’ timings and my planned timings

Joss total time = 169 hours
Joss resting time = 44 hours
Joss moving time = 125 hours

Steve planned total time = 158 hours
Steve planned resting time = 25 hours
Steve planned moving time = 133 hours

I am planning on resting lots fewer hours (25 compared with 44 for Joss). So although I will be moving slower I will beat Joss’ time. It all sounds great in theory but it will be a lot harder in practice. It will rely on really good support and me coping with 4 hours sleep a night.”

This all started to change after a couple of days. I was needing lot of treatment on my feet so by the 3rd day onwards I was often spending around a hour at the end of a section (it was not completely wasted time as I was also eating and drinking well in that hour). I also struggled to sleep the first couple of nights so from then onwards I gave myself another hour at night. So the final totals are:

Steve actual total time = 157 hours
Steve actual resting time = 42 hours
Steve actual moving time = 115 hours

What is interesting about this is when I was moving I was clearly moving well. The route is basically 5 Bob Graham rounds so when I was moving , on average, I was faster than 24 hour BG pace. I was also, on average, moving faster than Joss. At the start I was slower than Joss but my speed dropped off less than Joss so by the end I was moving faster.

My feeling is that I was over ambitious in how fast I could do a transition but if I had not needed treatment on my feet I could have saved a lot of time.

However, it does make me think there is potential to reduce the record. If someone can move at the speed I did but manage to avoid any blisters or injuries they could reduce the resting time and break the record.  It sounds easy! Any takers?

Note, actual split times can be seen on the right side of the blog