Written by Nicolas Muller
This race would not be possible and so well managed without the most dedicated team of RDs and volunteers that I’ve seen on an ultra so far (more on that below). To Wayne, Laura, Ian and all the others, a massive Thank You.
Disclaimer: I am starting to write this several months after the race. Everything is a bit blurry in my mind. However, to be honest, everything was a bit of a blur right after the race already, and even during the race. I do not usually see the point in describing one’s own personal race minute-by-minute, in particular here if I can’t recall most of it, so instead I’ll try to give some memories, tips and tricks based on my experience during the race. Hopefully it helps.
Written by Roger Webster
7 Years to run The OCC
I was accepted onto OCC on the 3rd attempt. Unfortunately it was then cancelled (Covid) and I deferred the next year (thought it was going to be cancelled) so 7 year after starting to collect points I was in and ready?
Over the 7 years my knees were beginning to play up so would now attempt it as a power hike rather than a run! Could I keep up 5km per hour while allowing an hour for every 1000m of climbing, 141/2 hours in total. I would be going faster at the start, (6.5kph) but could I keep it up?
Written by Lawrence Eccles
To try and make this report less of the standard race report of, route description, got sick, felt better etc I decided to do it as lessons learnt that I, for the most part, already knew. I went with 6 lessons as I finished 6th.
Written by Euan Fitzpatrick
This isn’t the story I thought I would be telling. I thought I would be reforming the monomyth, where I embarked on my adventure along the West Highland Way, faced a host of trials and ultimately crossed the finish line stronger and wiser. A journey of self-discovery after which I could impart wisdom with impunity. I’ve not got any of that. What I’ve got, instead, is the most beautiful memory of a beautiful day – and I’m even less sure that people want to hear that. Be warned this is a blow-by-blow account…
I’ll put it down now for personal posterity and to ensure that I don’t embellish the truth to the point of utter fantasy.
Written by Ian Conway
Before running the Lakeland 50 in 2021, several family members told me I would finish it and want to do the 100 in 2022. I wasn't so sure, and after finishing in a little over 10 hours, I immediately said I couldn't and wouldn't do the 100. It took a few days before I changed my mind completely and put reminders in my diary to make sure I didn't miss the entry date!
My training went pretty well on the whole, with a few hiccups along the way.