Here are a few observations and tips to help you to get the most out of your experience in running the Baslow Bolt.
With the impressive amount of rain that has fallen in the Peaks in recent weeks, it is wet and it is muddy. Being a late November race, it is also likely to be on the chilly side; but not too chilly, judging by the recent weather forecast. With this is mind, here are a few tips:
- Embrace the fact that you will get wet and you will get muddy; especially your feet and lower legs.
- Don't wear your favourite new shoes, if you have a suitable old backup pair.
- If you're not planning on wearing leggings, just shorts, consider wearing compression socks, to avoid chafing.
- Please wear proper trail or fell running shoes. Ideally, these will have reasonably long studs to cope with the slippery mud.
- Bring some warm dry clothes, incl. socks and shoes, to change into at the bag-drop / race finish.
Although we have advised being prepared to run with full FRA kit, this is not mandatory for this medium distance race, and the weather is forecast to be reasonably mild for the time of year. So, we suggest the following:
- A long sleeved base layer, and either another long sleeved or else a short sleeved top over it.
- A thin showerproof running jacket. This will help with the initial chill, but you'll probably want to unzip it early into the run.
- A buff, to be worn either around your neck or as a hat. You'll probably want to remove this though, as the first climb will soon warm you up.
- A pair of running gloves, to take the edge off. If these are fairly thin, you're likely to want to keep them on.
- A whistle, just in case you do take a tumble, so a nearby Marshall (there will be many of them) can come and find you.
Above all, run with a smile on your face. Running through mud and puddles is fun. Embrace your inner child and just laugh, giggle and squeal your way around. Us race organisers have been doing it for weeks in the run-up to the Bolt!