In 35 hours time I’ll be running the inaugural SVP100. See www.svp.co.uk for more info.
Here’s the kit I’ll be taking.
The most important item – trainers. Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves, I’ve worn these for my past ultras, I did get blisters at Race to the Stones, but I think that was due to the Ininji Trail socks I was wearing (untested prior to the event)
Hi Gear Poncho
It’s been raining a lot this week and more rain is forecast for the day. I can’t afford a decent waterproof, my Montane smock is only windproof. This poncho is only £3 at gooutdoors, it’s not that light (~300g) but it’ll keep me dry.
I’ll have to save up for something better.
This is probably the 2nd most important piece of kit. Very versatile.
Petzl Tikka XP2 Headtorch
First Aid Kit
Very basic… just a few plasters and super glue (for blisters)
Ultimate Direction Drinks Bottles
Scaps! and Ibuprofen. I’m factoring on taking 1 scap! per hour. The ibuprofen is for emergency use only…honest.
This smart little device contains backup power to charge my iphone or watch.
£20 at gooutdoors http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/pebble-smartstick-batt-charger-p261707
This is part of the mandatory kit
I’m going to wear waterproof socks (see below) but I’m going to carry a spare pair. At Race to the Stones I could have done with spares, so I’m not going to make that mistake again. Feet must be looked after!
These were bought at Wickes, and I’ve worn then at a few ultras with no blisters – so tried and tested.
I’ll be carrying this in a sealable plastic bag, to keep the rain out.
3 Clif Shot Turbo Double Expresso gels. These taste really good and I’m going to use these when there’s 10 miles or so to go. I used this tactic at RTTS to good effect.
I have to log the run and upload to strava afterwards.
SJ Ultra Vest
And to carry the kit I’ll be using the SJ Ultra Vest.
Shorts, T-Shirt and Socks
I’ll be wearing my IceBreaker Merino t-shirt. It’s lightweight (150g), good in all weathers and I’ve worn it for my past ultras. Currently on offer at Cotswold Outdoor (£35) http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/icebreaker-mens-tech-t-lite-19210102?id_colour=90
Shorts… I’ve not quite decided what pair yet. But for socks I’m going to wear my waterproof sealskinz, I’ve only worn them once for a trail half marathon so they’re I’m not 100% confident – hence the spare pair as backup.