halfwaydown, on 07 April 2012 - 06:23 PM, said:
Yesterday late afternon I set off from Fairmont back down the course into Jameson Valley, then as it got dark turned around and ran the last 20+km of the course.
I hadn't run that section of the course since tnf100 2011 race day.
What a reminder! the endless length of the climb out of Kedumba; the muddy, stoney, tree root laden scramble that is the Undercliff Track from Wentworth Falls to the car park; and the continuous up and down timber bush steps from Edinburgh Castle Rock to Fairmont itself.
My advice - If you have a chance in training - try and get up to run this section at night.
There's nothing quite like the experience of the actual track, in the same night time conditions of race day.
I ran from Fairmont at 4:30am yesterday around prince Henry walk and down the Giant Stairs. The Prince Henry walk and giant Stairs section in the dark was not very enjoyable, I couldn't run at any decent pace as it was very muddy in sections, I hit my head twice as I was so focused on the ground so as not to trip. Turned into a brisk hike really, I much prefer running in open trail in the dark. Maybe i need a Head Torch upgrade...
But it is good advice from hlafwaydown, as there is very similar terrain in the last 11km from Kedumba to the finish on the course and most will tackle this in the dark with 90kms in the legs on race day.
The sun finally came up when I got into the valley and headed out toward Kedumba. Wonderful conditions and I ran the whole climb out of the valley from Jamison Creek except for one short section when a previous winner walked in front of me so I did too. It was Andrew Lee (2009 TNF100 winner and 6ft Track Second place, I think) blew past me halfway up Kedumba (humbled).