Or any other run in Scotland for that matter.
It is oft said in the pre-race briefing to expect ‘weather’. Now, your canny Scot knows exactly what that means. The country that can so often give us four seasons in one day means that we have to plan for said four seasons.
So here is a quick guide to ensure success and avoid the packing procrastination trap.
That should just about cover all bases and is fine until you reach your start destination, at which point you realise all you have done is postpone the procrastination, and when you have to decide what you are actually going to wear, carry, put in drop bags or leave with your support. Rest assured whatever you decide will be wrong and you will almost inevitably end up boiling, freezing, soaked through, or sunburnt or any combination thereof.
Now repeat the above with food and fluid supplies to cover you from ‘I’m in a desert’ and need gallons of fluid, salt and won’t be able to eat much; to ‘I’m in the arctic’ and need a mountain of food, hot drinks, soup, hot mashed potato.
Of course there is always the hard core option of going out there in a pair of shorts and a vest with three jelly babies, a water bottle, and just running very fast.
Job done. Happy ultra-running folks.