How to do the Cape Wrath Ultra – with record holder & endurance coach Marcus Scotney (best advice!)

by Apr 30, 2020Cape Wrath Ultra 2018, Multi-day, Trail Chat LIVE Q&As with athletes & experts, Training0 comments

Record-holder & ultra running coach Marcus Scotney explains what it takes to train for and complete the 250 mile (400km) 8-day Cape Wrath Ultra in Scotland, UK. (Scroll down for links to other useful films and gear we mentioned)

In this episode you’ll find out how Marcus recommends training for this epic wilderness ultra, why he doesn’t recommend doing back to back days or long strength training sessions in the gym. We also talk about what he considers essential kit, the importance of what he calls “Bagmin”, what did he ate as a vegetarian at that time, how hard the navigation is, and how best to manage yourself at camp each night to avoid fatigue, injury and blisters.

Finally he compares Cape Wrath Ultra to the 5-day Dragon’s Back Race across Wales, and other multi-day ultras he has completed like The Coastal Challenge, the Spine Race, the UTMB and almost the Marathon des Sables.

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Marcus explains fully why he doesn’t do back to back runs in training for multi-day ultra races while mid-way through the Dragon’s Back Race 2017

Marcus’ YouTube channel where he will upload his body strength circuit in the future

Shane Benzie’s technique coaching film

Fixing your Feet blister care book

Gurney Goo anti-blister foot cream

Brave Soldier Friction Zone

Scott Supertrac RC trail shoes

Suunto 5 GPS watch

Mountain Fuel
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Clif Bars

Beta Running

Ultimate Direction FK Ultra light carbon fibre running poles

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UK women’s
USA men’s
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Petzl Swift RL

Montane Jaws 10 (in review below)

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10 min obstacle course garden workout

10 min skipping workout

Climb 100m up your stairs at home

Run or walk 5k at home

20 min leg strength and cardio workout for trail runners (and walkers!)

15 min HIIT home workout for trail runners

Home workout for hilly running

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