2016 Hillary Kit and Drop Bag Plan

By and large I try not to be a gear person, but for something like The Hillary I feel like I have to be organised. My wife will be supporting me during the race, but as she will have a 7-year old and a 4-year old in tow, I don't feel that it's fair to burden her with organising me too so I've planned out my kit and drop bags carefully.

I'll probably have to update this the night before, as the weather is looking a bit on the changeable side and this will affect decisions I make about what to wear when I start off.

Starting Kit
Clothes:
  • Shoes - TrailRoc 255s
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt (either Hillary t-shirt if cool & wet or singlet if hot)
  • Socks
  • Race number pinned on to t-shirt
  • GPS Watch
Gear:
  • Hydration pack / rucksack - CamelBack Mule NV
  • 1L Water
  • Medkit & Emergency Gear
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Polypro
  • Waterproof top
  • Thir Headband
  • Phone
  • Food (Something savoury, something sweet, and a gel)
  • iPod & Headphones (for when it gets difficult)
  • Toilet paper in a ziploc bag
Dropbag Plan
I'm using cheap plastic ziploc document folders for my drop bags, with a tag listing my name and the location of the drop bag. They should be pretty easy to spot and the clear plastic should enable me to find what I need and get back on the trail with a minimum of fuss and/or time wasted. Having done a coupe of 45-50k runs now, after a while I don't find that resting makes me feel significantly better and it's really easy to fritter away time when you could be getting on with it.

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Pick Up
  • Sun hat
  • Food
  • Water
  • Sunblock
  • Food
  • Water
  • Food
  • Water
  • Socks
  • Towel
  • Food
  • Water
  • Sunblock
  • Lube
  • Spare top
  • Food
  • Water
Drop Off
  • Head torch
  • Rubbish



  • Rubbish



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  • Rubbish
  • NB - In the photo you'll notice that there is a note in each bag written in large friendly letters telling me what to do. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be an a downer at some point in the race and very likely mentally frazzled, so having a simple checklist to remind me of the plan is no bad idea.

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