The Deeside Way

Did you know that the D33 route is only a portion of The Deeside Way? I certainly didn’t until today when I researched The Deeside Way for inclusion in the routes section of the website.

The Deeside Way is an, as yet, incomplete route of 45 miles, stretching from Aberdeen all the way to Ballater. The majority of the route exists but there are, unfortunately, sections which have yet to be completed. A 45 mile ultramarathon from Aberdeen to Ballater certainly sounds interesting!

The next D33 is scheduled for 16th March 2013 with entry opening on 1st January. At 33 miles, it is an excellent stepping stone from marathon to ultramarathon distance and, as such, is a highly popular first ultra for many people, myself included. It was my first ultra back in March 2010 and I have to be thankful that it was ‘only’ 33 miles. I still remember crossing the line feeling as if there was a huge hole where my stomach once was. Nutrition was not my strong point on my first ultra.

The D33 is the first race of the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series and, if training has been lacking, serves as a timely reminder in time for longer SUMS races such as the Fling, Cateran and West Highland Way Race.

Hopefully see you all in March.