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There’s only a couple of weeks left until entries for the 2013 WRT close and the grid reference details are released. The release of the GR is usually the start of a string of emails, each asking various questions so I thought I’d compile a list of my top 10 WRT tips. It’s certainly not in depth but it might help a little. If you have got anymore questions or need to know something specific you can email me HERE
• Don’t try and use all the grid references when you’re planning your route. I’d suggest marking them all on a map to gain an over-view and start planning from there.
• Do take a map or at least a copy of the relevant parts. It’ll give you options to chop and change your route that a gps alone won’t.
• Look at the contour lines and use them to your advantage … Remember, a climbs a descent the other way round.
• Don’t expect shops to be open just because they would be in England!
• It might rain or it might not – prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
• Don’t underestimate the terrain. Uphills will feature no matter what route you devise.
• It’s not a race (or anything like) so pace things … you don’t get far by going fast, you get far by going for a long time!
• Bailing early is always an option but it’s never a good one. Think about what you’ll need to carry and the things you’ll need to do, to make yourself comfortable in any conditions.
• Don’t load yourself down with litres of water. There’s no shortage out there, just use common sense and some kind of filter/tablets/purifier if you’re unsure.
• The WRT is unlike anything else. It’s an excuse to escape for a few days/nights and leave the ‘normal’ world behind, so smile and enjoy it … it beats being at work!

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