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How to survive a 30k endurance challenge

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On the 9th October The Royal British Legion is challenging the super-fit to take part in the Exmoor 30:30 challenge, a 30km endurance challenge across Exmoor. If you are taking part, this is how you will survive it.
What you'll need: 
1 sleeping bag (in waterproof bag)
1 full change of warm/dry clothes (in waterproof bag)
1 pair of dry trainers (in waterproof bag)
1 survival bag
1 torch with new batteries
1 fully charged mobile phone
1 personal first aid kit
1 emergency 24hr food pack
The food & drink which you will consume during the event
An appropriate compass (eg Silva or similar) and Ordnance Survey Explorer Map Sheet OL9 (1:25,000)
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It goes without saying you’ll need to be fit, but previous experience of cross-country running will help
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Injuries can scupper your challenge before it even begins, so training for such an extreme event should be done gradually
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Start building up your fitness with two runs of around five miles a week, spaced a few days apart
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Once you’ve got used to the distance, increase the runs to around 10 miles
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Try doing training runs on consecutive days. This will help improve your body’s recovery rate
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Your calves will take a hammering, so find a decent training hill. Practice walking up it and running down it
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Mental strength is as important as physical strength
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Try training and working with a tightly-knit team as you can help each other out when things get tough
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Your body will need a lot of calories so your bag will need to be full of energy drinks like Lucozade, water and high-energy bars
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Get your pack organised before you set out. Spare socks and energy drinks are no use at the bottom of your bag

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