6633 Arctic Ultra: pre-race news
After many months of training, the time had arrived to fly out to Canada for the 6633 Arctic Ultra. The time had really flown by and after some last minute frantic packing, I was ready to head to Heathrow to start my journey to Whitehorse via Vancouver. To be honest I was a little worried about the weight of my luggage and the fact that I was carrying some pre-packaged foods, but it couldn’t have been easier at check in and we were away on our journey with no fuss.
I met fellow 6633 racers Hayley Robinson (380 mile race) and James Mowbray (120 mile race) once through security and we took a few hours to get to know each other and chat through how nervous we all were about the race.
Travel to Whitehorse was easy and all bags arrived safe and sound, thank you Air Canada. We were met by Martin Like (Race Director) and some of his race crew team, who took our bags and drove us 10 minutes to downtown Whitehorse.
Over the next few days we met all the other racers (from 11 countries), had the race brief, shopped for last minute supplies, built up our pulks, arranged all of our drop bags and had a familiarisation session (where we did a practise bivvy & used our stoves). On Wednesday we took the 500 mile drive north from Whitehorse to Eagle Plains, which would be the start location the following morning (race was due to start at 10:30am). If you can imagine an old style trucker motel from the Hollywood movies, which is in the absolute middle of nowhere (with lots of very large stuffed animals which seemed to follow you round the room), this was that place! A quick meal and a beer and then off to bed, ready for the big day tomorrow!