Hard to imagine that someone would be waiting 2hrs. I’ve run many marathons starting in back waves and never had an issue (one in particular passing almost the entire field).
Update: spoke to others, they didn't have issues whatsoever starting in back waves. Nearly all ultra runners move aside. Speak to Dave M on Sunday. He might be able to sneak you up a few waves.
"Speak to Dave M on Sunday" ... u coming on sunday keelan? nice! i'll make sure i collect my drinking water upstream from you though...
I’ll bring some salami sticks for you to trial :)
I'm keen to run the GOW in a weekend if I can fit it in - Bart was keen in the past too.
Also, I'm pretty sure once the waves come out they're usually pretty good at moving people around if you make a decent case for it. The only issue with crowds in the later waves for UTA from what I've heard is at Taros Ladders, and maybe a bit around the landslide/golden stairs, but there's an alternative route to avoid the ladders & their queues which you'd be fine with.
Ok thanks for that guys. The person I was talking too said it was mainly from Furber to Golden Stairs then Tarros Ladder section plus it was raining and wet which would make people cautious. Maybe a unique case. If I pull out I'll wait until the last day before refund reduces.
Brooner - I'd be very keen on doing GOW, GNW or other similar runs like this. Also thinking could be possible to do a route starting at Blackheath-Rodriguez Pass-Perrys/Lockleys-Leura then Mt Solitary Loop and finish at Katoomba. Another one I've been thinking about is start at Chatswood then Berowra via GNW and loop back via Garigal and finish Chatswood. Also lots of epic loops to be made in Coffs region.
I'll be there Sunday and will probs sleep out there in X-Trail the night before :D
Two hours waiting time? Nah... Plus don't forget, this is a 100k race so you won't be blasting past people but running at pretty slow pace. Ultra runners have a pretty good etiquette and give way to faster runners. And even if you get stuck for a few mins somewhere, what is in 10+ hr race?
Don't look for excuses and just do it. First 100k is an experience in itself and you can be bothered by bottle necks and racing in your second 100k :)