Well done to M35 athlete Michael Richardson who finished in 4388th place with a chip time of 3:42:43
“Heading back to the UK with a lovely DAC vest tan line. Always a pleasure to wear and represent, good or bad performance wore with pride through the streets of Catalonia
Marató Barcelona absolutely delighted with that in the struggle of the glorious barca sun ”salt tablets worked a treat”. A recent run of annoying injuries put participation in question and came with a target of just getting a sub4. Struggles kicked in at 15k but managed to pick it up and progress nicely at steady pace. 4-6 weeks run free now to hopefully recover at last”
143 runners finished the race. Marie finished in 56th place with a time of 8:31:38. Rose finished in 84th place with a time of 9:11:25.
Martin and I traveled down on Saturday afternoon after the hectic drop off of pets and children at different locations as I thought it was a bit much for my sister Mel to have my girls and two dogs as well as her own three children and her crazy Springer Spaniel.
The Premier Inn Burton Upon Trent was really nice, well you
can’t grumble at about £35 for a double room with comfy bed and clean
surroundings plus about 1.5 miles away from registration. Next door was a nice Beefeater
pub with loads of choice. Also there was a Morrisons opposite the Premier Inn
which came in handy to purchase lemon donuts and pain au chocolat for the morning.
Mazza came to our room around 6pm where we looked at Martin’s
glossy ultra magazines. These magazines are like his babies so if you bend them
in a way he doesn’t like he gives you a funny look.lol We all went back to the
pub next door so Mazza could have some tea. I bought all our drinks which were
2 normal fruity ciders and one with 0.2 % alcohol (for Mazza). The bar tender
demanded ID from us (yes not joking) Mazza and I nearly ended up on the floor
laughing (like the Peppa Pig family). The bar tender didn’t know where to put
himself and we still had to show ID. Luckily, I had my driving licence on me
but Mazza only had pictures of herself with her kids which after a few minutes
of him looking at the photo let her off.
From the GB Ultras Website “2019 Marks the Return of this Incredible 50 Mile Ultra-Marathon with Live Online GPS Tracking & 6 Checkpoints en route hosted by the Magnificent GB Ultras Team Supporting your Progress. This Well-Marked race fuses trails on the River Dee with the North Cheshire Way & the Amazing Sandstone Trail taking in Helsby Hill, Frodsham & Delamere Forest.”
The team from Doncaster finished 2nd overall which is a fantastic achievement! 210 runners finished the race.
Martin Hookway wrote – I’d been looking forward to Chester all winter. Not only was it a time to see where in my training I was, it was going to be Doncaster AC Ultra Teams first outing of the season. With myself, Simon Jennings, Peter Vickers, Scott Carson and Allan Carson all on the start line. Bad news came at registration when Allan informed us that he may have food poisoning. He registered and headed to his B&B for an early night. We were all surprised when we saw him at the start line the next day.
The course is very well marked and a great mix of terrain, from fast flat canal tracks, to rolling country lanes, compact trail, woods and muddy fields. There is a little lumpy bit at half way. The Checkpoints are well stocked and crewed by friendly, helpful folk. The first half of the race went quickly and smoothly for me, training had been productive. Sadly demons got hold of me and I slowed myself.
I was worried that I’d gone out too fast. Peter soon caught me and informed me that Simon had hit a bad point and was also having issues with his foot. This was not good news for the team, Simon had put in some amazing training over the winter. Peter stating to pull away from me. I expected Peter to pull away totally, but I managed to hold onto him and we ran together for about 20 miles. He helped me along and my mood soon lifted.
Just under 2 years ago, I set myself a challenge of
completing all the 6 major marathons; London, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, Boston
and New York, in a 3 year period. This was just after completing Belfast
marathon in a time that gave me the good for age qualifying time for London,
which at the time was sub 3:05.
Tokyo marked the halfway point of this challenge and journey
I had set myself. Following my PB in Chicago, October 2018, of 2:58:23 the
grand plan for the next 12 months was to shoot at a PB in Berlin in September
2019 using Tokyo and the training for this as an opportunity to build my
endurance and reduce the intensity of training a little and enjoy the run when
The group from sports tours international set off to Tokyo
on the last Wednesday of February in order to eventually arrive in a cold and
very wet Tokyo on the Thursday. After a fairly miserable visit to the Expo, we
had our numbers and race day instructions and could spend the next couple of
days soaking in the atmosphere of Japan and Tokyo, which by the way I would
highly recommend if anybody ever has the opportunity to go. A great city,
country and the people are so friendly and vibrant.