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Chester Ultra 52 mile race – 25 March 2017
The trip to Chester never went to plan, my vans engine blew up on route resulting in the RAC being called, a change of vehicles, late arrival and a night on the Race HQ floor. A 4am wakeup call, after 4hrs broken sleep, to a crisp morning was not the best start but I was still positive. I had 3 targets:
*Top 25 finish (which secured a gold medal),
*Sub 9hr 50 miles,
*Not to kill myself (this after all was a training run for UGB200)
At 6am the race started, I was running with Mick Clarke and our plan was to get a good start. There were a few bottle necks in the form of thin track, gates and styles, so although heading out at 7’00 was not usually advisable for a 52mi race we went out fast. The race soon reached Chester canal and the plan was to keep our 9th & 10th positions for as long as possible. The field had started spread out by now due to the bottlenecks. Our smugness soon ended as a lovely local had moved a sign which sent a group of us up a hill, before we realised we had gone the wrong way we had dropped a lot of places. Getting back on route I settled into my run overtaking a few runners who knew the correct route. In all this commotion I lost Mick. Arriving at CP 1 I was in 15th. The canal paths were very runnable and before long we were up in the hills and over fields. The route was fantastic with a great mix of terrain. I lost a few places, exiting the canal sections I stood on a thorn it went through my shoe, causing some discomfort. I stopped at a medic station to get it looked at. By this time a group had caught me up.
The hills caused more problems for me, living in Doncaster and Scunthorpe the closest I get to a hill is a motorway flyover. I made up some time on the downhills but after another section where the local kids had moved the signs I ended up in someone’s back garden. Losing more places. By this point my left hip was sore and I had gained a sore shin. The last slog along the canal seemed to go on for ever. I hit my sub 9hr 50mi point in 8:45 so I dropped off a bit. I made a couple of paces back as people in front were walking more, I finished in 19th place in a time of 9:04:25. All in all a brilliant day out, I can’t recommend this race enough. Great route, support, check points, the bling was amazing and there was even a free burger van at the end. The organisation was second to none. The race directors were very helpful from the day before (letting us sleep in the race HQ) right to the end of the day. Ensuring route markers were put back after kids stole or moved them and even extending the cut off time to ensure every runner made it back. Wayne the event organiser walked around the finish filming, taking photos and congratulating every runner, that along with the friendly aid stations game the race a brilliant personal feel. *Report by Ultra Captain Martin Hookway
Dark Skies Ultra Marathon – 25 March 2017
This was my first venture into a full night running event other than during in a 24 hour event. The event promoted as the best place to view the stars as designated place of least light pollution.
After a race briefing it started at 5.40pm and it would seem everyone’s aim was to get as much ground covered before the sun set an head torches were needed. By checkpoint 2 at 9.5 miles I put my torch on, as now pitch black. At this point quite a lot of people pulled out. The race from now on become much hillier and initially a walk up and run down strategy was adopted. Later it when the climbs were like alpine hairpins running down became harder as the ground was unstable but the gradient not as punishing to run up. I was quite proud of my power walking technique.
It was much harder to guess the distance covered unless you looked at a watch as too dark to see progress or when in the middle of the Forrest it all looked the same. With only 5 checkpoints liquid intake also different to gauge, but they all had water& Coke and a range of jelly babies Jaffa cakes bananas etc. I didn’t drink enough at first & then in the second half probably took on too much resulting in a comical pee behind a tree in the middle of nowhere but pinpointed by my headtorch!. The temperature plummeted to -1degrees by the finish.
I calculated from my phone app I spent in total 10 mins stood still at either check points, adjusting my feet or my toilet stop!
The best thing about this event is the beautiful skies & the people. Cheap Bunkhouse accommodation, camping and a hot meal at the end of the race. Definitely one I’d consider doing again.
They promote a Dark Skies 29.5 Ultra event around Galloway mountain in October which is tempting! * Report by Becky HB
Monsal Trail Half Marathon – 26 March 2017
This was the last training race before my Belfast marathon on the 1st May, and was a great opportunity for me to test where my fitness was at.
Knowing the first half of this race was a steady 400-500ft incline, I wanted to get up the hill in a half decent time, knowing I could make up some time on the down hill second half. I was feeling great and led a group of 5-6 runners through the first 6.5 miles and got to the turning point 60-90 seconds ahead of schedule.
I took a quick drink on board and tried to settle into a rhythm for the second half, knowing I could relax a little bit. After putting in a couple of quick miles, we returned through the first couple of tunnels, with a big headwind. The group was down to 3 of us and the other 2 were just tucking in behind me, and let me do the hard work.
After a few more miles passed, we went hit the 10mile mark in around 61-62 minutes. With only a parkrun to go, I knew I was on for a decent time, but with the 1st lady in view I had a target. With 2 miles to go, me and the others in my group passed the 1st lady and pushed on. I knew now I was flying, and on for a massive pb, despite my legs stiffening up.
I finished in 1hr 21mins 46s, a pb by 2mins and 22s. This is a time I could only have dreamed about, it really proves that training hard and putting the miles in really makes a difference.
This was a spectacular race, with great scenery, route and organisation. Definitely one for the diary in 2018.
One year to the day ago, I struggled through the world championships half marathon in Cardiff in 1hr 40something following a chest infection and shingles. This seemed like a long way away then, but the hard work has paid off!! *Report by James Osborne
March Time Trial Results – 21 March 2017
Thanks to all who helped out and to the runners.
|Place||Int||Surname||Handicapped Time||Actual Time||Handicap|
Parkruns 25 March 2017
1st Lady to finish at Nostell was Nicola DEVINE.
|68||Mike CLEASBY||25:03||VM40-44||55.76 %||M||62||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||71|
|32||Jessica ROYLE||25:18||SW20-24||58.50 %||F||4||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:25||30|
|128||Paul BROWN||29:37||VM65-69||56.61 %||M||89||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:01||122|
|51||Isabel ROBINSON||23:10||JW11-14||70.29 %||F||8||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:36||46|
|60||Nick NEWMAN||23:39||VM55-59||66.10 %||M||51||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:40||46|
|68||Rob PEACH||24:18||VM40-44||57.89 %||M||59||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:41||68|
|78||Andrea ROBINSON||24:49||VW40-44||63.40 %||F||13||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:32||39|
|199||Angella PARKER||34:41||VW40-44||44.35 %||F||69||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:32:18||8|
|24||George LAING||22:31||VM55-59||68.84 %||M||23||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:25||48|
|55||Ian FLEETON||24:06||SM30-34||54.43 %||M||47||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||22|
|4||Nicola DEVINE||19:24||SW25-29||76.29 %||F||1||Doncaster AC||New PB!||87|
|7||Phil WHITEHEAD||20:06||SM25-29||64.18 %||M||6||Doncaster AC||New PB!||102|
|1||Martin JAMES||17:32||VM40-44||78.42 %||M||1||Doncaster AC||New PB!||53|
|3||Christopher MORAN||18:08||VM35-39||74.72 %||M||3||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:17:48||48|
|4||Peter BADGER||18:12||VM40-44||76.10 %||M||4||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:18:08||74|
|15||Pete WADE||20:47||VM55-59||76.50 %||M||15||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:20:41||51|
|23||Luke OSBON||21:46||VM35-39||61.79 %||M||22||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||3|
|25||Peter FORRESTER||22:07||VM55-59||71.29 %||M||24||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:02||102|
|27||Lysander LAWSON||22:13||JM10||73.59 %||M||26||Doncaster AC||New PB!||5|
|28||Chris LAWSON||22:14||VM45-49||64.24 %||M||27||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:19:23||39|
|40||Michael FORRESTER||23:02||JM15-17||58.61 %||M||37||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:27||33|
|44||Trevor LAMBERT||23:57||VM55-59||65.83 %||M||40||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:50||71|
|68||Jodi SAVAGE||25:27||VW35-39||58.74 %||F||11||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:25:07||11|
|78||Bill TOPPING||26:10||VM65-69||66.62 %||M||64||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:14||117|
|95||Finley LAWSON||27:09||JM11-14||54.76 %||M||76||Doncaster AC||New PB!||3|
|111||Claire MACLEOD||27:54||VW45-49||56.93 %||F||24||Doncaster AC||New PB!||21|
|115||Martyn WALTER||28:06||VM55-59||55.16 %||M||89||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:15||76|
|121||Daniel BOYD||28:30||JM11-14||49.77 %||M||92||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:34||39|
|122||Martin BOYD||28:31||VM55-59||53.89 %||M||93||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:55||105|
|138||Margaret BUTLER||29:20||VW55-59||63.41 %||F||37||Doncaster AC||New PB!||5|
|141||Julie GUEST||29:31||VW50-54||59.74 %||F||38||Doncaster AC||New PB!||69|
|144||Tomas FERNANDEZ||29:37||JM10||53.29 %||M||105||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:26:34||6|
|148||Peter BUTLER||29:43||VM60-64||54.46 %||M||108||Doncaster AC||New PB!||5|
|168||Lucy HATHAWAY||31:06||SW18-19||47.75 %||F||53||Doncaster AC||New PB!||10|
|189||Kira NITHSDALE||33:50||SW30-34||43.79 %||F||70||Doncaster AC||New PB!||3|
|197||Maria EVANS||35:07||SW30-34||42.19 %||F||75||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:31:17||4|
|226||Malcolm GREEN||40:48||VM55-59||38.32 %||M||133||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:29:30||12|
|233||Hayley BUCK||49:19||SW25-29||30.01 %||F||96||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|234||Alicia FOERS||50:25||SW18-19||29.45 %||F||97||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|235||Sue BEEBY||50:25||VW55-59||36.89 %||F||98||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:37:33||33|