Ultra challenges

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Last weekend was very busy for the club with members taking on distances from 5 to 50 miles!

Simon Ridley headed to deepest darkest Wales for the mysterious Dead Sheep Ultra. At the dead of night 31 brave souls toed the start line to take on as many 20 mile laps as they could before the 30 hour cut off and with no GPS allowed the added navigation makes what is a hard race even harder. Ridley made the decision to stick to some ‘paths’ rather than crossing the boggy open ground which meant the 20 mile lap became 45 miles! Completing this in just under 20 hours Simon made the very sensible decision to call it a day.

Anita Radini and Simon Rycroft travelled to Kielder Water in Northumberland for the 50k (31 mile) Ultra event. The route takes in the glorious lakeshore and heather scenery with a challenging 3,000 feet of climbing.  Simon set of at his trademark pace and flew across the moorland in an amazing time of 4.27.11 to take a well deserved 5th place.  Anita was taking part in her first ultra and did amazingly well, running with Debbie Rycroft for company for the first 10 miles.  Anita finished in an amazing 6.50.55 and is keen to try another Ultra.

Kim Cavil headed to the south coast to take on the South Downs Way 50 mile event.  The evet hugged the coastline from Worthing to Eastbourne across very undulating trails – there was hardly any flat ground to run across!  Despite struggling with her breathing and heavy legs Kim ran extremely well to finish in 8.15.20 as 5th lady, all good preparation for a 24 hour event later in the year.

Manchester Marathon takes almost 10,000 runners on a reasonably flat route through Greater Manchester to finish at Old Trafford stadium. Juliette Pilgrim was really pleased to finish in an amazing 4.18.10 as she had managed to get in little distance training. Heather Farrow ran a superb race in 4.27.50 to finish as 8th in her age category.

Philip Jackson travelled to Jersey for a running inspired weekend jaunt. Taking in the parkrun on the Saturday then a 10k race with the Jersey Spartan Athletics Club on Sunday.  Jackson ran a speedy race along the seafront and finished in a super 52.57.

Finally, Chris Adams and Lizzy Wise travelled a shorter distance to the Elvington air field at York for the Elvington Flyer, part of the air museums celebration of 100 years of the RAF.  Lizzy opted for the 5 mile race and ran faster than she expected to finish in 40.46, narrowly missing out on being the 3rd female finisher. Chris fancied more of a challenge so went for 10 miles, three laps around the airfield in a bracing wind.  He finished in a superb 1.22.47 setting himself a new personal best.

Report Type: 
Race Report
Report Date: 
Sun 15 Apr 2018 (All day)