High Peak 40 Mile Challenge.
On Saturday 17th Sept Sale Harriers; Mike Ashby, Hayley Cavill, Carl Cleghorn & Katie Recce with Sally Howarth from Trafford Athletics, all lined up in the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton to start the 25th running of this fabulous race. Although the Forecast was for intermittent heavy and light rain all day, the running Gods must have been looking down on us as the sun came out and made it a very pleasant day for a 41 mile run around the Peak District.
Mike and Hayley did exceptionally well, considering
this was Hayley's first Ultra and with only one other marathon in
her legs, slogged round the course with Mike in a brilliant 7hr
39mins both finishing joint 39th and Hayley ranked 5th women
overall and 3rd in her class. This was also the furthest Mike has
ever run before, and got to experience the real highs and lows of
long distance running. "You learn that you really have to get
nutrition right with these things, but fortunately I picked up
again after some food and getting warmer". Both are looking forward
to competing in another Ultra distance race next year,
possibly the Lakeland 50 next year...
Carl Cleghorn was running this race for the 2nd time after completing it last year, and took a different tactic to normal. "I decided to start out hard, and see how far I could get before blowing up!" Having kept pace with the top 6 runners for the first few miles and easing off the gas a little, it was a comfortable run at a fast pace for the first 20 or so miles but then everything decided to hurt big time, and it was not until a few Ibuprofen offered by our support 'team' (Rosie) sorted everything out, and stormed the last few miles to finish in 7hrs 55mins.
Sale Harriers continues to show its colours at the more extreme and beautiful end of running, and certainly gets recognised! Although the team prizes were only available to same sex teams of 3; Mike, Hayley and Carl's combined time would have them in 3rd place, and Hayley's Ultra debut, getting 3rd in her class means Sale Harriers Manchester is gaining recognition in much wider circles in the big wide world of Running!
Sally Howarth from Trafford Athletics' had a brilliant run too, claiming 1st Vet Lady in a time of 7:49:19 a Brilliant run in her first attempt at this popular race which saw just under 200 finishers this year.
Posted 15/01/2012 19:52