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Many of us dream of getting the edge over our competitors with some knowledge of how the best in the world approach their training and get the best from themselves. One of our up and comming young athletes Alan White has had a chance to do just that with an oppotunity to train with the Kenyans. Here is his report so far.
Running with the Kenyans – Alan White, 14th December 2015
It’s a regular Saturday morning. I can’t recall the precise weather but we’re at Wythenshawe sports fields in February so let’s assume it’s cold and/or wet. I dislike this session but it gets you fit. Plus it could be worse, there’s always the Etihad car park on a Monday night…
I still consider myself an infant in running. Two years (at the time of writing) isn’t a long time. Track work comes more naturally to me, but having started from scratch at the age of 24, it’s fair to say my endurance still has a long way to go. I’m enjoying the sport more with every week that passes and improving just as fast, but road reps and tempos continue to break me.
So perhaps I could speed things up with a stint at altitude? Imagine running with the Kenyans, surrounding yourself with that calibre of runner whilst living as a full-time athlete for a while. Let’s ask Coach Roden. He agrees I’ll be ready by the end of the year. So I start to plan it all in my head. To get some benefit, three weeks is a minimum, so let’s target five. What do I need to make it happen?
The big one is time off work, which fortunately my boss agrees to. What else? Get fitter. Research flights. Book a room at the camp (run by Lornah Kiplagat). Jabs. Kit. Advice from someone who has been before (again, in Rodens we trust).
After telling family I’ll be abroad this Christmas, I work my way through the rest of a sizeable to-do-list. The trip was months in the making, but several chaotic months travelling to London and back - whilst training harder with every passing month - brought the trip round quickly enough.
I land at Eldoret jaded but giddy. The taxi driver is friendly. The police officer at Nairobi was friendly, as was the man in Nairobi who processed my temporary visa. The receptionist makes my arrival smoother than any English hotel, inviting me for dinner within 15 minutes. This is Kenya, the people are warm and kind. Life is simpler and more gracious here.
My first full day involves breakfast with a group of Europeans, lunch with Charlie Grice, an afternoon chat with Mike Kigen (a man entrusted my Mo Farah for marathon pace making duties). It also involves my first run at altitude. So I don some smart new kit, kindly donated by MyProtein, and head out in the rain (a little taste of home).
Don’t push it. Train with caution. Respect the terrain, respect the conditions, respect your own body and the fact you’re tired from the travel. Most importantly of all, though, respect the conditions. Especially given this is your first time. This is not Whalley Range; this is 2,500m above sea level. Listen to the sensible voice in your head. Besides, you’re here for five weeks. Don’t rush it.
A morning walk to Iten’s sports store gave an early warning as to the effects of altitude. Even strolling up the hills had left me catching my breath, so I knew to take this one slow. Keep a keen eye on heart rate and run extremely gently. Week 1 is probably the most important here, so I’m using all the advice I’ve been given and letting my body adapt completely before pushing myself. I’ve got plenty of time to train with the Kenyans, I’m just happy to be off the plane and running for now.
Running with the Kenyans – Alan White, 17th December 2015
My first three days have gone well – I’ve only ran very gently up until now, approaching my runs carefully so as to keep my average heart rate around the 150 mark. You don’t feel the adaptations, not from a scientific perspective, but I’m adapting quite quickly to this, feeling better with every run and pleased to see my average pace drop from 9:00/miles to 7:30/miles. I say ‘average’…the hills here mean that term is purely a mathematical one; the terrain makes one mile vastly different to the next. If my ability to cope with the altitude is improving, the hills are there to keep me level-headed. And I thought Woodbank was unforgiving…
Yesterday was my birthday (the most peaceful one in years), so I ran five miles before standing in awe at the Rift Valley’s vast sweeping landscape. Chorlton Water Park is nice but this was spectacular. Walking back through the local markets was a far cry from Stretford Tesco as well, whilst an hour in the sun was more than enough to redden my pale northern face. Come on Alan, remember Magaluf…
In the afternoon I treated myself to the core class. Thankfully core isn’t a new concept to me, but this was brutal, an hour-long pain chamber involving an assault on hamstrings, back, abs and arms. Even the Kenyans struggle with this, the room full of anguish and shaking bodies.
Watching the Kenyans run is absolutely glorious – their fluency is a sight to behold. I’m hearing rumours of a Kenyan fartlek this morning: two minutes on, one minute off, although the one minute off is still close to a hard tempo to me. More than 100 of them take part in this, which sounds like carnage (just how I like it), but even I know it’s too early for that. Imagine telling Coach Roden I’ve attempted that on Day 4…. I’ll get involved at some stage, but this is my first hard session so let’s not be daft.
History tells me running a hard session on a full stomach is asking for trouble. My sleep is improving (aided by the luxury of afternoon naps), so I skip breakfast and opt just for water and an energy gel - thanks once again to MyProtein – before heading out into the morning mist for an easy two-mile warm-up. This takes me past Lornah Kiplagat’s new synthetic track – a white elephant which I’ll explain later in this blog. I do a few strides and stretches before turning round and facing the malevolent climb back into Iten.
It isn’t as easy as ‘one on, one off’: whilst a 15-minute fartlek doesn’t look much on paper, this is my first hard session at altitude so I’ve been told to take whatever recovery I need after hard efforts. I feel good on the first effort; happy to open my stride up at last, but obviously the sessions get tougher. 90-second efforts become 60-second efforts, whilst 60-second recoveries eventually become two-minute recoveries. Overall I manage six minutes of hard running and nine minutes of recovery jogging (the Roden voice in my head ensures I don’t walk). For the time being, I’ll take that as a miniature accomplishment. Now get me to that breakfast table.
I finish my warm down and head into recovery mode. Breakfast consists of porridge, eggs, toast, Kenyan donuts (we’re not talking Krispy Kreme here), a banana and coffee. The food here is nutritious. People say it’s ‘basic’, but I live on my own so to me it’s pretty lavish! Recovery is crucial here – run hard yes, but use the abundance of free time to hydrate, refuel and rest.
Having this much free time is foreign to me, but it opens up room for all the things you’d love to do more often back home: core workouts, afternoon naps, recovery walks, stretching, sauna visits. Take advantage, it won’t last forever,
Something else I’ve learned is how gently the Kenyans do their recovery runs. They train extremely hard but jog lightly in between sessions give their bodies the best chance of recuperating before doing it again. So on that note, it’s time for a nap before doing exactly that this afternoon.
Posted 19/12/2015 15:21
Well done to all those who ran in the Leeds Abbey Dash at the weekend. The race was ran in testing conditions with several people falling, but for the brave souls that drove up the M62 in the morning, they would have been certainly expecting the weather to be a lot worse.
12,000 runners lined up at the start and the race attracted a high calibre of athletes from around the country with the first five finishers running sub 30 minutes. The ladies team of Emma Finney, Helen Armitage and Anne Chinoy finished in 8th place, continuing the recent run of excellent results from the ladies section. The men’s team of Gavin Hill, Matt Barnes and Daniel Kashi finished in a respectable 17th place, given the standard of runners taking part.
Gavin Hill 30.58 Finished in 34th position
Matt Barnes 32.41 Seasons best time
Daniel Kashi 33.31 Close to last year’s P.B at Abbey dash
Andrew Carlin 35.49 Just outside P.B of 35.20 set at this year’s Trafford 10k
Peter O’Neill 36.32 This was Peter’s second Abbey Dash. He was reasonably pleased with his time given the conditions on the day. His P.B remains at 36.09, but he hopes to beat this soon and go under 36 minutes
Aidan Raftery 39.29 4th placed V55. This was way below Aidan’s P.B earlier in the year of 38.34, and also below last year’s time of 39.03 in this race. This may be due to missing a chunk of training in August/September
Craig Bradbury 39.39 Very happy with a P.B taking 54 seconds off his Salford 10k time earlier in the year
Alistair Kell 39.49 Having run a P.B of 38.34 the previous weekend, and a busy week in between, another good run was unlikely. Time not disappointing, but had hoped to be quicker.
Emma Finney 40.12 Seasons best time. Only 10 seconds off P.B at last year’s Trafford 10K
Helen Armitage 40.37 In a rich vein of form. Season’s best time, and fastest time at this course. 8th placed V40
Anne Chinoy 40.58 10th placed V40. Anne was relieved to find the conditions not as bad as the forecast but found the course busy and the lack of finish sign meant that the race came to a rather abrupt stop. Her time was 11 seconds slower than her P.B at Salford in September, but considering recent back issues, it was as good as she could have hoped for. She’s now looking forward to the Trafford 10k in March
John Morris 42.26 New P.B, beating previous best set at this year’s We Love Manchester 10k
Gareth Webb 42.39 Some way off P.B of 40.45. Struggled all week with illness, so ran as a tempo run.
Jenny Clink 44.28 In the form of her life after having a baby 5 months ago! Took over 2 minutes off her P.B from the Leeds Abbey Dash back in 2012
Michael Wymer 45.17 Seasons best time. Good race on the back of running 2 marathons last month!
Martin Smedley 45.53 Just short of his P.B of 45.20 set at this year’s Salford 10k
Tracey Taylor 48.23 Very Happy to run a P.B, taking off over 5 minutes from this year’s Manchester 10k!
Belinda Hammond 49.31 1st 10k of the season. Has a P.B of 45.45 back in the 2012 Salford 10K
Geoff Beattie 50.24 Already his 11th 10k race of the year so far.
Posted 19/11/2015 13:17
Well done to all those who flew the Sale Harriers flag in the Great South Run. This has become a regular feature in the race calendar and attracted a high calibre of endurance athletes from all over the country. There were three sets of medals won and the main reason they went to Portsmouth (with the club’s support) was to represent the club in the English Championships and try and qualify for the draw for the trip to Ethiopia.
Results as follows:-
Chris Donnelly 57:38
Andy Mooney 58:28
Andy Carlin 58:33
Carl Barber 1:01:46
Dave Marsh 1:02:03 PB by y mins
Nick Webb 1:04:40
Helen Armitage 1:06:14
Anne Chinoy 1:07:16
Katherine Barker 1:19:32
It was also lovely to see former Sale Harriers Bat Dan Hunter and Emma Beardsell who did 1:09:14 and 1:17:28 respectively.
Posted 26/10/2015 09:07
Pendle, Lancashire was the venue for this year’s National fell Championships. Due to the changes in the rules, the club was restricted in the number of teams which could be entered resulting in just a men’s team being put forward to run. Sadly this meant that a few people were unable to compete and it is hoped that the FRA decided on a better venue for next year’s event which can accommodate as many teams as possible. It is important that Sale encourages as many people to compete in the fells, to demonstrate that the club is multi formatted, and it doesn’t just focus on the bog standard format of track, road and cross country.
The relay event is a combination of 4 legs. The first and last legs are single runner and the second and third are paired legs. The third is a navigation leg, and the rest are all marked.
Chris Donnelly got the team off to a flyer, hammering up Pendle hill to bring the team home in 25th place (and in front of some big teams- including Pennine!). Chris passed over to Richard Brown and Carl Barber for leg 2. I don’t know what happened to Carl on the leg, however Richard came back fresh and Carl returned looking like he had just ran a double marathon (perhaps a Pendle Witch had put a spell on him). They finished in 51st position.
Onto leg 3. Big things had been said about James Walsh and his navigation skills and he didn’t disappoint. Both James and Andrew Carlin dragged the team back into the top 40, with the performance of the day- the pairing finished 27th fastest on the day. Could we hold onto a top 40 finish? Well, that was down to Mike Ashby. We were tempted to scatter a few Cheese and Onion pies across the top of Pendle hill to entice him up to the top of the hill quicker, however the local bakery couldn’t meet our needs. Instead it was down to self belief and fitness and he did the team proud. The team finished 44th overall, slightly down on last year’s results however we were never going to really set the fell world a-light coming from one of the flattest parts of the north west.
Whilst we all tucked into our post race meal of Chilli and bread, we reflected on a job well done. No one got lost, no check points were missed and everyone had fun. See you again next year.
Posted 18/10/2015 18:31
Fechin Mc Cormick
The major club event of this weekend was the National 6 & 4 stage Road Relays at the long-time established ‘Mecca’ for road relays of Sutton Coalfield in Birmingham. It’s here where the great and the good of Britain’s endurance runners over the decades have ‘strutted their stuff’ to the highest levels Last year, Sale Harrier’s men were the national bronze medallists and the year previous, they made club history by being the club’s first team ever to win a National road relay title.
This year neither the men nor women’s squads were able to flex their potentially formidable muscles again, doubtless to the frustration of team managers James Bailey and Helen Armitage who must deal with inevitable ‘unavailability’s’. Consequently, the men’s team finished 17th and the women’s ‘A’ team was 29th and their ‘B’ team 56th. Unfulfilled team promise is nothing new to any club but oh! If only these clubs could challenge this perennial problem of ‘unavailability’ that frustrates so much potential. The positives are that finishing teams in these positions is still no mean feat in this national cauldron but Sale Harriers has higher expectations.
Whilst the focus is inevitably on ‘team’ results, there were commendable individual performances. 50% of the men’s team - Nigel Martin, Gavin Hill and Callum Rowlinson had their inaugural baptism by fire in this championship and all raced very well. More experienced hands - or should I say ‘feet’- Matt Bond, Antony Ford and team manager James Bailey were slightly down on their previous year’s times but all had good reasons.
Similarly the women. Most of the eight in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ team had their first experience in this National Championship and all took something positive for their running treasure troves. Louisa Candioli was thirty seconds faster than last year; Helen Armitage recorded one second faster; Katie White for the ‘A team and ‘Kath Wellam for the ‘B’ team (who’d just returned from her impressive 6th place in the World Biathle Championships); Anne Chinoy (who heroically stood into the breach in the eleventh hour) and Sinead Ferguson (who’s only just joined the club and was inspiringly ‘up-for-it’) had their first national experience ‘A’ member Emma Finney and ‘B’ team Katherine Barker led by example in making the journey for club and country and making their positive contributions.
The following day, Dave Marsh took the U17 Northern Road Relay Champions (Francesca Brint, Olivia Green and Claudia Cowan), an U15 boys team (Zenon Caine, Alex James and Jacob Corrie) and a U17 men’s team ( Dillon Cooper, Aidan Stirrup and Charlie Candlish) to the Young Athletes Championship. The Northern Champions finished 11th and the first Northern team and discovered yet another level of tough competition, as did the U15 boys trio who were 33rd and the U17men who were 40th.
Posted 06/10/2015 15:37
MV 70 winner Graham Padget
In perfect conditions, five SHM’s ran the Natterjack Seaside 10k in Southport. Club newcomer Sinead Ferguson (F40) finished in 51.46; Graham Padget (M70) finished in 57.11 and was the proud winner of his category. Rosa Elliott (F50), Philippa Edwards (F60) and Janet Pickering (F65) crossed the line together at 1.01.40 and would have been under the hour had Rosa not lost her battle with a kerb and had a close encounter with the road with much scraping of knee and hand. Well done to all.
The website team welcome all road race and other reports. Just send them in with as much ‘reflection’ on the results as possible. Reports must include everyone who participate.
Posted 06/10/2015 15:36
Fechin Mc Cormick
It was a good day for Sale Harriers at Blackpool on Saturday for the 2015 Northern Senior and Youths Road Relay Championships. For the uninitiated, this annual Championship is sandwiched between the end of the T & F season and the beginning of the cross-country season. The club returned home with one set of wonderful gold medals (the U17 women); one set of silver medals (the senior women) and the senior men just missed out on their medals. (4th place).
Besides, all of the female teams from U13’s upwards including their ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams, improved their team positions from last year. The men’s ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams also improved their finishing positions from last year. I’m also reliably informed that the aggregate from adding up all the club’s age-group results and comparing them to the leading northern clubs, Sale Harriers are by far the best overall Northern club. Well done to parents, coaches and those hard-working team managers who must deal with a lot of frustrations in the final days and hours from having their ‘dream’ team fall apart from inevitable illness and injury.
The under 17 girls ‘A’ trio of Francesca Brint, Olivia Green and Claudia Cowan were fantastic in winning their gold medals and Northern title. Francesca’s time was the 3rd fastest of the day and Claudia’s the 8th fastest. It’s great to see these delightful young people emerge through the age-groups with such talent and flagging up such future promise for the club. Let’s hope it’s realized! Their ‘B’ team in 11th place of Alexa Mc Tiffin, Ciara Young and Nicole Grainger and their ‘C’ team, very close behind in 14th position of Alice Bruce, Ellie Twite and Frankie Reid, assures this section has both depth and quality.
The senior women’s silver medal was their best result for fifteen years and is also very encouraging. It was particularly pleasing to have Katie Hewison, the 2009 Commonwealth Up-and-Down Mountain Champion, not just back in action following her long illness, but recording the day’s 6th fastest time; Jenna Hill was the 3rd fastest. She’s had the season of her life with PB’s in every distance that now places her among Britain’s elite. Luisa Candioli and Katie White will always be talented team stalwarts within this group. With the ‘B’ team of Helen Armitage, Sarah Douglas, Emma Finney and Jane Thomas finishing 20th and the ‘C’ team of Katherine Barker, Helen Carter, Jackie Cordingley and Jenny Cordingley 41st , both teams improved on last year, there’s every reason to hope for a successful winter..
The men just missed out on their medals and team manager James Bailey must have been pulling his hair out in the final days with last minute withdrawals from what would surely have been a medal winning team. Last year they won the silver medals. Massively improved Nigel Martin, Jamie Roden, Matt Barnes (just 12 weeks back from hip surgery). Antony Ford, James Bailey and Matt Bond (both returned to competition) were the turbo-charged sextet who delivered the goods....and they left several others of similar ability back home. Add that to the fact that both the men’s ‘B’ team (Euan Gilchrist (only just 17 and after an exceptional summer including 3:51 for 1500), Gaz Raven, James Wignall, Callum Greenwood, Alan White and Callum Rowlinson, and the ‘C’ team Mike Kilmartin, Dave Marsh, Brad Thornton (also his first experience of senior men's team), Tim Kennedy, Steve Townley and Gary Rowlinson also massively improved last year’s placing to 13th and 46th respectively, there’s room for high expectations this winter in this section also.
The U13 girls were 6th . All three of them – Penny Townsend, Anouska Brooks and Ruby Bell ought to be really pleased and especially little dynamo Ruby who ran the fastest of the three whilst still a year younger. The next age-group, the U15 girls trio of Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite and Taerae Barton finished 7th. Finally, the U17 lads - Dillon Cooper, Adam Kinghorn and Aidan Stirrup were 18th for the ‘A’ team and Charlie Goddard, Dylan Battick and Cameron Buchan finished 24th team
We now look ahead to the National Road Relays in Birmingham on October 3rd. Thanks to Ernie Greenwood and Frank Cordingley for the photos. Harry Shakeshaft also took pictures check this site later. Click here for link.
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Posted 20/09/2015 13:23
Sunday 6th September saw 23 Sale Harriers take to the streets of Salford for the City of Salford 10K. With over 3700 entrants, this increasingly popular race saw a modified route taking in Salford Quays, Media City and Old Trafford; a rather twisty, winding course in surprisingly warm conditions.
Despite that, a number of Sale Harriers achieved significant PBs and the club triumphed, winning both the ladies' and men's team prizes (Nigel Martin, Gareth Raven and Tim Kennedy for the men and Katie White, Sarah Douglas and Anne Chinoy for the women).
First in and in 4th place was Nigel Martin (32:09) who commented, "decent run, but I don't think the time reflects my current form. I ended up on my own the whole way and needed competition to really push hard. The course was extremely twisty and so my PB at Trafford (31:45) lives to fight another day, despite this being a much stronger run. Hoping for much better at the super quick Leeds Abbey Dash."
Next in, 8th place and 1st Male V40 was Gareth Raven (32:41) followed in 14th place by Tim Kennedy (35:31) who said "I was running it as a hard training run so not 100% all out, so reasonably pleased with 35:31, especially as it's a twisty-turny course with a fair number of mini hills and bridges. Ran with Andy Mooney for much of the first half before pushing on a bit.
First in for the ladies and in an impressive 5th place was Katie White (38:31). Her PB is 36:59 back in 2012.
Then came Alistair Kell (38:57) who said "rather annoyingly I ran exactly the same time as I did for the Trafford 10k earlier this year... 5 seconds off my 5 year old PB. 2nd time I've run it and an enjoyable race if slightly tight at the end". Luke Spilsbury was 70th (39:01) - a debut 10K.
Sarah Douglas (40:23) was our second lady, finishing in 11th place. Her 10k PB of 38:53 was achieved earlier in the year at the Great Manchester run. She was closely followed by 2nd place MV50, Steve Parry in 40:33 (his PB was 39:10 in the 2012 Salford 10K).
Next in and with another significant PB was MV40 Craig Bradbury (40:33). Craig says he was "very pleased with a PB in my first race as a veteran! I took nearly 4 minutes off last years time."
Anne Chinoy (40:47) was 1st FV40, finishing in 13th place with a 92 second PB. She was really pleased with the time and glad to back on form having struggled with injuries in recent months. Only one second behind Anne was Zoe Gmerek (40:48) - 2nd FV40 and in 14th place overall. Another impressive PB following her significant 5K PB at the last Sizzler. Zoe commented "My Salford 10k run was a 40 second PB. My last one was Leeds 2012 before the babies!!"
Pete Shipley (42:23) is currently struggling with injuries. 4th place MV55 John Battersby (44:08) was next, then Matthew Leicester (45:18).
It was another significant PB for MV60 Martin Smedley (45:20) who said he was "really chuffed as its 1.39 faster than my Manchester 10k time in May. So the extra hill training on Monday nights has paid off!"
8th place MV60 Jerry Smith and Crispin Miller both finished with a chip time of 45:45. Jerry commented "Not being race fit I enjoyed a steady run in the sunshine with good crowd support at the start and finish. Great to see lots of fellow Sale Harriers in the race with many celebrating PBs at the end!"
FV40 Wendy Terry (46:42) achieved her race goal and felt it was fair time given her current level of fitness.
Due to injury, Fran Sweeney & Aiden Raftery approached the race as a gentle run (47:26). Fran commented "myself and Aiden are both injured so jogged around 47:26 mins... thought the course was a bit drab to say the least".
FV40 Carla Ousey (49:16) was targeting sub-50 and had a good run which she felt reflected her current levels of training.
Posted 08/09/2015 12:23
A brief review of the Ultra Trial du Mont Blanc race I took part in last weekend for what it's worth and a couple of pictures.
This was an epic event. The stats guarantee it: 106 miles with over 30,000ft of vertical ascent giving an 'average gradient' either up or down of over 11%. But that is only part of the story. With 2 nights to run through, huge interminable climbs and (more importantly) prolonged downhills to negotiate, the combination of mental fatigue and brutalised legs makes for a fantastic effort. However on the other side of the epic coin are incredible vistas, valleys surrounded by high mountain peaks, camaraderie that is second to none and the incredible hospitality of multiple villages across 3 countries surrounding the Mont Blanc Massive.
Completion is the primary goal with some 40% not making cut offs despite the tough qualification criteria to even enter the ballot. The race finisher's gilet is prized indeed. The secondary goal is to enjoy and soak up as much of the scenery and positives as possible and not fall prey to the dark demons lurking inside your skull as the going gets tough.
We started in Chamonix, France to the sound of Vangelis: Conquest of Paradise. An initial 5km on the flat followed by the first of 12 long climbs to les Houche. Rising above the tree line we were treated to our first sunset. There followed a night of running under clear skies to the light of the full moon. Literally as at times, where the terrain was not too technical, we were able to run with head torches off in the silvery light, admiring the valley around which in previous editions we would not have seen.
30 miles in I was starting to struggle a bit with hydration and perhaps to a degree the altitude (2,600m). And add to that the thought of a further 76 miles....None-the less, spirits lifted as I was treated to the sunrise just as I crested a 2,400m pass. The timing could not have been better. After this though, things became more difficult.
It was very hot – in excess of 30C which meant that I had to limit the effort as it seemed impossible to maintain hydration. This along with the toll on knees and quadriceps and feet led me to have a minor (not that minor) moment of doubt at the half way mark. I was extremely tired and therefore a little emotionally labile which I think affected my ability to rationalise the situation and get back on track. But after a word with my wife I got going again and decided not to race but to try and enjoy as many moments as I could. So I took it slower, had 2 x 5 minutes sleep which helped greatly in minimising hallucinations and negative thoughts, and talked to fellow competitors and carried on. It was incredible. We hit all the climbs at exactly the right times, saw the sunrises and sunsets at the best panoramic locations, avoided the heat of the day for the worst climbs and finished to great support and applause on the Sunday morning.
I saw the sun set in France, followed by the sun rise in Italy, followed by the sun set in Switzerland and finally a sun rise in France again, lighting up the top of Mont Blanc just before the descent back into Chamonix for the finish. How lucky am I? And the bonus is another PB for 2015: I shaved over 4.5 hours from my previous time in 2009 to finish in just over 39 hours.
I do not plan on doing this sort of thing again though. It was very very tough and a bit too much really. However as a result I am also a little sad to think I shall not have the opportunity to experience these moments again.
A great, great event. Very much recommended.
Posted 07/09/2015 11:00
Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves at the last Handicap Run of the summer and a big thanks to all the helpers who gave up a nights training to record times etc: Paul Barrett, Oli Gallaimen, Helen Carter, Jackie Cordingley and Jerry Smith.
The results are attached. For those who have never seen the results sheet before; finishing position shows the position you crossed the line, handicap means how many minutes delay you were set off with, then your recorded finishing time, next your run time, (finishing time minus handicap time), then your ranking based on your run time and lastly your personal best time for the course.
There were some great times run, especially Jenny Clink who stormed round nearly beating her course PB only a couple of months after giving birth.
So congratulations to:
1st Man Home: Martin Smedley
1st Lady Home: Jane Thomas
Fastest Man: Rob Flannery (Nigel Martin retains the men's course record: 24:57)
Fastest Lady: Sarah Douglas (Hayley Ashby retains the women's course record: 29:43)
Most Improved Man: Nick Webb
Most Improved Lady: Dee McCarthy.
Posted 27/08/2015 10:47