In my build up to the Lakeland 100 I’m trying to race once a month to get my eye in so to speak. On looking around for races I fancied the old county tops but couldn’t find a partner from either Raidlight or Ambleside due to other commitments so I found this little number. I’d obviously heard of Beyond marathon and knew it would be very well organised. They also do a 100 race but I had no intentions of going that far as I wished to jump straight back into training. A 100 takes me a week to get running again.
I slept in the van overnight at cardingmill, the race start. I’d had my first cold in two years this week and I woke up with it on my chest. I was in two minds whether to run or not as I always say above the neck is ok below is a no…..so I decided to run ;). I’m now convinced this cold is due to my increase in carbohydrates so I can increase my speed. Disease and viruses need sugar to live. They were waiting, lurking there ready to pounce.
I met Richard who labelled me as one of Ant Bethels guys…. A speedster!!😳….noooo, I’m a plodder really. I just suffer well and plod on.
Charlie sharpe had entered with two minutes to go to the deadline so it would be a big ask to win this by plodding well.
We have the race brief and away we go. Steady climb turns into a steep climb and I can feel my chest. This is going to be a long day. I’m running with Daniel Hendrickson who is doing the 100….he notices I’m a little hoarse. I’ll grind one out I tell him. I’ve raced Dan a few times lately and come better off. He’s improved a hell of a lot and won a few races lately. We lock horns again next month which will be good. Daniel went on to win this 100 too.
We touch the summit and I decide to let go a bit…what the hell. Wish I hadn’t, I fell cutting my knee and arm. Only 46 miles to go. O well, just settle into your metronome and relax. Checkpoints come and go, some unmanned self clips and the manned ones were excellent. I was following a GPX on my watch and hadnt reccied the course. You have to keep an eye on said GPX tho janson. I glanced down and noticed the arrow wandering in space 😪…… Damn, wrong turn. Instead of tracking back I took the beeline to the track through bracken and ended up falling in a ditch. I’m doing great. I scramble out onto the road( the right route) and pop just in front of the third place runner. I’d lost a good chunk of time. This happened a few times and looking at strava it cost me 16 minutes of race time. I soon opened back up the gap on a climb and settled back into rythem.
On the 30 mile checkpoint lisa had arrived and Clive Hevey was running the checkpoint. I grabbed my drinks off lisa and a few handfuls of sweets… These sweets would play havoc with my stomach. Don’t know why I do it. I then set out on a 10 mile loop which then brings you back to the same checkpoint……yak, at least 7 mile was road running….maybe more. While I was in the checkpoint, 3 other runners dropped in so I knew I couldn’t dawdle. I took a wrong turn again 😪. I assumed I would be caught because of my constant mis navs but it never happened. Towards the end of this loop was a lovely steep climb to a hill…..yey back in familiarity an end to the famine of hills. I returned to the Wife and Clive who informed me that Charlie was looking a little fresher than me.. I didn’t even ask how far in front as I knew I was lacking. Give me my 16 minutes back and I still wouldn’t trouble him today. Off I plodded on the last 10 mile of the race. A relentless steady climb almost all the way to the end for the steep descent into cardingmill. At least I could see miles behind so always knew I was safe from being caught. My stomach was brewing up a storm. I never have stomach issues but had allowed myself jelly babies and fudge and Jaffa cakes. why? Because my Ucan Mix was in my backpack and I couldn’t be bothered to get it. That little demon bites again. I let out a bit of wind…..it was one of them where you think, I better not do that again!! Let’s get to the end a bit sharpish.
I reached the national trust centre and finish line and 2nd position. The wife, Charlie, event officials and more worryingly a policeman with a Gun Were waiting. A very well organised event and thanks to Richard and all at beyond marathon. He would be here for another 26 hours or so, waiting for the last runner to come home.
I used altra lone peak shoes for the first time in a race and they performed admirably. It looks like my foot probs have subsided anyway. Also my old stalwarts of Raidlight ultralight top (never finished outside top two in this, so thank god it’s summer 😝). I also used the raidlight Olmo 5 which is an excellent piece of kit and has now been updated. I eagerly await delivery of the new one. They’ve sold out ATM. We’ve been promised a trial of the new Raidlight shoes! http://www.raidlight.com/en/footwear/4046-trail-dual-finger.html The Dual finger. They allow the big toe to operate independently. Looking forward to trialing these on the trail.