|Country to Capital 45: My third Ultra marathon event|
|Buff, hat and gloves essential in 3C temperatures!|
|Waiting to start|
08:39: Countdown begins.... and then the front of the pack sprint off fast down the high street. I follow trying not to get caught up with the crowd and concentrate on staying at my comfortable pace, which is a steady pace of 8:30min/mile. The group head through a short alley then onto a shingle path reaching the Ridgeway that is the Chiltern link route.
|Will's photo of me at Hayes.|
|Approaching Checkpoint 2|
|Chatting to mum at Checkpoint 2|
|Mum: "Have a rest now, eh?"|
|Photo credit: www.richersea.co.uk|
Another two guys arrive. In the time I have been here, which is not long, I count about five runners check-in plus the first lady. Everyone is in and out quickly as they all head back onto the path. I text Sunday and my sister.
28.50 miles on my Garmin. I can see the first lady in sight as we approach the small bridge with the sign ‘Paddington 13.5 miles’ to the left. We take the track to the left after the bridge. The bank here is grassy but very muddy in places, some relief for me and I can rest my feet for this stretch.
I see signpost with Old Oak Common and Kensal Town. From the distance I can see the first lady picking up pace and she is a good 45 seconds or more ahead of me. I couldn't possible catch up, besides she deserves to come before me. This girl is a machine and is so inspiring to watch. I look forward to seeing her at the finish.
|Photo credit: Richer Sea Photography|
I finished my third Ultra marathon event.
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GoBeyond for organising a great day. Big thank you to my support crew mum and dad for driving me to the event and seeing me off, and my clever sister Sam for arranging all the race logistics and the drive back home.
*ITBS is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the knee, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The band is crucial to stabilising the knee during running, moving from behind the femur to the front while walking. The continual rubbing of the band over the lateral femoral epicondyle, combined with the repeated flexion and extension of the knee during running may cause the area to become inflammed.
I came 10th place out of 450 competitors. 42 miles covered in 06:09:00.
Full race report coming soon...
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