The route was very scenic and flat to start before the track leads into Amberley. I ran most of the race with ultra runner Dill, who runs at similar pace. We both wanted to treat this as a training run before the SDW100 in June. Although off to a good start, the warmer weather and no shade took a toll on my body. I over heated quickly then felt sick from sun stroke. It didn't help that I went off route missing a turning and Trey followed.
We both ran 3 extra miles and came in 6th and 7th place. Shawn was not too far behind us in 8th place, he didn't get as lost as we did...
I threw up after I finished three times, which for me was a first. I really suffered from lack of shade and wearing all black was a bad move!
Although it was my slowest 100 miler to date it was one of my most memorable experiences. I had so many lows but even better highs. I had fantastic support from the team and my crew. No nagging injuries and my nutrition was spot on.
I learned much from the south downs this weekend, and it is one event I would like to participate every year where possible. A very tough and steep route, with plenty of vast scenery and contrasting landscapes that can be seen from near and very far...
I came in 23rd position in 19:29:28
I tried with everything I had to make the finish by midnight, but with all those steps and steep hills it wasn't to be. The tail end of a hurricane in the Atlantic hit the coast in the early hours, so the heavens opened to strong winds and rain for the last few hours of running.
I really didn't let it dampen my spirits and outlook. My cheering and very helpful pacers got me to the finish still feeling strong and again without any injuries. My energy levels throughout the race were steady and I rarely suffered with lows.
After the South Downs I felt very conditioned and prepared for this one, and my body seemed to except the stresses with ease and knew how to cope with it.
My recovery was the quickest it has ever been.
I finished in 8th place in 20:52:15 which was my slowest 100 miler to date but considering the elevation and tough rain towards the end, it was a nice surprise to reach this position still.
I have always wanted to try a 12 or 24 event running laps, solo, but the thought of road or track does not appeal to my trail running legs. This new 24hr event for London seemed ideal. Using a 5.79 mile loop.
A large number of teams ran as a relay and myself and Helen were one of three as a mixed pair. I figured this would be a good experience and taster for the both of us to see how these lap events pan out and feel.
We spotted many other running friends by surprise, who too kept it quiet about this one. The Gosport Runners were kind enough to let us use their tent area to keep our supplies and changes of clothes for later.
Starting at midday we agreed to running one lap each for the time being. Perhaps I started out a little too fast but I soon got into the hang of recovering between laps.
The afternoon flew by and when the night time came it was the most enjoyable part. The temperature dropped quickly and although still humid it felt cold warming up between laps. We used large blankets and change of tech tops to stay dry, but by 4am we had run out of clothing and started to borrow gear from The Gosport running team!
I had the best experience and it was one of the most enjoyable and memorable moments of my year. The dark fog will haunt me forever...
I will be back to conquer that hill...