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Saturday
Nov292014

Malcolm Green back from Patagonia - North Face Ultra Challenge

Clarendon Marathon to Sovev Emek, Israel 100km to Patagonia, Argentina 50km

Clarendon marathon was planned to be my last event in 2014, but after the celebration of Steve’s 100th marathon in October and the inspiration this gave, I thought I would end the year with two very different ultra-challenges.

Sovev Emek, Israel 100km (23rd/24th October 2014)

Chicken soup was the novelty of this 3 lap 100km race in northern Israel, served hot with noodles at the highest point of each lap.  I love running in Israel as my friends and family come out and support me – finishing an ultra without a hug is tough!  The challenge was running over dry desert terrain, through the night and finishing before the mid-morning hot sun gets you.  My modest aim was 12 hours.

The start at 9pm included fire-works. I started slow and almost immediately began eating my supplies of pasta, salami, fried fish, parmesan cheese, grapes and salty crisps – most of the Israelis passing me shouted encouragement, I think out of pity, as it looked as I was already eating “comfort food”- but I knew I would be meeting many of them again in a few hours!  In fact, many runners gave up at the end of lap 2 – the temptation to stop the pain being so great – luckily for me the possibility of stopping with a lap to go never crossed my mind and is not an option!

I finished in 12hr 11min, each lap taking almost exactly the same time - I blame the chicken soup for adding a few minutes per lap.  19th from 73 finishes; 1st 50 Vet.

North Face Ultra Challenge, Patagonia Argentina 50km (23rd November 2014)

The title of the first runner from the northern hemisphere is unfortunately under-rated and seldom celebrated – basically all I had to do was finish the race.  I’d already travelled through Peru and Chile with work and decided to get the overnight 22 hour train across Southern Argentina to Bariloche in Patagonia – near the start of the race.  Bariloche is in the Andes and is famous for chocolate, steaks and Nazis (supposedly they moved to Bariloche after WW11 as it resembled the Alps).

At race registration they insisted on a note from my doctor to certify I was OK to run – eventually a doctor runner came to my rescue, looked inside my mouth and signed the declaration!

I thought about swapping to the 80km race but was glad not to have changed - as the course was tough – up a few mountains covered in thick snow and we had a horrendous heavy snow storm near one of the peaks.  Down in the valley it was sunny and hot – we wadded across fast flowing rivers and up and down through thick forests along narrow muddy paths above a huge blue lake.  Suddenly the wind picked up again and it started to rain; I didn’t notice as I was focused on trying to catch up with the runner in front – just in case he/she was born in the northern hemisphere.  Finished in 8 hr 36 min; 2nd 50 Vet and 65th from 348 finishes.

 

For more photos click here.

 

Saturday
Nov292014

HRRL Grand Prix – Gosport HM 

The Grand Prix pages have been updated for the Gosport HM.

These pages can be found at any time by following the menu path: SENIORS - WADAC HRRL Grand Prix.

Thursday
Nov272014

2014 IAU 100k World Championships

Congratulations to Jo Meek who finished 4th in the 100k World Championships in Doha, Qatar on 21st November.  Representing GB Jo ran a text book race avoiding the early surges, working through the field and not moving into her final 4th place position until around 70-75km into the race.  Jo's time of 7h 43min 37secs is ranked 3rd in the UK for 2014 and 6th in the UK all time list and is also a new WADAC Club Record.  
With British ladies finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th there was team glory too!
Tuesday
Nov252014

EA 10 miles championships - GOLD for WADAC Ladies

 

The Great South Run 2014 played host to the EA 10 Mile championships and our team of Lucy Elliot, Sam Parkinson and Jo Curtis took the team award to become English Champions.  Congratulations Ladies! 

Sunday
Nov162014

HRRL: Gosport Half Results

Toby Lambert won the Gosport Half today by 19 seconds in a tremendous 68 minutes exactly.  It was a very competitive race with participation from clubs across the south of the country. The first 20 finishers all came in under 74 minutes. Clare Wood ran an excellent 1:27:57 as our first lady and 20th woman finisher.

From a quick look at Hampshire clubs it looks like the men's team finished in a creditable third in the league behind Southampton and Overton. This is not an official result though.  Stubbington were very close behind us and it is very difficult to work this out when there are so many non-Hampshire clubs!

It looks like the women's team were fifth Hampshire club, but since Southampton women were first and are in a different league division, our ladies A team should get fourth in league results. It is a bit of a wake up call, but our women's teams will still be firmly at the top of their divisions.