Category Archives: Race Reports

Race reports of some the the races I have done

Ultra 12 – 12 Hour Race

Ultra 12 – 12 Hour Race
Date: 9-10 August 2014
Distance: As many 5 mile laps as you can
Time: 12:02:11
Actual Distance Ran: 8 laps – 40 miles

I was consider doing a 24 hours race so thought I had better do a 12 hour one first. However, they are surprisingly difficult to find and all seem to be at night. So I picked Ultra 12 as even though it was a new race, the organisers and sponsors have a good reputation.

I had not had much time to train recently due to other commitments so was slightly concerned about running for 12 hours. However, have done a few races that have taken over 12 hours so not too concerned. - read more

Weald Challenge – 50km

Weald Challenge 50km Ultra
Date: 25th May 2014
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 753 m
Time: 7:03:10

As my plans for this particular weekend changed a few weeks before, I had not planned to do this event. I was just looking around at various races and this one popped up. I thought “Its only 50km how hard can it be” so I booked it without a second thought.

I had not done any long runs since the Brighton Marathon several weeks before and would not have much time to train before hand. However, this event was just going to be a long training run for events I have later in the year. - read more

Brighton Marathon 2014

Brighton Marathon 2014
Date: 6th April 2014
Time: 4:27:41

I love this race it has to be my favourite marathon. It started in 2010 and I have done everyone. Every year they make improvements to it so I was looking forward to this one.

The downside was I have had little chance to train so although I knew I could complete the distance I wasn’t expecting my time to be great. Therefore, no real plan for the race other than set off at a comfortable pace and see what happens.

Last year I had a nightmare with the park and ride and literally arrived at Preston Park with 10 minutes to spare. In fact every year the park and ride has been problematic. This year my parents said they would drop me off. This was great arrived at the park nice and early so plenty of time to relax and mentally prepare. - read more

Ultra Brecon 40

Ultra Brecon 40
Date: 7th December 2013
Distance: 41 miles (actual distance covered 44.21)
Elevation: 2,196 m
Time: 12:34:00

This was the last in the series of 4 events and was the first every ultra I had done back in 2011 so I knew what to expect, or so I thought.

I arrived on Friday night at the now familiar Talybont Outdoor centre. I collected my number and map and went to find a bed. My usual room, in the older part of the building was empty. So I grabbed a bed and made my way down the road to the pub for pre race meal and pint. I sat at the table waiting for my meal to arrive and noticed they guys on the table next to me where studying there map. Turns out they where Dutch and had travelled over for the race. - read more

The Wye One Way 50

The Wye One Way 50
Date: 
12th October 2013
Distance: 50 miles (actual distance covered 54.55)
Elevation: 1,860 m
Time: 14:11:24

This was the third race in a series of 4 that I had booked to do with Might Contain Nuts (MCN). My build up to the event was poor. I had done a 50 mile challenge a few months previously. However, since then had only had a chance to go out for 2 or 3 20ish mile training runs. Thus, didn’t feel that physically prepared. Therefore, in the weeks before the event I spent a lot of time mentally preparing. - read more