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2015 NDW100 Pre Race Preview

Aug 05, 2015 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) | Posted by JamesElson | Tags: 2015, Preview

A quick fly through the possible contenders for the title of Champion at the 5th edition of the North Downs Way 100. Race Start Sat 8th August at 0600.

The Course Records at this event belong to Ed Catmur, 15:44 from 2013 and Alice Hector who ran 20:10 in 2012, a time which stands 1:44 faster than any other lady on this course. 

Men's Field

Ed Catmur: Ed is the existing course record holder and has run the event 3 times, finishing 4th, 3rd and 1st. Last year was a slower race for him as he faded to a 19:44 but he rarely stops and has marched out a few 100s rather than simply drop, to his credit. When he raced Anthony Forsyth in 2013 to the only ever sub 16hr time on this course, he ran a brilliant race and with the strength of a few behind him, may get pushed to do the same again here. This year he's already raced 3 100 milers, finishing 1st at the Spine Challenger and the Jackpot 100 in Nevada, going on to pick up 2nd at the Malvern Hills 100 in May. Recently he dropped from the Dragon's Back but perhaps that will leave him in better shape for this race.

Peter Kaminsky: Always smiling, Peter was our SDW100 champ in June of this year. He is a prolific racer with almost 100 Ultras behind him in the last 6 years, including many victories. Perhaps most notably his win last year at the 230km Tour de Ruhr, and a sub 30hr Spartathlon finish. He is running the Grand Slam and currently sits around an hour ahead of Dave Ross' 2014 GS Record.

Peter with his trophy after winning the SDW100 back in June

Luke Ashton: We've seen Luke run a number of Centurion 100s in the past but he recently turned in one of his best with a 2nd to Peter at the 2015 SDW100 in a superb 16:52. That coupled with his 8th here last year put him in great shape to step up from two 2nd places at our events, to his first win.

David Pryce: 2nd at the 2014 TP100, David was pushing Ed Catmur all the way in the final stages of that event and I am sure the man who also won the 2014 Piece of String Fun Run will want to push for the win here. 

Oliver Sinclair: Ollie has been on the circuit for almost 10 years now and has results to his name which impress. He's won Caesars Camp 50, The Pilgrim Challenge on this very trail and had the Hardmoors 55 Course record until Kim Collinson bettered it this year. He ran the NDW50 back in May to a top 10 and has recently returned from Davos. We will see whether he can push the other four (and perhaps others) this weekend....

Ladies Field

Sally Ford: So far in 2015, Sally has raced the TP100 and SDW100 and won them both. She has come in to her own this year after steady improvement in results. As a Grand Slammer I am sure she has her eyes on 4 victories but this may be her sternest challenge yet in what is, time-wise, our toughest course.

Elisabet Barnes: Elisabets win at this years MDS catapulted her in to the main stream so I am not sure if this race will still feature in her calendar, however it would be great to see what she can do if she runs. She has raced four ultras in 2015 and won them all - nothing yet as long as 100 miles....

Wendy Shaw: I mention Wendy every time. 10 Centurion 100 milers, 8 podiums, Grand Slam record holder - but as yet no win. She will be looking to get revenge on this course after last year where she heartbreakingly but sensibly decided to stop at Dunn Street with just 4 miles to go. 

 

If you'd like to mention someone who is missing please do so by commenting below. The website homepage will change to show the live results feed link from this Friday. 

Lakeland 100 2015: DNF

Jul 28, 2015 (1 month ago) | Posted by JamesElson | Tags: 2015, racereports, reports

I think blogging about a DNF is pretty low rate. Let alone writing a long blog about one.

But I'm sure I will at least look back over this post in the future as a reference point. And I'm sure Paul Navesey and Robbie Britton will read it.

Prep

The Lakeland 50/100 events are fantastic. Really well organised with a huge community spirit to them. It was my second race of the year and I planned to go as hard as I could and do the 100 justice. I trained inconsistently from March to mid-June after a good 100 at Rocky Raccoon in Feb, simply because I hit the inevitable dips caused by the Centurion race calendar. But I ran my peak block well, with weeks of 108, 97, 42 (SDW100 week), 115, 153 and 103 miles with lots of vertical and time on the race route. In truth I was slightly over trained, but I tapered hard and felt confident.

I've been running in the Lakes a lot over the past couple of years. A few Bob Graham attempts including a success last September, pacing others attempts, a visit to the majority of the Wainwright tops and exploration of almost all corners of the area meant that it wasn't just the route that I knew, but all the fells and features around it. It made me really excited to race, almost as if I had an excuse to go and visit old friends but with full support of the race framework behind it. 

I knew the competition would be stiff, with Marco Consani and Paul Tierney both racing. Marco won in 2014 and Paul was 2nd in 2012. My plan was really ambitious not least because those two guys are faster runners than I am. Simply, to try and win the race and to do it by virtue of two things. Descend fast and waste absoultely no time, anywhere. I spent a lot of time on my kit, I made sure I recce-d everything such that navigation wouldn't be necessary at any stage and I made sure I was physically as well prepared as I could have been. I made sure I had footwear I knew would handle the huge variety of terrain the best all around, my La Sportiva Bushido's, and a blazing bright headlamp for confidence in coming down hard in the dark. 

Fueling wise I went simple. Start to the drop bag at Dalemain - 21 Salted Caramel Gu. Dalemain to Finish - 20 Salted Caramel Gu. Perhaps taking on a few bits of anything at the CP's if required and a Handheld bottle to fill up at stream crossings. With that plan I figured I could cut out all Check Point time. 

Race: Start to Seathwaite. 0 -7 miles.

As we lined up on the start, I thought it likely that Marco would disappear in to the distance and I wouldn't see him again all race. Ken Sutor went off like a rocket as I think we all knew he would and honestly I just ignored him because whilst volunteering in 2013 I'd seen him come through Boot ahead of Stuart Mills and then fade hard after just 35 miles. But Marco eased past too and I figured I'd just be dealing with an increasing gap from there on. 

Mile 1

As it turned out by the time we reached the top of the first climb up the Walna Scar Road, Marco's lead was only 42 seconds. It had been pretty much the same all the way up as we both dropped in the occasional hike break when the effort level got too high. Ken was out of sight ahead as he ran the entire climb. We started what is a screaming fast descent in to Seathwaite and I wondered if I would make those seconds back. In the end I came in to the check point a minute up. But 63 minutes for that first section is far too quick. Marco and I were 5 and 6 minutes up on record splits already. I wasn't happy about being ahead of Marco either. That being said everything felt alright so I just backed off a little and got on with it. 

Seathwaite to Boot. Mile 7 - 14.

The aid station team told me Ken had turned right out of the check point but instead of following him on to the old course, I went with what I knew was the correct route and ended up hitting Wallowbarrow at the same time as him. He looked totally confused and asked me if I was running the 50. With the 50 starting the next day on the other side of the Lakes I really didn't know how to answer. He then took off and was out of sight in under a minute in a pace that I can only describe as flat out. As I got to the end of Grassguards about mile 10, hiking a lot of the boggy area to keep my effort down, Marco caught me. We proceeded to run together through the numerous gates down to Penny Farm. I pulled away slightly on the short descents, before Marco eased away on the flat once again. A pattern was forming. I reached Boot in 2:14 a minute or so back of Marco.

Boot to Wasdale. Mile 14 - 20.

On the gradual climb out of Boot, Marco extended his lead, but stopped for a call of nature at the tarn and we linked back up all the way down to the road in to Wasdale. He then eased away yet again, but with my zero second Check Point strategy, we left together.

Wasdale to Buttermere. Mile 20 - 27.

One of the guys at the check point shouted to us as we ran on, 'that's it run together!' but I laughed and said goodbye to Marco as he once again forged ahead to the climb up Black Sail. Not much of that climb is runnable so the gap stayed pretty constant, looking behind me after the beck crossing I could see no other runners where I had expected to see Paul. I descended well off of Black Sail and as we hit the bridge by the Hostel, Marco had slowed to a walk and he complained of stomach problems. I know race tactics were probably on his mind at this point but I didn't really care this early on and slowed with him. I told him that I'd just drained 1.5 litres since Wasdale less than an hour ago and was still drinking. I'm sure he was behind on his, and he maybe thought the same. 

We climbed Scarth Gap together, switching our headlamps on at the top as we passed Charlie Sharpe eating a large pizza out of the box and I again put some time away on the descent to Buttermere. Marco made that up on the flat and we reached the check point almost together in 4:44. 

Buttermere to Braithwaite: Mile 27 - 34.

The section from Buttermere to Braithwaite is my favourite of the race. If the whole event was 100 miles of that section on repeat I'd be delighted. Lots of the climb is forgiving and runnable. The descent is probably one of the fastest 3 mile downhills in the Lake District. It's just a dream ride. I left Marco at Buttermere check point and as I got on to the fell, I could see Ken's lamp miles up the hill in completely the wrong place. With him out of ear shot I just got on with the job. It was the first time I took the lead. 

Ken kept scanning down and pointing his lamp at me and eventually as I turned left up to the first beck crossing, he hammered it down past me and I assured him he was now on the right route. He then ran the entire climb up to Sail Pass which once again I just couldn't get my head around.

Off of the top of Sail Pass, I went for it, no brakes. My plan for that section was 1:20 and I was exactly on that as I reached the CP. I looked back up at the fell and could see no lights which was a good sign.

Braithwaite to Blencathra. Mile 34 - 42.

As I walked in I saw Ken, who left a few yards ahead, eating. I hammered it past him and down the A66 to Keswick, firmly believing that was the last I'd see of him. I felt great, I had the lead, Marco was suffering with stomach issues and I didn't know of anyone else close behind so I tried to settle in and move as efficiently as possible. The first support point was out the back of Fitz Park on the BGR route and Drew met me there to say I had a 9 minute lead over Paul Tierney who was just behind Ken. That seemed like a big lead at this point and I felt amazing, so I was pretty happy.

On the out and back up the Glendetarra Valley, you get a view of everyone in front or behind, and sure enough all the way back to the Blencathra Centre check point I could see three lamps, evenly spaced about ten mins back. I figured it was Paul, Marco then Ken, but actually Ken was still closest at that point. I wasted three minutes having a sit down call of nature just before the CP, but didn't stress about it and consequently I hit that check point and felt the best I had all race. Everything was just working.

Blencathra to Dockray. Mile 42 - 49.

Out of Blencathra I ran hard down the flat rail track, before beginining the climb up to the coach road. I kept checking behind to see how close the lights were, and it was just as I turned left on to the Road that I saw the first lamp appear down by the Farm. I had at least 12 minutes. 

I ran the Coach Road well. At this point I'd spent a total of maybe 90 seconds at check points, I'd run every step that it was efficient to run, eaten a Gu every 30 mins and had zero issues to complain of. Until my headlamp battery died. Post race I wrote a list of all the things I would do different for next time and it reads:

- Change your headlamp battery inside at Blencathra
- Concentrate on not falling over (to come)

I could not get the connection on my otherwise phenomenal Petzl Nao 2 to hook in to the replacement battery. In the end I resigned myself to being caught there. I don't know how long I was there but I was literally sat on the ground, with my jacket on as I was geting cold and my pack sprawled on the ground behind me fiddling around with it. Eventually I found my back up lamp and used that to light up my other torch. I switched it on and bolted hard to Dockray. I reached there in 9:03 elapsed, 6 mins behind of plan.

Dockray to Dalemain. Mile 49 - 59.

I went straight through that check point and made the pub exactly 1 mile away in 7mins30, then ran hard all the way to the bottom of Gowbarrow. It was on that section that I started thinking to myself, no one else is going to be running faster than this at this point in the race. I started to really believe that if I could crack the next 15 miles to Howtown, then the big descents in the Howtown to Ambleside section would allow me to put the race away. That's how confident I felt.

As I climbed up the side of the fell looking out over Ulswater, I saw a light coming the other way which turned out to be a supporter. At 0330 this was a completely random sight. Caught up in my own world I booted a rock and went down on my hip and forearm. It was the kind of crash where you just lie there assuring yourself out loud that it's going to be ok. I lay there for a minute then hobbled away trying to put weight on my left leg. It wasn't totally useless but it was really sore. I got on with the descent in to Swinburn Forest, and on a section which is all runnable, from there in to the Dalemain Check point, I started to move slower and slower, increasing walk breaks and trying to stretch my hip flexor out. I wasn't totally disillusioned. I knew it was bad but I still felt I could maybe get some warmth in to it and push on with the light of the new day just coming up. 

Along the track in to Dalemain from Dacre, however, it began to dawn on me that I was totally screwed. I ran on and off but it was a horrible looking hobble and I started to get really hacked off. I could not generate any power through my left leg, as if it was going to collapse underneath me. I arrived at the check point at 10:59 elapsed, now 12 mins back of my schedule and proceeded to go through my plan as if I was going to finish the race, but I knew that was it. I replaced my gels, put my jacket on as I'd got cold where I was moving slower and stood there to have a snack. I wouldn't have dreamed of doing that had I been fit. Then Marco arrived and told me he'd heard about my fall from the supporter up on Gowbarrow. I told him see you in a minute and 'jogged' out of the check point. But that was the last running I would do.


The Last Steps Run. Photo c/o sportsunday.co.uk

Binning It. Mile 61.

As I began the incredibly shallow grade climb up the field out of Dalemain I just couldn't put any weight through that leg. In the next field Marco caught up to me and was incredibly sportsmanlike telling me I looked pretty bad, was I ok, but I told him just to crack on. Despite our independent various issues we were only 15 mins or so behind Terry's splits and he was moving well enough that I figured he could still go on and do it after he had turned it around to come past Paul on the coach road. 

I hobbled in to Pooley Bridge where Drew was with the car at the support point. I had no idea if he would be there but I was massively relieved that he was. The thought of waiting it out on a bench in my emergency gear was less than appealing. We stood around chatting, at which point Paul came by. He looked really strong and totally focused.

So that was my race. I went back to Coniston with no questions about whether I should have tried to press on. No way I would have made it in any amount of time. Perhaps if I'd had poles, but I didn't. 

Two days on and my left leg has swelled to approximately double the size of the right one, with a lump mass over the hip bone where it cracked the rock. 

The rest of the race

Paul went on to pass Marco up Fusedale and stretched away to victory. His time of 20:45 was fantastic. Marco did really well to keep it going through a rollercoaster ride of a race, and came home 2nd an hour behind Paul. Paul's winning time was just under an hour off of Terry's 2012 record. I think in the right race, with people pushing each other all the way and for someone who has saved enough to get going from Howtown in, that time can go. But it is an exceptional time. Terry thought his time might go this year. I think we might see a race next year where, if conditions are good, a few people could push each other to get close. Maybe Terry will have a go at his own CR. That would be really good to see. 

So in summary, I had the best race of my life and had it cut short by one of those freak accidents that can happen in a race of that length on terrain of that nature. I learned a lot, and if I can secure a slot for 2016, I will certainly be back. 

As a runner and a fan of the sport I'd like to say thank you to everyone behind this event. Brilliant organisation. Down to earth and timely communication. A great course. And a community spirit to be proud of. So much good is done here, particularly on the fund raising side that perhaps some aren't aware of. But I would urge any runner to support this race if they can.

2015 Petzl SDW100 Pre Race Preview

Jun 09, 2015 (2 months, 3 weeks ago) | Posted by JamesElson | Tags: 2015

A quick preview ahead of this weekends 2015 Petzl South Downs Way 100. A big thanks to our title sponsor Petzl who have once again stumped up the cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed men and women. The women's field in particular is an exciting one. So who might walk off with a nice pay day....

Ladies Field

Sally Ford: Sally won the TP100 in early May with a new Course Record time of 17:33. Along with her victory at the Wall Ultra last year, probably her best performance. If she has recovered well and conditions are good, it will be great to see how close to Jean Beaumont's SDW/ Centurion All Time 100 mile Record of 16:56, she can get.

Wendy Shaw: 9 Centurion 100 milers, 8 podiums, no wins. Need I say more? She will be there again to fight for that first win and keep her stakes up in the Grand Slam. 

Jenni Ball: Winner of the 2014 NDW100. Jenni hasn't got the depth of experience of the previous two but on what is undoubtedly our toughest course, she persevered for the win and will hopefully be coming in to this one with eyes on a second trophy.

Jess Gray: 3 ultras. 3 wins including one 1st overall. Most recently taking the crown at the 2015 NDW50, missing out on the Course Record by under a minute. This is Jess' first 100. Can she nail it??

Men's Field

Dave Ross: The original journeyman, Dave Ross loves a race. He recently claimed his 11th Comrades finish, and has a string of 100 milers behind him to go with his circa 300 marathons/ ultras. He is also our Grand Slam Record Holder. He comes in to this event with from what I can see, the fastest 100 mile Trail PB of the field, having picked up 3rd here last year with a superb 15:58. He has been suffering with some PF issues but if he can stay on course and use all of his experience he could well head in to Badwater next month, with a win behind him. 

Nick Greene: 2nd at the 2015 TP100 in 16:52. Nick is amongst a special band to have finished all 3 previous SDW100s. Every year he seems to improve (10th in 2014) and if he has bounced back out of his TP finish he'll be looking to podium yet again. 

Tim Landon: 18:14 for 12th in 2014. Also 3rd at TP100 earlier last year. Tim can run wild at the end of a race, but can also blow up. Let's see if he can hang tough this time out. 

Paul Bennett: Previously 3rd in 16:58 where he ran home with this years TP100 winner, Max Wilcocks. Paul can be found half of the time in India these days, which means his training is sometimes erratic, but always high on quality. He knows how to suffer and has enough experience and base fitness behind him to surprise himself and land another podium at least.

Neal Beacher: Paul's training partner. A man with a big smile and a pleasure to have at any event. He is on fire at the moment, according to Paul, and is capable of sub 16 so let's see if he can deliver!

Sam Robson: 2nd here in 2012 in 17 and change, Sam's up and down race results continued at the TP100 where after a great finish at Sparta, he returned with a DNF in the first race of the Slam, having led the first 20 miles at a blistering pace. Which Sam will we see on the day!

Legends

Finally a special mention to the three most inspirational people in the starting field this year. James Binks, who has marked almost every one of our races since 2011, turns out to race. At 71, he will be the oldest competitor in the field but don't let that fool you as he completed the MdS yet again just a few months ago.  Peter Johnson is an idol. A legend. The type of man who when you ask him how many races he's done, he genuinely doesn't know. So you look it up and find things like 11 x GUCRs, 8 Ridgeway's and over 100 other ultras. Finally, Ken Fancett. Ken is going for his 3rd Grand Slam. He recently finished what I make to be approximately his 40th 100 mile race at the TP100 in 20:49. At 65 I think most of us would take that kind of ability. He truly must be one of the leading athletes in the world for his age group. 

We look forward to welcoming around 250 runners to the line on Saturday morning!

NDW50 Preview

May 14, 2015 (3 months, 2 weeks ago) | Posted by JamesElson | Tags: 2015, Preview

This years NDW50 comes hot off of the back of the TP100 just two weeks prior. Conditions underfoot are currently dry and fast and we're expecting another superb race from some of the runners below. As always please leave a comment with anyone you think could feature at the sharp end but has been missed.....!

Men's Field

Craig Holgate: Flying the flag in yellow, the Centurion Ultra Team Runner and existing Course Record Holder, it's hard to look past Craig for another win here. However that comes with a caveat.... Two weeks ago Craig ran the ACP 100km representing England where he came home in 7:01. With this so close behind he will be treating it very much as a B race and in preparation for some other projects this summer. Craig being Craig however he will want to run his best whatever his legs may tell him. Only one person has ever come within 20 minutes of his 6:47 in 2013. Hopefully he can threaten his own best.

Davide Grazielli: One of the nicest guys in Ultra Running and a true fan of the sport, residing in Italy Davide has been getting stronger over recent years with some superb performances. He ran 2nd at SDW100 in 2013 (having driven to the race from Italy after his flight was cancelled!!!!), 4th at Lakeland 100 last year, 3rd at 100 miles Sud De France and a win at Quadrifoglio Raidlight Ultratrail della Val Taro 100 Km. He's the man to watch behind Craig for sure.

Bartolo Mora: Another Italian who finished 5th at the SDW100 in 2013 and who's resume is a list of top 10's at trail races from all over Europe in recent years. 

Oliver Sinclair: Ollie's Ultra Running career has consisted of impressive results from as far back as 2007. Some of his win's have come at Caesars Camp 50 and CTS events, but two more notables - his victory at the Pilgrims Way on this very trail and until recently his record breaking win at Hardmoors 55. If Olllie is in shape he is going to be right there in the thick of it. 

Dan Afshar: Dan has been around for a long time in the sport and has some good results behind him. He was right out front of the NDW50 in 2013, but spiralled back to 15th after a rough section after Box Hill. Can he hold on to a more even race this time.

Ladies

Gemma Carter: Gemma has a 6th in 2011, a 4th in 2013 and a 2nd last year to her name at this event. She will be looking to go one better this time for certain. 

Sam Scott: Sam won't thank me for this inclusion I'm sure but she is one tough gal. She picked up 7th here last year, but her resume is extensive, from the Bob Graham Round, to TransAlpine to UTMB she's done the long tough stuff and picked up plenty of podium places and wins at shorter ultras too. 

Maria Carla Ferrero: COming over for the race from Italy, Maria took 2nd place at the 113km Morenic Trail in 2014 and will be looking to enjoy her first taste of UK ultra running. 

 

2015 Thames Path 100 Preview

Apr 27, 2015 (4 months ago) | Posted by JamesElson | Tags: Preview

The first 100 of the season is upon us. With a warm dry winter, the course is in good shape though with some rain expected this week the usual sticky spots may still apply. As always, however, the field is expected to go out hard and it remains to be seen this year whether anyone can hang on to the early pace. Our 2012 event saw Craig Holgate blitz the course in 15:11 and Mimi Anderson run away with the win in 18:50, times which haven't been threatened since, although in 2013 the conditions put pay to that all on their own. Can anyone come close this year?

As always, this preview comes with the usual caveats. It's compiled by me and largely using nothing more than hearsay plus a bit of investigation on DUV Statistik. If you know of someone who's missing and could contend please do leave a comment. 

Men's Field

Martin Bacon: Martin has finished all 3 TP100s and was champion in 2013 in appalling conditions. His best of 17:41 in 2012 was good enough for 3rd that year behind Craig and Robbie Britton, 2014's 7th being his lowest finish position. Although he is the first to admit that youth isn't on his side, he likes to go out hard and mix it up from the gun. If he can hang tougher than he did in 2014 he could well be in contention come the final stages. Certainly with his Sparta finish in 2014 he will take confidence in to this race.

Gary House: Gary makes the preview by virtue of one particular stand out performance, his 130 mile Leeds Liverpool Canal time from last year, of 23:41. Pat Robbins may well have disappeared out of sight for the win, but Gary's time is very solid indeed and clearly he knows how to get a result on the flat trails the TP has to offer. 

Max Wilcocks: Ultra running's answer to George Clooney, Max has run a couple of cracking 100's, most notably his 2013 SDW100 where he finished 3rd in 16:58. He has a number of sub 7hr 50 milers behind him and a 3rd place at last years Race to the Stones 100km. Just recently he posted a 49 mile final training effort on the track at Crawley 12hr so if he is fresh and recovered he will be looking to go all the way here. 

Chris Howe: Chris' legendary low training mileage doesn't seem to affect him often when he shows up to races. He's finished UTMB twice as well as the SDW100 and in the last couple of years, racked up some solid wins at shorter distance ultra trail events in the UK. Our main man at Profeet Rich Felton puts him on a sub 17hr potential finish on a strong day and that should be good enough to put him in contention. 

Sam Robson: Sam will be going in to the first race of his 2015 slam with high hopes for sure. He has raced well in the past at the SDW100 finishing 2nd in the first year of the race, 2nd at the Viking Way Ultra in 2013 and putting in a very solid Spartathlon in 2014 where he finished in 32:04. Sam is perhaps capable of much more, could this be a really stand out run with which to kick off the year....?

Nick Greene: Final nod goes to Nick Greene who will be there to pick up any carnage from the early pace. Nick is a super solid runner and has focused on this race. With a 14:48 at the Ridgeway for 4th last year and a sub 18hr SDW100, he could well be looking at a time somewhere a good ways south of 17hrs, potentially good enough to walk off with the win.

Women's Field

A few stand out names on the female runners list this year.... (Sally Ford added)

Mimi Anderson: Mimi comes in to the TP100 the course record holder and 2012 champion. Her racing history is too deep to mention here, her results over a long period of time outstanding - having taken part in and won many of the world's longest ultra's over the last 15 years of her ultra career. She knows the course and knows how to run long and flat trails.

Elisabet Barnes: Elisabet has turned in some astonishing results of late. In the last 6 weeks alone she won the Marathon Des Sables and this past weekend clocked a sub 3 at London. Previously this year she won and set course records at Country to Capital and the Pilgrims Way. If she is at the TP to race it's certainly going to be fascinating to see what kind of level of performance she can turn in but on recent evidence she could set a new benchmark without a shadow of a doubt.

Sally Ford: Sally finished 6th in 2013 and 2nd in 2014, bettering her time to 20:19 overall so the question remains can she go all the way this time out? She has notched up a number of wins, podiums and top tens at a variety of ultra distances in the last few years so is undoubtedly going to get stronger and stronger.  

 

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