Episode 116 – Beth Pascall and Donnie Campbell

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This is Episode 116 of Talk Ultra and We speak with Beth Pascall who obliterated the female record at the UK’s Lakeland 100 and placed 4th overall in the process. We also speak with Donnie Campbell who won the Lakes Sky Ultra. We have the news, results and Niandi Carmont co-hosts while Speedgoat Karl goes for a jog on the AT!

Karl is on the AT check it out and follow – http://atrecord.redbull.com/karl-meltzer-mobile/p/1

00:15:00 NEWS

SKY RUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS images HERE

Luis Alberto Hernando and Caroline Chaverot were crowned champions for the ULTRA in 12:53 and 14:41 of the 105km course with 8000m of vert. Andy Symonds and Javier Dominguez were 2nd and 3rd and Eva Moreda and Jasmin Paris were 2nd and 3rd in the ladies. HERE

Stian Angermund did a double winning the VK and SKY. He ran 3:56 for the SKY to beat Tom Owens and Ismail Razga. Maite Maiora won the ladies race in 4:42, Azara Garcia placed 2nd and Elisa Desco 3rd. HERE

In the VK it was Stian Angermund and Christel Dewalle who took top honours. HERE

KENDAL MOUNTAIN RUN

Dakota Jones and Emelie Forsberg both had two great runs and returns to form to win in 1:37 and 1:59. In the men’s race Daniel Hadis placed 2nd and Timmy Parr 3rd. Sarah Pizzo and Taylor Nowlin were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the ladies’ race.

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Pete Kostelnick set a new CR** of 21:56 beating Valerie Nunes 2007 record. Harvey Lewis placed 2nd and Dan Lawson from the UK 3rd.

Alyson Venti won the ladies race with a new CR**too in 25:53 – 23 minutes better than the old CR. Brenda Guajardo was 2nd and Nikki Wynd 3rd.

** The race now starts at night as opposed to the morning start and may very well influence the new CR’s?

SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA HERE

Male:

  1. Tom Owens 2:40
  2. Hassan Ait Chaou 2:41
  3. Aritz Egea 2:44

Female:

  1. Laura Orgue 3:14
  2. Oihana Kortazar 3h17
  3. Angela Castello 3h20

LAKES SKY ULTRA

Donnie Campbell and Sarah Ridgeway, champions at the 2nd edition of the LAKES SKY ULTRA their respective times 07:30:40 and 8:38:46 and new CR’s.

Second place went to Neil Talbott and Sophie Grant with Alexander Beaven and Katie Boden placing 3rd.

00:26:22 INTERVIEW DONNIE CAMPBELL

FKT RECORD

Yassine Diboun and Scott Loughney set the new Supported FKT on the Oregon Section of the PCT running the length of the state in 8 days 12 hours & 5 minutes (Finishing the 453 mile journey yesterday). Brian Donnelly still holds the overall FKT of 7 days 22 Hours & 37 minutes (Respectively unsupported).

Gonzalo Calisto, 5th at 2015 UTMB tests positive for EPO

Post 1 UTMB faces positive EPO test HERE

Post 2 Michel Poletti HERE

Post 3 IAAF HERE

Post 4 Update IAAF and Catherine Poletti HERE

Post 5 Gonzalo Calisto statement HERE

Lizzy Hawker has just completed a solo foot circumnavigation of monte Rosa on the Tour de Monte Rosa.  Approximately 170km and 11,700m of elevation change in just over 37 hours. She returned to grachen after leaving the church square at 4am on Friday.

Controvery over UTMB, the Polettis and the term, ‘ULTRA TRAIL’

LAKELAND 100

Michael Jones 20:30:03

Marco Consani 21:13:17

Chris Bookham 21:26:49

Beth Pascall 21:29:36 (4th overall)

Fiona Mayley Peterson 29:08:33

Ashleigh Bennett 29:25:15

01:05:50 INTERVIEW BETH PASCALL

UP & COMING RACES

Australia

New South Wales

Altra Centennial Park Ultra100km | 100 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Altra Centennial Park Ultra 50km | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Northern Territory

The Malbunka | 133 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

The Namatjira | 80 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Queensland

64km Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon | 64 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon | 64 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Lamington Eco Challenge Two Marathons on Two Consecutive Days | 84 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Austria

Dirndltal Extrem Ultramarathon | 111 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Belgium

Flanders

100 km Dodentocht® | 100 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Wallonia

Trail des Fantômes – 100 km | 100 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Trail des Fantômes – 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Bulgaria

Persenk Ultra | 157 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Wild Boar Ultra | 104 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Canada

Alberta

Iron Legs 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

British Columbia

Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 120 mile | 120 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 50 mile | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 70 mile | 70 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Ontario

50K | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

75K | 75 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Quebec

Trans Vallée | 67 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Colombia

Ultra Trail Parque Los Nevados – 59 km | 59 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail Parque Los Nevados – 93 km | 93 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Denmark

Sjælland

NDURE Trail 100 km | 100 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

NDURE Trail 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

France

Isère

Ultra Tour des 4 Massifs | 160 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Savoie

Courchevel X Trail 54 km | 54 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

EDF Cenis Tour 50 | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

EDF Cenis Tour 73 | 73 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Allgäu Panorama Ultra Trail | 70 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Berlin

100MeilenBerlin | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Lower Saxony

Süntel-Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

Monschau Ultra-Marathon | 56 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

India

Jammu and Kashmir

La Ultra – The High 111 | 111 kilometers | August 11, 2016 | website

La Ultra – The High 222 | 222 kilometers | August 11, 2016 | website

La Ultra – The High 333 | 333 miles | August 11, 2016 | website

Ireland

Donegal

Quadrathon | 169 kilometers | August 11, 2016 | website

Galway

Connemara 100 | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Kenya

Tsavorun | 84 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Latvia

Cēsis ECO Trail 80 km | 80 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Madagascar

Boby Trail | 80 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Namoly Trail | 50 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Mauritius

Xtreme Dodo Trail | 50 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Montenegro

1500 km | 1500 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

3000 km | 3000 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Norway

Bèrghem Ultra90 Hare Hunting 2016 | 90 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Peru

80 K | 80 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

80K Relay | 80 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Portugal

Ultra-Trail Nocturno da Lagoa de Óbidos | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Réunion

Trail du Grand Ouest | 60 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Romania

VLC Ultra TrailRun Petrimanu 56 | 56 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

South Africa

Merrell Whale of Trail | 53 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Spain

Aragon

Calcenada Vuelta al Moncayo – 104 km | 104 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Catalonia

Ultra | 104 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Sweden

Björkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Björkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon 70 km | 70 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Tierra Arctic Ultra | 120 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Trans Scania | 246 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Switzerland

Grisons

Swiss Irontrail T141 | 147 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Swiss Irontrail T201 | 202 kilometers | August 18, 2016 | website

Swiss Irontrail T81 | 89 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Trail Marathon 70 KM | 70 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Stage Run | 260 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Inov-8 Roseland August Trail – 32 Mile | 32 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Inov-8 Roseland August Trail – The Plague | 64 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

England

Round the Rock Ultra | 46 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Gloucestershire

Oxford Ultra | 65 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Thames Challenge | 184 miles | August 11, 2016 | website

Windsor Ultra | 43 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

South Lanarkshire

John Lucas Memorial Run | 50 miles | August 14, 2016 | website

Suffolk

Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run | 100 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Surrey

North Downs Way 100 | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Wiltshire

Salisbury 54321 50K Ultra Marathon | 50 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

USA

Alaska

Nifty Fifty 50K | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Resurrection Pass 100 Mile Ultra Trail | 100 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Resurrection Pass 50 Mile Ultra Trail | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Arizona

Vertigo 63K Night Trail Run | 63 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

California

Angeles Crest 100 mile endurance run | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Cinderella Trail Run 50 km (Aug) | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Cool Moon 100M | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Cool Moon 50M | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Crystal Springs 50 Km Trail Run (summer) | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Skyline 50K | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Colorado

GORE-TEX TransRockies Run – Run3 | 59 miles | August 09, 2016 | website

GORE-TEX TransRockies Run – TRR6 | 120 miles | August 09, 2016 | website

Ouray 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | August 05, 2016 | website

Ragnar Relay Colorado | 200 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Silverheels 100 Mile Endurance Run | 102 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Silverton 1000 – 100 Miler | 100 miles | August 16, 2016 | website

Telluride Mountain Run | 38 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Wild West Relay | 200 miles | August 05, 2016 | website

Idaho

Standhope Ultra Challenge | 83 miles | August 18, 2016 | website

Wild Idaho 50K Enrudance Run | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Wild Idaho 50M Enrudance Run | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Massachusetts

TARC Summer Classic 50K | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

TARC Summer Classic 50M | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Minnesota

Ragnar Relay Great River | 200 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Montana

HURL Elkhorn 50 K Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

HURL Elkhorn 50 Mile Ultramarathon | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Nevada

Ruby Mountain Relay | 184 miles | August 19, 2016 | website

New Hampshire

MadAthlete Emerald Necklace 3-Day Stage Race | 80 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

MadAthlete Emerald Necklace 3-Day Stage Race 2-Person Relay | 80 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

New Jersey

100k | 100 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

50k | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

50M | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

New York

Beast of Burden Summer 100 Miler | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Beast of Burden Summer 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Team Relay Race | 234 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

The Mighty Mosquito 99 Mile Trail Relay | 99 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

North Carolina

Death Before DNF Ultra 100 Miler | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Drop to 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

North Dakota

Badlands 50K | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Badlands 50 miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Ohio

100 Mile | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

50 Mile | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

50 Mile Back Half | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Oregon

Elkhorn Relay | 203 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Post Canyon 50k | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Pennsylvania

Eastern States 100 | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Viaduct Trail 100 Mile Ultramarathon | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Viaduct Trail 50 Mile Ultramarathon | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Texas

Colorado Bend – 60k | 60 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Utah

Kat’cina Mosa 100K Mountain Challenge Run | 100 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Ultra Adventure Tushars 100 Mile | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Ultra Adventure Tushars 93K | 93 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Vermont

100on100 Heart of Vermont Relay | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Moosalamoo Ultra – 36 M | 36 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Virginia

Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Martha Moats Baker Memorial 50Km | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Washington

Bigfoot 200 Mile Endurance Run | 205 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Wisconsin

50K Run | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Wyoming

El Vaquero Loco 50K | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

01:54:00 CLOSE

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Montane ready to tackle the Lakeland 100 and 50 2014

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This weekend will see the famous MONTANE® Lakeland 100 / 50 ultra distance races take place. With over 1,100 entrants and a strong, competitive field, this year’s race is certain to raise pulses – not just amongst the runners.

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The epic ML100 race starts from the John Ruskin School in Coniston on Friday 25 July, while the shorter, speedier ML50 sets off from Dalemain on Saturday 26 July. The 50-mile event this year is a British Athletics Ultra Trail Championship event and will without doubt see some fast racing from the top ladies and top men. Will course records be broken?

Several Team Montane members will be participating and hopes are high for spots on the podium.  Stepping up to the endurance ML100 will be Debbie Martin-Consani and Steven Major.  Both have tackled the event before, however, as veterans of the course will readily admit, prior experience doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.

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Debbie is an experienced ultra distance runner with various podium finishes under her belt, amongst which finishing 1st in the 145 mile Grand Union Canal Race in both the ladies and overall categories.  She has also been selected to run for Team GB for the International Association of Ultrarunners.  In 2013’s ML100, Debbie finished with a very respectable time of 26:02:00 in the ladies category, second only to Lizzie Wraith, who smashed the course record by just over 4 hrs 30 mins.

Steven took up running originally to fundraise for his son’s football team.  His first race was a 5 mile local fun run: “I found the run quite difficult, not having done enough training, but even so I got round in one piece and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie between other fun runners and organisers.  After experiencing this, I thought ‘I want to run it again’”.  Since that first 5 mile run, Steven has run longer, more difficult trail races.  This will be his third ML100.

The ML50, although it uses the second half of the ML100 course, is a completely different event.  Competitors are more tightly bunched together and competition is generally fiercer as the race distance is shorter.  Whereas ML100 participants take on average 30 hours to complete the course (the record stands at 19:50:37), the ML50 racers cross the finish line on average after 16 hours.  The current course record is 07:39:26.

Team Montane members Marcus ScotneyTony Holland and Stuart Mills are raring to compete and there will be fireworks aplenty!  All three have competed in either the ML100 or ML50 before – Stuart has previously focused on the ML100, Tony has experience of competing in both distances and Marcus has participated in the ML50.

©iancorless.com.IMG_5376IZNIK2014Marcus began running in 1994 and took on his first ultra marathon in 2008.  He has run trail, fell and road races and now concentrates on trail.  A high achiever, Marcus has numerous race wins to his name, most recently a stunning victory in the 130km Iznik Ultra in Turkey.  He returns to the ML50 after having to pull out of 2013’s race: “DNF’d at 28miles suffered with chest pain was like running up hill whilst running down down hill & breathing through a straw”.

Tony was propelled into the world of running in 2010 after being inspired by his son, who has Down’s Syndrome and regularly fundraises for the Northumberland Down’s Syndrome Support Group & Disability Activity through his running.  Initially a means of fundraising for Tony, it has transformed his life.  He is a regular on the trail running race circuit and last year set up his own specialist running store, http://www.ultra-runner.com/.  In 2012, Tony took on the ML100, but was forced to withdraw at checkpoint 9 of 14.  In 2013 he was back to tackle the ML50 and completed the course in a time of 12:18:49.  This year he will be on the start line once again for the ML50.

Finally, after winning the 2013 & 2010 ML100, legendary runner Stuart Mills will try his hand at the ML50.  He joined his local running club at the age of 14 and began training in earnest in 1978.  He ran his first marathon in Rotorua, New Zealand aged 17.  Stuart’s wealth of experience has led him to a set of core race tactics: “Run as fast as I can, while I can!”

But whether all or none of our fantastic Team Montane runners cross the finish line, one thing’s for sure – this year’s race will be electric.

For further information on the Montane Lakeland 100 / 50, click here

Want to run with SCOTT JUREK?

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SCOTT JUREK will join myself and Marc Laithwaite (Lakeland RD) in the English Lakes this coming Friday for a run on the Lakeland 100/50 course. We would have liked to make this an ‘open’ event but due to time restraints and logistics we are offering 6-8 people the opportunity to join us.
You will need to make your own way to a central Lakeland location and be available from midday (1200) tbc and able to run 12-18 miles comfortably. How can you join us? Well we want to make this as fair as possible, so, please email talkultra@gmail.com with your name and and telephone number. All emails will be added to a list and 6-8 names will be chosen at random and notified via email, phone and on the Talk Ultra Facebook page.

You can also use the form below.

Needless to say, this may very well be a once in a lifetime opportunity to join an ultra running legend.

On another note, thank you to everyone who provided input for a trail in or around London. This was the initial request and it changed. I really appreciate the effort everyone went to. However, Scott is in London Saturday, Sunday and Monday so you may be able to link into one of the other events. Thanks

Ben Abdelnoor smashes Lakeland 50

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Ben Abdelnoor obliterated the course record to win the Lakeland 50-mile ultra race over some of the UK’s toughest trails. His winning time of 7:39:26 was over 40 minutes quicker than anyone else on the day.

Ben wore our lightweight, super-gripping Roclite shoes. He also used our Race Ultra Vest, which is part of our exciting new pack range for spring/summer 2014.

Here the 33-year-old reflects on one of the biggest wins of his career.

The Lakeland 100 is a race that has caught my imagination in a way no other race has, or probably ever will.

In each of the previous three years I’d supported the event as it passed through my hometown of Ambleside – it actually passes my front door!

In 2010, I cheered on my girlfriend in the 100-mile event. She passed through Ambleside late at night in the cold and rain, struggling and in pain, but determined to finish. I remember being quite emotional at the time.

I’d then proudly watched her finish in Coniston to take the victory after a tortuous 32 hours of running.

That same day I’d witnessed an incredible neck-and-neck battle between the awesomely talented pair of Andrew James and Jon Morgan in the Lakeland 50-mile event.

James had eventually won by a few minutes, setting a new course record of 7 hours 47 minutes in the process.

This year I took the plunge and entered the 50-mile race – which has 3,100m of ascent – making it my big target for the season.

With that in mind – together with inov-8 team-mate Paul Tierney – I won the 37-mile Old County Tops mountain race earlier this year, taking 7 hours to cover the course. I also won the recent 21-mile Wasdale race over England’s highest mountains.

Confident I had a 50-miler in my legs, my next job was to work out what pace to run at. Using the splits from Andrew James’ 2010 victory, I paced the legs from Pooley Bridge to Ambleside, and from Ambleside to Coniston.

My training consisted of long runs (2-3 hours), as well as some longer fell races (20-plus miles).

Mentally I prepared by poring over the map and memorising the route. Every climb, every twist of the path and every bit of terrain – I scrutinised them all.

I use mentally imagery a lot to help me prepare for races, and again before the Lakeland 50 I pictured myself running strong and committed throughout the course of the race. This helped build my confidence and self-belief.

Toeing the startline, I knew Marcus Scotney was the favourite to win, and with good reason. He’d won a hilly Windermere Marathon in a time of 2 hours 38 minutes, and came within 30 seconds of the course record in the Coniston Trail Marathon.

So when Marcus flew off from the start and disappeared across the fields, I tried not to panic.

By the first checkpoint at Howtown there was three of us were following Marcus, not that we could see him!

Next came a sweltering traverse along Haweswater reservoir, before we dropped into checkpoint two at Mardale.

We then hit the stiff climb up over Gatesgarth Pass, and soon I was on my own, in sole pursuit of the leader.

I say on my own, but actually I had many Lakeland 100 runners for company. They had set off the previous evening on the longer course. Without them I think I would have struggled. I don’t think it was any coincidence that my two low points in the race were the times when I had no 100-mile runners to aim for up ahead and no-one to offer, or receive, encouragement to or from.

By the time I arrived in Kentmere I’d been running for over four hours, but was still relishing the thought of every ascents.

I was finding the flat sections a bit of a struggle though, dropping to what felt like a rather slow pace a little too easily.

I was, however, buoyed when I spotted Marcus up ahead. I had hoped I’d been gaining on him but couldn’t be sure – one person I passed reckoned he was 19 minutes ahead!

I finally caught Marcus near the top of Garburn Pass. We exchanged a quick word and then I focused my mind on the long descent into Troutbeck, determined to try and open up a lead on my rival.

After Troutbeck came Ambleside, and very familiar territory! I have to admit to choking back a tear upon seeing so many friends and supporters cheering me as I headed into the checkpoint there.

I received even more encouragement in the news that Marcus was dropping out and that there was therefore a 15-minute gap back to the new second-placed runner.

Heading over the bridge in the park at Ambleside there was encouragement from my flatmate in the form of a banner marked with two arrows – the right-pointing arrow, indicating the race route over Loughrigg, was marked ‘victory’ whilst the left-pointing arrow, towards our house, read ‘cake’!

In need of further encouragement I put my earphones in and tuned in to some music. I wanted something to further fire me up. Slipknot, System of a Down, Marilyn Manson, Korn; these are my guilty pleasures. They all gave me increased drive!

Ben testing exciting new inov-8 product, including the Race Ultra Vest, in the Alps. Photo by www.iancorless.com

Ben testing exciting new inov-8 product, including the Race Ultra Vest, in the Alps. Photo byhttp://www.iancorless.com

From Ambleside it felt a long couple of hours, and a long way up the Great Langdale valley to the checkpoint at Chapel Stile.

There was little by way of incident, except for what I called ‘the man in black’. Up until seeing him I’d been fairly confident that the 15-minute lead I was told I had at Ambleside was only growing, given that I was hitting my split times.

As I skirted Blea Tarn I overtook a female 100-mile competitor, the first runner in either event I’d seen for well over an hour. A little while later I looked back to see the same lady making her way along the path, closely followed by a runner dressed in black, and shifting very quickly.

It was unlikely a 100-mile competitor would have suddenly picked up such pace, so it could only be a 50-mile competitor running a well-paced race with a strong second half.

I couldn’t believe it. How could this happen? Suddenly my vision of a glorious run into Coniston was turned on its head. I was going to have to run for my life thinking I was being chased. (I realise it could have been someone just out running, but for anyone who knows that area, it’s not a common path to take whilst out on a run).

Not until I hit the Coniston Coppermines track and headed down the final mile of road into Coniston was I sure I’d done it.

To run along the main street and receive so much support from folk sitting outside the pubs, cheering and applauding, was just about the greatest welcome I’ve ever received in a race.

I crossed the finish line in a time of 7:39:26, breaking the course record by eight minutes.

As for the ‘man in black’, I did in fact, have a 40-minute cushion at the end over the second-placed runner. The female 100-mile competitor had run from Ambleside to Coniston completely alone. So I guess it must have just been someone out for a run…

I wore my inov-8 Roclite 285 shoes (the new model of which is the Roclite 243). An excellent lightweight trail shoe, they ensured me a solid grip over rock and grass as well as plenty of cushioning over rough ground. I had no blisters, rubbing or sore spots on my feet after 50 miles of competition.

I also used the inov-8 Race Ultra Vest (available spring/summer 2014). This is, without doubt, the most comfortable pack I’ve worn whilst running. Multiple straps on the back of the vest and across the chest allow for an exact fitting. I stuffed gels into the stretchable, easy-access pockets and fitted a wide-neck 500ml drinks bottle into a hip-pocket.

Although I carried more, I consumed only four energy gels, mostly early in the race when I could still stomach them.

At some of the checkpoints I picked up a biscuit or two. Twice I tried to eat a cheese sandwich, but was unable to do so.

Fluid intake, however, was a different matter. I filled up my 500ml bottle with water, or a cola-water mix, at every checkpoint. I carried a small plastic food bag to scoop up beck water either to drink, or to cool me down by pouring it over my head, chest and neck. I’d estimate I drank around 4 litres of fluids during the race.

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Terry Conway pre race interview Ronda dels Cims 2013

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Lakeland 100 winner and course record holder, Terry Conway speaks to Ian ahead of the 2013 Ronda dels Cims. This will be Terry’s biggest race challenge yet. A race over 100 miles with altitude gain over 12,000m is not something that is easy to prepare for while living in the UK. However, Terry has paced his home in the English Lakes and has trained hard to prepare himself for the challenge ahead.

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2013 Calendar – Race Coverage

Just four days into a new year and my diary is full…. or so to speak.

2012 was an incredible year. So many new things and new opportunities. The success of Talk Ultra was incredible and in just a couple of weeks the show will be 1 year old! In addition to the podcast I diversified my photographic skills and in conjunction with writing I shifted away from working as a ‘commercial photographer’ in the advertising world (I till do some commissions) and started to concentrate on running, runners, races and the world around this.

I am extremely grateful to Skyrunning for the support and backing in providing me with the opportunity to attend so many great events. I am also extremely grateful and thankful (in no particular order) to

Of course articles and photography would mean nothing without an outlet and I would like to thank:

So what does 2013 have in store?

Here is a list of races that I will be attending as a photographer and journalist in 2013.

2013 CALENDAR

January

February

01st – 10th COSTA RICA: The Coastal Challenge. Official Race Website HERE

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28th – 7th SPAIN: Lanzarote (training camp)

March

April

04th -18th MOROCCO: Marathon des Sables. Official Race Website HERE

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18th – 22th TURKEY: Iznik Ultra TBC  Official Race Website HERE

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May

09th -17th SPAIN: Skyrunning Transvulcania Ultramarathon – 83k, La Palma. Official Race Website HERE

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24th – 27th SPAIN: Skyrunning Zegama-Aizkorri. Official Race Website HERE

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June

20th – 24th ANDORRA: Skyrunning Ronda dels Cims – 170k, Vallnord. Official Race Website HERE

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27th -1st July FRANCE: Skyrunning KM Vertical, Chamonix & Mont-Blanc Marathon. Official Race Website HERE

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July

12th -15th FRANCE: Skyrunning Ice Trail Tarentaise – 65k, Val d’Isère. Official Race Website HERE

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18th  – 20th ITALY: European Skyrunning Championships. Official Race Website HERE

Image courtesy of Trans D'Havet

Image courtesy of Trans D’Havet

August

23rd – 26th SWITZERLAND:  Skyrunning Matterhorn Ultraks – 46k, Zermatt. Official Race Website HERE

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September

22nd – 28th Sept (Race Dates) my schedule 19th to 26th USA: Grand to Grand Ultra – Official Race Website HERE

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24th -01st Oct (dates tbc)  USA: Skyrunning Ultra Race of Champions “UROC” -100k, Vail. Official Race Website HERE

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October

10th -14th  ITALY:  Skyrunning Xtreme – Vertical Kilometer® & SKY RACE, Limone sul Garda. Official Race Website HERE

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November

Everest Trail Race

December

 

Hole in the bucket!

Aagh, the bucket list! Is it a good thing or is it a bad thing? Some runners get so obsessed at ticking the races off and working through a list that they actually forget the most important thing; the experience.

I would much prefer to run for a lifetime with targets, goals and a ‘to do’ list than get it all over and done within five years and maybe not be able to run again through an injury.

So, to that end ‘findarace’ asked me what I considered to be the five best ultras in the UK. Now of course I am potentially opening a can of worms here. What one runner likes, another doesn’t. So, instead of trying to second-guess and be politically correct I am going to list five that I would choose.

To clarify, it’s all about experiences, views and challenges for me, so, you are not going to see a road ultra in this list as I don’t think we have anything in the UK that could compete with Comrades. Had London to Brighton still been a road run, it would have almost certainly made the list. Also, your not going to see the GUCR (Grand Union Canal Race) at the risk of some abuse from those who ‘love’ this race I just personally think life is too short to run for hours and hours on a canal tow path. Also, distance isn’t everything. I am not a distance snob and therefore for me, a good race is a good race, 30 miles, 50 miles or 100(+) miles makes no difference.

Here goes in chronological order:

January – The SPINE 268-mile non-stop across the Pennine Way HERE

Having said that distance isn’t everything and then here I go with a ridiculous 268-mile race that takes place in January. yes, January. So, if distance wasn’t enough you have to contend with cold weather, ice, snow, wind and whatever else the UK can throw at you. The appeal? Well this race is non-stop so it brings in a real element of tactics, endurance, planning and basically leave your brain at the door challenge.

Taking place on the entire Pennine Way it is arguably the most demanding National Trail in Britain. Beautiful, difficult and challenging it includes the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.

Open to anyone with appropriate experience who wishes to test themselves and compete in a truly brutal race. The first edition was in 2012 and only 3 finished.

April – HIGHLAND FLING 53 miles HERE

The Highland Fling Ultra, is a trail race over the southern section of the famous West Highland Way Path (you can cover the full 95 miles in August in the West Highland Way race) Starting in Milngavie (close to Glasgow) and finishing in the scenic village of Tyndrum.  The route is almost entirely on trails and thus traffic-free. Varied terrain and stunning scenery makes this a truly enjoyable experience.

In addition to the solo runners, there are club competitions, and a four-person relay race. All runners must be 21 years old or over (18 for the relay). 53 miles you must cover the distance within the 15-hour time limit and you must run unsupported, however, you are allowed drop bags at checkpoints.

June – UTSW 100 miles, 60 miles and 100m relays HERE

The UTSW is a brute… offering two distances at 60 and 100 miles believe me you are no wimp choosing the 60-mile option. The 100-mile race starts in Charlestown in the southwest corner of Cornwall. Heading east on the South West Coast Path crossing the beautiful Fowey estuary by ferry before continuing on to the to the quaint fishing town of Looe. Here you will leave the South West Coast Path for a while and head inland mostly following the Smugglers Way. Continuing north you will come to the famous Jamaica Inn. Bodmin Moor is the next obstacle.

If you plan on the 60-mile option, Bodmin is your start point.  Brown Willy the highest point in Cornwall is the next landmark and then you have a cross county trek which comes to an end at Boscastle. Here you head west along the South West Coast Path to Tintage. Now heading west you will hit the Camel Estuary where a ferry will transport you across to Padstow. Padstow to Watergate Bay are the final 20 miles with a finish at the Watergate Bay Hotel. Don’t underestimate this race! This course is brutal, beautiful and challenging.

July – Lakeland 100 and 50 HERE

For me, the Lakeland 100 and 50 is everything that an ultra should be. A challenging course, beautiful course, great organization and an iconic race. In it’s short history the race has become possibly the premier 100 miler in the UK. Taking in a circular route of the English Lakes the race starts and finishes in Coniston. It is a navigation event but you are provided with a detailed route book and you are allowed GPS. For many participants, regular ‘recces’ are essential to ensure that race day runs smoothly. The 50-mile option starts half way around the 100-mile route and is a wonderful race it it’s own right. In actual fact, I would almost tip my head towards the ‘50’ as it can be raced and ultimately a more enjoyable experience may be obtained. It depends what you are after?

The route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells, it includes in the region of 6300m of ascent. The route is almost entirely on public bridleways and footpaths but does have one or two small sections of road to make connections with trail. The route takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston.

August – North Downs Way 100 and 50 HERE

The race begins in Farnham at the Western end of the North Downs and works its way through some of the best of the English countryside.

Key landmarks are: Puttenham, Guildford, Ronmore Common, Box Hill, Reigate Hill, Merstham, Oxted, Knockholt Pound, Wrotham, Holly Hill, Medway Bridge, Detling, Hollingbourne, Harrietsham and Charing before dropping down into Wye and the finish.

Organized by Centurion Running this race is part of a ‘Grand Slam’ based around the American system of 4 x 100 mile races in 1 year. The addition of 50 mile options makes this a great series of races and in comparison to UTSW and the Lakeland courses this is an ideal opportunity to tackle 50 or 100 trail miles over an ‘easier’ course.

Notable others:

  • West Highland Way (June) 95 miles
  • Ring of Fire (August) 131 miles in 3 days
  • Ridgeway (August) 85miles
  • Dragon’s Back (September) 200 ‘ish’ miles

And I could go on……

SKY HIGH for Terry Conway

Sky High for Terry Conway

Arguably the man of the moment on the UK ultra scene is Terry Conway. His success at the Lakeland 100 in 2011 with a sub 22 hour finish and course record for what actually is 105 miles of hard running on a super tough course was seen as a break through run.

In 2012 he returned to the Lakeland course buoyant after setting a new course record on another tough course, the 95-mile West Highland Way. His CR at this event was significant as the previous course record was set by no other than Jez Bragg.

So, in late July Terry lined up on the start line in Coniston to run 105 miles of what the English Lakes had to offer. Before the race started it was all ready being touted as a potentially great race. Paul Tierney and Barry Murray would be taking part along with previous winner Stuart Mills. In addition to this was the young upstart Ed Batty who had placed 5th in the 50 mile event the previous year and was coming to the longer race with the intention of running hard.

In the early stages of the race Ed Batty pushed hard while Terry, Paul, Barry and Stuart marked each others moves. With 50 miles covered Ed had over a 30 min lead. Was this young lad going to steal the glory from the experienced guys behind?

In Terry’s words “I needed the loo and didn’t want to go ‘al fresco’ and with the next checkpoint not too far away I upped my pace a little”. This upping of the pace quickly eradicated 20-mins of Ed’s lead and with the blink of an eye a 20 min deficit became a 20 min lead. Running on the terrain that Terry calls ‘home’ he left the chasers behind and in the words of Race Director, Marc Laithwaite, “Terry ran into the finish line at Coniston as though he was finishing a 5k”. Not only did Terry win the race but he annihilated his own course record by 2 hours crossing the line in 19:51 for the 105 mile route.

Nobody doubted Terry’s ability as a runner but this win in that time confirmed for me that he was now at the pinnacle of UK ultra running. I had discussed with Terry what his dream scenario would be. His answer I guess was somewhat predictable;

“To race the best! to take part in Western States, to run UTMB and to take on the Skyrunning ultra series”

This is a dream that we as runners and more importantly as ultra runners all have. However, for pretty much all of us this will always be a dream. In Terry’s case he has the ability to potentially ‘race’ in this environment and therefore if the ability is there then surely a chance should be created…

Making dreams happen

I sent an email and contacted a couple of close friends in the business. I was well aware of an opportunity available for the right person! In actual fact I had personally been asked to ‘look out for’ a possible contender.

An introduction was made, emails were exchanged and I am pleased to say that Terry Conway will now be taking part in the next Ultra Skyrunning race at Cavalls de Vent in the Pyrenees in late September 2012. He will be representing Canadian company Arc’teryx who are slowly progressing into the ultra scene with a new clothing range called Endorphin.

This is incredible news for Terry but it’s also incredible news for the UK ultra community. Terry is a popular guy and I know this news will be welcomed with open arms.

Of course Terry now has some pressure on his shoulders. Not only is he getting the opportunity to race on a wonderful and tough course but he will be going head to head with the likes of Anton Krupicka and Anna Frost. It’s an incredible opportunity.

Following in the foot steps of Jez Bragg, Ian Sharman, Ellie Greenwood, Tom Owens, Andy Symonds, Joe Grant, Lizzy Hawker and Nick Clarke to name but a few of the Brits who are currently dishing it out on the world ultra stage, Terry now has an opportunity to announce himself and hopefully fulfil some of those dreams he has told me about.

He will need some adjustment to this style of racing and of course he will be looking to find his feet at the Cavalls de Vent event.

If he finds his feet, the SKY may very will be the start and not the limit of what he can offer the ultra world!