50K in 6:49:30
|Aid station including cider
The event was run by White Star running. My last experience with them at the Invader marathon last summer wasn't great and I am happy to report that things were back to normal and it was a perfectly organised event.
|Busy start at 7:30am
The event was on a 4.4 mile loop with the "love station" at approx 2.5 miles and a ultra table and extra water and isotonic drinks available at the start finish. The love station had everything that you would ever need including coke and sausages, cake and sweets. It even had cider and allegedly vodka. There was no need to bring anything.
The Lap 1 start (I presume to avoid congestion) was slightly different but in general you started off through a twisty forest section for around 400m before a quick sharp climb up a tarmac hill before hitting the trails. Another short sharp hill brought us through the first gate which led to the boggy part of the course. Tip toeing around the bog led to the first short climb which for me was walked every lap. Cresting we had a long sandy downhill that turned right to a long sandy drag up hill. Many took the opportunity to build sandcastles on this section. Cresting there was a long flat section that crossed a road and continued flat for around 800m. Eventually this gave way to a concrete road that had a sharp up hill to the second gate of the route.
|Squeaky toy for Ivy
Weather was pretty much perfect but on the chilly side.
|Both 50K today
I managed each of the first 5 laps in under an hour with my marathon lap just on the hour for a very pedestrian 5:40 marathon. On my ultra lap I walked and chatted a lot and came in on 6:49.
Brenda followed soon after also having done ultra. Brenda had decided if she was under 6 hrs for marathon she would go ultra. Marathon was complete in 5:59:55.
|The marathon table
I really enjoyed today and it was great value and a lot of people going marathon or ultra for the first time given the 12hr time limit.
A 1hr 30 drive back had us back before 5 and I got introduced to Brenda's marathon table.
Stats for today