Each week Cajsa and I bring you the news from the roads and the trails. If you have any races your want covered or running-women you want applauded just let us know. Scroll down to find all the results from the weekend just gone and some previews for those ahead.
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What better way to celebrate the Autumn Equinox than dusting off the crooner section in the flickering light of your favourite overpriced scented candle whilst seducing yourself with a bottle of dark red you might ask? Well perhaps by crunching some leaves and churning up the mud on some scenic trails in the pouring rain FIRST will be my answer.
Whilst the international elite enjoyed a weekend solely devoted to pruning fig trees and catching up on the Man Booker Shortlist in front of the fire there was plenty of recreational bad-ass-ery action out on the local trails of our storm swept island.
Starting on a long note we head to the lakes for the;
CUMBRIA WAY ULTRA 73 miles / 2730 m
It's hard to imagine a place better for an early dose of soaking up the autumn colour chart than the fern covered fells of the Lake District. The 119 k course of the Cumbria Way Ultra starts south in Ulverston and finishes up north at the grounds of Carlisle Castle. Whilst staying on relatively low level it is still a strenuous route taking the runners through the rolling landscape of this beloved National Park. Someone with experience of both the course (by winning it in 2016) and the nature of the lakes in general is Lakeland 2017 champion Sabrina Verjee. She had a cracker of a day out on the fells and did not only win the womens race by quiet some margin, she also finished third in the over all rankings. Second lady was Caroline McKay who placed just above Verjee at UTMB last year (they came in as 20th and 21st) and rounding up the podium was Lisa Stansfield in 17:04:49, fifty minutes behind McKay.
When doing a lil' google stalk of the top 3 ladies at Cumbria Way Ultra I discovered that Caroline McKay has a brilliant podcast called Of Mountains And Minds. In one of her episodes from last year she interviewed Jamie Aarons who I mentioned in last weeks round up as the joint second lady in Tor Des Geants! Tune in!
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A little shellshocked after the Cumbria Way ultra this weekend...feet are a blistered riot and a bonus jaunt up Langdale Pike took me almost to 78 miles. May just have a shocking memory but felt I had to push harder in this race than in last year’s UTMB so delighted I managed to finish and take home a few UTMB points. Reckon a conservative mindset of seeing a 73-miler as a few less than a 100 rather than a few over a 50 is the sensible way to go next time. But all the good stuff definitely outweighs the pain - struggle is learning disguised! Got to run with some truly lovely people, was so grateful to have amazing support there and now have a rather heavy but beautiful slab of Lakeland slate at home. Can’t wait to go explore more Lakeland trails. And thanks @_rckstr 😍 * * * * * #ultrarunning #ultra #ukrunchat #running #trailrunning #trails #lakedistrict #lakelandtrails #cumbriaway #cumbria #endurance #adventuretime #adventure #utmb #utmbmontblanc #race #hillrunning #hills #gratitude #community
1. Sabrina Verjee 13:45:50 (3rd OA)
2. Caroline McKay 16:16:56
3. Lisa Stansfield 17:04:49
HARDMOORS 60, 62 miles / 2190 m
Following the Cleveland Way from Guisborough the route of Hardmoor 60 passes through a handful of seaside villages scattered along the rolling coast of the North York Moors National Park. Fastest lady to the finish line in Filey was Claire Howard who covered the 62 miles in 11hours and 29 minutes. Claire started her season strong by placing 12th on the competitive Marathon distance at Transgrancanaria back in February and wrapped it up in style as over the course she managed to create a 25 minute gap down to second woman Daisy Jackson. Daisy has in her turn had quiet the year of second rankings, she finished as number two both at the 50 mile Beacon Ultra last month and at the CTS Exmoor 50 k back in April. Third female across the line, ten minutes behind Jackson was Rachel Ross Russell.
1. Claire Howard 11:29:52
2. Daisy Jackson 12:11:30
3. Rachel Ross Russell 12:20:27
SALOMON ULTRA PIRINEU 110 km / 6800 m
The set up of this race put on by Salomon in the magnificent Cadi Moixero Natural Park is similar to that of America's 'The North Face 50'. It starts and finishes on tarmac in a big city (in this case Barcelona) but the course in between is far from pedestrian as it runs over some fiercely steep climbs and technical descents. Another similarity to TNF 50 is that it always attracts a big field of strong runners eager to finish their season by bagging a prestigious trophy, this year even more so as Ultra Pirineu hosts the 16th instalment of the 2018 Skyrunner World Series. One of the definite pre-race favourites is Russia's Ekaterina Mityaeva. After placing third at Transgrancanaria, Marathon Du Mont Blanc and High Trail Vanoise this could be her chance to climb to the top of a 2018 podium. One to challenge her for the win is home lady Cristina Bes, a strong mountain runner with an extensive resume of high rankings on the international results. I'm crossing my fingers for GB's Rachael Campbell to have recovered enough from placing 13th at the Ben Nevis Ultra the other week to run home a place on the podium.
In the UK there is the North York Moors edition of the Coastal Trail Series and Castle to Coast Ultra to look forward to.
I will put myself in the thick of it over at the third race of the Maverick X Series in Snowdonia.
See you there or back here next week for more of the green stuff!
A slightly quieter week on the Marathon front after the excitement of Berlin but there’s loads more on the way including a slew of IAAF certified marathons and another Abbott World Major in the form of Chicago marathon on the 7th. So let’s take a quick scoot through last weekend’s actions before we look ahead.
A massive PB for Sheena Logan (IAAF Profile / Power of 10) taking several minutes off her 2013 time of 2:55:30, set in Frankfurt. She continues the 7 year run of GB athletes winning the race and beat 2016 winner Jennifer Wetton in the process.
1. Sheena Logan, Fife AC, 2:51:11
2. Jennifer Wetton, Central AC, 2:53:18
3. Hazel Wyness, Metro Aberdeen RC, 3:00:25
25,000 runners took part in the most recent of the Rock ‘ n ‘ Roll series, All the courses for every distance of the running weekend were new this year, so while the winner did run a record for the Montreal Marathon, it can’t really be compared directly. Nonetheless, it was a great victory for 20 year old Rwandan, Salome Nyirarukundo. She competed at the Rio olympics in the 10,000m finishing 27th and has since stepped up to road running. Earlier this year she ran 68:48 at the Barcelona half marathon and this was her first official attempt at the full 26.2.
Yup, it’s well and truly Marathon season - here’s just a few of the trillions of marathons taking place. So many that I’ve only included one half marathon and that’s because it’s an IAAF Silver label race.
Hengshui Lake International Marathon (IAAF silver)
Hengshui is a city in northern China, south of Beijing. Last year the race around the edge of Hensgui Lake was won by Kenyan Betty Wilson in 2:30:47 with Ethiopian Abeba Tekulu just 3s behind.
PZU Maraton Warszawski (IAAF Bronze)
The startlist is published here, though it’s hard to make much out of it. Won last year by Kenyan Bekelu Beji in 2:35:08 followed by compatriot Beatrice Jelagat in 2:36:12. It doesn’t look like Bekelu has done much since, so maybe she’ll come back to defend the title.
Cardiff Half Marathon (IAAF Silver)
Košice Peace Marathon (IAAF Silver)
Chester Marathon (England Master Champs)
Chicago Marathon (Major and IAAF Gold) - Preview to follow in separate post BUT YOU CAN WATCH THE SPREADSHEET OF JOY COMING TOGETHER HERE
Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon (IAAF Bronze)
Meia Maratona de Portugal (IAAF Gold)
EDP Maratona de Lisboa (IAAF Silver)
PKO Poznan Marathon (IAAF Bronze)
Les 20 KM de Paris (IAAF Silver)