Robert at the start of the 33 mile race
Robert at the start of the 33 mile race

Well the day finally arrived to run this Ultra on behalf of my nominated charity Visibility.  During all my training I had a plan of how I would get through 33 miles of running but within the past 2 weeks I decided to change my game plan.  I had planned to run with my waist pack, but, although it is comfortable I do find the weight affects my running and so I have decided to run with nothing and use the check points to leave drop bags, with sports drink and food.  I also decided to run the race by dividing it up into 8 miles.  My first 8 mile take me to the first check point, then another 8.5 miles, then 8.5 mile, then 8 miles home, easy.

The nice thing about this race was that there were 5 of us running it from the same Running club, nice to have company, even if it is just at the start then the whippets race off at their “easy pace” while I huff and puff somewhere near the back.  During the week leading up the race, I did notice an ache in my left calf, I rested and hoped it wasn’t a small tear, which could get worse on this ultra, but I would just see how it goes and adapt to whatever situation there is.

Registration for this race is from 0730 – 0830 in Duthie Park.  The day dawned dry and bright, it looked like it was going to be a nice day. At 0845 we had a race brief and then at 0900 off we went, and I must say I really enjoyed this run ( it might seem a bit strange to say you enjoy a 33 mile run)  It was nice to run and chat with people, everyone was really friendly.  I was happily on tract when I arrived at the half way point of 16.5 miles, then all you had to do was run back, simples eh.  Around 22 miles I did start to feel a bit strange but I had a picnic and another drink and off I went again.  I was a bit disappointed at the 25 mile water station that my taxi had not turned up, so I had to run the 8 mile back, oh well.  It got quite warm as the day went on and eventually I was back at the finish, where George greeted all finishers with a medal and a beer.  The winner did it in 3hrs 38 mins, I dragged myself in at 6 hours.  Ultra runners are nice people with a good sense of humour and really friendly.

I got a picture of a lady who finished, see if you can notice anything strange about this picture.

Who needs running shoes
Who needs running shoes

I would recommend this race to anyone who would like to try an ultra.  There were only 400 runners, everyone is really friendly and it is classed as a “short” ultra.

You can still donate here.