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.
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.