Chained 130 Ultra
Saturday 9 July 2016 - Sunday 10 July 2016
An ultra with a difference! It was tough and full details may well emerge in due course in Dark Peak News, Runner's World magazine or perhaps remain shrouded in mystery.
Ten Peaks The Lakes (Long Course)
Saturday 26 June 2016
45 miles; 5,600m of ascent
Weather : Good visibility and mild to warm. Some cloud and mist on the Scafell Massif and brief but heavy rain late in the afternoon and again early in the evening. Very thick mist on the top of Skiddaw.
Route description: Starting at Swirls Car Park near Thirlmere at 4 am the route visited the ten highest peaks in the Lake District plus two more mandatory peaks and some manned checkpoints.
There were 104 starters and 67 finishers and 25 DNF with 12 transferring to the Short Course.
Transferred to the Short Course:12
Fastest Man: Ian Symington; Calder Valley Fell Runners 12:47:23
Fastest Lady: Carol Morgan; FV40; 7th overall; Nidd Valley 14:05:15
55th: Steven Jones; MV50; DPFR 22:34:00
64% of Long Course starters finished and 71% of Short Course starters finished.
Overall a great day out over a tough course visiting some of the best peaks in the Lake District.
Saturday 14 May 2016
50 miles; 9,800'
Weather : warm and hot in the afternoon
Conditions : too warm to run efficiently and that slowed the pace but at least there was no rain and the visibility was excellent.
The event was centred on the Church Stretton School which operated as the start/finish/central checkpoint/base for refreshments and bag drop.The route consisted of four loops from and back to the HQ as follows:
Conquest:Caer Caradoc Hill (mildly observant runners would have noticed the iron age hill fort around the summit); The Wilderness; Willstone Hill and Gaer Stone.
War:Over The Long Mynd via the Carding Mill Valley; through Ratlinghope and back over the Betchcott Hills
Death:A double ascent of The Long Mynd.
Famine:Out to Wenlock Edge then back over Ragleth Hill.
The loops could be completed in any order and, indeed, in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction so long as all the self-clip checkpoints on the course were duly clipped into the race "passport".The permutations meant that at the start runners scattered in all directions and it was never possible to know where you were in relation to other competitors until the end.With everyone coming back to the race HQ at the end of each loop the organisers only needed one main central base to monitor proceedings and keep the runners fed and watered.
Finishers (all four loops):64
Finishers (only three loops):18
Finishers (only two loops):19
Finishers (only one loop):1
Retired:All but one finished at least one loop; 38 retired before completing all of the loops
Fastest Man:Colin Earl10:08:00
Fastest Lady:Kirsty-Jane Birch5th11:13:38
There were also seven entrants who did the Apocalypse 25 (just two loops).
Sally Fawcett writes:
Highland Fling Race 30th April 2016 - 53 miles, 7500ft
After the race was announced as the UK and Scottish Ultra Trail Championships for 2016, a number of elite runners entered. Competition was particularly fierce as this was also to be the selection race for the GB & NI team for the Trail World Championships in Portugal on 29th October. The British Athletics selection criteria states: At the trial, the first three eligible Senior Men and three Senior Women will be selected subject to them meeting the following selection criteria: (a) Has demonstrated the ability to be competitive and successful against World Class opposition in domestic and/or overseas international trail races of a similar length between 1 January 2015 and up to 10th June 2016.
Previous course records were: Lee Kemp 7:02 (2013) Lucy Colquhoun 8:10 (2008) So the scene was set for a fast race, even the weather was perfect for ultra running after torrential downpours the day before. A frosty start soon cleared and the sun came out, even with the occasional light, refreshing shower! My aim was for a top 3 female finish, I wanted to back up recent good results, but mainly to try to gain another GB vest.
Results: Starters 700 Finishers 625 DNF 75
Top 3 Male: Donnie Campbell 6:51 Damian Hall 6:58 Kim Collinson 7:00
Top 3 Female: Beth Pascall (7) 7:52 Sally Fawcett (15) 8:14 Sophie Grant (16) 8:15 Other Dark Peak results: Bonnie van Wilgenburg (31) 8:50 Julie Bembridge (148) 10:26
Both the male and female course records were beaten convincingly. I'm now waiting for the selection meetings in June, when the squad for Portugal will be announced, hopefully, my Fling performance will be enough, fingers crossed. Here's my blog on the race: https://sallyfawcett.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/high...
Saturday 16 April 2016
61 miles; 11,000'
Weather : mild and good (patches of snow remaining in places) but very cold winds and colder later with some retiring due to hypothermia and frost-nip. The bogs froze with a crust of ice on top at night with the ice not being strong enough to support a runner leading to feet and legs plunging into icy waters.
Conditions : even boggier and wetter than usual!
Disqualified: 1 (lost tally)
Fastest Man: Konrad Rawlik 11:31
Fastest Woman: Karen Nash 15:45
Laurence Piercy: Joint 8th 13:18 (Lawrence?) DPFR
Steven Jones: 113th 19:41 DPFR
Neil Drake: Joint 168th 22:27 DPFR
John Vernon: 183rd 23:17 DPFR
At the awards and presentations the next morning (with some runners/walkers still out and yet to finish) someone received an award for their 40th Fellsman (36 successful completions) which gives a hint of how addictive The Fellsman is. It is perhaps roughly equivalent to two laps of the Three Peaks Fell Race followed by a Warts Run in terms of distance, elevation and the terrain and bogs. No wonder people keep coming back year after year.
Calderdale Hike (long course)
Saturday 9 April 2016
37.2 miles of undulating trails with 6,300 feet of ascent across moorland west of Halifax.The race took place in glorious sunshine making it a little too warm for the first half of the run but rain was threatened for late in the afternoon.The faster runners were able to get to the finish before the heavy rain started.I had to resort to my waterproof top before reaching the final checkpoint!Although the race was over a week ago the results have only just been released today.
Starters:54 runners on the long route
Fastest Man:Edward Davies 5:36
Fastest Woman:Nicky Spinks DPFR 6:18
Steven Jones DPFR 9:09
John Vernon DPFR Retired (saving himself for the Fellsman the following week)
There were also 25 walkers on the long course (19 of them finished) and a short course option of 26 miles with 25 runners and 65 walkers.
Saturday 12 March 2016
32 miles of undulating trails with 4,400 feet of ascent across moorland north-west of Halifax.
First men: Ian Symington CVFR and Ken Sutor Cheshire HH 4:16:01 (running as a pair)
First lady: Lucy Colquhoun 5:10:14
Peter Eccleston DPFR 128th 6:10:58
Jennifer Scotney DPFR 190th 6:42:43 DPFR
Steven Jones DPFR 214th 6:57:55
Alison Wainwright DPFR and Eleanor Wainwright 7:02:56 (running as a pair)
John Vernon DPFR 8:30:25
There were 310 finishers.There are no details of starters and those who retired.
Sunday 6 March 2016
41 miles of flat trails from Newport to Burton upon Trent with a bonus of flooded fields to wade through near the end courtesy of recent inclement weather. First man Alastair Payne 5:54:51; first lady Helen Corrin 6:28:58; first (and only) DPFR runner Steven Jones 7:59:25 34th place. 131 starters and 119 finishers. The route has only 242m of ascent and 267m of descent to it was effectively a downhill race and a good tune-up for future events.
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