Our congratulations to Nick Buckle for winning the Marlow 5 in a very useful 25:35. His next prestigious engagement is the Highgate Night of the 10,000pbs, where no fewer than 8 Olympians are already signed up; so our best to him for that.
Elsewhere, Patrick McDougall and Tom O’Beirne conquered the brutal 3 Peaks Challenge.
|66th||54||Tom O’Beirne||Belgrave Harriers||M||03:37:57||1st Class|
|341st||53||Patrick McDougall||Belgrave Harriers||MV50||4:22:53||2nd Class|
698 finishers, 61 DNF
38km, 1,605m of climb, three mountains.
Here’s Patrick’s Garmin write up:
Three Peaks Race (2017)
Very pleased with this one – the fastest since hard core London Marathon training in 2013 – and only outside my PB by +2:01.
This time, I felt that I ran it on my own terms rather than being defeated by the mountains. I went at the pace I wanted to go – actively choosing to walk (sorry runners! but it’s steep in places – 202m was the highest km climb – but also other kms had climbs of 179m, 157m and 154m) rather than wanting to run at places, but being unable to.
The plan was to do this so I could run the last 7km without the onset of the usual debilitating cramp. So the tactic was clear – try to limit the HR to 80% for as long as possible – ideally, until after the final ascent. As a result, I was the slowest I’ve ever been to the top of Pen-y-Ghent – in 2013, I was 41:07, 2:29:48 to the top of Whernside,3:36:07 to the top of Ingleborough – this year, 45:33 on Pen-y-Ghent (+4:26, 586th ),2:36:20 on Whernside (+6:19, 490th), and at the top of Ingleborough, 3:43:51 (7:44, 395th) – I finished 341st, gaining 245 places during the race.
The difference was being able to run at the end – taking over 5 minutes out of the final 7km. I still locked up with cramp 2x after I sped up within 2 minutes, but the answer was to chew salt capsules #3 and #4 from Corporate Sponsor’s McDonalds (!), and try to persuade the brain that all was fine. So it’s wasn’t eliminated, but I seem to be getting better at managing it (stay hydrated somebody said after – yup – I lost 2kg, so perhaps that’s the issue). Two gels, one Mars bar, most of two bananas. A cup of water at each drink station. So, can I go faster? Not sure.
Good conditions out there (no sleet this year!) were worth something. Quicker through the check points (run and eat), and perhaps faster up Pen-y-Ghent then sub 4:20 next year!? 4:15 feels unattainable. Not sure – anyway, enjoyable – but pity about the toe nails!
But being able to open up at the end (peaked at 93% of MHR) on the rocky paths and across the fields at an average pace of 5:01 for the last 6km (including the stops for cramp) felt great, especially the 4:22 km at the end. Worth all the pain. That’s why we run, right?