Grand slam finale – om rekorder og sånn

Om litt mindre enn et døgn løper jeg det siste løpet i Centurion Running sin 100 mile grand slam. Etter Thames Path i april, South Downs Way i juni, og North Downs Way i august er det nå Autumn 100 som står for tur. Dette løpet foregår på to stier som møtes i landsbyene Goring & Streatley ved Themsen, Thames Path og Ridgeway.

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Preikestolen Maraton 2017 – vondt og vakkert

Når arrangementet Preikestolen Maraton ble annonsert tidligere i år syntes jeg det hørtes fristende ut, men siden årets store mål er Centurion Running sin 100 miles grand slam i England trodde jeg det ikke ville passe inn i min løpskalender. Jeg regnet med at det å løpe fire 100 miles løp på seks måneder ville være en så stor påkjenning at jeg ikke ville tåle andre løp i tillegg. I sommer traff jeg imidlertid på løpssjef Willy Steinskog inne på Flørli, og han uttrykte ønske om at jeg skulle bli med. Halve grand slam-en var unnagjort, jeg hadde restituert meg bra, og sekunder før hadde jeg fullført tre turer opp Flørlitrappene som trening til 100 miler nr tre. Jeg hadde med andre ord ingen gode unnskyldninger for å si nei, og kort tid etter var jeg derfor påmeldt til historiens første Preikestolen Maraton.

Etter å ha meldt meg på tenkte jeg ikke så mye mer på dette løpet. Det jeg brukte mest tid på når det gjaldt forberedelser var å finne noen å sitte på med,

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Wear sunscreen!

I forgot something in my last post about the kit I used in the NDW 100: sunscreen. Thank goodness I didn’t forget on the day, which means I did not end up looking like this:

At the finish of the sdw100 with arms so sunburnt they were glowing in the dark.
This is what happens when you don’t apply sunscreen properly.

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North Downs Way 100 – kit check

Before I ran the North Downs Way 100 for the first time in 2015 I think I spent just as much, if not more, time researching shoes and equipment as I did training for the event. Now that I am coaching other aspiring 100 mile runners I also seem to spend just as much time giving advice about socks, underwear and hydration packs as I do making training plans for my clients. When I meet up with other ultrarunners we also tend to spend a lot of time talking about shoes and gps watches, and I love it when race organisers polls their participants about shoes and equipment so I can find out what other runners are using (like the WSER do). So here it is, a race report from the NDW100 2017 dedicated to the gear I was using, starting with what was on my feet and working my way up to the top of my head.

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North Downs Way 100 (2017) – race report

I’m feeling good. Photo: Stuart March


This was 100 mile race number 3 in the last 4 months. This year’s NDW had it all, fantastic views, technical trails, roads, stepping stones, fields, hills, flats, sunshine, rain, thunder, high points, low points, old friends, new friends, facebook friends who became real life friends, lots of sweat, blood, 3 extra miles (the NDW100 is actually 102,9 miles long), and, as usual, quite a lot of vomit.

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South Downs Way 100 2017

 

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On Old Winchester Hill. Photo by Stuart March

Centurion 100 mile grand slam race 2/4
In the week leading up to the SDW100 it felt almost absurd to be making the final preparations for another 100 miles race – it felt like the Thames Path 100 was just a few days ago. Six weeks go by really fast.

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