The Autumn 100, 2017. Race report from the 100 mile grand slam finale


A couple of weeks before the final race of the Centurion 100 mile grand slam 2017 the previews started coming out. Apparently, the women’s race was mine to lose, and if I could run in 16.51 or better the women’s overall grand slam record would also be mine. Not completely unrealistic, my fitness was good, I ran the first race of the grand slam, the Thames Path 100, in 16.55 in April, and the A100 is the course with the fastest times. Messages from other runners started pouring in, telling me they expected me to push at least one of the guys in the GS down from the podium (I was 4th overall going into the final race). Then the weather forecast came out, warning that Storm Brian was going to hit South England on the day of the race with up to 50mph gusts of wind. Did this do anything to dampen people’s expectations of records, trophies and podiums? Apparently not. No pressure then… Les videre


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


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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Thames Path 100, 2017, part 1: the numbers


I usually write really long race reports, and it takes me ages to write them, so this time I thought I would try something new and start with a shorter post focusing on the numbers. So part 1 is for all you statistics fanatics out there (this post is more or less a write up of a telephone conversation I had with my dad earlier today), part 2 will follow soon with all the gory details for those of you who likes to read about body fluids etc. Les videre

French Pyrénée Patou Trail 2015 – Day 2

Stage 2 - not 10 km as advertised, and not in France
Stage 2 – not 10 km as advertised, and not in France

Today we went to the Spanish part of the Pyrénées to do some more running. Despite a 7 am breakfast and 8 am departure from the hotel the stage started quite late, after 11. (We were sent on a little sightseeing trip before the stage, to give the organisers time to mark the course and set up the drinks station.) We had been warned it would be hot, and correctly so. In Norway the spring has been very cold, and summer is yet to arrive. The last time I ran in hot weather was last July, when I nearly succombed to heat exhaustion. The sensible thing to do today would therefore have been to take it easy… Les videre