News Halstead, Stratford, East Grinstead, Wales and Cateran Halstead, Stratford, East Grinstead, Wales and Cateran

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Report by Ed Heardman
2010-09-19 16:23:30

Halstead, Stratford, East Grinstead, Wales and Cateran

 

 

The last few weeks have seen Thanet Roadrunners continuing with some conventional road races but also branching out into multi-sports events and ultra races.

 

Having returned from his successful 3 hour 55 mins marathon debut at Halstead, Darren Tuff has been reflecting on his experiences.  He initially found it a bit difficult to stick to a defined schedule due to work and family commitments but his first 20-miler focussed his mind into some more specific training in the lead up to the actual race.  This is a two-lap course and the 1st lap passed comfortably with Darren running ahead of schedule until around mile 15 when things started getting tougher; the hills more noticeable and the course lonelier.  Despite this Darren still passed 20 miles in a personal best time of 2 hours 52.  The last 6 miles proved hard work but the support of friends who had travelled up and the marshals on the course gave him the determination to carry on and successfully finish his first marathon.

 

Whilst Darren was enduring his 26.2 miles, Jackie Lee was taking some part in sprint distance triathlons in Stratford-upon-Avon and East Grinstead on successive weekends as lead up to her season’s “A” race in North Wales in June and the two Marks – Foster and Ashmore – went up to Scotland to take part in the Cateran 55 mile ultra marathon.  This was the 2nd time for Mark Foster although on this occasion unfortunately things did not go to plan and he was withdrawn from the race by the medics after 46 miles.  Mark Ashmore however made the difficult decision to carry on solo in his first attempt at this event and finished in a highly creditable time of 12 hours 49 minutes for a 36th place finish.

 

Jackie Lee

 

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