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The JW Ultra

Sat September 29 2007
13 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
Blackbird Leys (boy) 100 Marathon Club, Woodstock Harriers AC 4:00:59 4:00:59 4:00:59 65.71
Dochart Various difficulties on the way to the start made me concerned I'd miss this; 18m or so in I was equally concerned that I'd made it.  Found this much tougher than expected and faded badly in the last few miles, including a first experience of 'the wall' at around 22m which reduced me to an awkward shuffle to the finish.  That was entirely down to my failure to train hard enough and/or my mistake in getting the nutrition right on the day and I can't speak highly enough of the race itself, the organisation and the enthusiasm of the marshalls and the participants and this race is deserving of being made a permanent fixture.  However, if you don't enjoy running on your own then it may not be for you - outside of the checkpoints I barely caught a glimpse of another runner in the last 20m.  Once established on the towpath the route is pretty straighforward.  The complicated bit through Stratford was well-marshalled and route cards were provided to guide runners where the towpath switches banks, past the junction with the Grand Union Canal and over the Brandwood tunnel.  The checkpoints were fantastic with very encouraging marshalls boosted by fantastic support from the relay runners.  16/42 Stragglers, Henleaze SC 4:43:22 4:43:22 4:43:22 54.49
DTB, Cake Pimp Wimbledon Windmilers 5:49:28 5:49:28 6:00:00 5:49:28 45.22
hairier half Wimbledon Windmilers 5:02:32 5:02:32 5:49:00 42.28
krusty Not as bad as I thought it would be, got stung by a wasp in mile 3 didn't half sting. Had the Garmin on heartrate so didn't know how long I had been running, just got the mile times as they came up, went through five gels and three bottles of lucozade sport. Bournville Harriers 4:05:46 4:16:24 4:30:00 4:16:24 63.94
Lady Sol Anstey Amblers and Runners 6:27:39 6:27:39 7:30:00 6:27:39 40.77
leysrunner Unaffiliated 4:00:59 4:00:59 4:00:59 65.71
Matt the Brum Nice litle race along the tow paths from Stratford to Birmingham.  Finished 1st/48.  Stourbridge RC 3:08:10 3:08:10 3:30:00 3:08:10 76.72
MrsMac Unaffiliated 4:41:51 5:17:00 5:00:00 5:17:00 50.09
ogee 100 Marathon Club, South London Harriers 4:30:00 4:49:00 4:49:00 51.05
plodding hippo 100 Marathon Club 5:33:00 6:27:39 6:27:39 42.62
Too Much Water Sweeper. More walking than running. Unaffiliated 4:17:46 6:45:00 6:45:00 35.64
UltraCas Unaffiliated 6:17:00 6:43:00 6:43:00 39.26

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