I was following Marty Rea's progress in the world 100k championships in Qatar last night. He finished 46th in a time of 7:50:42 in conditions that must have been a little more difficult for ultra running than recent NI weather! I'm heading out to a Parkrun now and aiming for a time that's not too far below each of Marty's 20x5k splits. I'm happy to hold that pace once, twice at a push in a 10k, but 20 consecutive Parkruns! Respect!
Mark, your friends ran Bangor Parkrun as a warm up for the Forkhill 10k. They took the same positions in Bangor with Hannah beating the female course record, making it look easy in the process! I saw Bootsy at the end of Tollymore - wouldn't be a 26extreme race without him. That's a cracking half time for that lap of the forest!
Super day in Tollymore yesterday, despite a couple of heavy showers. 26extreme lived up to their "We don't do easy" tagline with a tough and scenic course through the forest. Huge respect to the ultra runners who completed 3 laps - the hills definitely seemed steeper on my 2nd lap and I can only imagine how much steeper they seemed on tired legs on the last lap! The aid stations were well stocked with the best fruit cake available at any race and they kept me going until the welcome burger at the finish line. I ran round with my friend and the other half of my Celtman support crew, Jeff and the run seemed so much easier as we chatted and kept each other going and enjoyed the craic with other runners from the 4 races. Sorry you had to miss such a great race Martin!
Good to meet you and your son last night Martin. I'd rely on the more sensible half of your marathon advisors for proper advice though!
I loved the run last night - the view downhill from Carson's statue of all the runners with red flashing lights making their way up the hill was incredible.
Well done on the nomination Mags - well deserved as there's hardly a race where we don't see you, and you always put in a huge amount of work before, during and after the event. I half expected to see you at the end of the Dublin marathon! If you're at the main ceremony I'm sure we'll spot you in a hi-viz