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Posted: 03/01/2017 at 12:07

continued - and averaging sub 3:15 across the two.

As it turned out the race winner only finished 3 minutes ahead as he had to walk some of the last miles. So I finished first in the Back to Back race receiving a silver shield and £65 vouchers for a local running store. Nice!

At 47 years old I might make 2017 my last attempt at PBs. To be honest I’m not sure if I’ve already started the decline, but will give it my all for three months before the London Marathon. After I come back from a skiing holiday this month I will do 12 weeks of P&D up to 85 miles.

My PB is 2:51 of a 1:20 half marathon. I’m only at about 1:24 HM and 2:59 marathon shape at the minute, so I’ve a lot of hard work ahead. I’d love to break 2:50 which will be my goal for London.

I hope you all have a great 2017, achieving your personal and running goals!


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Posted: 03/01/2017 at 12:06

Happy New Year everyone! I’m currently in work but for the first time in ages have had a chance of good read of the thread. It’s great to see all the usual suspects running well.

Gul – Great yearly mileage and PB setting

OO – Good yearly mileage and I think your running year was pretty good with a sub 18 Parkrun! Great performance in the 11k.

Les – You’ve come back from an operation really well. You’re mileage is exceptional all things considered

PMJ – Good yearly total with a nippy average pace. Good Parkrunning.

GD – Well done on your best running year and PB setting. Sorry to read about your club member, tragic indeed. Nice nippy 14.5 miler

Lorenzo- That’s a good year with the mileage, marathon PB and longest run.

Abbers- Well done on getting close to your yearly record. Enjoy the P&D

Poacher- 69 marathons or longer is fantastic. The 100 is definitely in the cards. Keep at it!

SBD – That’s a great 20 miler completed.

Birch – Good mileage and I like your long term goal! Awesome overall mileage.

GM – Nice hangover 10k running. Well done on defeating the cnba fairies.

KR – Excellent xmas running

MsE – I hope you stay fit and achieve your goals. A GB Masters vest would be amazing. Good luck with the 10 miler.

Jools – Brilliant mileage!

VTr- Well done on your highest yearly mileage, especially after all your woes.


Well I’ve had an interesting year to say the least. It started badly with a Melanoma diagnoses which resulted in missing over 5 weeks training due to an operation. I’ve had no further cancer problems but I’m still not mentally 100%.

My yearly total was 2688, which was the first time in four years I ran less than 3k miles. This did include 8 marathons, a 100k (PB) and I ran 75.5 miles to win a 12 hour race. I didn’t get close to any PB’s at the shorter distances but picked up two 10k trophies in low key races.

I finished the year in style by running the East Antrim Marathon series Back to Back marathons on the 30th and 31st of December. There was about 100 people in each marathon with 80 running the B2B. The first day was pretty flat and I held back a bit to finish in 3:06, knowing I could have gone sub 3. I took the 2nd place prize, only beaten by a single marathon runner and I was leading the B2B by 3 minutes.

The second day was different matter. It was hilly 4 lap course with the downhill’s hurting badly. At half way I was 4th place about 10 - 15 minutes behind the leading group. This contained two runners who were close in the first race so I was 3rd overall and struggling.

I plodded on at the same pace and overtook the runner ahead, who was not doing the B2B. Not long later I spotted Geoff about 30 seconds in front, who was 3 minutes behind me from the first race. I knew I just had to keep him in sight to finish ahead overall and hoped the other runner wasn’t too far ahead.

Going on to the last lap I was told that the runner leading was 10 to 15 minutes ahead and ‘flying’. I only hoped he would slow more than me over the last lap. I had caught Geoff and we began running together which really helped, as we were both suffering badly.

The pace was over 8 m/m over the last few miles and we both were doing the Ultra shuffle. The final mile was up a steep hill and I had to give it everything not to walk. Geoff and I crossed the line together and I needed help from marshals nearly collapsing. I finished the 2nd marathon in 3:19, so managed my overall goal of sub 6:30, and averaging sub 3:15 acros

Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 21:04

Only a few spaces left and runs alongside the 24 Hour World Championships -  

I'm in

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 19:57

Hi everyone, I haven’t been near the forum for months, as life has been hectic and I haven’t been doing any marathon training. It’s great to see all usual suspects still running and posted in this thread.

I’ve been concentrating on shorter distances and picked up a few (low quality field) 10k victories. My main goal was to qualify for N.Ireland, in the British and Irish Masters cross country. I managed to sneak onto the team but due to an unluckily timed dose of man flu, ran poorly in the International. I was still chuffed to represent my country though.

Although I’ve been working hard on improving my 5k to 10k pace, I’m still slower than last year when I was running a marathon every month.  So either at 47 with over 7 years of running I’ve finally peaked, or I run faster on very high mileage, I don’t know. Time will tell now that I’m back to marathon training again. I managed my first long run in months of 22 miles at a brisk 7:16 average.

So now I’m racing a 10k on Saturday then attempting a sub-3 marathon on Sunday. Madbark is back! 

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Posted: 22/07/2016 at 12:48

There’s been some great training done by everyone. OO53 mile reps were incredible! You must be the fastest regular poster here. My fastest ever mile in training was 5:37 and that was a single rep time trail.

Good luck moof and SJ. I look forward to the reports

I’ve had a bad cough and wheezy chest for a fortnight. Subsequently, I ran a 10 mile race in 1:05:3x which was 4 minutes slower than last year, on Tuesday night. I went to the Docs on Wednesday who has put me on steroids and anti-biotics and told me not to run for a week. However, I’ve a Half Marathon paid for tomorrow and I’m even staying away in a hotel with the family afterwards. Will Madbark take the Docs advice?

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Posted: 02/07/2016 at 23:19
Joolska wrote (see)

Including today's 10M I'm on 1,430M for the year to date - so about a month's mileage for BB


Funnily enough Jools, my yearly total mileage is very close to yours at 1434. Although this year will be the first in 4 that I won’t break 3k miles, due to missing 5 weeks after my operation. 

I ran a 10k today but struggled in windy conditions and only managed 39:13. That’s 2 ½ minutes slower than my PB, but understandable after last Saturdays 75 miler.

I think I’ll stick to shorter distance races over the next few months, with currently nothing longer than a HM planned coming up.

About 6 hours into last weeks 12 hour race I remember thinking ‘Never again’. I was running with a lot of stomach pain and promised myself to remember how bad I felt. However, I’ve already decided to work toward running the 24 hour race next year! It will be the 24 Hour World Championships, hosted close to my home. Apparently there will be 100 open places available for the event.

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Posted: 26/06/2016 at 10:48

Thanks SJ! That prize sounds perfect. I checked my stats I was stopped for a total of 56 minutes during the 12 hours. I'd say about 3/4 of this was on the loo!

Other stats -

Average pace - 9:30, average moving pace 8:50

Average cadence 180

Average HR 120



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Posted: 26/06/2016 at 09:50


I thought it would be great to tell people I beat a world record breaker in  a race so re-considered dropping out. I asked if they knew what place I was in. I was shocked to find I was second behind Jan but with 2 guys just behind on the same lap. Oh, feck I thought I can’t stop now.

I now had a spring in my step running the next mile in around 8:30. However, my spring didn’t last long and I got my worst cramps yet on mile 58. I nearly did a ‘Paula’, but just made it to the loo shooting a jet of unpleasantness from my rear! I couldn’t get up for 5 minutes and took over 14 minutes for that mile. I stopped for a few minutes to rest in the next mile before feeling a bit better and managed a few sub 9 minute miles.

I went 100k distance in about 9:50 so well down on my 100k two weeks previous. However the difference was probably the time I had already spent on the loo! I was now running longer than I had every run and had overtaken Jan who had stopped 2 hours 45 minutes earlier! I needed another loo break at 65 miles and then a long one again at 67 miles. By this stage I had stopped eating completely as it was just running through me. All I could do was sip a little water.

I got chatting to a women I know called Fiona and she was only a few laps behind me. Her longest every run to date was 31 miles and she said she was loving this experience. Unfortunately I was not! We split when I had my long toilet break at 67 miles.

At this stage I though I was in third place and was worried because she might catch me too. I pushed on and managed the next 5 miles all in around 9 m/m pace. I was finding the pace comfortable when feeling good. It was now 11:25 and the finishing line felt close. However , I cramped up again and needed another long toilet break finishing the 73rd mile in almost 13 minutes.

With just 20 minutes to go I realised I could break 75 miles if my tummy held together and I ran 9 m/m. I didn’t know what place I was in but pushed as hard as I could. I had missed a podium by 1 minute in the 100k and was determined to give it my all this time. I finished mile 74 in 8:45 and my final full mile in 8:29 which was my fastest since mile 35. 

I knew my Garmin was a bit long so kept running hard to make sure I broke 75 miles. With about 1 minute to go I spotted a group ahead and recognised one of the guys as being close to me earlier on. I didn’t know what lap he was on but I managed a sprint finish to the klaxon just in case we were neck and neck. I finished about 10 metres past him and was so relieved when the klaxon sounded. My Garmin measured 75:56 miles but think it was really about 75.3.

We had are numbers on a little plastic stick that we had to push into the ground. Unfortunately I was at the further point possible point from the start and finish area so started trudging back. I was nearly back going against the flow when I was told I had to wait at the stick until it got measured. Doh! Off I staggered back again to wait and get measured. By the time I got measured and back to the start I had walked an additional 1.5 miles.

Anyway, none of this is important, what really matters was how I had done. I asked the organisers and was blown away when they told me I had won by a mile! The guy I sprinted past at the end was in 2nd but a lap behind. I’ve to go today at 1 pm for the prize giving and then I’m treating my family to a boozy lunch! Party time.

Apologies for typos or poor grammar in this report as I was so hyped I didn’t sleep a wink last night!

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Posted: 26/06/2016 at 09:49

Energia24 12 hour race a Victoria Park Belfast

I lined up at the start just before 12 pm,  just 2 weeks after a finishing a 100k in 9 hour 11. Not only was there a 12 hour race but also a 100k and the 24 Hour Irish Championships. Most Irelands top Ultra runners were in the 24 hr but the 12 hr had a 55 year old going for age group world records for 100k, 100 mile and 12 hrs.

I didn’t have a set goal but hoped I could run about 70-75 miles and had a chance for a minor podium place. Only two went further than 70 miles last year. It was a little warm and the sun was out so not ideal conditions, especially for someone worried about skin cancer! Although I covered myself in factor 50 before the off.

I ran the 100k at 8 minute mile pace for 60k then really struggled so took it down a notch to between 8:20 and 8:30. I decided to break the race mentally up into 2 marathons and a 20+ miler at roughly 8:30 then 9 and 9:30 pace. I knew from my recent 100k that this could disintegrated completely.

I got into a good rhythm early on chatting to a guy called Peter who had won the CausewayCoast 50k last year and I finished second. He was doing the 24 hr but we ran together chatting for first 15 odd miles. I was feeling great early on and completed the first marathon in 3:45 so exactly what I had hoped for. However, I started suffering from a bit of tummy trouble with all the food and drink swilling around my stomach.

I really haven’t gotten the nutrition side of things for long ultras sorted out yet. I tried to consume 100 cals every 20 minutes but I just don’t seem to be able to digest it well. By 30 miles I was in a lot of distress and had to stop in a portaloo. Just like the 100k a few weeks early I broke wind for about 15 seconds shaking the toilet! Phew, what a relief. However, within a mile my tummy was troubling me again. At 33 miles I had to stop again in a portaloo for a few minutes.

Thankfully the course was a 1 mile loop so the toilets were always close.  I continued on but my tummy was pretty much in constant discomfort. Due to this I was eating and drinking less and had reverted to sucking boiled mints for fuel. My kidneys were also sore and I thought there was some blood in my urine. It was already beetroot coloured due to the juice but seemed to be darker and closer to blood colour.

I wasn’t even half way through the race and I started considering dropping out. My legs felt great and I was still comfortably running 9 m/m miles but was stopping every couple of laps for the toilet. Some time it was wind and others it was number 2’s.

At 43 miles I had to walk for the first time then spend 5 minutes on the loo. That mile took almost 17 minutes. I decided that I would run a double marathon and then stop. I have a long term goal of running 100 marathons/ultras and this race was already counting as one as I had run marathon distance. Knowing I had less than 10 miles to run gave me a lift and I ran around 9 m/m pace for a while again.

I needed another toilet stop at 52 miles but my tummy had settled a bit. I reached the 53rd mile and stopped to talk to the organisers to tell them I was leaving. I had completed 2 marathons in 8:10 so had took 4:25 for the second. I asked about Jan the 55 year old World record guy as I hadn’t seen him for a while. Previously he was lapping me about every 3 or 4 laps!  I was told he broke the world record for 100k but stopped as he’d had enough.

I thought it would be great to tell people I beat a world record breaker in  a race so re-considered dropping out. I asked if they knew what place I was in. I was shocked to find I was second behind Jan but with 2 guys just behind on the same lap.

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Posted: 24/06/2016 at 15:18

I’m all set for the 12 hour race tomorrow. Apparently there’s a 55 year guy named Jan-Albert Lantink attempting to break world records for 100k, 12 hours and 100 miles in the race. Just wait until he has to face the Madbark!

In the 24 hour race starting at the same time, there are 13 countries represented and the race is a dress rehearsal for the 24 hour World Championship next year.

I think my body has recovered well from the 100k two weeks ago but I’m a bit concerned about a more personal issue. Lets just say that I’ve been having some walnut problems again. If things start to go wrong I’m quitting early so I can watch NI v Wales!

Updates on the race will be here - 

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