RntS 2 Mile Handicap 2020 – Run 2

First handicap back in the park for the year that won’t be forgotten!

NameRun1 280920
Ant12.31
Cam12.55
Kevin H12.58
Thomas13.53
Lorraine14.31
Paula14.56
Reece14.57
Bob H15.10
Edward15.23
Seb15.47
Julie16.22
Bob L17.29
Chris L17.38
Paul18.04
David S18.07
Sophie19.04
Hayley J19.07
Tasha20.10
Chloe22.14
Angie22.32
Shirley24.38
Robert25.08

 

 

Centurion Running Chiltern Wonderland 50

I couldn’t have been happier when I arrived at the start line of Chiltern Wonderland 50 on Saturday 12th September. Organised by Centurion Running, CW50 is a 50-mile (80km) race that starts and ends in Goring-on-Thames, a small village in South Oxfordshire. The race loop mostly involves running on the Chiltern hills though some of it is on the Ridgeway. The whole area is breathtakingly beautiful.
With countless races having been cancelled due to COVID-19 it was touch and go whether this race would even take place. Thanks to the organisers putting into place many safety measures ( https://centurionrunning.com/blog/2020/08/04/2020-cw50-additional-information-guidelines ) the event was given the go-ahead.
The elevation profile is 5600 feet ascent and 5600 feet descent. The gradient on some of the hills was pretty phenomenal to experience. The climb up to Turnville village to by Cobstone Mill (which featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) was less than half a mile but the gradient there is 19% average with points that are 35%. I don’t suffer from vertigo but I wasn’t going to look back down to see where I’d run from. Spectacular as it would have been to see the scenery I had no intention of losing my balance on such terrain!
There were 5 aid stations each of which had a strict cut-off. I was able to meet first 4 cutoffs comfortably but was only within 2 mins of the cut off at the last aid station (at the 41 mile mark). I had to grab what I needed and leave promptly. How I wish the next stretch had initially been downhill… By now I was too tired – my quads were achy and didn’t want any more climbs. The last stretch (9 miles) was tough not because of the climbs (as they were not as steep as any before) but because my quads were quite tired. About 7 miles to go I had to put on my torch which worked wonders in the dark helping me to tread carefully in more technical terrain in the wooded areas. I heard an owl twice running in pitch black woods with only my torch providing light. It was an awesome feeling. I had to switch the torch off when I realised I was approaching some animals on an open field where it was dusk light with beautiful mist in the valley. I decided to walk down rather than run as I didn’t want to anger the cows! The runner in front who had saved me from getting lost on more than one occasion said they were horses… Phew that’s better but best not to run just in case. I had seen cows on the route in 4 places but was lucky that they were either sitting down minding their own business or were behind a gate. The last stretch between the final aid station and the finish at Goring seemed to go on forever. The last 4-5 miles there was no scenery to enjoy and I was racing against time. The runner in front of me who had started after me but had caught up with me kept encouraging me to go for it. I went past her and gave it my all several times. The time was ticking I knew it would be touch and go. 12:58:00 … I had 2 mins left to be at the finish line yet it was nowhere to be seen. 13:00:00 I’d timed out. There would be the letters DNF next to my name. Did Not Finish… I felt strange but I was in one piece and would be arriving at Goring on foot without having to be collected by anyone to be taken there. That itself felt good. My run gave way to a steady walk all the way down to Goring. It would take me 20 minutes to walk that last bit. There would be no medal no finisher’s t-shirt but I’d done the loop. I was at Goring.
The event was a great learning experience. As has happened on so many of my long distance races I questioned myself as to why I was doing this to myself and thought never again. 4 days after the race I decided that I would have another go next year…
Hydration / Nutrition during the event: I believe I got my levels of hydration right using water in one bottle and Tailwind in the other and topping them up at every aid station. I also had some Coke in the latter half and it was blissful. I felt comfortable in myself with the amount of fluids I was taking and the kind food I was having: dates, salted boiled potato, banana, crisps, cake and several babybells. In addition I had GU gels, which each time I had one almost immediately gave me the energy to tackle some of the climbs. My gut felt ok throughout.
Things I learnt: 😀 Make an effort to shuffle however tired you may be. You never know when these extra minutes will make a huge difference; 😀 Remember to have GU gels in the latter part of the run, too, to be able to carry on strong; 😀 Have the course MAP on GPS so as not to worry and stop when you don’t see signs for some time or rely on other runners to doublecheck you’re on the right track ( I did have the MAP with me but I realised the platform I’d uploaded it onto was not triggered by GPS! Doh!! Check properly); 😀 Remember not to stop to talk to people to explain what you’re doing however nice this may feel at the time – as one young boy said while his family could have carried on with the chat, “Don’t let us distract you. Carry on, you’re doing well!” 😎

RntS Friday Five Challenge – Event 5

NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (miles)RntS F5 #2 (miles)RntS F5 #3 (miles)RntS F5 #4 (miles)RntS F5 #5 (miles)
CeriF54.2051.28
Jodie MF46.0741.26
GlynM37.4545.31
AlexM32.4932.5632.59
Kevin SM37.2737.3538.0537.4838.04
EvetteF45.0043.0443.0542.4542.58
AmbieF50.0445.4149.0843.12
Hayley WF49.5246.2046.0751.0348.43
LynneF64.3862.0159.0958.07
NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (km)RntS F5 #2 (km)RntS F5 #3 (km)RntS F5 #4 (km)RntS F5 #5 (km)
SusieF29.4428.17
Chris PM29.49
TashaF31.4531.24
Kevin BM36.53
Jodie HF30.4630.39
SophieF32.1531.5431.44
EmmaF33.3033.49
LibbyF29.3728.4528.1227.48
Hayley JF32.3231.1031.3732.04
CamM27.1226.1324.5020.45
PaulM28.5528.4828.1527.5122.43
Bob HM27.2724.4523.5023.39
JulieF25.1324.2724.3824.32
RobM24.4523.1522.4524.58
MarkM26.4526.5126.4927.41
NitaF32.4728.3227.5628.52
ChloeF33.4833.5531.2832.53
JaneF34.1333.4136.0533.30
AngieF36.3734.5833.4236.00
TeresaF39.3138.4938.2137.07
ShirleyF40.3439.4538.5237.59

Ellison’s 2020 Virtual Ekiden

A fantastic turnout by the RntS for the virtual Ekiden relay. With no less than 8 teams entering 47 members of the club took part.

Each team consisted of 6 runners (3 x 5km, 1 x 7.2km and 2 x 10km) who combined ran 42.2km (26.2 miles).

Here are the results from our entries:

RntS Team 1 – (Mixed Class)
Lynne, Nikki, Alex M, Denise, Julie & Robert Mc – 4:08:12

RntS Team 2 – Ant’s in your pants (Mixed Class)
Alex C, Hayley M, Daniel, Shane, Ant & Paula – 2:50:48

RntS Team 3 – Are we there yet? (Mixed class)
Paul, Lorraine, Cam, Amanda, Kevin & Katie – 3:11:18

RntS Team 4 – (Ladies Open Class)
Kerrie, Tasha, Sophie, Kirsty, Jodie H & Chloe – 4:27:47

RntS Team 5 – (Over 60s Class)
Chris P, Chris L, Bob H, Bob L, Seb & Keith – 4:02:26

RntS Team 6 – (Ladies Super Vet Class)
Alison, Teresa, Angie, Lucy, Susie & Evette – 4:44:13

RntS Team 7 – (Mixed class)
Cat, Steve, Glyn, Kel, Jodie Mc & Kevin S – 3:26:40

RntS Team 8 – (Mixed Class)
Hayley J, Lisa, John, Mark, Kevin S & Libby – 3:46:31

A note from Robin Belsom the organiser:
Many thanks to those who have already sent in their results. Please understand that a colleague and I had to type in all the results in to a spreadsheet, so with such a large entry it took us some time. All those sent in  emails have now been updated. Whilst the results can be viewed they are NOT complete

  • If you spot any errors then please email results@ipswichekiden.co.uk and state the team name and number, runner name and the correct time
  • If you have results to send in then please send them in as soon as you can. Do not delay waiting for evidence of times, we just want the times so we can finalise the results.
  • Several people have queried the leg order in the results display.  This follows the format of the race, ie leg 1 is 7.2km, legs 2 4 and 6 are any 5km leg and 3 and 5 are any 10km. We will publish fastest leg times but for all the 5km legs combined and all the 10km legs combined. To repeat it doesn’t matter which way round the 5km runners appear in your results, as long as they completed a 5km, and the same for a 10km.
  • The provisional results can be viewed via this link: https://1drv.ms/x/s!AmLc15MAfOxWjntHchGJBsReSQev?e=6dJ513

I must confess as having completely underestimated the potential entry for this race. I expected 100 teams, and we finished with nearly 450 including the juniors. Our results team, of Gav Davies and I were rather overwhelmed by the enormous number of emails, hence the delay in responding to you.

Please pass on my thanks to all those who took part. The idea was to provide a motivation in these difficult times to get out there and simulate a race and it has been incredibly rewarding to hear how many of you have embraced the event. Lets hope that we can get back out there and stage the event for real in 2021. Thanks to all those who have made a donation to the East Anglia Air Ambulance and to any other local charities and to Ellisons Solicitors of Ipswich and Colchester for their sponsorship. Once again the running community has demonstrated its commitment to our sport and support for charities.

Best wishes

Robin.

RntS Friday 5 Challenge – Event 4

NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (miles)RntS F5 #2 (miles)RntS F5 #3 (miles)RntS F5 #4 (miles)
CeriF54.2051.28
Jodie MF46.0741.26
GlynM37.4545.31
AlexM32.4932.56
Kevin SM37.2737.3538.0537.48
EvetteF45.0043.0443.0542.45
AmbieF50.0445.4149.08
Hayley WF49.5246.2046.0751.03
LynneF64.3862.0159.09
NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (km)RntS F5 #2 (km)RntS F5 #3 (km)RntS F5 #4 (km)
SusieF29.4428.17
Chris PM29.49
TashaF31.4531.24
Kevin BM36.53
Jodie HF30.4630.39
SophieF32.1531.5431.44
EmmaF33.3033.49
RobM24.4523.1522.45
Bob HM27.2724.4523.50
JulieF25.1324.2724.38
CamM27.1226.1324.50
MarkM26.4526.5126.49
LibbyF29.3728.4528.1227.48
PaulM28.5528.4828.1527.51
NitaF32.4728.3227.56
ChloeF33.4833.5531.28
Hayley JF32.3231.1031.3732.04
AngieF36.3734.5833.42
JaneF34.1333.4136.05
TeresaF39.3138.4938.21
ShirleyF40.3439.4538.52

RntS Friday 5 Challenge – Event 3

NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (miles)RntS F5 #2 (miles)RntS F5 #3 (miles)
AmbieF50.0445.41
CeriF54.2051.28
AlexM32.49
Kevin SM37.2737.3538.05
Jodie MF46.0741.26
EvetteF45.0043.0443.05
GlynM37.4545.31
Hayley WF49.5246.2046.07
LynneF64.3862.01
NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (km)RntS F5 #2 (km)RntS F5 #3 (km)
SusieF29.4428.17
Chris PM29.49
TashaF31.4531.24
ChloeF33.4833.55
Kevin BM36.53
RobM24.4523.15
JulieF25.1324.27
Bob HM27.2724.45
CamM27.1226.13
MarkM26.4526.51
LibbyF29.3728.4528.12
PaulM28.5528.4828.15
NitaF32.4728.32
Jodie HF30.4630.39
Hayley JF32.3231.1031.37
SophieF32.1531.5431.44
JaneF34.1333.41
EmmaF33.3033.49
AngieF36.3734.58
TeresaF39.3138.49
ShirleyF40.3439.45

RntS Friday 5 Challenge – Event 2

NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (miles)RntS F5 #2 (miles)
LynneF64.38
Kevin SM37.2737.35
GlynM37.45
EvetteF45.0043.04
AmbieF50.0445.41
Jodie MF46.07
Hayley WF49.5246.20
CeriF54.2051.28
NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (km)RntS F5 #2 (km)
NitaF32.47
RobM24.45
JulieF25.13
MarkM26.45
CamM27.12
Bob HM27.27
SusieF29.4428.17
LibbyF29.3728.45
PaulM28.5528.48
Chris PM29.49
Jodie HF30.46
Hayley JF32.3231.10
TashaF31.4531.24
SophieF32.1531.54
EmmaF33.30
ChloeF33.4833.55
JaneF34.13
AngieF36.37
Kevin BM36.53
TeresaF39.31
ShirleyF40.34

RntS Friday 5 Challenge – Event 1

NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (miles)
KevinM37.27
EvetteF45.00
Hayley WF49.52
AmbieF50.04
CeriF54.20
LynneF64.38
NameGenderRntS F5 #1 (km)
PaulM28.55
LibbyF29.37
SusieF29.44
TashaF31.45
SophieF32.15
Hayley JF32.32
NitaF32.47
ChloeF33.48

RntS 2 Mile Handicap 2020 – Run 1 (Virtual)

The first of this year’s handicap runs, set in strange times and with people being able to choose their own route/location. A good turnout for our first virtual handicap event.

Don’t forget your route, there may well be virtual run 2 and 3! These times are a good target for the year.

Note: I’m certain I’ve missed some of you whilst watching out on Strava and FB. If I have, please message me with your time and I’ll get you added.

NameRun1 200420
Alison N18.41
Ambie14.57
Ant12.06
Bob H14.54
Cam14.02
Cat16.07
Ceri18.02
Chloe18.55
Chris P15.41
Daniel11.06
Denise23.38
Glyn12.38
Hayley J19.51
Hayley W16.28
Jane20.17
Jodie H18.19
Jodie M14.47
Kerrie18.58
Kevin14.06
Kirsty20.02
Mark16:48
Nur18.57
Paul13:45
Paula14.19
Seb15.57
Steve14.55
Tasha18.03
Kel14.55