- Pumpkin Marathon
- Pumpkin Half-Marathon
- Leicestershire 10k
- Ilmington 10k
- Hardmoors 55 Trail Ultra
- Beachy Head Trail Marathon
- Birch Challenge Ultramarathon
- Bedford Autodrome Marathon
- Bedford Autodrome Half-Marathon
- Bedford Autodrome 10k
- Enigma Y-Wing Marathon
- Centurion Running Autumn 100
- Black Country Ultra
- Isle of Wight Marathon
Pumpkin Marathon – 31 October
Pumpkin Half-Marathon – 31 October
Extremely wet conditions today running around Ironbridge and surrounding villages, which may have contributed to both Claudie and I going awry and adding a couple of miles each to our runs.
Excellent organisation for a self-nav event (did I mention we got lost), for what may turn out to be the last race of the year – Chris
Leicestershire 10k – 25 October
A welcome return to actual racing (albeit in a COVID-secure venue). A longstanding knee injury dampened expectations, although in the end an upset stomach was more of the issue. Can definitely beat this time if I get to another 10k this year.
Ilmington 10k, Tempo Winter Series Race 1 – 25 October
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Hardmoors 55 Trail Ultra – 24 October
Beachy Head Trail Marathon – 24 October
Birch Challenge Ultramarathon – 21 October
After success at my first ultramarathon, I jumped at the chance to do another when an extra day was added to the Birch challenge, a 32.9 mile 6 hour time-trial on Cannock Chase. This ended up being a bit of a shock to the system though as, unsurprisingly, running on Cannock Chase is a little harder than on the Thames Path.
I started the day vaguely hoping to complete 11 laps of the 3.6ish mile course, which would be a course record. The first 4 laps went really well, but after 6, with my clothes heavy with rainwater, I was feeling pretty dead. I ran/walked the next 3 and was back in time to do a 10th lap (which would have matched the old course record, although someone else did beat it today) but my legs just didn’t have any more in them.
I really enjoyed this event, despite the weather, and will look to do more if I can.
Bedford Autodrome Races – 18 October
An earlyish start for the races at Bedford (2 had already gone on in advance) for 5 of us. Our car was full of nervous talk beforehand, nerves not about racing but about racing in these conditions. The weather was perfect, the course was flat and 5k laps, 8 if you were doing the marathon, 4 for the half and 2 for the 10k.
The organisation was brilliant, well thought out and beforehand you felt safe and could see the extra measures in place. They worked very well. With 3 races already out on the circuit we half-marathoners took up our positions on our own cones an were released 4 by 4. This was fast, the winning guy came in at 68 minutes, Robin chasing him, Tom chasing Robin and me wondering where everyone else was.
Matt had stormed past me on his first lap and took his target of a sub-40 by storm. Rich and Sara shouted words of encouragement/abuse everytime we passed them. This could be really fast as a course but a bit of race fitness was lacking on my part.
It was good to be back and to have the sunbursts out there challenging/pushing and being part of it. Now the blueprint is out there and I can see plenty looking to follow this well thought-through example. PB’s for both Robin and Matt – Spencer<%2%B%�Fst�ong>
Enigma Y-Wing Marathon, �ilton Keynes – 18 October
Fantastic weather for running.
Centurion Running Autumn 100 – 10 October
Black Country Ultra – 4 October
Isle of Wight Marathon – 4 October
There was a huge amount of effort this year, to plan for this race to take place during the Covid 19 restrictions.