On Sunday 20th Feb I run my first Ultra, the London 50K Ultra.
I stayed at a hotel near Wembley which was also the race finish and on the morning of the race 2 coaches were laid on to take the runners to the start in south London. It was up to us to then us maps to guide us along a route round London called the Capital Ring. The run was much harder than I expected with lots of hills and very muddy paths. Reading the maps and trying not to get lost was also very time consuming.
I can’t complain about the weather it was good conditions for running, 9 degrees, dry, cloudy and fairly calm. I had hoped to complete the race inside 5 hours but finished in 5 hours 8 minutes and 7 seconds. If it had not have been for the mud, hills and navigation I think I would have comfortably achieved my target time, so all in all I’m happy with the time. As it was my first 50km race it is automatically a PB, my first in years!
Two days on and my muscles are aching and sore, no training for a day or two, I’m having an enforced rest. I’ll be quite happy if I never see another Ultra but heck, I said something similar after my first marathon in 1996 and that’s now 37 marathons ago!
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By Malc Collins