The Journey Continues – Spartathlon 2022

Photo from SpartathlOFF 2020 (Courtesy of Elias Pergantis)

I’m absolutely thrilled, honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to run once again at Spartathlon in 2022!

I live for this race and can’t wait to embark on what will be my seventh consecutive official journey to King Leonidas in Sparta.

I say official as I also completed the journey in 2020 accompanied by my good friends James Ellis and Ektoras Agathokleous as we were determined to keep the flame alive when the official event was cancelled.

I’m hoping now that my training and build up goes to plan and I manage to arrive at the Acropolis fit, well and raring to go!

The latter is never a problem when we’re talking about what is in my eyes the greatest, purest foot race on earth!

Courtesy of Elias Pergantis
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Sparta City Ultra 6hr/ 12hr/ 24hr (19th-20th Feb 2022)

This very welcome new addition to the race calendar came as a complete surprise to many and immediately struck a chord with me of course.

I read the announcement too late really but I was adamant I had to participate despite not having banked appropriate training for a 24hr race over the last couple of months.

George Koulogiannis (President of Spartan Runners) was a great help and invaluable in bringing me up to speed on arrangements.

Courtesy of Sparta Photography Club and Spartan Runners)

The event was organised by Spartan Runners with the support of the Municipality of Sparta and a host of local support organisations and sponsors. It was the first time an ultramarathon was to be staged within Sparta City limits.

It offered three different formats with the 12hr and 24 hr starting together at 17:00hrs whilst the 6hr started at 10:00 a.m the following morning.

  • 24 hours: 17.00 (Sat 19/2/2022) – 17.00 (Sun 20/2/2022)
  • 12 hours: 17.00 (Sat 19/2/2022) – 05.00 (Sun 20/2/2022)
  • 6 hours: 10.00 (Sun 20/2/2022) – 16.00 (Sun 20/2/2022)

The idea for the race was concieved by Spartan Runners I believe and consisted of a 2km loop (1km out, 1km back) along the main street of Sparta to and from the statue of King Leonidas. What could be better!

I can certainly appreciate the importance and potential of this event. It’s ideally placed as a last minute Spartathlon qualifier and being based in Sparta itself obviously  possesses huge appeal both domestically and internationally.

It also reinforces the association of Sparta with athletic prowess and can only be a great addition for the city, perfectly complimenting the Spartathlon which itself concludes at the statue of King Leonidas of course.

Given the above it was no surprise to me to see that some members of the International Spartathlon Association (ISA) were present in support along with many other friends associated with Spartathlon.

I was delighted to see Kostis Papadimitriou, Panagiotis Bonelis, Panagiotis Ermilios, Dimitris Karvelas and Kristian Tsantoulas all at the event at various times.

With Kristian Tsantoulas (Left) (Courtesy of Αλέξανδρος Τσαντούλας)

In fact, Kristian Tsantoulas, the media artist behind the superb Spartathlon movies over the last four years or so was actually running himself in the 6 hour race supported by his father Αλέξανδρος Τσαντούλας.

Everyone was so warm and hospitable as they always are in Sparta and Greece. Sparta feels like a second home to me.

In fact I recall international consultant Dora Papadopoulou who usually heads up the medical team in Sparta as part of Spartathlon remarking only a few weeks ago that I spend more time in Greece than she does 😀

The race in its inaugural year was IAU Bronze label accredited along with AIMS and World Athletics so any records set could be officially recorded.

Although the course elevation is zero gain there is a subtle rise towards the statue and obviously a descent outbound towards the 1km turnaround where an intermediate timing mat was located.

Plan/Strategy

For me personally l knew I certainly wasn’t in 24hr shape, having only ticked over with low mileage the last two months, although plenty of strength training. The short notice meant very little time to prepare.

Running in Sparta and being part of the inaugural event amongst Greek friends was just irresistible to me though. Attaining an AQ was unrealistic of course but foregoing an opportunity to try anyway seemed silly too.

Due to the above, an horrendous flight outbound to Greece the day before due to Storm Eunice and repeated flight delays resulted in me arriving at my Athens hotel in the early hours of race day, then trying to grab a few hours sleep before an onward coach journey at 10:00 a.m from Athens to Sparta courtesy of the organiser.

Combined with going without crew and limited time to find supplies just added to the stress and tiredness I felt but in all honesty the time frame was far too tight so I only have myself to blame. Next time I’ll make allowances for this

I’d sought hotel recommendation from friend Paul Katsiva Corderoy and Maria Katsiva of “Eventswerun’ who knew Athens very well. I opted for the Stanley which was excellent but the Wyndham Grand was also an option.

These hotels are situated right on Karaiski Square in Athens where the coach would collect athletes from so this was perfect.

This was a huge help for International athletes especially which included the UK, Hungarian, Swedish and Finnish. I anticipate the international presence will be much more comprehensive next year.

Myself and Marcel Brandon Mckinley (Courtesy of Dimitris Karvelas)

Thankfully friend and fellow Spartathlete Marcel Mckinley a UK based Hungarian runner was also staying at the Stanley so we could bounce ideas off each other.

After a few hours sleep we located the coach on the square and at 10:00 a.m departed for Sparta, arriving around three hours later after a brief stop and chat with fellow athletes.

I’d arranged a table for provisions in advance and a fellow Spartathlete named  Eirini Gianne was invaluable helping us set up and proved a constant inspiration throughout. Eirini ran at Spartatlhlon last year putting in a very gutsy performance!

Spartathlete and volunteer Eirini Gianne (Courtesy of Panagiotis Ermilios)

Leaving it so late meant that we were ill prepared to gain the provisions we wanted in time so it was a case of winging it and relying on the organisers race provisions.

Shoe choice was Hoka Carbon X 2 which were unproven in an ultra for me. I’d decided that comfort over speed was important on the hard road surface having erred at Spartathlon by wearing Saucony Speed 2.

The Saucony Speed 2 and Endorphin Pro 2 were perfect for my track ultra targets last year but not suitable for a road ultra in my opinion. In fairness Saucony don’t claim them to be.

Unusually for me however my lower front leg muscles were very tender after the race so I’m not sure if this was attributable to the shoe affecting my gait or whether it was purely the nature of the course.

I’d calculated some splits to work to but didn’t get preoccupied with the plan I’d drafted. I knew roughly where I’d want to be around the 6hr, 12hr and 18hr marks

Courtesy of Sparta Photography Club and Spartan Runners)

It became apparent quite early on that I was struggling with tiredness which when added to toilet breaks (unusual for me) meant I was losing a lot of time. Hitting 100k in 11hrs on the face of it didn’t seem too bad as this would put me around 110k at midway.

The reality of being unprepared physically, unprepared provision wise and given no crew to mitigate the consequences soon took a toll forcing me to take uncharacteristic breaks from the course and more frequent walk breaks.

The problem was that even with perfect pacing and no slow down 112.5 km would be required in the first/second half and an effective negative split was never going to happen.

I knew from past stats I would slow so would need to be hitting around 118-124 ideally at the midpoint. This wasn’t on the cards so I resolved to just see this one out.

Most would agree that 24hr races rarely go to plan and although I have exceeded 200km on many occasions with my two best performances being 218km and 216km, I know I’m capable of better but on this occasion I was in no shape to demonstrate that.

The support was very welcome and many, many volunteeers, support staff, Physios and Medics, Police etc helped ensure the event ran smoothly.

Bill Kouman, Angela Terzi and Kristian Tsantoulas (Courtesy of Panagiotis Ermilios)

Some 6 hour runners, including fellow Spartathlete Angela Terzi came out to show their support for the 12hr and 24hr runners before they embarked on their own challenge the following day, whilst Giorgos Panos, another Spartathlete was crewing for a friend.

Kudos to Angela who I believe ran the best Greek female mark this year, the second best Greek female mark in history and the Greek AG best AT mark (all 6 hour)

Courtesy of Sparta Photography Club and Spartan Runners)

Results:

I have already confined this performance to history but I was so glad I did manage to participate in what was the inaugural event and witness some gutsy performances, not least those who succeeded in securing Spartathlon ballot qualifiers.

Two females secured ballot qualifiers in the 24hr race, namely Tzima Eleni and Ntoutsi Lambrini with respective performances of 176 and 172 km.

I also believe that Angeliki Stefani secured a ballot qualifier in the 12hr race with 111km

Of the males securing qualifiers in the 24hr, this included Vasileios Glentzes 182km, Panagiotis Mikrogiannakis 192km, Efthymios Vlachos 182km, Georgios Koulogiannis 181km, Spyros Spyropoulos 180km, Vasilis Koumanakos 181km and last but certainly not least Ivan Bretan 210km who won overall but called it early when an AQ looked just out of reach.

Ivan Bretan (Courtesy of Panagiotis Ermilios)

I should add that Ivan has proved on previous occasions that he is more than capable of far exceeding the AQ mark.

With Thanos-Kalamaras Mpompos, who was tremendous support throughout (Courtesy of Panagiotis Ermilios)

It was great to witness such enthusiasm from the runners, volunteers, supporters, the organiser and Sparta Photography Club. Sparta did itself proud with this first outing!

With Maria Kavouri of Sparta Photography Club (Courtesy of Παναγιώτα Καρύγιαννη)

I really do believe this event will establish itself as a unique and special addition to the Ultra race calendar and I have no doubt its appeal will be truly international.

In its first year, we have witnessed a new 12hr Finnish National record from Noora Honkala.

In fact, Noora set four national records going through 50km in 3:39.32, then 6 hours with 79.00km. Then it was on to 100k which she went through in 7:41:54. Despite suffering stomach issues over the last two hours Noora still managed to set yet another national record over 12hrs with 145.5km. In fact had it not been for the stomach issue, Noora would have taken the world record!

We’ve also witnessed a Greek AG AT Best from Angela Terzi in the 6 hour and a host of Spartathlon Qualifiers over 24hr

I foresee many more new marks being realised across all three formats at this event in the future.


6 HRS
1st Λεωνίδας Τζωρτζάκης 73 km 5.59
2nd Balats simonyi 72 km 5.58.
3rd Ioannis Dimopoulos 69km 5.57


12 HRS
1st Noora Honkala 145 km 11.58
2nd Thomas Vouzonis 118 km 12.00
3rd Maltezos john 114 km 11.59


24HRS
1st Ivan Bretan 210 km 22.47
2nd Panagiotis Mikrogiannakis 192 km 23.41
3rd Ευθυμιος Βλαχος 182 km 23 47

Congratulations to all prizewinners, all runners who participated and huge thanks to Spartan Runners for staging this unique event!

Noora Honkala (Courtesy of Sparta Photography Club and Spartan Runners)

Looking forward

Personally, I’m refocused on trying to beat the GB AG V60 AT Best Performances I set last year over 50 mile, 6hr, 12hr and 100 mile, with my 6hr target just 5 weeks away.

The 24hr target eluded me last year but I will be tweaking my training this year with a view to achieving that too.

*Just for info I will be following up this report with one that will appear in Issue 37 of the great publication ‘Ultrarunning World’ edited by Abichal Sherrington.

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Sparta 6/12/24 hour Inaugural Event

Last minute decision to enter the inaugural Sparta 6/12/24 hour event in Sparta itself on 19th February.

It can’t get any better than this except of course for Spartathlon itself. I already have a qualifier for Spartathlon but thought it would be a missed opportunity for an AQ attempt if I didn’t go and it would be great to be part of this inaugural event.

I’m not in 24 hour shape but hey ho, I’m still planning to give it a good go!

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2021 Summary and Looking Forward to 2022

Well that’s 2021 nearly over and I’m really grateful for a decent year apart from a couple of poor displays that I really have no excuse for if I’m brutally honest.

I set myself targets for GB AG V60 AT Best Performances at 50 miles, 6hr, 12hr, 100 miles, 24hr and a Spartathlon improvement back in January and am really pleased to have achieved all of the first four at least.

The latter two proved a stretch too far for me largely due to poor scheduling/time management of training on my part but I hope to give those another shot next year given the chance. Need to ease back on the strength work a tad too.

Still to firm up options for 2022 but will aim to improve on all of the above performances as well as targeting a new 100k PB.

Looking forward the below are either already booked, I’m considering, are subject to qualification, selection or dependent on other races.

February 2022 – Donadea 50k / Sparta 24hr?
April 2022 – Crawley 6hr
July 2022 – Gloucester 100k
August 2022 – Gloucester 24hr
September 2022 – Spartathlon
November 2022 – Phidippides Run (Athens-Sparta-Athens)

Still contemplating other options I’ve been made aware of, but much will depend on Covid situation regarding international races. Whatever I decide I’m really looking forward to the challenge of 2022 already.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of my journey in 2021 in whatever capacity!

All the best to you for 2022 and I hope the training, racing, organising or supporting goes well!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Ian

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Barcelona – Brief Update

Well, not all races go to plan of course and this one certainly didn’t. I nearly called it at 12hrs due to a combination of  tiredness from two consecutive poor nights sleep before the race and the proximity of heavy strength training I believe. It wasn’t my day but I have no excuses.

I was so sleepy and my legs were utterly trashed by 12 hours. I knew at that point there was no way I could possibly hit target based on the midway mark which I’m usually well capable of hitting.

I left the track many times to try to rescue the situation and ended up taking a nap for 80 minutes for the first time ever in a 24hr race. It wasn’t to be though, but the positives for me were watching tremendous performances by Aykut Celikbas, Rolando Espina and Anne Jennings.

Aykut smashed his PB, improved on his Turkish 24 hour record and secured a podium finish with over 231 km. An outstanding performance!

All three of the runners above delivered amazingly inspiring performances! A simply stunning finish by Anne Jennings to hit target!

Thanks to my wife Gill and everyone else supporting from home, trackside support from Aykut’s crew and Anthony Lee and of course the organisers.

It was great to share some miles with Robert Payne too, who has previously hit GB qualifying distance for 24hr – on his debut at that!

It was also nice to meet Pablo Casal of Espiritulibre who gave me a shirt and shouted support. Thanks Pablo!

Anyway, onto the next one where I hope to deliver a better performance. I’m still smiling and looking forward to 2022 already!

Cheers everyone!

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Barcelona 24hr – 31 days and counting…

One month to go before revisiting the Barcelona track I made my 24hr debut at in 2016. I swore I’d never run another 24hr track again after that 🙂 Sound familiar?

The pic below brings back great memories of being amongst friends and a great bunch of runners!

Five years on, many more completed and it looks like a Spartathlon reunion this year. I can’t wait! Let’s hope it isn’t scuppered by Omicron.

This will be my final target of the year where I’m primarily targeting a new GB AG V60 AT Best Performance for 24hr. This is currently held by Geoffrey Oliver and has stood for 28 years!

That will be tough enough on its own and I’m under no illusions as to the difficulty but if I get my act together properly I’ll be pushing for a new Spartathlon AQ.

Barcelona 24 hr 2016

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Update – GB AG V60 AT Best Performance Attempts…

Earlier this year I uncharacteristically threw the gauntlet down to myself publicly in the hope it would give me added focus to attempt some GB AG V60 AT Best Performances.

This was always going to be a tall order but I started the year determined and focused and although the year isn’t over yet I’m delighted to have hit five of my seven targets.

50k (PB attempt, not record) 👍 3/07/21
6hr (GB AG best performance)👍 3/07/21
*50 mile (GB AG best performance)👍28/08/21
*12hr (GB AG best performance)👍28/08/21
100 mile (GB AG best performance) 👍28/08/21
24hr (GB AG best performance) and Sparta AQ 11/12/21

*Fortuitously I already held the two marked with an asterix above according to DUV but managed to improve on these this year too.

Spartathlon target was in hindsight unrealistic given the proximity to Gloucester 24hr but that doesn’t detract from the fact that I made some schoolboy errors in this years race too, including shoe choice, poor hydration and drop bag location post Tegea, so I need to rectify that next year assuming I secure a place.

In summary, I managed to improve on my 50 mile and 12hr GB AG AT Best Performances, set new 6hr and 100m GB AG AT Bests and PB’d over 100k but I decided the 24hr was a stretch too far within the same race and its proximity to Sparta.

Hence, I have opted to attempt both the GB AG V60 24hr Best Performance and a Sparta AQ at Barcelona in December this year.

It would be amazing to realise the last of my targets before year end but I’m under no illusions just how difficult this will be.

With friends at Barcelona 24hr back in 2016

I will need to beat my 24hr PB of 2016, hit 225km for the Sparta AQ and beat the GB V60 AT Best Performance for 24hr which has stood for twenty eight years and is currently held by Geoffrey Oliver.

The fact that this performance has stood for so long really brings home to me that I’ll have to be at the top of my game.

Thanks for dropping by to read my ramblings and all the best to you in your own training and racing!

Strong legs and mind! Ian

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Spartathlon 2021 Update

Following a successful year so far having hit four of my six targets (AG V60 AT Best British Performances 6hr, 50 mile, 12hr and 100 mile) Spartathlon was one of the remaining two and was of course always going to prove the most difficult.


Pre Gloucester I had implemented a strategy of increased strength and speed training together with experimenting with various new shoe options Saucony Endorphin Pro and Speed HOKA Carbon X and HOKA Rocket X.


The former proved their worth as all of my AG group targets on the track were achieved in them.


However, I realised that this was unlikely to translate from the track to the punishing roads of Spartathlon and indeed they aren’t intended for endurance races the length of Spartathlon.


I figured that the Saucony Speed 2 being a little more forgiving might fit the bill but were also not intended for the distances required. It left me in a dilemma as my choices were now Carbon X, Rocket X or Saucony Speed 2. Considerations were weight, responsiveness and comfort.

Courtesy of Παναγιώτα Καρύγιαννη


Ultimately my decision was coloured by my success to date this year and the need for speed. I plumped for the Speed ultimately but it was a fine line between these and the HOKA Rocket X which were lighter and would have provided more support in the forefoot.


Alas it proved a mistake ultimately as my feet have never suffered so much punishment at Spartathlon, especially in the forefoot which was probably due to the long punishing downhills. My left achilles also suffered.


Despite a structured approach to heat training too I suffered considerably on the second day as did many others, and managing core temperature proved a real problem even with the aid of Ice and frequent hydration.

A lapse in concentration meant I got this badly wrong this year. Once you’ve overheated it’s too late to rectify and recover pace, so I was punished over probably the last 50km. Schoolboy error!


Aside from the shoe choice and heat I believe however that my body probably hadn’t recovered sufficiently from Gloucester 24hr on the 28th-29th August (26 days earlier) It’s proximity was closer than I’d ever dare risk normally.

Courtesy of Maria Kavvouri (Sparta Photography Club)


As it transpired I managed to secure my sixth consecutive finish uncrewed for the second time, but it was one of the toughest yet for the reasons above and it wasn’t pretty. Some lessons learned for next time then assuming I can secure a place next year.


Lessons Learnt


Shoe choice – what the shoe provides in comfort will bestow greater dividends overall than what gains one might make in speed so I’m going for comfort next time.


Descent of the mountain – need to master downhills on technical trail with some specificity. Have successfully ran the hill before in 2016 so no reason I can’t again. Skill and confidence are required.


Never eat immediately after Spartathlon until ypu’re sufficiently hydrated – This combined with overheating caused me to pass-out shortly after finishing resulting in a brief hospital visit.


Continue with unilateral and bilateral strength training together with all body strength training. Strength throughout my body was sound and I didn’t suffer hamstring or quad issues so these sessions had yielded dividends.


Kick off my plyometric workouts which I delayed starting between Gloucester and Spartathlon as a precautionary measure.


Ramp up the mileage back to usual levels. I’d experimented reducing mileage due to increased speed and strength training as something has to give.

Be mindful of hazards – pre race I took a very heavy fall in Glyfada during my acclimatisation week. The poorly maintained pavements are always a talking point and I should have been more vigilant.

I ended up severely hurting my ribs and/or intercostal muscles and although I don’t believe it impacted my race I obviously sustained some damage. Three weeks later and I’m still not right. Strangely no bruising but pain persists.

Thanks

Thanks to my family, fellow runners volunteers, supportets, medical crews and of course the ISA without whom staging this wouldn’t have been possible.


Next up:


A 24 hr AG V60 Best British Performance attempt, a Sparta AQ attempt and potentially a 100 mile pb improvement.

Courtesy of Sparta Photography Club

Thanks for visiting my little blog and good luck with your own challenges!

Ian

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Gloucester 24hr 2021 Update

In early July I was so pleased to get off to a positive start in 2021 by achieving the first of my targets ‘GB 6hr AG V60 Best Performance (according to DUV stats)


https://statistik.d-u-v.org/getintbestlist.php?year=all&dist=6h&gender=M&cat=M60&nat=GBR&label&hili=none&tt=netto&Submit.x=27&Submit.y=12

I was delighted to have achieved my first major target of the year. Result was 71.298km/ 44.30 miles

https://results.racedirector.co.uk/crawley-6-12-24-hour-2021/6-hour-03-07-2021.html

Next up I was faced with the dilemma of either trying to improve on the GB AG V60 Best Performances I already held for 50 mile and 12 hour or focus on two I didn’t, the 100 mile and 24hr GB AG V60 which I had planned for Gloucester 24hr on August 28th (organised by Severn Valley Events)


There is always a trade off and I realised I couldn’t expect to achieve them all in one race as effectively as I could if I approached them separately.


The problem was a lack of options so between the eve of the race and the actual start I decided to risk adopting a non scientific approach (basically suck it and see)


After much deliberation on shoe choice between HOKA Carbon X and Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 I decided to opt for the Saucony which had served me so well at Crawley 6 hour.


This proved a wise choice as I was delighted to achieve not only Best British Performance AG V60 for 50 mile, 12 hour and 100 mile to add to the 6hr but I also improved my 100km PB (9:26) and took 3rd on the podium for the 24hr. It’s great to set targets and realise them.

Results:

https://results.racedirector.co.uk/gloucester-invitational-track-ultra-2021/24-hour-track-race-28-08-2021.html

6 hour : 71.298 km
50 mile – 7:27:18
12 hour – 122km
100 mile – 16:47:37

Added bonus was discovering I’m now ranked 5th V60 in the World over 100 miles. I feel so inspired to improve!

Courtesy of Wendy Whearity


As you’d imagine this wasn’t a 24hr PB for me and running so agressively to achieve the shorter targets meant of course that my attempt at the 24 hour GB AG V60 Best will now have to wait a while longer. I made a decision after breaking the 100 mile target not to pursue the 24hr target given the proximity of Spartathlon on September 24th

The support was amazing both at home and at the event. I would like to thank Paul Katsiva-Corderoy and Maria Katsiva of Severn Valley Events for an amazing event and for looking after all of the runners so well.

Big thanks too to everyone who mucked in to help me as I was crewless this year with my wife Gill enjoying a well earned break but arguably that was more stressful for Gill than actually being there.


My final target of the year will be to improve on my Spartathlon PB and Spartathlon GB or World best time for V60


I have it all to do but I’m relishing the journey! Thanks everyone and good luck with your training and racing!

Ian

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Positive Start to 2021 Goals – Crawley 6hr and 50k Report/Results

So pleased to get off to a positive start by achieving the first two of my targets for this year. A 50k PB split and GB 6hr AG V60 Best performance.

50k (PB attempt, not record) 4hrs 9s
6hr (GB AG best performance) 71.30km/44.30 miles.

Although I did cover the first 100 or so 400s 5-10s approx quicker than my planned 2 minutes I nevertheless ran pretty consistently which allowed for some margin of error and ultimately helped me nail it.

Interestingly despite my pace inevitably drifting out somewhat my average lap overall was 2.0224719101 minutes, so pretty pleased with that 🙂

Lap # Time Lap Split


1 00:01:40 00:01:40
2 00:03:27 00:01:47
3 00:05:15 00:01:48
4 00:07:04 00:01:49
5 00:08:57 00:01:54
6 00:10:48 00:01:52
7 00:12:36 00:01:48
8 00:14:25 00:01:49
9 00:16:13 00:01:49
10 00:18:01 00:01:48
11 00:19:50 00:01:49
12 00:21:40 00:01:51
13 00:23:31 00:01:51
14 00:25:22 00:01:51
15 00:27:12 00:01:51
16 00:29:04 00:01:52
17 00:30:59 00:01:55
18 00:32:53 00:01:55
19 00:34:47 00:01:54
20 00:36:42 00:01:55
21 00:38:35 00:01:54
22 00:40:26 00:01:51
23 00:42:20 00:01:55
24 00:44:11 00:01:52
25 00:46:01 00:01:51
26 00:47:54 00:01:54
27 00:49:50 00:01:56
28 00:51:45 00:01:55
29 00:53:39 00:01:55
30 00:55:31 00:01:52
31 00:57:25 00:01:54
32 00:59:19 00:01:54
33 01:01:15 00:01:56
34 01:03:07 00:01:53
35 01:05:01 00:01:54
36 01:06:54 00:01:54
37 01:08:46 00:01:52
38 01:10:39 00:01:54
39 01:12:35 00:01:56
40 01:14:28 00:01:54
41 01:16:23 00:01:55
42 01:18:18 00:01:56
43 01:20:14 00:01:56
44 01:22:07 00:01:54
45 01:24:00 00:01:54
46 01:25:52 00:01:52
47 01:27:46 00:01:54
48 01:29:40 00:01:54
49 01:31:33 00:01:54
50 01:33:28 00:01:56
51 01:35:22 00:01:54
52 01:37:11 00:01:50
53 01:39:04 00:01:53
54 01:40:54 00:01:51
55 01:42:49 00:01:55
56 01:44:39 00:01:51
57 01:46:32 00:01:53
58 01:48:27 00:01:56
59 01:50:22 00:01:55
60 01:52:19 00:01:58
61 01:54:15 00:01:57
62 01:56:10 00:01:55
63 01:58:04 00:01:54
64 01:59:59 00:01:55
65 02:01:56 00:01:58
66 02:03:52 00:01:57
67 02:05:48 00:01:57
68 02:07:43 00:01:55
69 02:09:41 00:01:58
70 02:11:36 00:01:55
71 02:13:30 00:01:54
72 02:15:19 00:01:50
73 02:17:12 00:01:53
74 02:19:06 00:01:55
75 02:20:59 00:01:53
76 02:22:53 00:01:55
77 02:24:49 00:01:57
78 02:26:42 00:01:53
79 02:28:36 00:01:54
80 02:30:31 00:01:55
81 02:32:27 00:01:57
82 02:34:22 00:01:56
83 02:36:19 00:01:57
84 02:38:20 00:02:01
85 02:40:21 00:02:02
86 02:42:23 00:02:02
87 02:44:22 00:02:00
88 02:46:21 00:02:00
89 02:48:19 00:01:58
90 02:50:16 00:01:57
91 02:52:12 00:01:57
92 02:54:07 00:01:55
93 02:56:00 00:01:53
94 02:57:54 00:01:54
95 02:59:49 00:01:56
96 03:01:49 00:02:00
97 03:03:47 00:01:58
98 03:05:39 00:01:53
99 03:07:35 00:01:57
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107 03:23:28 00:02:03
108 03:25:27 00:01:59
109 03:27:26 00:02:00
110 03:29:26 00:02:00
111 03:31:26 00:02:00
112 03:33:25 00:02:00
113 03:35:26 00:02:02
114 03:37:33 00:02:07
115 03:39:38 00:02:06
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118 03:45:49 00:02:04
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122 03:53:58 00:02:03
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124 03:58:08 00:02:07
125 04:00:09 00:02:01
126 04:02:18 00:02:09
127 04:04:22 00:02:05
128 04:06:25 00:02:04
129 04:08:30 00:02:05
130 04:10:34 00:02:04
131 04:12:37 00:02:04
132 04:14:43 00:02:07
133 04:16:45 00:02:02
134 04:18:50 00:02:05
135 04:20:52 00:02:02
136 04:22:57 00:02:06
137 04:25:05 00:02:09
138 04:27:10 00:02:06
139 04:29:19 00:02:09
140 04:31:30 00:02:11
141 04:33:41 00:02:12
142 04:35:52 00:02:12
143 04:38:03 00:02:11
144 04:41:00 00:02:57
145 04:49:31 00:08:32
146 04:51:35 00:02:04
147 04:53:29 00:01:55
148 04:55:24 00:01:56
149 04:57:16 00:01:53
150 04:59:12 00:01:56
151 05:01:11 00:01:59
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153 05:05:08 00:02:00
154 05:07:14 00:02:06
155 05:09:16 00:02:02
156 05:11:20 00:02:05
157 05:13:48 00:02:28
158 05:15:55 00:02:07
159 05:18:05 00:02:10
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162 05:24:31 00:02:07
163 05:26:38 00:02:07
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172 05:45:40 00:02:17
173 05:47:56 00:02:17
174 05:50:15 00:02:19
175 05:52:34 00:02:20
176 05:54:52 00:02:18
177 05:57:11 00:02:19
178 05:59:31 00:02:21

My wife Gill was my rock again supporting me on these crazy adventures and was just brilliant as usual tending to my erratic requests for food and drink etc and providing progress updates. Also thanks to Stepson Mark and Stepdaughter Lynn for the encouragement and media posts.

I’d also like to thank all of my running friends and fellow runners who supported me, providing progress updates too, cajoling, encouraging and urging me on to my target. So many to thank including Paul Ali, Paul Beechey, Darren Strachan , Bryn Jones,  Alexander Whearity, Wendy Lynn, Sarah Morward, Ian Hammett, Paul Katsiva-Corderoy, David Barker, Andy Jordan, Lindley Chambers, Simon Prytherch, Sarah Sawyer and basically everyone on and around the track and supporting from home too!

Of course, big thanks to Pam Storey who organised the event and all the volunteers! Really well done!

Congrats to all prize winners!

Men: Ollie Garrod, Stephen Marks and Andy Jordan

Women: Gaynor Watts, Samantha Amend, S, Carter

It was a really special day and I’m delighted to have achieved my first major target of the year which is AG V60 Best British Performance for 6hr having followed my own rigorous and disciplined training schedule.

Result was 71.298km/ 44.30 miles https://results.racedirector.co.uk/crawley-6-12-24-hour-2021/6-hour-03-07-2021.html

Next up I hope to improve on the best performances I already hold indicated by the asterix but I’ll try this during my attempt at the 100 mile and 24hr AG best performances at Gloucester 24hr in August


50 mile (GB AG best performance)*
12hr (GB AG best performance)*
100 mile (GB AG best performance)
24hr (GB AG best performance)

Final target of the year will be to improve on my Spartathlon (GB Best V60)

I have it all to do but I’m relishing the journey! Thanks everyone and good luck with your training and racing! Ian

Photo’s courtesy of Jon Lavis

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