Race report: Race to the stones 100km

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When I applied to run 100km as part of the all-female The North Face #ultrababes team I kind of didn’t think I’d get a place. I knew loads of awesome women would be applying to take part and looked forward to following their journeys. I had never run more than a marathon, and frankly, I’m infamous for not really putting in the training for my A-races. When I got a place alongside seasoned ultra runners and other novices I had a slight freak-out. And then another. And then I decided I should probably just get on with it and train and prep as best I could.

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Photos: Race to the stones 2014

A serious carb-loading sesh, pre-race

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Kit at the ready

Keeping warm and trying to contain my giddy excitement. Seriously, I love my running vest, makes me feel so ‘pro’. Ish.

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Half the @rtts100 #ultrababes lined up, ready to tackle the race

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Evocative forest through Grim’s Ditch

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(Almost) halfway - crossing the 48k finish line.

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Ready to take on #onemomile after some pasta, pizza and blister treatment. Don’t underestimate the power of things like fave t-shirts and matching water bottles :)

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Before my Garmin packed in at around 66k (and my pace dropped severely).

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These were the *smallest* hail stones, just as the crazy, electrical storm downpour started. I repeat, the *smallest*. Most were the size of large grapes.

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From thundery rainstorms to golden fields in a flash

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Between the golden fields above and this photo a lot happened. Somewhere along the way I failed on the nutrition / hydration / painkiller front and my belly got seriously unhappy with me, forcing me to walk for at least 10k. Hannah found me walking and joined me at a walking pace until I could run again. What a star. The next 25k was spent encouraging each other through darkness and overtaking desolate runners, willing their tired bodies along a dark, slippery clay path, as we found our stride together. And then we crossed the finish line, together.

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What a journey.

2 months ago 9 notes

Kabuki Race Report - This Race Was Personal

Kabuki’s story gave me goose bumps - powerful determination

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When I entered Race to the Stones, I wanted to see whether I could shorten the time it took me to complete my prior 100k from London to Brighton of 18:56 where the emphasis would be switching from walking with some running to running with some walking. I trained, I planned and I quietly…

2 months ago 3 notes

(Almost) halfway - 48k in and before it got really tough (and started hailing lumps of ice the size of grapes) #rtts14 #rtts100 #cpwracetothestones

2 months ago 3 notes

Ready to rumble! @cat_simpson and @hannahlouisewalsh all smiles at the start line @rtts100 #rtts100 #cpwracetothestones @thenorthfaceeu

2 months ago 1 note

We finished in the dark but we finished strong.100k done and feeling so proud of @hannahlouisewalsh and the rest of the @rtts100 team. What an epic journey that was! #rtts100 #rtts14 #CPWracetothestoned

2 months ago 12 notes

Pre-race thoughts

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Has July ever come around quickly!?! It turns out that I’m running 100km really soon. Tomorrow, in fact, uh-huh.

I feel ready - as ready as I’m going to be, anyway. Since running 50k a month ago I have had this mental itch to just get it over with. Not that I want it to just happen and go away, but rather I really want to just run this thing, now, experience what this crazy super-run is going to feel like!

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2 months ago 3 notes

We start in Chinnor #rtts100 #rtts14

2 months ago 1 note

Maja: Training Blog

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With 4 weeks to go before running 100km, that Sunday was meant to be a solid run, and so it became. This is the furthest I have ever run.

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I had signed up for the inaugural Run Hackney half marathon, thinking that I’d use it as a long run for my training, possibly running a bit…
2 months ago 5 notes

Susie on nutrition

Useful info for an ultra novice like me…

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Nutrition. Making sure you are doing this well for running is very important.

..for Ultras it is essential.

There is a bit of difference fuelling for a half marathon or marathon, and for a longer run. When I started running, I dabbled with gels and energy drinks. These work very well for a…

3 months ago 21 notes

The inimitable @sorrellwalsh. She, who runs scorching 1.28 half marathons. She’s my hero too. #rtts100 #running #runninghero #rundemcrew #runhackney

3 months ago 1 note

It’s no problem to run 50km with crew like this. Massive shout out to @fehrtrade for pacing me through the Hackney Half in serious heat and @cwschnohr for inspiration. And #cheerdemcrew are the shizz - big ups! #runhackney #rtts100 #ultratraining #rundemcrew #running

3 months ago

Run commute kit extraordinaire. Never thought I’d be using an ultra vest pack as a purse on my lunch break. #hereweare #rtts100 #runcommute #running #thenorthface #ultratraining

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Run for the hills. #devon #dartmoor #running #rtts100 #runlonger #longerdays #ultratraining

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