The ever popular `warm up for a Marathon` or `I like Hoodies` event sold out in record time this year, despite a promising grey start the day being the first day of spring certainly did shine like it.
With the heroics of the previous day at Charnwood thankfully not hurting that much I go to task with trying to pace Dan Valencia to 3:30 and help `Lucky` Luke Egglestone to his longest distance yet in preparation for Manchester Marathon by not letting him go off like a scolded cat.
I have to admit despite the `dancing feet` I worry about how my legs will feel later on, I’m glad that they are fine on the long climb up to Swepstone and can only pray they stay like that come the second lap. Luke is running well, Dan is a little more cautious, we make it to Heather without any hitches and pretty much soon enough back in Packington for the second lap.
Very aware of my energy levels I take a gel at 8, 12 and 16 miles, Dan has fallen slightly behind and I almost need reins on Luke. He second climb upto Swepstone feels a lot more harder, at 13 miles I let Luke cut loose where he`s following Barrow Runner Ian Robinson, thankfully he`s ran within himself after going off and this looks very promising for his first Marathon.
My last three miles were not pretty and I spent far too long at the last drinks station at Packington so as not wearing a watch I was very happily surprised I crossed the line in 2:31: 45.
Great as usual race, superbly organised as ever and a lovely Purple hoodie! [Rob]
Luke Egglestone (2:28:50)
Rob Beers (2:31:45)
Dan Valencia (2:34:12)
Jenni Wisher (Time TBC)
Vicki Lowe (2:47:47)
Abigail Arnott (2:55:32)
Michelle Farlow (2:55:32)
Theresa Clyde Coltman (2:55:32)
Sarah Lawrence (3:17:30)
Jon Wilson (3:34:32)
Deborah Wilson (3:34:32)
Helen Metcalfe (Time TBC)
For those building up to a spring marathon, the Ashby 20 is often a key milestone, either pacing well for a solid training run, or pushing on to test fitness – it is certainly a tough test in itself, with 20 undulating miles over the roads.
On a sunny spring day, the start/finish area had a great atmosphere, so much so that Jason Barton couldn’t stay away for long – his time of 2.07.42 being the 3rd quickest ever at a 20 mile race as a Strider, with only Chris and Nicola ever going faster.
Simon Bottrill was next home, in an impressive 2.34.54 (given the previous day’s efforts), with Dan Valencia and Michael Atton also putting tired legs to the test in 2.43.43 and 2.44.00. Rob Beers (representing first claim club, Barrow) 2.43.47. Rich Gray (2.46.43), Vicki Lowe (2.52.12), Abi Arnott (2.52.13), Michelle Farlow (2.53.27) and John Houghton (2.57.08) put in solid performances whilst building up to longer challenges, as did Sarah Lawrence (3.36.43) and Shaun Staff (4.23.52). [Rich]
Whats tapering? Race two for some of us this weekend (Grr Shiny Road Runners) and there didn’t seem to be many creaks this morning for the race which most people do as part of their Marathon training. Now, when you go to an event you see people with T-shirts of `Madrid Half-Marathon` or `Los Angeles Marathon` but let’s be honest in the Midlands running circles the only true respect your going to get is if you sport the famous Ashby 20 hoodie!
It’s pretty much a Bucket list race if just for the Hoodie. So quite a few debutants this year in fact I think there were seven Strider debutants for this race and it’s not an easy one, all about getting your splits right and not going off like a whirlwind I must admit I had it good on the pressure front as was only pacing a friend yet thoroughly enjoyed it, Michael Atton despite feeling it somewhat after running so hard yesterday managed a great time in his debut, Michelle Farlow looking very ready for the Virgin London Marathon, oh to be honest we all ran very well! Totally a race where I think you can learn from about your running pacing and stamina and we also found out they don’t serve good cups of Tea in Ashby. [Rob]