This year, my time at the White Rose ultra was spent driving between checkpoints, sitting in the dark waiting for runners and helping anyone who needed it.
I have many fond memories of my OMM Kamleika jacket. It’s seen me through a lot of adventures and while it ultimately became more gaffer tape than jacket – I retired it with full honours in my running kit drawer “just in case”.
My running year effectively ended on November 1st when I crossed the finish line of the White Rose 100 mile ultra but the lead up to that had an immensely satisfying year of races and experiences.
A nice varied week with a Friday night trail race followed by parkrun then a 23 mile long run was a good mix up.
I felt really down after Frostbite last week, despite it not being an A race for me, I’d still hoped to do well on what looked a very runnable and speedy course through some lovely countryside, my DNF felt really significant after a few days thought.
I can’t believe as this calendar year starts to wrap up and more and more training is done in the darkness of the short days that’s it’s been an amazing 6 months being part of the Berghaus Trail Team.
I’ve spent a lot of time learning about running in the last couple of years and there’s one common set of lessons I’d like to share about turning up to your first ultra.
I’ve always been fairly confident of hitting my goals when I enter a race but by god did I do a number on myself leading up to the Ladybower ultra.
I hadn’t planned on running quite so much with the Berghaus Trail Chase scheduled for the weekend but I took it fairly easy during the week and it seemed to be ok.
The last week has been one of the most intense, challenging and fun weeks in my short running history as I joined up with the rest of the Berghaus Trail Team for 3 days mountain running in Chamonix.