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Ben Nevis 2 years 10 months ago #1

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Any Pacers done this previously, and care to share horror stories or nuggets of advice?

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Ben Nevis 2 years 10 months ago #2

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NtS you are my hero, you must be mad
Reformed racer after brush with mortality, the + is it inspired Andrew to get fit and join the running community, and has given me a more realistic challenge at fell, road and XC races. 2015 will be the year I get my mojo back after injuries.
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Ben Nevis 2 years 10 months ago #3

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Why? 9miles/ 4400' ascent: which is approx 1000'/ mile. Apparently, the race starts at the summit... :blink:
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Ben Nevis 2 years 10 months ago #4

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6 Sep 1986, two weeks after I'd done Burnsall Classic in 19 min and the Bradford to Leeds 10 in 64 min.

'Twas a sunny day, although a little mist reported at the top. The race was 16 km with 1340 m of ascent (metricized for those who went to school in the '60s onwards).

The race was won by Scots hillrunning expert Colin* Donnelly in 1:25:48, he finishing just 8 min before yours truly (before yours truly got to the summit that is). The views were fantastic and I admit stopping a few times to (have a rest and) admire those views. As I approached the summit the mist unfortunately was getting too heavy to see anything other than descending runners running towards me and, if I wasn't quick enough to move out of the way, hurdling over my head.

My own descent took 57 mins, lots of it on my bum, and when I got to tarmac for the last km or so my legs nearly buckled with the sudden transfer to solid ground. Only did it for the experience, and enjoyed that, as well as the atmosphere and bridies and heavy later on. Finished in 2:26:57, 412th out of 483 crazy runners, and THAT was when I could finish in the top 15% of most road races!
Last Edit: 2 years 10 months ago by John Pop. Reason: *Orig. put Chris: used to work with a Chris Donelly, durr!
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