Stamford 30k is traditionally the second prep race for the spring marathons and GRC had an excellent turnout of 13 this year. With a good mix of first-timers and seasoned pros.
For the first-timers (like myself), we heard it was hilly but looking at the profile picture in the sports hall beforehand, it reminded me more of Liege-Bastogne-Liege than a regular running race!
But soon we were off, leaving the secondary school and heading west into the countryside. The first few kilometres were flat or downhill and with nice crisp weather, all was good with the world. Then a left turn and the hills started. At about 5km, Abi and her running mate came cruising past and I knew it was going to be hard work. The next 25 km were all about managing those depleted energy reserves as we went up hill and down dale. Roadside support was great and water stops were well positioned.
The final few kilometres followed the way we left and a loop of the playing fields was the final stretch before the finished.
I think previous experience and a good preparation was invaluable for this race. Soon after I finished, Scott, Catherine, Rob and Gordon all crossed the line, and paced their races just about perfectly. Andrew Spencer and Jez Page were next, both with a date in London on the horizon. Nick Payne and Marc Tremain both finished powerfully, a few minutes ahead of first-timer Ruth Dunstan, in the middle of her Fab 40 races. Nikki Carr next inside the 3 hour mark, while Lucy Roberts and Wendy Hobson were just outside and within seconds of each other. Then Wendy Tremain soon completed the party.
Doing the maths, many of our group look like taking lumps off our marathon PBs, and first timers look like setting very good marks.
All in all, Stamford succeeded in making it tough for us all, but has set us up well for the challenges to come.
|Iain Brown||2:17:41||M||120||First Timer||63.36%|
|Andrew Spencer||2:28:16||M||220||First Timer||66.59%|
|Ruth Dunstan||2:49:19||F||404||First Timer||57.96%|
|Nikki Carr||2:56:21||F||445||First Timer||65.77%|
|Wendy Hobson||3:01:28||F||481||First Timer||59.19%|
Will Parkin took another slice off his PB at Newark, finishing second in 18:24
While in Pontypridd, Andrew Pask's return from injury upped a gear with a Parkrun PB of 20:08
Warren Stark had another consistent result at Lincoln with 22:27.
While Gwenda Williams visited Mansfield and finished close to her best in 27:58.