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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Steve C's ups-and-downs of ups and downs

A couple of ongoing niggles put paid to any chance of run-training and as a consequence Steve C found himself lining up for the Sale and Chorlton Water Park Trail Marathon both carrying injuries and very under-prepared . Steve is an experienced distance runner and knew of the upcoming folly but had persuaded a colleague to run the event and so set about the 26.2 miles of mixed terrain feeling an approximately equal mix of trepidation and self-imposed moral obligation. The pain and suffering came, as predicted, towards the end of the race but Steve - refusing to yield - reduced his efforts to a run/walk strategy and finished; albeit in a slower time and rather more pain that even he had anticipated.

A couple of weeks of nursing and recuperation followed which opened up the chance for a joint Steve / Len effort at the Dog Jog's Bark in the Park CaniX-style event. Len didn’t allow his own now-veteran status - nor Steve’s injuries - to get in the way of a train-like pulling performance which saw the pair duly rewarded with a top-ten finish.

Now, anyone ‘normal’ who had run-till-they-dropped in the formidable V3K, then been laid low with injuries, then done a trail marathon whilst still injured and with no preparation, then been pulled around a CaniX event by a monster of a dog - might justifiably have a well deserved rest.

Not Steve. Still feeling miffed at his V3K performance and feeling the need to serve penance, last weekend (26th August) he took on the craziness that is the St Begas Ultra - a 58K / 36 mile fell run through the heart of The Lake District. In short, thankfully, things went pretty much to plan. Pulling on his vast experience and a ton of support tape (pic) Steve made contained efforts up Honister Pass, Grey Knotts and Haystacks; had a good leg through Ennerdale Forest; made a determined effort up the killer Bummers Hill and ongoing Dent Fell section; and enjoyed a final - comparatively easy 4 miles to the finish.

Pacing skills and sheer grit saw Steve comfortably beat his time over the same course last year and he may now - deservedly - have something of a breather. Actually, he has to: he still can’t walk properly.


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