Updated: Jan 28
I was more prepared for this race than Tooting 24hour last year. Last year I turned up at Tooting after finding out I was in the event 2 days before having been on the lash most of the week! I had no crew, no nutrition plan as I drove to Sainsbury’s the night before to buy scotch eggs, no real training, no strategy and no idea. That event I lasted 12 hours, having hit close to world record pace for first 50km and run a 21minute 5km about 73km in!
This year the plan was different. I had employed ultra coaches DaznBone whom have been bliss to work with. There is no doubt I'd not have achieved this without their help. I am a decent club 5 km runner and my love is 10 km with a British Masters qualifying time for 45 year olds but I have struggled to convert this form into ultras. With their help I built up knowledge and experience in training but be prepared for some mad bat expletives. For example there were +40,000 that did the London marathon this year, 200 that did the nohtaraM (marathon backwards at 4am), only 1 that did it both ways!
I had a crew with me in the form of James Fox from KOMFUEL.co.uk, like the John Nash of nutrition. I had the training under my belt ; Circumnavigation of Guernsey at night, Aylesbury to Northolt 70km canal chimp bashing night run, sub 9hour 90km track run, and back to back London marathon (finish to start and start to finish) 84km in 7:10. Also I read the Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters to get mentally stronger. Beating the chimp was perhaps the biggest task.
My strategy was to run the first half of race at 5:30mins/km to 5:45mins/km. Thereafter, I was expecting “some” drift. I was not going to be a loose cannon this time. My goals
A 235km and above for possible world championship place
B 228km for either auto British Spartathlon place or entry into centurion 100mile event
C 180km for British Spartathlon ballot place