European and World Cup 100km Championship
No doubt Lucy will tell her own story in due course. I just want to add
that Lucy totally justified her GB selection for the 100km team. Running
100k on the roads is not surprisingly somewhat different to covering anything
like that distance or that time even, on the hills and trails. The intensity
of churning out mile after mile on tarmac..62.2 of them in fact, will
not be every Carnethy members idea of a "Perfect weekend Run"
She went through the Marathon distance in approx 3 hours 14min.and the
50km point in 3 hours 49 mins. On what most observers felt was a testing
course in the Italian countryside around Tarquinia some 50 miles north
of Rome, she held things together very well in the second half of the
race. on course for sub 8 hours for most of the race, she slowed somewhat
over the final 20km but her hill background was incredibly useful in the
last one and half kilometres, which involved a climb up to the centre
of the hill top town of Tarquinia, where she overtook and passed her team
mate Emma Gooderham to secure being first Brit to finish.
It is unusual in ultra distance to find someone who seems so at home running
these distances on any surface be it hills road or trail and everyone
in Carnethy should be very VERY proud of her achievements.
For the record I think Lucy's time of 8 hours 9 minutes and 27 secs ranks
her 3rd or 4th on the Scottish all time list and ranks her 2nd women in
the UK for 2008.
Lucy was delighted to be able to meet with Scottish ultra distance running
legend Don Ritchie (who also organised the Speyside Way race for many
years). Donald was in Tarquinia as a guest of the organisers. It is 30
years since he set what is still the best time ever recorded for the 100km
distance of 6 hours 10 minutes and 20 seconds. If you do the "Math"
that works out to 5min 59 sec per mile for the 62.2 miles!!!!.
with Don Ritchie
ADRIAN STOTT (who was part of the back up crew
for the GB team)
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