This year, two of our KADS ladies took on the NoMad Ultra event. Although our ladies captain Nic is a seasoned NoMad and ultra-distance runner, for route master Rachelle, this was her first ultra-distance race. Here is her report on the local event...
The Nomad Ultra is an event organised by Long Eaton Running Club following a multi-terrain route around Derbyshire, starting and finishing in Breaston. It has a 50k, 50 mile and a team relay option, and the entry fee is reasonable, especially if you get in the Early Bird price – just £34 for EA members! I entered the 50k event, which follows part of the Derby Nomad Trail (a circular hiking route around Derby) for the first part, cutting up through Derby City Centre and re-joining the trail at for the final part.
The race starts in Breaston and heads through Draycott along a fairly flat route as it joins the canal at Shardlow. The first checkpoint at 10 miles is a bit surreal because although it’s the first checkpoint, it’s actually the longest portion of the route between checkpoints, so it’s serves to “break the back” of the race in a sense. You are greeted with flapjacks, banana and smiles to keep you going and it’s lovely to be feel like you can stop and have a mini break, with no pressure to run and keep drinking, like you would in a “normal” road race. I think that pretty much sums up the whole race atmosphere – very low key and friendly vibe. There are three more checkpoints after this one, each with an equally friendly reception, which was much needed on such a hot day. After heading through Derby, the route follows footpaths through the Derbyshire country side, through fields and long grass and over SO MANY STILES! It definitely becomes much more challenging and you realise how the canal towpaths were a breeze… Despite the challenge, the views are amazing and although the hills are pretty demanding (both the up and the down) all in all it really is a wonderful experience.
A lot of you will know the training I’ve been putting in since the New Year really took its toll on me sometimes, but I can honestly say it was worth it and I cannot wait to do it again. I would encourage you all to check out the race for next year, consider the 50km or the 50 mile option, but almost certainly I’m keen that we enter a team relay – the 50 mile route can be split into 6 legs; it’s a relatively underrepresented aspect of the event and I think it would be great to support a local race and a local club.
*photo credits to John Oleshko:
Race 1 of this seasons Booths League road series took place at Teversal Trails on Tuesday, 10th of April. On a what might reasonably described as wet and murky evening, 35 KADS athletes proudly flew the club colours under our new club flag. The race distance of 4.6 miles was run over well surfaced paths, which despite the incessant rain of the previous few days, held up well for all the 400 plus runners involved.
1st KADS athlete home was Kev Copestake in an excellent 51st place, with Kev Johnson and Steve Haskard knocking on the door of the top 100 finishers.
All remaining KADS athletes put in sterling performances as always, and it was fantastic to see so many runners making their debut for the club, so a very special mention to the following.
Kev Johnson, Rebecca Richardson, Jason Buckley, Katie Newton and Julie Buckley. Well done folks and welcome to the wonderful world of league racing!
Many other runners from other clubs passed comment to myself and several of our members on how well the club supported our fellow teammates, this is, of course, the KADS way, but it is great to hear nonetheless. The finish straight lined with Maroon and Silver, cheering home our very own Andy Haskard was absolutely fantastic!
Round 2 of the series takes place at Ilkeston Stute on the 8th of May, race start 19:30.
Race results can be found on the excellent www.leaguetracker.co.uk
Super-KAD Lee Cutforth shares his view and race report from his recent Marathon attempt
THE EVENT REVIEW:
On the 8/4/2018 myself and a group of friends took on the Greater Manchester Marathon.
The course is a fast and flat route starting and finishing at Emirates Old Trafford. My goal was to run under 3:05 and achieve a good for age place in London 2019. The weather on the on the day was overcast, mild, dry without any wind (perfect conditions for me). The support and atmosphere around the 26.2 mile route was fantastic with live music, jelly babies and 1000's of people cheering and occasionally making reference to either my club or name (which is printed on the race number)
MY 16 WEEK TRAINING PLAN.
So training for the marathon started to take shape after the new year and the good thing I find with this training start date is firstly will help shift any excess weight from Xmas and New Year, and also keep you focused on training threw the colder months.
This is a brief description of the sort of training I did:
SUNDAY: 1.5m w/up & 1.5m c/down/ 4 x 0.45m hill reps (running up fast and recover back down) = 6.6m.
TUESDAY: Min 1m w/up & 1m c/down/ 4 x 0.9m reps with 90s rec (flat ground running hard) = 5.6m
WEDNESDAY: 4-6m easy run.
THURSDAY: Long run. At the start of the plan we started at 10m then adding 1m each week.
I found with the long run it’s important to run some miles at Marathon pace.
e:g 5m @ 7:30 and the last 5 @ Marathon pace (for me 7:00)
FRIDAY: Rest or easy run 4-6m.
SATURDAY: 5/6m tempo run. This is a faster paced workout which should be comfortably hard.
In my case I was running this session around the 6:30 mark.
This is a basic training week for me, as the weeks progressed I found I had to be flexible with training as we all have unexpected things pop up.
On the Tuesday night session I was able to train with Notts AC, this was perfect as I finished work at 6pm and there sessions would start at 7pm and always within 10-15mins away from my workplace. To get the best out of this session it’s a good idea to run with someone or a group and keep a track of your time to monitor progress.
I know there is a few KADS who train with Broxtowe Tri Club and I'm sure they will agree on the benefits of such sessions. This is also a good idea for long runs to find a buddy to run with and explore different routes.
Another thing my training partner (Paul Taylor) had suggested was to enter a few races, so we entered Stamford 30k and Belvoir Challenge XC (15m). This helped as its something to look forward to and also if you wish to race to gauge where your fitness level is.
5 weeks pre-race there was a bad weather period of sub 0 temperatures along with snow which put a hold on a weeks planned running, to top this of the week after the bad weather I came down with flu/virus which had me on the sofa for the best part of a week. This didn’t do my confidence much good with training in full flow I had run 15 miles in 2 weeks instead of the planned 90 or so miles!
EVENT LOGISTICS/NUTRITION ON THE DAY
As for the accommodation and travel to Manchester I had been in contact with Leigh Turner who was also running the marathon and planned to get a lift up with him and book into the Premier Inn located in West Didsbury (M21 7QS). My view in order to run at your best on the day is to get the little details right, those 2 days before is time to reflect on your training, relax and go over the method of attack on race day.
We arrived on the Friday around 3pm having travelled through the Peak District to get there, after checking in we decided to take a short trip to the Trafford Centre to pass a little time. After we returned we sat down for a bite to eat, took the 15min walk to the tram stop to check where we was getting on and off on race day, then headed off to our rooms.
Day 2, and after a good night’s sleep I had decided to take a 2m jog , looking on my phone there was a nice wooded area with a large pond located a short distance from the hotel so of I went. Then we had decided to go to the cinema and watch a film, followed up by the last main meal (CARBS).
Race day and we was up nice and early (5:45), my morning schedule was to have my iron supplement (FLORADIX) beetroot shot, pot of porridge with a banana, jump in the shower, apply some vicks vapour rub to my chest and get my race gear on. I had prepared my pre-work drink (caffeine) and as we left the hotel I had another pot of porridge on the way to catch the tram.
We arrived at the race village nice and early, dropped our bags of and were anticipating the start. Come 8am I had a cereal bar and followed up at 8:30 with my caffeine drink (175mg) and took a steady walk to the starting pens.
8:40 and we were at the starting line, I wished Leigh good luck and of I went to warm up.
9:00 and the race had started, my race pace was to stick to 7:00mm, stay calm and relaxed and run my own race.
Attached to my gel belt I had 4 SIS + electrolyte gels, 2 packs of shot-bloks (6 in a pack) and caffeine shot (200mg)
As with the long runs in training I would after 40mins put a shot-blok in the corner of my mouth and let it dissolve and repeat until I had consumed 1 packet just after half way and then start on the second pack.
With the gels I took the first 1 on the hour mark and every 30mins after that.
The caffeine shot was saved for the 20m mark and sure did help me threw the final and most difficult part of a marathon.
Taking in enough fluid was a priority for me as I sweat a lot, I took my time at the water stations to keep hold of the water for a little while and take small but frequent drinks.
The overall race experience was my best in the marathon distance, I had prepared for 16 weeks for this and was confidant I could achieve my target.
I took the race a mile at a time and no more, the atmosphere from the crowds was great and when it got a little quiet in places it was time to just relax and bring in happy and uplifting thoughts.
As I hit the 20m mark sure enough I reached for the CAFFINE! In last year’s marathon at this point I was starting to drop off the pace, had other runners passing me and started to doubt myself.
This year was the opposite, 5m to go and I had noticed a had a fresh spring in my step and started to overtake others who seemed to be in the same position I was in last year. I was on target for my goal and just had to keep up the pace.
Before I knew it there was 2 and a bit miles to go, the next mile I had slipped of the pace a little and it was clear that the last mile and a bit had to be a lot quicker to reach the sub 3:05.
I hadn't come this far in the race to let it slip away now, the crowds had started to build back up as I closed in on the finish and that was enough to get my legs moving at a required speed to hit my target.
Then before I knew it I had crossed the finish line in 3:04:41. It was a great feeling to have finished the race and stay in control, rather than the race take control of me.
First of I would like to thank Paul Taylor for taking me to some beautiful places for our long runs, Leigh Turner for making the final two days before the marathon run smooth and hassle free. It’s been a very different experience in the leading up to this year’s marathon with weather, work, illness and having to juggle life’s demands.
But with these experiences they have taught me great things and will only make me stronger for the future.
This is the first race report I have wrote and I hope it will give inspiration to anyone out there who is thinking of taking on the marathon or any other distance.
"Willing is not enough, we must do"
"Knowing is not enough, we must apply"
Last Wednesday saw Race 1 of the Notts AAA league.
A pleasant summers evening saw many KADS proudly wearing our team vest.
Well done to first time runners Seb (who was the first man home) and to Katherine who was one of our couch to 5k runners.
Good strong performance by all, lets keep this going throughout the summer...........
See you all next time on 10th May at Holme Pierrepont
Tuesday the 11th of April 2017 saw the opening round of this years BDL summer league take place at Teversal country park. A total of 32 athletes donned the Maroon and Silver on a cool but sunny evening at this picturesque venue. The course was one lap of 4.6 miles on well surfaced, tree lined paths. Conditions were very dry and dusty and with 454 runners taking part, the start was something of an every man for themselves cavalry charge!
All our athletes put in great performances, with our very own KADS superstar Bruce Raeside coming home in a fantastic 6th place overall. There were excellent performances throughout the team, with plenty of strong finishes showing our runners have been working hard over the winter and bringing good form into the new road season. As always, there was also strong support from our team of supporters, so a huge thank you to Caty, Leigh ,Paul T, Glen, Callum and Malcolm for your support and encouragement.
Post race many of the team adjourned to The Red Lion in Bagthorpe for rehydration and tales of daring doo!
I will post the full official result as soon as it becomes available.
Yours in running
SHIPLEY COUNTRY PARK
The Winter season kicked off in fine style with 24 of our members enjoying a lovely morning competing around a 'tricky' 5 mile course at the very scenic Shipley Park. The weather was only bettered by the excellent team spirit on display and the way we supported and encouraged each other was impressive!
Mat R mixed it up with some of Notts and Derbyshire's finest runners to come home in an impressive 14th place, with Carl also right up there in 26th, all whilst nursing a sore Achilles!
Glen then showed that age is no barrier to running fast and worked well with Andrew to secure high finishes. I was next, with Dan putting last week's disappointment behind to have a storming 2nd lap and finish well inside the top 100. Our Marathon hero (Dave S) has recovered well with a solid run, just in front of Darren, showing improved form and a fast finish.
Helen was our first lady home, with Leigh, another improver coming in ahead of Steve and Ash. David D continues to run well and led home a bunch of KADS; Jason, Matt W and Matt T all having good runs.
We then had 3 of our ladies come in, with Michelle running strongly, Eve, finishing fast and Caty battling all the way to the line against a couple of rivals. Paul N, Kirstie and Andy all finished close together with solid runs and our team was made up of debutante's Melissa and Mel, finishing well in front of the Ilkeston 'legend' Dougie.
On the day the men finished 10th and the ladies 12th. With support from some of our members unable to run this time, we could easily be competing for a top 6 finish in future races.
Full results attached, but Kimberley runners:
Thanks to Paul, Sue (the photo's came out brilliant), Chandy and our man Mickey for your support on the day.
Huge thanks to all that ran.