Monday, 16 April 2012

Bungay Black Dog Marathon - Race Report

The day started with a gentle knock at the door and in entered Rob who watched me grab my last bits of kit and both decamp to his car for the 2 hour drive to Bungay. I seemed to have shaken off my normal morning milaise and we had a wonderful chatty time catching up on old and new stories.

There was no messing about today as we did not have a race number so priority went to getting to Race HQ, fill in a form, hand over cash and get kit on. As we walked back to the car we spotted that the burger bar was been prepared and promised outselves a horrendous creation called a Darrell Burger comprising bacon, burger, mushrooms and onions in a bun!

The Race Start
You can tell by the top picture that the clouds looked ominous in the background but sunny to the front, this was a day of many weathers. At 10.20am we were called to the start but as we did the heavens opened and we were pelted by pea-sized hailstones which saw Rob and my "Ultra Senses" come to the fore, he getting friendly with a lovely lady and her over-sized umbrella and I racing over to a portaloo. Portaloos I discovered are the perfect wind and weatherproof alternative but stink!

After the usual H&S talk and benality we were pushed to the line and Rob turned to me to say " I feel a real pressure doing a road marathon that we have to do well" and so silently we mutually agreed that we were going to pull out all the stops, Rob on a 100km and I on an 84 km week it wasn't going to be easy.

The hooter sounded
We were off and I was straight into pace but a little too fast at 7:27, 7:46 and 7:52 for the first 3 miles so I settled in and found that it was only until the tenth mile I went into 8:XX min/miles. Rob was always in sight, if in the distance, and I had decided that he is just that much better than I so was happy for him to take off. This was a two lap race and the first half of the lap was a bit undulating and at one stage saw Rob pull up and sort out a shoe problem to than catch up to say "Don't worry this is the only hill" I was quite pleased to hear this as he scooted off....lying sod as there were another 3 of equal size that ate away at the calfs. 

My pacing continued, I was feeling good, all pain within threshold levels and was informed by another runner that "we were now on the flat section" and I was happy to keep at a very solid comfortable pace and amazed to step through the halfway stage in 1:43:11....what had got into me sub 8's on a marathon and I was on for a personal best.

Even with a one minute per mile drop in pace I was up for a PB so I decided to keep a constant pace but drop the pace on the hills, I only had 3 carb gels and was being supplied just water at the aid stations so wanted to run a tight race from now, new plans that gels were to be taken at a drink station nearest 18, 21 and 23 miles.

I was having a laugh now in the usual Jezza way, I was calling to the sporadic crowds to cheer me, flirting with the ladies at the drink stations all of this providing me much needed energy but then I was hit by the last 4 miles, a mindless, boring section that just needed to be stomped out.

"C'mon Fat Boy"
It was 25 miles, I hurt and I realised I had 13 minutes to get a PB and I was going to get it if I stayed at the pace I was at to see a familiar figure ahead in a red and orange top....it was Rob....time to hunt him down and as I approached I shouted "C'mon Fat Boy" to whizz past [read as shuffle in a determined way] to pass shining the cheesiest grin....no way was Rob going to beat me so energy renewed I pounded off to overtake 3 people and jump across the line to see to my utter amazement that I had pulled off a PB by about 2 minutes...chuffed is not the word

Time for one of these:


9 comments:

  1. Well done Jerry, great time !

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  2. Well done Jezza, top effort. I understand Rob ended up running it sans energy gel/drink which made for an interesting race for him I presume (haha). You are in great shape, keep doing what you are doing, and I am sure GUCR will be another one ticked off the list.

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  3. You should be more than chuffed! Great race and great PB, congratulations!

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  4. Great report to read Jerry, fab time

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  5. I saw the "in the zone" pics. Had a good recovery run today but the quads are more sore from pounding roads than they are on a trail ultra.....

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    1. I am glad it was not just me Rob, my calfs are quite tight not helped with sitting at a desk all day

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  6. Well done Jerry ... bodes well for other races in the coming months.

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  7. Yes, great race, great PB and great report.

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  8. Well done Jerry! :) Awesome PB... and a great race report. Loving the blog, as always x

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