Martin Green continued his sparkling form of late to finish 20th overall in a very high-standard Cheshire Half-Marathon held in the warm sunshine at Capesthorne Hall last Sunday.
In a race packed with elite runners, and using a staggered start utilising waves of top athletes, the NWRRC star completed the course in a very fast chip time of 1 hr 12 mins 37 secs, and deservedly claimed the MV45 category prize.
He later admitted: “It meant a 6am alarm, and a three-hour round trip, but it was worth every second to do what I love most – racing hard with my mates – and leaving everything on the course.“
Martin confirmed that all the runners took their social distancing responsibilities seriously, and praised the seamless organisation, saying it was “fantastic event.”
The results also confirmed the quality of the top four male runners with just two seconds separating the first four male finishers based on chip times.
Andrew Davies from Stockport was 1st in 1.05.51, with Liverpool Harrier Charlie Hulson 2nd in 1.05.52, and club colleague Jonny Mellor 3rd 1.05.53, despite sharing the same finishing time as Andrew’s club mate.
Elizabeth Renondeau was the 1st female in a chip time of 1.18.38 and the 1st FV40, more than a minute ahead of 2nd placed Johanna Oregan 1.19.45, and Becki Timmings 3rd in 1.20.46.
Brave Mark completed solo Mountain challenge
North Wales fell runner Mark Davies hit the brutal Snowdonia Mountain trails again last week, but this time, he faced hallucinations, sleep deprivation, and blustery 70-mph winds, as he completed a hazardous solo 165k (102 mile) virtual race.
Fresh from his recent international pace-setting success at the Paddy Buckley Round, Mark recorded an incredible display in the UTS 165 (Ultra-Trail Snowdonia) virtual challenge.
Promoted as “Beautiful beyond belief, and savage beyond reason,” the event, which began at Capel Curig is described as the ultimate grand-tour of the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, taking in most of the notable peaks and trails in the north, with a staggering climb of 10,000m plus.
Originally scheduled, then postponed in June, the race should have been one of three major events staged last week, but due to revised Covid-19 restrictions affecting outdoor sports in Wales, organisers were advised to reduce the number of entrants to just 30 “invited” athletes, before later being forced the cancel all activities.
The challenge was then changed to a virtual event with all runs having to be completed by 30th September, outdoors, and on similar terrain, with an accumulative descent, but not on treadmills or anything similar. The race options included a 50k, 100k or 165k challenge.
Mark decided to continue with his original plans, and faced the prospect of no aid stations, and limited emergency back-up, running the event solo and completely unsupported.
He said: “I was supposed to be running in the 165k race, and received an invite to run it, but when it was cancelled at the last minute, I decided to try to run it myself, carrying all my own food and supplies.”
Mark later displayed a stubborn determination, and sheer bravery, to complete the entire course on his own, running a grand total distance of 164.62 kms, with 10,932 metres of elevation, and in an amazing time of just 37 hrs 59 mins.
He explained some of the problems encountered on his remarkable and exhausting journey, saying: “Hallucinations were fun, and I had some power naps. I was falling asleep, and kept waking up in the middle, or on the other side of the track. There were also 70-mph winds on Nantlle Ridge, but it was a great experience, although my feet don’t agree.“
*Fellow trail and fell runner Karl Morris tried to stay with Mark for the early part of the challenge but was forced to drop out after about 20-miles when he injured his foot.