Wednesday, 27 March 2013

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I've recently seen that there is likely to be a third Commonwealth Mountain & Ultra Distance Championships.  The organisers have invited countries to submit bids with a view to staging the races in 2015.  The long term aim is still to have mountain races and ultra distance races at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia).

I represented England at both of the first two Commonwealth Championships (Keswick 2009 and Llandudno 2011) and they were extremely enjoyable events at which the camaraderie amongst the athletes of different countries and disciplines was second to none.

I will definitely be aiming for a place in the England team for 2015 and 2018 ...

... but reading the tender document put together by the Commonwealth Association of Mountain and Ultra Distance Running to help with prospective bids I see there is no mention at all of 24 hour races except on the final page.  And that solitary mention is a bit ambiguous in that it could mean that the 24 hour race has been omitted from the document by mistake.  Maybe.  Hope so.

As you probably know I'm now running on two consecutive days (well, running and walking) and it seems to be going well.  No problems at all although I sense that the walking bit is still necessary at the moment.  Getting there though.

Keir finally arrived home on Sunday.  He was due to arrive on Friday evening but his flight was cancelled until lunch time on Sunday.  That flight took off OK and made it all the way to Yorkshire before circling over Leeds Bradford Airport for 30 mins or so.  We did wonder about that but we were then even more shocked to learn that it was flying back to Manchester as there was too much snow to make a safe landing in Yorkshire.  He finally arrived home at about 4.00pm on Sunday.  Normally the journey from Ulster University to Otley would take him about 6 or 7 hours ... this one took an amazing 51 hours.

Hope the weather is better when he flies back at the end of next week.

Before I go, well done to Debbie M-C on her win at the Thames Path 100 mile race at the weekend.  Apparently the weather was atrocious and the race was diverted from it's normal route.  Personally, I wouldn't race 100 miles (161 km) only seven weeks before a 24 hour race but recovery rates vary enormously between runners and I'm sure she'll have a brilliant race in Steenbergen - and come away with another pb and Scottish record.

And finally ... all the best to those taking part in the Anglo Celtic Plate 100k in Perth [Scotland, not Australia] in a few days time.  Hope the temperatures increase slightly.

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