The Results!

Apologies for the delay (*suspense), we have finally got together a complete list of the results for the international runners! 10K: Place International Place Bib Number Time Surname First Name Distance 119 1 66 1:10:17 VIDIGAL Andre 10k 59 2 26 1:15:03 SWALLOW Adam 10k 60 3 39 1:15:03 ROUNDS Emily 10K 126 4 24 1:16:20 MAHMOOD Kirren 10k 132 5 60 1:21:24 SUTTER Silvia Luzia 10k Half Marathon: Place International Place Bib Number Time Surname First Name Distance 85 1 63 1:46:30 OSTDIEK Joel half 113 2 54 2:04:48 LINDBLAD Nicolina half 122 3 29 2:13:09 BATCHELOR Sean half 123 4 37 2:14:39 JONES Norelle half 124 5 38 2:14:40 STONEHAM Natalie half 127 6 48 2:17:40 ZHOU Yuheng half 128 7 33 2:19:10 HASSANALI Farida half 130 8 8 2:19:33 PIMM Lesley half 136 9 65 2:24:20 CARPENTER Lee Erin half 139 10 1 2:31:11 PRENDERGAST Neil half 141 11 32 2:35:20 BOYLE Jeannie half 143 12 44 2:40:44 EZRA Celsa half 59 13 26 2:45:00 SWALLOW Adam half 148 14 55 2:56:16 MORRIS Laura half 149 15 58 2:56:18 NILSEN Rebekah half 152 16 19 3:05:24 MORRISON Beth half 157 17 10 3:32:33 WATTS Ian half 160 18 23 3:38:56 HUGGINS Kim half Half Marathon: Full Marathon: Place International Place Bib Number Time Surname First Name Distance 158 1 45 3:36:30 CALLAGHAN Mark full 159 2 2 3:36:56 LACEY Paul full 163 3 21 4:05:25 MITCHELL Paul full 164 4 7 4:07:12 TEALE Andrew full 165 5 16 4:10:40 COX Nikki full 166 6 64 4:15:53 MCMASTER Liam full 167 7 35 4:22:09 HOLLOWAY Julie full...
Dairy of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 8

Dairy of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 8

By Paul Lacey 4 Weeks and Counting It’s four weeks until race day!! We are have broken the back of marathon training now and the excitement is starting to pick up. The few weeks (my bad!) since my last blog post has seen the culmination of my high mileage aerobic base building phase and the start of the specific mara pace phase. And boy can I feel the improvement – I’m finally getting that endless gliding feeling you get when in good form. But my word it hasn’t come easily. I have become well acquainted with constant leg ache, cramp, tiredness and absolutely ravenous ‘EAT EVERYTHING I CAN SEE’ hunger. At peak mileage, getting out of bed and the walk to the bathroom was always an interesting, if entertaining, experience. Hobble, slightly effeminate squeal, followed by a further hobble, arm-on-wall balance with associated grunt, and finally a curse stepping down a step into the bathroom, was the norm. Now, as I have previously mentioned this is my first serious marathon attempt with proper training and so this is very new to me. I asked a chap at work who can only be described as an elite runner (he’s in the 2:20s for a mara) if this constant fatigued feeling was normal. His response “welcome to my world”. Oh, no magic formula then. Cheers. In the last few weeks I have completed a 75 mile week and ran the full 26.2 mile distance on a training run, all topped off with a much welcome ‘rest’ week. The reduced millage week (40, down from an average 60) is to allow my...
Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 5

Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 5

By Paul Lacey Welcome to Uganda Mzungu! It’s been 2 weeks since my last blog post and as promised this will be a rather special one after my incredible week in Uganda! Prior to my week in Uganda, training had been going very well and I won’t lie a part of me began to think maybe I should have entered a a flat, easy and cooler UK marathon and go for the fastest time I can. Did my trip confirm my doubts? Hot and instant sweat inducing climate? Check. Unforgiving, hard and constantly undulating terrain? Check. Rugged and uneven dirt paths? Check. One of the most challenging race courses I will have ever run? Check. Did I wish I was on the flat, grey tarmac of London? Not for a second! After a week of exploring and running in Uganda, I am totally in love. I have never run in a place that has simultaneously made my eyes bulge with wonder at awe-inspiring views, my lungs burn and legs scream in such fantastically testing conditions, and my face smile from ear to ear as local children run out screaming in uncontrollable excitement at a rather strange sunburnt, sweat soaked man, in slightly shorter than necessary shorts, running through their village. True, don’t expect to be able to run at the same pace as a flat, grey, tarmac marathon, but on the 24th of May, in the place where a handful of ancient primates decided to climb down from the trees and give this running around lark a go, all of us who have entered the UGM will rediscover why we love...
Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 3

Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 3

By Paul Lacey Ruin or Redemption… So it was on. Father vs Son. The Kingston 20 miler. We both knew going into the race that our training had been similar (until recently, not nearly enough of it). We both knew our target pace was the same – sub 7 min/mile. We both knew each other’s strengths: my speed vs his endurance. Nervous on the start line, we hugged with the appropriate manly pats on the back and wished each other all the best, knowing that we were about to push each other to our limits. The gun fired. Somehow in the blink of an eye he had put 20 meters into me. Wow this was an aggressive start! If your strengths in a race are more suited to endurance over speed, this is tactic to race. Start hard, and keep the pace uncomfortably high for the duration to kill the speed in the faster guy’s legs. Conversely, my plan was a slower start then wind up the pace, and utilise my speed in the last few miles to kick past him. This was how the race unfolded for the first ten miles; I kept discipline and held back, watching my dad in the distance. My dad kept up a strong pace. At 10 I decided to close the gap and see if he was weakening. In between 12 and 13 I pulled alongside and I could see he was struggling. I took my chance and kicked. For the next 8 miles I wound up the pace. Far from struggling from the early kick I finished the race faster and...
Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 2

Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 2

By Paul Lacey Second Place, a PB, but the old boy awaits me… Wow! I couldn’t have asked for a better first week to my training. I may be sat here with mild cramp hitting my hamstring every five or so minutes but, I did it. Training plan? Kept to it to the letter. Mileage? 55 big Ms.10km race? It went better than I could have ever dreamt. A massive PB AND…..2nd place waaaaahhhhhh!!! My first ever trophy in a race. I’m over the moon! Had you asked my opinion on how the race was going at about 8km, through the grunts, dribble and gurning, you may have been able to pick out me attempting to communicate that the pace was absurd, and that I harboured genuine concerns about my health. But as with all flat out, 100% effort, soul searching races – it was so so so worth it! Now, let us not get carried away here Lacey. You did well. Give yourself a pat on the back….but you’ve got much bigger (and older) fish to fry. Next Sunday I will race the Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run 20 miler. Yet another fantastic test race – my goal is sub 7 minutes per mile, slightly slower than (UK) target marathon pace. And who is going to be there? THE OLD MAN!!!!!!! That’s right he’s racing too. The first race between us since he marginally beat me (destroyed me) at the Brighton Marathon last year. “So Dad, what’s your target?” “You” “Oh good” Game. On. What a race this is going to be. Lacey vs Lacey. Youth(ish) vs experience. Speed...
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