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Northants Ultra 2014

The Northants Ultra took place on Sunday, and for the second year running was a hot one.  As we set off at 8:30 the sun was shining but at that time in the morning it was a reasonable temperature for running.  By lunchtime it was too hot for comfortable running though, and a fair few of us were suffering in one way or another.  For me it was my first run of any sort since my shin stress fracture in January, so I was already struggling after 15 miles, & my feet were getting pretty blistered too.  Still – I finished, & the comeback has started.  It was great to be running again, and it’s a very well-organised event, so many thanks to Steve and the team at Go Beyond.  Bring on Shap…

Nigel Aston has written a race report from a lot closer to the front of the pack, so click here to read it.

The race results are here, and the updated Runfurther leaderboard is here.  We’re 6 races into the series and only a few of you have run four counters so far, so the leaderboard is still only an early indicator.  Emma David is now leading woman, just ahead of Karen Nash, but the new name in the frame to watch out for here is Kate Whitfield of Mercia Fell Runners, who’s led the ladies home at two events so far.  It’s not clear what’s going to happen on the men’s side, but I doubt the current leader, Nigel Aston, will stay there.  Ian Symington’s only run two races so far, but he’s certainly one to watch.  Nigel’s still on track for his main aim though, the Grand Slam, as is Emma.  They’ve both got their biggest challenges coming up soon though – Shap and the Vegan Welsh 3000s.

Nick took some photos, and you can find them here.

Right – better get back to organising my own Ultra for Saturday…

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