Organised by Cheltenham Community Projects (CCP) the Cheltenham Challenge was a great fun race all around my home training ground of Cheltenham Racecourse and the surrounding fields and up over Cleeve Hill. It was made even better because of the support I had on the day. I ran the first 14 miles with Rach and we stuck to the pace plan perfectly. I saw Ollie, mum, dad, Tim, Amanda and Hector as I crossed the Burgage in Prestbury towards the end of each lap (thanks for making it out of the Royal Oak to cheer Tim!) and I ran the last 9 miles with Nicki and her encouragement and pacing was awesome when my tired legs really wanted to stop for a rest! I’m thrilled to have been able to keep my target pace going for 50miles, which gave me a time of 8:14hours and 5th overall. It was not too tricky to scoop the 1st lady prize as it seems there was only one female in Cheltenham daft enough to enter! This was a brilliant community event to have been a part of and I would recommend it to runners of all abilities. Have a look at the report from the Gloucestershire Echo for details of results, charities and all of the different distances that are available.
What is the Arch to Arc?
The Arch to Arc is a mega-triathlon from Marble Arch in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It involves an 87 mile ultra-marathon run from London to Dover, a 21mile swim across the English Channel and then a 181mile bike ride from Calais to Paris. When it is raced in a relay format it is classically done by 6 individuals doing an hour of exercise and then 5 hours off. Vickie and I will be the first 2 person team to attempt the Arch to Arc and we intend to break the 40hour barrier which will challenge some of the fastest 6-person relay teams. To make it even more unique Vickie will do the entire 87mile run, I will do the Channel swim and we will relay the bike ride (got to play to our strengths, plus I don't like running).