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Long-ovedue catch-up

Mick W

Has been going long. He’s:

Assisted an ultra-endurance-runner friend over the course of two of the five stages in a successful attempt on the Bob Graham Round; a 66 mile, 27,000 ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District - all to be completed within 24 hours. The challenge was completed, but with only a few minutes to spare… Some scene-setting footage appears here.  

Knocked out a personal best in the 56 mile Bullock Smithy ultra fell race, with a truly impressive 18th overall finish in a time of 12 hours and 27 minutes.

Performed 'encouragement duty' for Rosie W in the Kielder Marathon (pic). Speaking of…

Rosie W

Has concentrated on distance running and, as above, built up enough endurance to race the hilly, twisty and altogether brutally difficult Kielder Marathon where - thanks to some incredibly meticulous preparation and solid-race-plan execution - she completed the event well up the (massive) field and finished 38th in category.

Jon Z

Has continued to baffle medical professionals by performing at a level - given his conditions - that just shouldn’t be possible. He’s:

Finished 2nd in age group at the tough Ampleforth College half-marathon, which he completed in 2.06.08, over five minutes quicker than his last attempt at the event in 2017.

Raced the Outlaw X half-ironman distance triathlon at Thoresby Hall (1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run), in which he battled through very cold conditions and a race of genuine attrition to take an age-group podium spot and his fourth consecutive Outlaw trophy.

Completed the Bridlington half-marathon in horrendously cold, windy and miserable conditions that saw a quarter of the field simply not even start.

Emma S

Has been mixing it up as usual. She’s:

Raced the ‘Crazy Legs’ Darley Moor Sprint Duathlon where - in spite of feeling her performance was slightly below par - finished well up the highly-competitive ITU-qualifier-event field.

Slotted in the Pontefract Half-marathon.

Returned to duathlons to compete in the ETU-qualifier Bedford Sprint draft-legal event on a fully closed circuit where, during the first run leg of the race - and in spite of driving rain and gusty winds - she registered her fastest 5K effort in about five years to finish in a very credible time of 1.22.18.

Highlight time! Emma’s performances have been good enough to mean she’s qualified for the 2020 European Triathlon Union championships to be held in Spain.

Steve W

Has also mixed things up. He’s:

Taken on the six-special-timed-stage Dukes Weekender 70 kilometre Gravel Enduro bike race in the vast forests of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Scored an age group victory and a high overall position in the Derby Sprint triathlon.

Left his comfort zone to race in a longer-than-usual-for-him off-road duathlon in the form of the tough Kielder Run Bike Run event (11k run / 25k Bike / 6k run) in which - in spite of well and truly running on empty in the last run stage - had done enough damage on the gravel-bike leg to secure a 15th overall position; beating, in the process, a certain Steve Cram!

Steve C

Has continued in his laudable quest to rehabilitate the still-sometimes-challenging Albert-the-rescue-dog by ‘packing’ with him (as only people like Steve are able) in the Canicross Midlands Box End Cani-X.


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