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Summer Enigma Ultra Marathon

07/07/2012

Susan Gallagher travelled south to Milton Keynes to take part in the Summer Enigma Ultra marathon which was held on Saturday 7th July…

 

After making the long journey down the previous day, Susan lined up at the start of the 30 miles race which consisted of 8 and a bit laps of Caldecotte Lake. The route was pretty and scenic, albeit slightly undulating and on mixed terrain and after the recent deluge of rain meant the grass and low lying parts of the course were thick mud or under water!

Susan started off steadily, enjoying the post rain freshness and warm sunshine, in the knowledge that even pacing was the key to help preserve energy for the later miles. The course snaked alongside the lake with several detours over bridges, through woods and parkland areas. With some parts full of ducks and geese which made for a congested trail at times!

En route support was good, and wearing her Dumfries Running Club vest gained Susan personal encouragement and cheers from the general public recognising 'a Scottish runner' which in later laps provided a welcome boost. Counting the laps distracted from counting miles which helped immensely and to her surprise Susan finished lap 5, just short of 20 miles, as 1st female.

With encouragement from marshals and the race director, Susan set off on lap 6, in 1st position and feeling strong. At this stage she had no idea where the 2nd placed lady was so it was just a case of concentrating on her own race and maintaining her pace. However by the end of the lap Susan had been joined by the pursuing lady and as she took a slightly longer pause at the drinks station, started the next lap now in 2nd position, but ready to chase.

Thoughts of pushing herself in an attempt to regain first place were soon shelved though, as within a mile of the refreshment station the first flickers of cramp started which slowed her pace somewhat. Susan’s focus now switched to finishing the race, knowing there was only 1 lap to go. The mental challenge of laps was just starting to edge in as well as the physical tiredness and the frustration of cramp which was becoming more frequent and more painful.

Susan found the final lap quite tough and was reduced to walking the few hills on the course but still managing to run, although slower, in between.

Drawing on her reserves for the final mile, Susan finished strongly in 4 hours 39 minutes and was delighted with her time, 2nd female place and 11th overall in a field of 40.

The overall race winner was Mo Ismail in 3 hours 22 minutes.

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