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World Trophy 50K Final

20/10/2012

The Lungo il Mare in Vallecrosia-Bordighera was the race chosen for the 2012 World Trophy 50k final, and Jo Zakrzewski headed out to Italy as the lone Scottish runner in a field that included 8 English vests...

The 12 hour journey from cold wet Scotland to hot sunny Italy (which involved driving to England, flying to France and taking the train to Italy) was not the ideal pre-race preparation, as Jo only arrived 14 hours before the race started. The course consisted of 8 laps of the promenade/seafront road, with tight turns round cones in the road at either end. Jo felt comfortable in the first few laps and gradually built up a lead in the women's field, but a knee problem at the end of lap 3 meant that she thought her race was over. The England support crew, however, were fantastic, and after a 5 minute break to stretch it out, a jogged lap, and another 5 minutes of work on it, they had her back running again. She worked her way back up the field to 5th place in a time of 3:47, and showed determination in finishing the race, which had a high rate of attrition due to the fierce sun, strong winds and 26 degree heat. Steve Way won the men's race in a time that was within 20 seconds of the British record (2.53:41, an amazing feat given the conditions) while Helen Taranowski ensured that England also took the ladies' title in 3:30:43.

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