Thames Path 100
Centurion Running’s Thames Path 100 is part of their 100 mile grand slam
With a mere 500 meters of total elevation gain, this is a runners course as the 14.09 current course record shows.
Heading into the race, Mark Denby is the favourite after setting a new course record at the Autumn 100 last October in 14.07. Steven Lord, Hardmoors Slam title holder, Mark Grenyer placed 3rd last year offer a blend of speed and expertience.
There is also a trail running celebrity in the mix. Bryon Powell of irunfar.com is pinning a number on. After successful races at Hardrock, Western States and Leadville, what will he think to our seasonally cold and damp weather?
Sarah Sawyer and Mari Mauland bring strong results and an upward curve on times, highlighting either as potential tape breakers.
Live tracking, it’s time to dot watch HERE
Ding Ding Highland Fling Race
Last years UK Ultra Championships, the 53 mile route, taking in a section of the West Highland Way in Scotland is fast and furious at the front. With likes of Michael Jones, James Appleton, Vajin Armstrong, Matt Laye (2015 winner), Sondre Amdahl (2014 winner) and Neil Kirkby fighting for the men’s podium spots and Edwina Sutton, Nicola Adams-Hendry, Helen Cospolich and Morgan Windram-Geddess leading the women’s charge, it promises to be highly competitive.
Live tracking is HERE
3 Peaks Race
After covering the race last year, despite white and muddy conditions, it was full throttle from the start. Given the mixed conditions of the past couple of days, expect nothing less in 2017.
At 23.3 miles and 1608 meters of ascent over the 3 Peaks of Pen-y-Gent, Whernside and Ingleborough, it’s a test of endurance, speed and strong legs with 2 long desecents.
2017 see’s the return of previous winner Ricky Lightfoot, along with Donnie Campbell, Ben Mounsey, Kim Collinson, Sally Fawcett and a vast array of fell talent.
It’s a race from the start, so if you can get to a summit or the iconic viaduct, you’re promised memorable racing.
Live tracking is here HERE
XNRG South Downs Way Devil’s Challenge
New for 2017, the Devil’s Challenge follows the 101 mile South Downs Way trail, over the course of 3 days. With 3 stages, it provides the option for multi day race experience, as well as 3 fast stages for anyone considering taking on the course at a later date.
I’ll be following the race, taking photos, so keep an eye on the website for daily updates and images.