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    The Making of an Ultra Runner Part 1

    January 12, 2018

    In 2014 I marshalled Dockray checkpoint on the lakeland 100 with my 29 year old daughter and in Aug I ran the UTMB 100 miler, my none running daughter Kayleigh after finishing the UTMB and being seriously sleep deprived, tired and suffering with sore guts and aches and pains, asked leif she could run the lakeland 50 to raise money for Isaac, www.teamisaac.org 

    My reply was "but you don't run! going to boxercise and aerobics don't quite cut it as ultra running training." 

    That led us 4 weeks later to be stood on the start of the lakeland 4 passes LDWA 18 mile race in the lake district having entered the Lakeland 50 and still only jogged around the local area. 

    it was always going to end in tears and sure enough 15 miles in at the top of Honister pass a complete melt down with lots of tears... 

    as it was a lovely chap on the event stopped and bandaged her blistered feet and built her confidence back up. she then jogged/hobbled to the finish. 

     

    Target finishing time: 6 hours 

    Actual finishing time: 5 hours 58 mins 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    OCTOBER 2014  

    Kayleigh loving her Boxercise but still not much sign of any running. so over to Pendle. All went well until we got to the bottom of the very last climb, Big end  (16 miles, 6 hills!) 

    She swears she did not cry but like Isaac who this is all about you could just tell she was weeping buckets inside. a sloe 30 mins hands on the floor crawl up the hill followed... 

     

     

     NOVEMEBER 2014 

    A lakeland 50 reece from Elterwater to Coniston and back then Ambleside and back total 23 miles with a friend Bridget from parbold pink panthers running club, who talked all the time and took Kayleigh's mind off any pain and suffering, this was the first sign Kayleigh maybe starting to enjoy this running malarky! 

     

     

     

     

     

    December 2014 

    A Lakeland reece from Longsleddle to Ambleside and a nice cup of tea lulled us into thinking it would be an easy day but the return journey up the struggle and into the snow on tp of the fells soon changed our minds. we headed for the Harter fell but when we got to the Stoneycove pike a small rocky descent we found and covered in sheer ice.
     We picked our way down at a rate of 84 min a mile, according to the GPS.

    We then had a big pull up to the Thornthwaite cargo. Kayleigh was very cold and grumpy at this point and the darkness was setting in so we abandoned our plan and got down as soon as we could. this added quite a few miles in the dark but at least we where safe. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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