Thursday, 9 June 2011

Run for Home - Lindesfarne

The turn for Mizen is right in front of Jenny now at 24.0 miles... She has seven hours and eight minutes to get in by five. I'll leave you to work out whether she will beat her own target if less than 5 days...

I know what I think...

- - home of Ireland's M2M ULTRA.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

It’s all over for Mike and the 9bar JOGLE Ultra 2011

With more than five miles left to cover at 11.51pm on the 9th day of ‘The 9bar JOGLE Ultra’, it was time to call it a day on the 61.1 mile stage from Garstang to Tarporley. From the last checkpoint, Mike had slowed to 25 minute miles and would have had a further 2 hours+ to finish.

We are all really gutted for him as he has put in a super-human effort these past few days on minimal sleep to keep to the daily schedule…

In total, he managed a whopping 520 miles in 9 days and is one of the toughest athletes we have ever seen in our events.

Congratulations to Mike for getting the furthest, this year.

All it leaves is for us to say ‘Goodnight’ to everyone from Tarporley and a massive well done to all of the athletes this year - Ben, Graham, Ed, Torkel, Micky, Steve and Mike - who had the courage to take on this year’s 9bar JOGLE Ultra.

Thanks to all of you for your support - see you same time same place next year…

We already have 6 signed up for 2012 so if you are keen to take part please contact us.

Rory and Jen
The ULTRArace Team

Saturday, 30 April 2011

50 not out...

Mike is nail-bitingly, eleven miles out of the finish with just 2hrs and 45mins of the day left. He looks like he will get there with just seconds to spare.

4mph is all that is now needed to make it happen, although he now has the darkness of the night slowing him down.

So, Tarporley is finally in sight and we will be out to guide him in on his last couple of miles into the beautiful town centre and the warmth of the sleeper coach.

More at 11.30pm...

21.9 left today

He's here right now and Mike is on a big push. He has really stepped up the pace... How does he do it? Maybe we'll never know... butwe do know is that when the chips are down, he rises to the challenge every time.

He is relentless... and maybe should be renamed 'The Determinator'... he's simply unbreakable.

Less than 16 minute miles will see him in, GO MIKE!

Progress in Lancashire

Last year's JOGLE finisher, David Miles came out to see the action as we passed Widnes. This is the stage he said was a 'Real Breaker' last year... The A49 is just endless and so far Mike has got 28.6 of the miles completed in 9hrs 15mins.

It's looking like a 1am finish, so Mike needs to pull this one out of the bag.

We are at the 39.0 mile point and will keep you posted.

Pressing times in Preston - 9.8 miles

Mike got to us just before 10am and met up with JOGLE Blogger addict, Charlie Sharpe, who came out to meet us on his way to 'The Lakes' today. It was great to see Charlie, one of our London ULTRAracers once again and it was a good opportunity for him to experience the event first hand.

Maybe we'll see him on the start line, next year.

Mike did offer some advice to him when he arrived and now needs to keep his present speed thru the warm part of the day ahead...

More at midday?

Off and on the road...

Mike must be made of armour plated steel and hit the road again at 6am. He has 61.1miles ahead of him today on the roads thru Preston, Wigan and Warrington on to Tarporley. It's not a brutal route like yesterday's over Shap, it's just very, very, L-O-N-G.

Today, is all about focus and getting back into running into a pace where he can cover the ground quickly to give time for rest and recovery.

More from 10 miles...