Saturday, 15 May 2010

Marlborough Downs Challenge - Quick Update

Hi All

For those of you interested in the results of the Marlborough Downs 33 mile Challenge that took place today I thought I would simply report the male results now, tonight, so 'hot of the press'. Actually I have just remembered the woman's winner as well. I will write a full race report probably tomorrow, but I'm just a wee bit tired tonight!

It was another great race, superbly organised, with warm conditions. There were 164 entries, I guess around 130 - 140 would have started. I ran pretty well, but 'wimped out' when it got to the 'nitty gritty' part of the race!

Allen Smalls won for the second year in a row, in a new record time of 3:51:35 ish, beating his joint course record shared with Matt Giles from last year of 3:53:41. Paul Fernandez finished second in 3:53:30ish, and I finished third in 3:55:04. It was a really good race with the lead changing many times throughout the race. But Allen just had that little bit extra today.

Women's winner was Kate Bailey in around 4:20, and I think next in was Sarah Rowell but there maybe could have been someone else in front of her, in around 4:35. Sorry for not being 100% sure in remembering the women's 2nd place.

That's all for now. Time to read how other's got on in their ultras today.

From a tired, Stuart. To tired to sign off with a quote!


  1. Sounds like you had good race as well.

    Look forward to reading more about it.

  2. Thanks for the quick update. With 1st and 2nd staying under the CR your 3rd place not far behind is quite an achievement. Well done!
    Looking forward to the full report!

  3. Nice one Stuart!

    I was recently directed to your muttering by Julia Armstrong after looking for some feedback on the North Downs 30k race.

    I wanted to run Marlborough Downs as part of my prep for Lakeland 50 but couldnt balance the time at home needed to get up there and race. Having read some of your other posts I am gettting a lot of good info especially as I am a novice ultra distance runner. I have my own mutterings blog but not as half interesting as yours :-)

    cheers Richard