Basildon, Manchester, White Horse and the South Downs Way

It’s been another busy weekend for Vegan Runners UK members.

A PB for Christine Andrew at Manchester:

‘I completed the Manchester Marathon. It was my 4th Marathon and I got a PB by 13 seconds! 4 hours 22mins and 48 seconds! Was going really well until about mile 18 and then it really hurt! I had forgotten what a long long way it is – but thought about Fiona Oakes and felt I had no room to complain!’

Verna and Stephen Burgess followed their Dorney success with a trip to Basildon, Verna reports:

‘I had a pleasant day in Basildson Sports Village yesterday for the Basildon Aquathon. Great venue with fab pool and adjacent park excellent for an off road challenging run.

This was 400m/5k swim/run and the 8 lane pool meant a snake swim was possible – up and down each lane from one side of the pool to the other means 16 lengths done and no counting required! We set off at 20 secs intervals and generally had clear water the whole way. Then it was out for a run round the park – this was hilly and boggy but I passed people all the way round and knew I was running well. I finished only 10 secs behind the female winner on run time – shame about the 3 min I was slower on the swim !!

I finished 54/136 overall, 9/47 female. Picked up 3rd FV40. Stephen was along for the ride too – finished 4th overall.’

Matt Toy and Rebecca Parry were going the distance at the South Downs Way 50 mile ultra:

Matt – ‘My 50 mile jaunt went well, finishing in about 8h 49m. Feeling a bit beat up right now, but also quite pleased with myself :)’

Rebecca – ‘I did SDW50 as well. 10:10 or so. Supporting at Brighton mara tomorrow. Mile 19. Will try to get some vegan sweets….. It’s a good one … Nice route, easy to follow. Stuff we can eat at checkpoints – peanut butter sandwiches, nuts and fruit. Only shame was that the veggie option at the end was Quorn, so no vegan hot food.’

Nik Windle was pleased with his run at the White Horse Half in Oxfordshire:

Happy to have snuck in under 1:55 at the White Horse Half this morning despite a stiff wind.1:54:16 323/485 almost 3 minutes faster than when I ran this as my first Half in 2004 when I was much fitter due to cycling but had no idea know how to pace myself. Still a long way off the sub 1:45s I was managing a couple of years ago.’

Nik at the White Horse Half - Photo by Barry Cornelius

Nik at the White Horse Half – Photo by Barry Cornelius