Report by Peter Simpson on the achievements in Cumbria on 17 June.
Jasmijn de Boo originally selected the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge as a target for VRUK members and supporters. To make it a sociable occasion, Jasmijn also took the decision to book accommodation. It was unfortunate that it was the same weekend as the Welsh 3000s event but nonetheless there were plenty of other vegan runners around who would be more suited to a shorter event.
Fortunately our Cumbria contact, Hilary Jacob had been waiting for this opportunity and invited our runners over on the eve of the big event for fuelling and a social. Well done Hilary! Andrew Knight, a friend of Jasmijn’s had also taken the opportunity to meet up and enter the event. Our other runner, Mike Green had arranged to camp but unfortunately could not be contacted by phone.
The Karrimor event was if correct, Jasmijn’s second only running event so, still a novice and living in Birmingham, the conditions in Cumbria were likely to be markedly different, not just the weather. However, Jasmijn had accompanied Andrew on some of his activities linked to the Extreme Vegan Sporting Association such as the Three Peaks Challenge. Jasmijn’s first event was the Birmingham half marathon in October 2011 and showed her ability by dipping below 2 hours first time around to finish in 1:58. Once again despite Jasmijn’s concerns that she had not done enough relevant training, she did remarkably well and on a par with her previous performance by finishing in 2:18 and achieved 3rd in her V35 age category. Andrew was also on good form leading up to this event, the previous week sharpening up with a 5 miles multi-terrain event in south-east London where he finished 10th, his highest position in an event. Andrew estimated that he would be about 20 minutes slower than on a normal road event so, he was quite satisfied with a time of 1:58 and 5th in his V40 age category. Mike Green was running the 10K race and was pleased with 53:30 and especially the 2ndplace in his V55 age category.
Well done to Jasmijn, Andrew & Mike and thanks to Hilary for pulling out all the stops to welcome members to the area.