We have some fabulous news from Helen Fines who has clocked up 3 wins and a GB vest (see photo) and who grasses up Diane Wynne who has also bagged herself an a/g win!
Happy days….anyway. Helen says:
I did the Tenbury 10k a few months [i.e. weeks: Ed] ago, hoping for a pb as it was advertised as fast and flat on the net.. turned out to have some quite big hills in.. managed to win though in 38.09 (i think) [38:08! Ed] and Diane from VRUK won the vets so we were well represented at the presentation.
Last weekend I was in the Italian Dolomites representing vegans abroad, in a GB mountain relay team. There are 3 stages to the Staffetta Tre Rifugi- uphill only, up and down, and downhill only. I’m the idiot who does the downhill only, while the girls who have actual running ability do the first 2. After a 3200′ descent in 20.17 (pic attached) I felt like I’d been beaten with baseball bats. I did the same leg last year [when the GB women were the 2nd fastest women’s team ever – Ed] and I’m sure it didn’t hurt that much, I must be getting old. Anyway, the main thing is that the team won, we were in second place going into the 3rd leg and I had to overtake a Slovenian who apparently doesn’t have the same disregard for personal health and safety as I do! We got put up in a lovely hotel again and the chef seemed to enjoy making me an endless supply of vegan meals which was rather nice. Only sorry I had to come back home where it was chucking it down with rain.
Bank holiday Monday was another day out in the VRUK vest for the Machen mountain race, near Caerphilly. To be honest its more of a small hill, but just as painful as that means you have to run faster. A scary looking road runner shot off in the lead on the first half mile (flat) but due to my ability to keep on plodding up I was able to overtake her on the ascent and really enjoyed the run down through the forest- miles of fast downhill trail, it put me in such a good mood I even outsprinted a bloke at the finish- that never happens!
Big congratulations to Helen and Diane – and commiserations to all the people that got overtaken…..