HULL 24 Hour Track Race
East Hull Harriers presents:
This race takes place in
Costello Stadium, Hull from 10am Sat July 11th 2009, finishing
at 10am Sun July 12th. The run is on a 400-metre all
weather Tartan track under UK Athletics rules.
The big question is: How far can I run
in 24 hours?
My aim is to break 100 miles.
The winning lady in 2008 managed 100 miles.
Can I go further?
Watch this space.....
Bethany claims 2nd
female in 24 hour run.
On Friday 10th July my
two best friends, Ernie and David, travelled to Hull with me for
the Hull 24 hour track race at the Costello Stadium. For me it
was my first long-distance track race; running round the 400
metre athletics track for 24 hours starting at 10am on Saturday
11th July. Ernie and David were supporting me with
food, drink, plasters and clothes as well as helping to lap
count some of the 39 runners.
On Friday evening we put up our
small tent to give us some shelter during the race. On Saturday
I signed on at 9am and met the doctor who would be looking after
us runners. I had a pre-race massage and was told my legs were
in excellent shape despite running 100 miles 2 weeks previously.
The race started at 10am prompt.
There were 13 women and 26 men. Most runners had run a 24 hour
race before. Many, like myself, hoped to break 100 miles. The
leading male at the start was running for England in the 24 hour
race in Keswick in September, as was the overall winner of the
race – a lady called Angela who ran 121 miles – so both were
taking it slowly!
I started at quite a fast pace,
like everyone else. Soon the field spread out and I began
lapping runners. It was very hot and humid and soon there was a
water hose out to drench us with cold water in order to stay
cool. It was lovely! At 2pm we changed direction to run
clockwise. Every 4 hours we would do this. I never found the
race boring though as the camaraderie was brilliant and I
chatted to lots of the runners during the race. I tried to eat
plenty of cereal bars, bananas,jam sandwiches, porridge with
sugar, kendal mint cake as well as water and hot sweet tea.
The laps began to build up. Every
hour a scoreboard showed the rankings. I was never placed lower
than 4th female and 20th runner and as the
miles went by I worked my way up the board. It went dark at 10pm
and then the rain started. Every ultra I have done the weather
has been awful and this race was no exception! It poured down
with heavy rain for 7 hours! We were all soaked! The marquee
nearly blew away in the wind and I got so cold by 5am I spent
half an hour changing into dry warm clothes.
After 22 hours and 18 minutes I
reached 100 miles! I ran round the track holding the Manx flag
high and was applauded. It was amazing that I ran this far as I
was so sick at 85 miles and ran out of energy that I was going
at snail's pace. I was second lady and the third lady had
reduced the gap from 22 laps to just 4.
At 10am Sunday the bell sounded. I
stopped at my 'own personal finish line' and drew with chalk my
finish line and race number for them to measure exactly how far
I had run – 104.5 miles! I was exhausted and my feet were so
sore. Ernie carried me back to the tent! I cried with tears of
joy, relief and fatigue. I had come second female out of
thirteen and sixth overall. I was awarded a trophy which I will
We arrived home on Monday and I
have been resting. I have lost 6lbs in weight but that will go
back on soon. Again John Barton from the Crosby Clinic has
re-aligned my back and massaged my tired legs. My feet and the
chafing are healing. I have 3 weeks to recover before I run, as
a practice with fellow runners, days 11 and 12 of JOGLE, from
Wales to Devon, a total of 104 miles in 2 days. I am so proud of
what I have achieved and really enjoyed the experience. Many
thanks to all the helpers during the race and my amazing support
guys, Ernie and David, who kept me going when it got so tough
during the last 20 miles.