Wow! What a day!
A huge thanks to everyone who came and took part in our inaugural event. But especially to all the runners, both teams and individuals, who put in some truly special performances to mark the occasion.
Here are the highlights:
The race started with two brilliant runners going head to head in the early laps. Strider’s Paul Adams and Fabio Rizzo Cascio both pushing sub-30 minute 4-mile laps for the first 12 miles. But this emerging rivalry was short lived with Fabio stopping after 36 miles due to injury leaving Paul the tough mental task of pushing on with no immediate threat to him taking out the title. But ultra running is a funny thing, and as the race progressed Paul eased off to allow Derek Fowler and a trio of three other runners bridge the gap. Derek ran a considered race from start to finish and was impressive in his steady ability to maintain a constant pace. And from the other front runners, Ben Scott ran the race of his life to move up the field from 6th to 3rd with some great final splits. However in the end it was Paul’s day, finishing the Stampede with 72 miles under his belt in only 10hrs 13mins. Although the other runners were only a lap or two behind, Paul was never in doubt down the final stretch and is the Stampede’s first male solo winner. Derek came in an admirable 2nd place with 68 miles in 11hrs 11 mins. Ben Scott completed the podium with 64 miles in 11hrs 44 mins.
1st – Paul Adams – 72 miles.
2nd – Derek Fowler – 68 miles.
3rd – Ben Scott – 64 miles.
Jo Summers from the 100 Marathon Club was the early leader clocking her first 16 miles with an average lap time under 35 mins. But her strategy for the day was to complete a super quick 50km in order to rest up for future races in the coming weeks. She achieved her goal, completing 32 miles in 4hrs 59 min 59 seconds, averaging 37mins per lap. From then, the rest of the day belonged to Leila Rose who blitzed the field running 60 total miles in 11hrs 42mins. To put this result in perspective, her nearest competitor was 24 miles back! … and Leila ran well enough to push a lot of the guys. I’m pretty clear what super-charged her performance – a very detailed list of supplies in advance for the aid table, including pork pies and Coca-Cola! Plus a very determined attitude to perform well and get the job done. Coming in second was Gwen Bolton running her first ultra, completing 36 miles in 10hrs 50mins. Gwen was a star all day, pushing on when clearly it was getting tough and smiling the whole time. Third place was Jo Summers.
1st – Leila Rose – 60 miles.
2nd – Gwen Bolton – 36 miles.
3rd – Jo Summers – 32 miles.
There were five teams competing in the Pairs category and all pushed on to the very end, finishing their final laps after dark – headlamps ablaze! From start to finish, one team dominated and were nicknamed ‘that fast team’ the whole day. Their real name was Team Fastrax (appropriate) and the male/female combo of Hannah Oldroyd and Steve Darby ended up completing a staggering 96 miles in 11hrs 28mins. This was good enough for 3rd overall place for the day vs. all other teams, including those competing in the 4-person Relay! A brilliant performance. In second place was Pomiwi, the Brit/NZ combo of Paul Sowter and James Smith, running 88 miles in 11hrs 45mins. This impressive effort was good enough for 8th overall place for the day. Third place belonged to Castle@Eight, running 84 miles in 11hrs 33 mins – the team was made up of Dean Moy and Mark Tempest, who had the added pressure and stress of dealing with a tyre puncture on the way to the race … but it clearly didn’t impair their great result. Well done all.
1st – Team Fastrax – 96 miles.
2nd – Pomiwi – 88 miles.
3rd – Castle@Eight – 84 miles.
4-person Team Relay
Arguably the most staggering result of the day came in the 4-person Relay category with the St Albans Awesome Foursome running 112 miles in 11hrs 25mins – ‘awesome’ is certainly appropriate! Their average lap time for the entire day was 24mins 29 seconds … that’s just over 6min per mile on a muddy, undulating off-road course! With each member of the team running over marathon distance. They eventually took out the title by 12 miles from their nearest competitor and have set a record that will be hard to beat in future years. A big well done to Steve Buckle, Peter Crowdell, Gary Warren and Simon Fraser. Second place, cracking the ton with 100 miles in 11hrs 34mins was the D&T Dudes from Dacorum & Tring. The team comprising of Chris Kitchener, Russell Morris, Darren Mills and Jamie Saunders averaged 27mins 47seconds per mile for the day – another super-quick, brilliant performance. Following very closely behind in third place was Kelly Du Buisson, Steve Russell, Becky Fawcett and Casper Du Buisson, making up the team ‘Three Lions and a Springbok’. They ran 96 miles in 11hrs 43 mins and only managed to take third position by 7 mins from HALO RC, who also managed 96 miles for the day.
1st – St Albans Awesome Foursome – 112 miles.
2nd – D&T Dudes – 100 miles.
3rd – Three Lions and a Springbok – 96 miles.
There were of course many stand-out performances of grit and determination and that made the event extra special for all who were there. And that in many ways is the spirit of ultra running. Congratulations to everyone who took on the Stampede!
The full results can be found here:
Together with timing splits etc. here: