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Samantha Amend - GB & England Marathon and Ultra Distance Runner

Grand Union 145 Miler, 3rd June 2022

by Sam Amend - 4th June 2022 | General News

Having run so many races recently and feeling recovery was going well, the GUCR was on ! it would be the furthest I had run in one go…

Race Organiser Write-up “Belgrave Harriers’ Sam Amend wins this Platinum Jubilee weekend in a new ladies record time of 25 hours 45 minutes! Ian Hammett is 1st Man, arriving at Little Venice in 27 hours 48 minutes ” Official results can be found here and the updated Hall of Fame here. With a few hundred entrants then onto the day we had before 6am 98 Starters and overall 53 Finishers.

Sam & Dick ( RD for GUCR 145)

This race wasn’t just about distance, a year today since my old coach Norman Wilson passed away. Challenging course with length and surface , diversions, navigation was key! , night time , humidity disorientation but a desire to get to that finish line! I made top 10 all time: https://canalrace.org.uk/grand…/results/hall-of-fame/

“Back in Time for Breakfast Saturday 4th June”

From the start to around 65 miles I had the pleasure of running with Ian Hammett, whom I meet at many long races and share chatting time with. We have a great way of supporting each other, banter and what an awesome crew we both had between us!! Indebted to my awesome friends that crewed all through and to Ellie, Matt , Dom and Trevor for running some endless miles with me to the end and keeping me safe! in the twilight shift popping up and getting me home safely. More importantly please to say I once again ”Nailed nutrition “

Cant thank my Crew, runners and Team enough, This one was for your Norm !

Marlow 5, Sunday May 8th 2022

by Sam Amend - 8th May 2022 | General News

Results (runbritainrankings.com)

A hiatus from running Marlow 5 for many years, feeling great after the Track 100 mile decided to inject some speed. As the event is run in my home town and also many friends I got a last minute entry. Great race and only 9 secs off my PB set in 2014 and last run this 6/7 years ago with 29:12 . Super pleased after a busy March/April smashing a marathon, 100k and 100 miler!
Results (runbritainrankings.com)

“British Record Alert” – Track 100 Miler, 23rd April 2022

by Sam Amend - 23rd April 2022 | General News

After my 100k British champs and qualifier early April, this time in Bedford and on the track just much shorter laps and longer ! With my crew in Tow Jo and Trevor we arrived the night before and stayed locally ready for the start at 6am
ASadly the weather went from last years sunburn to very windy which made it very challenging to fight during such small laps. Having nailed the nutrition in the 100km I followed the same set up just over a longer period and more carbs with a marginal increase. All of which worked a dream and couldn’t fault the execution especially as we started with 15 and only 4 finished and the wheelchair athlete. With all the classy runners internationally on the track never did I anticipate to win the race outright.

Three weeks after finishing second at the British 100km Championships to my TeamHour 7 team mate I headed for the track. I had written down 3 targets of improving my PB, 12hr and then the overall female Win. I went through to a 12 hour British record of 140.310km and holding on for a huge improvement in my own British 100 mile record of 14:10:51. Along the way improved the British womens FV40 50 mile mark to 6:36:27.

Athlete Profile (thepowerof10.info)

Photo Credit: Sam Amend (Steve Ashworth)

Following on from the track success I was then interviewed by BBC South, Radio Berkshire, Radio Oxford, and FiveLive.

Photo Credit: Sam Amend (Trevor Hunter)

ACP 100k, Perth – 6th April 2022

by Sam Amend - 4th April 2022 | General News

GB selection:

Having run a few weeks earlier a marathon I was back in action again with the team. Elated to be selected again for Team GB after running a 7:48:39 PB at the British 100K champs in Perth, Scotland.  Would have loved both the 100k and 24hr GB events but needed to choose between them both.

BRITISH TEAM NAMED FOR THE IAU 100KM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – UK Athletics

On The Day:

It was a well executed race with better nutrition than in my past ultras and it helped to be well supported by the England Management. I was fortunate enough to be aided by Mike Stocks, fellow ultra GB teammate and also founder of Teamhour7, the new ultra team on the block.

The goal for this 100km race was to get a PB and GB selection. A bonus would be to win the event, although I knew there would be some stiff competition.

Team England !

What was lovely for me, seeing friends I’d made over the years from the other home nations, having spent many hours on long races with them.

Onto the race itself, and a 5am wake up call. It was frosty at the start and really cold so the headband/mittens and arm guards were on for roughly a marathon, then the sun came out with still a chilly wind.

The weather, despite being cold and windy, could have been much worse. I lead for a fair bit of the race but just didn’t have enough kick in the last few miles; fatigue kicked in and I needed too many toilet breaks. What did work well was the nutrition, although I need to supplement some sugary treats for savoury ones. Having Mike Stocks (London Heathside), his wife and Teamhour7 at the event also helped with the psychological part and also not giving me a chance to go near the race tent.

2nd Place in 7hrs 48 mins

I was very pleased to come in well under the qualification standard, bag a PB and second place. Having met the GB24hr criteria for the European Champs three weeks later, I made a decision to focus on the World Champs this year which will possibly be the strongest team GB send.

I was delighted to receive the news that “ you’ve made the team!” At nearly 43 years old, never would I have expected to be in this shape and still improving… age is just a number!

Full results

Sri Chinmoy 50km / 100km Perth, 03/04/2022 : : my.race|result (raceresult.com)

GB selection

Belgrave road and cross country captain Sam Amend has been selected again for Team GB after running a 7:48:39 PB at the British 100K champs in Perth, Scotland.  Would have loved both this and th GB European 24hr BRITISH TEAM NAMED FOR THE IAU 100KM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – UK Athletics

Sam writes:

It was a well executed race with better nutrition than in my past ultras and it helped to be well supported by the England Management. I was fortunate enough to be aided by Mike Stocks, fellow ultra GB teammate and also founder of Teamhour7, the new ultra team on the block.

The goal for this 100km race was to get a PB and GB selection. A bonus would be to win the event, although I knew there would be some stiff competition.

What was lovely for me was seeing friends I’d made over the years from the other home nations, having spent many hours on long races with them.

Onto the race itself, and a 5am wake up call. It was frosty at the start and really cold so the headband/mittens and arm guards were on for roughly a marathon, then the sun came out with still a chilly wind.

The weather, despite being cold and windy, could have been much worse. I lead for a fair bit of the race but just didn’t have enough kick in the last few miles; fatigue kicked in and I needed too many toilet breaks. What did work well was the nutrition, although I need to supplement some sugary treats for savoury ones. Having Mike Stocks (London Heathside), his wife and Teamhour7 at the event also helped with the psychological part and also not giving me a chance to go near the race tent.

I was very pleased to come in well under the qualification standard, bag a PB and second place. Having met the GB24hr criteria for the European Champs three weeks later, I made a decision to focus on the World Champs this year which will possibly be the strongest team GB send.

I was delighted to receive the news that “ you’ve made the team!” At nearly 43 years old, never would I have expected to be in this shape and still improving… age is just a number!

Full results

Oulten Park Marathon – 6th March 2022

by Sam Amend - 6th March 2022 | General News

Well that was a tough day out….

3rd overall in the marathon and 1st lady. A lot to negotiate with, not only the wind that made my eyes cry every lap, 4 hills and a cambered chicane on all 10 laps! Yes it was a GP Motor racing circuit for bikes… not runner

I felt in pb shape but impossible as I endured a lonely race against the elements and the clock. Finished in a respectable 2.48 a great step forward for the British 100k next month

South Of England AA Champs – 29th January 2022

by Sam Amend - 30th January 2022 | General News

Beckenham Park

Belgrave ran well, we had Sarah came 4th in the South of England Cross Country Championships at Beckenham Place Park, leading home our team who also finished in 4th place. Our team that all 12 who ran finished in the top 100 out of nearly 500 who started the race. The Championship was originally du Although 14 degrees was forecast a stiff breeze lowered the temperature considerably.

The team’s score of 114 points would have often secured either second or third spot in previous races and was a long way ahead of all our local teams. In fact, when I headed the team home in 16th place at Brighton in 2012, Belgrave won the bronze with 239 points, over twice as many as Saturday.

Next to finish was Rachel Brown in 21st. Rachel has been in fine form this season, having won the South of Thames at the same venue but a different course before Christmas. Then Olivia Papaoiannou and Alice Reed finished together in the 44th and 45th. Liv is gradually getting back to her best form after suffering from Covid over Christmas, and Alice ran remarkably well despite announcing she hadn’t done much training. That was the scoring four.

A common feature of the Belles team this year has been the strength in depth. A trio of Belles finished together in 60th, 61st and 62nd included Me, despite not feeling too well but supporting the team as well as ever, then the very promising Flora Whyte in only her second race for the team, and Ella-May Hards continuing her improvement with every race. Then not far back was another group of five: Lizzie Goldie-Scot’s 76th was her highest ever position, followed by Mimi Corden-Lloyd in 78th, Laurel Bray smiling as ever in 87th, just ahead of Alix Vermuelen suffering from the stitch and blisters 89th, and finally the ever-dependable Sarah Dewhirst in 96th. It is so important that they all ran – not only pushing other team’s scorers further down but also giving the newer members experience of racing at this level.

Results

  1. J. Gibbons (Reading) 28:16, 2. N. Brown (AFD), 29:06, 3. B. Howley (London Heathside) 29:13, 4. S. Astin 29:16, ……21. R. Brown 31:03, 44. O. Papaoiannou 32:22, 45. A. Reed 32:24, 60, S. Amend 33:02, 61. F. Whyte 33:05, 62. E-M. Hards 33:06, 76. L. Goldie-Scot 33:30, 78. M. Corden-Lloyd 33:35, 87. L. Bray 34:13, 89. A. Vermuelen 34:19, 96. S. Dewhirst 34:34.

Teams

  1. AFD 51, 2. London Heathside 79, 3. Basingstoke and Herts 83, 4. Belgrave Harriers 114, 5. Highgate 233, 6. Stragglers 245.

Country To Capital (C2C) 43 Miler, Wendover – 8 January 2021

by Sam Amend - 8th January 2022 | General News

It was definitely not a day for PB’s today. Thank you to your team for making this possible despite the elements of the weather. Wet/windy and cold not a great mix but very pleased to finish and win the trophy again. I finished first place 6.04 and also missed the start to busy chatting, I had to run fast to overtake, Hit the wall a few times, shivered, went wrong a few times.

What a great feeling being at the end

This was definitely a mental challenge and having experienced a stomach/ bowl issue (great combo) and lost my music device to get me through the win meant alot. lonely times. As always indebted to my friend Trevor for giving me a lift to the start and to my bestie Jo Smith who suprised me with a visit on the canal with the bell.

It felt like I ran 100 miles with the energy zapping first half and no energy second half… what an experience and for those that braved the conditions. Credit for photos Trevor Hunter and Go Beyond Met a few lovely runners along the way for company and played cat and mouse when we kept bonking and near on hyperthermia. Good mental and physical training for many more adventures and start to 2022.

Some brilliant running by the females today along the canal path. 2022 Country to Capital female podium finishers:

Samantha Amend (6:04:22)

Rachel Piper (6:40:06)

Wendy Whearity (6:43:20)

Battersea 10k, London – 22nd December

by Sam Amend - 22nd December 2021 | General News

Final race of the year last night, I just couldn’t find 5th gear but a respectable run post weekend trace and now being in marathon training. Lovely to catch up with a former team mate and Rachel who raced with me last week at the cross country. I’ve run more miles this year than I can count so wont quibble with 37 mins for 3rd and first vet. That said could have done with another lap and stop tripping up on tree roots

South of Thames 7.5mile XC, Beckingham

by Sam Amend - 18th December 2021 | General News

Saturday 18th December 2021,

A terrific day for the Belles with an emphatic win in the team championship plus individual gold for Rachel Brown and bronze for me and first Vet.

The race was held in Beckenham Place Park, a venue now often used for cross country races since the local council abandoned the golf course a few years ago. In fact, it will be used again at the end of January for the South of England Championships. It is an undulating grassland course, soft in places, ideal for cross country though and where they will stage SEAA XC.

On my way chasing to get 3rd place

It was a nervous week for the Belles team manager, with Covid reducing the team entry from ten to the six required to score. Also taking nearly 2.5 hrs to get there which was pretty tragic so I could only pray it would be worth while.

On the second lap I moved up to third place with team mate Jess not far behind. As a team we scored an incredible 40 points, the lowest winning score since women were allowed into the race from 2004.

We have had a great record in this race over the last ten years.

2011 3rd, 2012 3rd, 2013 1st, 2014 1st, 2015 3rd, 2016 1st, 2017 2nd, 2018 1st 2019 no team, 2020 no race, 2021 1st.

Pre-race pose with the Belle’s

Belles

  1. Rachel Brown 46:27, 3. Samantha Amend 48:06, 4. Jess Saunders 48:13, 9. Natalie Beadle 51:08, 11. Mimi Cordon-Lloyd 51:39, 12. Laurel Bray 52:12.

Teams

  1. Belgrave Harriers 40, 2. Kent AC 88, 3. Dulwich 93.

Goodwood Half Marathon, 5th December 2021

by Sam Amend - 4th December 2021 | General News

A full on day and wind swept at Goodwood, Chichester and then out in the cold again for a dog walk. I went short with a half marathon which I am so grateful, turned our to be hard conditions and stronger winds than last years event.


I tried to block out the wind and wore headphones but couldn’t hear my music The pace was all over the place due to the strong winds from one side 5.40/5.45 min mile pace, then the back section 7 min miles. I was just pipped to the post by a Senior so for me it was 2nd place and 82 mins.

I definitely downgraded expectations and considering a heavy race year pleased. Well organised, non stressful races just need weather on my side. My friend Trevor won his age category and I won the Vet Category and 2nd overall lady.