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Samantha Amend - GB & England Marathon and Ultra Distance Runner

Race Round Up – July 2021

by Sam Amend - 31st July 2021 | General News

Crawley AIM 6hr- 3rd July – This was a race that started of well but tough conditions with heavy cloud and humidity. Having surpassed just a week since my coach Normans funeral it was all too much. The race format with the 24hr (in hindsight think I would have run better longer) were also in the same lane so there was a lot of weaving and in and out of lanes. As the hours ticked on beyond the marathon I was up on target but just ran out of energy and my body tightened up. It wasn’t my day despite an awesome crew with Jo and Trevor ran to 52:80km. Looking at my watch my body battery was showing in negative and had been before I started so its no wonder I struggled to maintain. In order to run the British record I would have needed to be on it from the outset.

Pre Start of Crawley 6hr

5,000m  –  SAL  11th July  – Another outing on the track for the club and legs were rested as they never had to run for the full 6hrs the week before. Pleasantly surprised to run 18:20 for second place and first Belle home in the race. Conditions as they had been for a few weeks very humid and tough with the track surrounded by the high rise buildings. Pleased though of how i ran on some very busy few months racing.

Battersea Park Track

Herts 10k -18th July  – Super hot conditions on a car racing track, thank heaven only a short race today. The temperature had been rising during my journey over to Herts to 28 degrees and with a start time of 10am I knew it was going to be super tough. I managed to maintain my position in first in a respectable time of 38:09. Sadly my friend was unable to finish his race due to the heat and feeling dizzy. Tough race conditions but again good tempo training.

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