Tralee 100K Ultra Marathon

Posted August 10th, 2014 in Race Reports by Kay

Jayne Angilley, At-Your-Pace trail running team member and Cornwall Athletics Club runner, travelled to North Kerry in Ireland to take part in The Tralee 100K Ultra Marathon on the 2nd August. The route was on the beautiful roads of North Kerry, taking in scenic areas such as Kerryhead, Ballyheigue, Causeway, Ardfert, and Fenit, and the Atlantic Ocean is never too far away to keep you company on this ultimate test of endurance. Each finisher received a specially commissioned Brass Belt buckle to commemorate their fantastic achievement, if they completed it within the tight cut off time of 15 hours!

Jayne AngilleyJayne, who is more used to running ultras off road, took on the 62.5 miles of tarmac with the support and backup of her family and husband David. The route is a loop through North Kerry taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, but this does not mean it is an easy course!
Jayne recounts “The fact you are running that far on tarmac takes a huge toll on your feet and joints, the constant pounding on the road really drains you. The route is not massively hilly but it is continuously up and down with very little flat, this was hard but living and training in Cornwall I coped well with it, only suffering some minor cramp in the final stages”.

Jayne started the race strongly and gradually began to real in other runners, and she soon found herself chasing down the first place female runner. Having played cat and mouse for most of the race Jayne eventually managed to get the upper hand and opened up a gap of over 12 minutes by the finish.
“I just started the race at a comfortable pace that I felt I could maintain for the distance, I was feeling really strong and kept passing other runners and before I knew it I was fighting for first female. We traded places a number of times but I eventually managed to push ahead. I never knew how far behind me she was and never looked back, fear of her catching me just drove me on to the finish!”.

“It was a very tough race done at a quick pace, but the amazing location and incredible support made it worth every step, but it could take my feet a while to recover!”.

Jayne finished in a time of 9 hours 46 minute 28 seconds in 4th place overall and 1st placed female, an incredible performance and a very fast time!

“I loved every minute off it, well most, and I am very pleased with the time and the results. It all seems a bit of a dream now, but I never would have done so well without the support of my family. Also the support of At-Your-Pace in Helston and all my colleagues at Cornwall Athletics Club are what make it all possible and give me the confidence to tackle such extreme events”.

If anyone wants to find out more about ultra-running Jayne and the At-Your-Pace Trail Running Team can be contacted via the At-Your-Pace shop in Helston and are more than happy to help.

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