Athlete Profile - Jack Oates

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BIO:  Jack Oates

Highlights - 2017

- 1st Salisbury 54321 50k in August

- 1st \ New Course record - Queen Elizabeth Spring Trail Marathon in March


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Event - Stort 30 (UK middle distance trail running championships)


Distance - 30 mile

DATE: October 2017

Event Profile

The Event

The Stort 30 is the UK middle distance running championship venue for 2017, this was my last big race of the year. My preparation had gone really well, I hadn’t really had any niggling injuries to disrupt my training for a change. But I knew the field was going to be very competitive being a championship event and this was confirmed by the pre race report showing the depth of the field a 1:12 half marathoner, a 2:31 marathoner, last years race winner and a 4 time previous event winner who also happened to be a GB 100k ultra runner. So it was going to be a tough day at the office.

Pre Race

My morning started with a couple of weetabix, followed by a big bowl of porridge with some blueberries and strawberries about 3 hours before the 9am start to allow it time to digest. After a couple of hours car drive to the start (luckily my parents were driving) I began to snack on some dates in the last 30 minutes before the event to make sure everything was topped up.

I decided I would run with my 600ml handheld filled with water and a Powerbar blackcurrant electrolyte tablet to help keep salts in check and in the pouch I kept some more pitted dates and a Powerbar wafer berry yoghurt flavour split into 3 for easy consumption.

The Race

A quick warm up and we were off.

The first half a mile was a lap of a sports field so it allowed the field to filter out and I could find my place. Almost immediately there was a breakaway group of 4, I decided to sit at the back of this and just stay a consistent pace of 6 minute per mile pace. We stayed pretty stagnant until about mile 4 two decided to up the pace, but I decided to stick to my current pace as did last year’s winner.

I kept sipping my electrolyte drink and taking in a date roughly every 20 minutes as I find whole foods tend to work well for me. Approaching mile 10 we seemed to be catching the leading duo, by the half marathon point we were all running together I decided to have a bit of wafer now as I didn’t want to get hungry!

Approaching the turn around point at 15 miles the 2:31 marathoner who had been pushing the pace appeared to drop off slightly, so now it was down to three. At the half way aid station I grabbed a handful of grapes (they were very refreshing) and a cup-full of squash and we were back off. I continued to sit at the back of the trio and just see what kind of pace they could maintain, they seemed to not be tiring- much to my concern, until about 22 miles, when I noticed the pace started to just creep towards 6:20 minutes per mile pace so I took another wafer and a date in preparation for my move.

I waited until 10k to go before putting the hammer down I upped the pace to about 5:50 minute per mile pace to try and break it up, I still felt surprisingly fresh. I was starting to pull away and they didn’t appear to have an answer, so I went through the marathon mark at 2:39. I downed the last bit of wafer and chugged most of my remaining drink in the hope I could hold on! I kept pulling away but there was a brutal hill up to the finish which my legs didn’t appreciate!

I could see my parents and our dogs stood at the top of the hill. A lap of the field and I had done it, 

Post Race

1st \ New Course Record

I was the UK middle distance trail running champion and much to my disbelief I had crossed the line in 3:01, 10 minutes under the previous course record. But showing the depth of the field 3 other people went under the previous record. After having a breather for minute, I grabbed a mars milkshake and downed that as I don’t tend to feel like eating whole foods immediately. I also had a can of coca cola to help pep me up, then about 45 minutes later I had a salmon and watercress sandwich to make sure I got something in!

It was one of rare days when everything went to plan!

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