It’s great to see UK runners getting back into action and taking on races and events as we re-emerge from lockdown. There’s a real sense of excitement and freedom in the air, with none more enthusiastic than Profeet’s ambassadors-in-the field, who have launched into the race season with relish.
First Ultra of the Year – 2nd Place
This weekend it was the turn of a seasoned long-distance runner, Pierre Meslet, 37, who took on the North Downs Ridge 50km Trail Ultra …and won! Well, nearly… he crossed the line first, but due to a staggered start was 10 seconds short of first place in the final analysis.
A little frustrating of course, but he was delighted nevertheless to take 2nd place remaining upbeat and philosophical.
In Pierre’s own words:
“Dry terrain and ideal weather made for a fast race. The staggered start wasn’t ideal as difficult to know where you stand in the ranking…Crossed the line in first but several minutes later a guy came in 10sec faster than me to take the win. Well done to him (Paul O’Sullivan). Next time I will not stop to drop a penny at km42 (lost 25sec right there 🤪 ).”
The North Down’s Ridge Course
This is a scenic run along the lush North Downs way, passing through the Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve and skimming the well-known beauty spot, Newlands Corner. The course is known for its runnable and not too hilly trails making it a fast, consistent route for experienced Ultra runners whilst also being accessible to newcomers – and even fast walkers. With starting times from 8am, the cut off is 10 hours, giving ample time for the not so fast finishers.
“Thank you to Freedom Racing for a wonderful event, great course marking and amazing organisation in a very Covid-safe environment”
“I was so pleased to race again, and I had such a great day, I would have been happy with top 10 finish. Good learning and better next time ;)”
Congratulations Pierre, we’re impressed as always and look forward to hearing about your next race.
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