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North Downs Ridge 50KM - Pierre Meslet

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.

Pierre concluded…

“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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