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Charlie Wartnaby

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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Meridian Ultra 100km, 8:11:34, 12th place, 2nd V40. Mother of all Blow-Ups, but glad to have done it -- at least I was once I'd finished ;-)

Run May 21, 2017
  • 62.2mi
  • 8:11:34
    Moving Time
  • 7:54/mi
    Avg Pace
  • 6,934
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  1. Andrew L.
    Andrew L.

    Wow! We'll done

  2. John Sandhu
    John Sandhu

    Amazing run Charlie.

  3. Christof S.
    Christof S.

    Excellent Charlie - that is a massive run. I see from the pace profile that it got a little bit tough!

  4. Anna R.
    Anna R.

    Incredible!! I'm speechless 😢 just you are the best! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  5. Matthew S.
    Matthew S.

    Holy shit that looked tough! You have earned a few beers! Running is soon brutal!

  6. Matthew S.
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  7. Ryan snell
    Ryan snell

    This is excellent Charlie.

  8. David A.
    David A.

    An extraordinary effort!

  9. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    Thanks everyone! Yes I estimated what I hoped was possible (7hr45) from extrapolating WAVA% from Wings for Life, more or less, but it was clearly too optimistic. Probably just aimed too fast, though maybe my gel-only nutrition strategy was a mistake, I don't know. Very cocky for first 42M, feeling fantastic, but then the wheels came off pretty fast and I quickly reverted to plan B (survive and finish with dignity!). Final insult was some ripples of cramp in my L calf, which could have brought me to a walk -- just avoided by running peg-leg style using mainly R leg for a bit! And maybe 3 big races in 4 weeks was a bit insane too of course... (VLM, WfL, today)

  10. James T.
    James T.

    Fantastic Charlie. I've been following you on the live update all day as I've passed in and out the house. Great pace. So two weeks rest and then off to circumnavigate Wales? ;-) I'll offer to be a support rider.

  11. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    Ha, my immediate plans consist of not running quite a lot :-) Though I rashly entered the Flaming June HM in 2 weeks -- not much danger of defending my crown there now methinks... Seeing an ?EYRI vest and Welsh flags (it was a race between UK national teams today) did make me a bit sentimental about Snowdonia mind you -- though checking my forearm, the scars are still there!

  12. Scott White
    Scott White

    Welcome to the world of blow-up ultras πŸ˜‰fantastic run though!!

  13. Alastair P.
    Alastair P.

    great work! Your pace chart tells the story ;-)

  14. Andrew S.
    Andrew S.

    I can imagine the last few miles were quite tough. The average pace is amazing though. Well done

  15. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    Yep I wouldn't have chosen to pace it like that -- will aim for a slightly lower WAVA% if I have another go!

  16. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    PS enable the HR trace, it's interesting. Started oddly high (the luxury of having my caravan 50 metres from the start meant I decided on a final loo trip even during the briefing -- only just made in in time!), then dropped nicely, but started climbing progressively to ~mara rate (145bpm) before I started crashing, though at much lower than MP. So I guess I'd burnt all my carbs by going too quick, to some extent. Oddly though, it felt really comfortable until I did crash, not progressively harder.

  17. Kieren Drane
    Kieren Drane

    Well done, an impressive time.

  18. James T.
    James T.

    I wondered if the HR also reflected a temperature build toward lunch and beyond? Followed by essential slowing. No idea what the weather was there.

  19. James T.
    James T.

    Although the HR tale versus splits suggests you'd marginally raised the pace around the first point it begins to rise pretty similar to the WfL run.

  20. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    Temperature-wise it did become quite warm until fairly near the end, when it clouded over a bit. But I was chucking a lot of water over my head and vest to keep cool. My HR in WfL had a couple of odd excursions to apparently unfeasible heights -- much more so in VLM. I'm a tad worried about whether it reflected something real going on (an arythmia or something, maybe brought on by a lot of caffeine after depleting from it to resensitise myself). (I've cut back on the caffeinated gels a bit and been a bit less strict on the depletion just in case, and it didn't do anything wild today.)

  21. James T.
    James T.

    Just had another look and noticed the attempt to rally the pace nearing the end only for it to crash harder.

  22. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    Ah that was something else. I rallied because I felt a little better -- slight tailwind, maybe some sports drink kicking in -- but then with about 3M to go my L calf started threatening to cramp, which was the final insult. No way did I want to be abruptly reduced to a walk! So I ran peg-leg style mainly on my R leg instead and slowed too, and did just about get away with it, enabling me to keep running (albeit yet more slowly).

  23. Jamie W.
    Jamie W.

    Congratulations Charlie! Enjoy a few days off...

  24. Iain Trickett
    Iain Trickett

    Well done Charlie, what a good few weeks you've had managing to hit so many key races πŸ‘

  25. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    Thanks guys! Taking it very easy now...

  26. Christof S.
    Christof S.

    Thete may be plods!

  27. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    There were plods for the last 20M of the race, let alone anything I might next do in recovery!

  28. Lee Grantham
    Lee Grantham

    Congratulations and great to meet such a gent! Speedy recovery pal :)

  29. Charlie Wartnaby
    Charlie Wartnaby

    Hey thanks, the pleasure was all mine. Still able to bimble to work on my bike but I shan't be running for a good few days yet! Hope yours are not too bad.


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