Sunday, July 20, 2008

Knee Knackering - 2008

These photos from Knee Knackering 2008 were taken by a variety of photographers on the day. This 50k is run every year in Vancouver, British Columbia. It follows the Baden-Powell Trail from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove - 30 Miles.

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The course provides runners with magnificent city, mountain and ocean views, as they go up and over the mountains which grace the North Shore of the city of Vancouver, climbing 8,000 feet and descending another 8,300 feet in the process. Running Wild magazine has recognized the race as one of 25 toughest races in North America.

Two hundred runners at the start at Horseshoe Bay just before 6am.

The course is notorious not just for the elevation gains and losses but also for the appalling trail footing. In short, an excellent trail running experience.

The first 7.5m include an unbelievably good hill climb. It feels like the equivalent of two stacked Nook climbs on Tiger Mountain. Trail quality varies a lot but is mostly regular trail running quality. As you can see from this picture, there are some exceptionally novel sections too.

The summit of the first climb is its own reward: the view is fantastic. We had great weather this year: wall to wall blue skies and mild temperatures.
The 2nd quarter or the course is one long downhill. This is me (Michael) enjoying the free ride. I'm no good at running on flat ground, can hold my own power walking uphill but, with the help of gravity and underdeveloped common sense faculties, downhills are a blast.

Here is Scott on his way to his 5th Knee Knackering finish. It was Scott that got me interested in the event in the first place. It's the most interesting 50k course I've run so far and should be on every Seattle ultra runner's hitlist. You need to run it at least once. Note: it will probably be habit forming.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Blanchard Mountain Ultra - 2007 Report

This is the 2007 report copied from Bill Ball's GeoCities website.

It was a sunny clear day on race day. We had 22 runners and 3 trail dogs. This race seemed to me to be one of the funnest so far. We had plenty of food and drink for the run thanks to the pot luck style of aidstations. I want to thank all of you for coming out and running our run. Also i would like to thank all of our volunteers who came out and help. Stan Nakashima for helping out at the start/finish aidstation, Sheri Ball for working the aidstation up on top of the Lookout, James Kerby for course marking, John Pearch for helping out with various duties. Finally but not least Stacey Otter and Dianna Robinson for filling in as last minute trail sweepers. Next years run will be something special for our 5 years and running. We will have possibly 2 out-n-backs to some lookouts up above Kill Bill Hill. Stay tuned.

2007 results
James Kerby 36mi @ 6:55'

Matt Hart 33mi.@5:21'
Tim Stroh 33mi.@5:36'
Michael Cartwright 33mi @6:41'
Dave Dutton 33mi.@6:49'
Michelle Maislen & Brutus(canine) 33mi. @6:58'
James Varner 33mi.@7:16'
Charlie Chrissman 33mi.@7:19'
Mark Hartinger & Bruce(Canine division) 33mi.@ 7:24'
Janet Casal 33mi.@7:24'
Scotty Railton 33mi.@8:17'
John Bandur 33mi @8:45'
Stacey Otter (sweep) 33mi. @8:45'
Dianna Robinson (sweep) 33mi. @8:45'
Tom Ripley 33mi. @9:22'
Chris Ralph and Zenna (canine)33mi.@9:22'

Steve Roberge 22mi.@3:33'
Brie Hyslop 22mi. @4:27'
Alison Hanks 22mi.@4:22'

Jamie Gifford 18mi.@3:35'

Ericka Malone 11mi.@2:52'
Jolane Stroh (walking) 11mi @3:13'