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Wales will host the UK 100km champs incorporating the Anglo Celtic Plate International at Redwick on Sunday 22 July starting at 7.30AM. Those of you who have seen ultras before will know that we have staged this event very successfully in 2002, 2004 and 2008 in Bute Park, with Derek as Race Director. It will be the same course as the Rose Inn Series - except that 100km involves 32+ laps.
The Anglo Celtic Plate is a Home Countries International - hence a very prestigious event with the best ultra runners in the UK on show.
Last year in Perth, Scotland, Wales won the ladies team event (2 to score, cumulative time) with Emily Gelder and our own Jen Salter, and it is anticipated that the same two ladies will represent Wales again.
Steve Brace is the Race Director and is requesting help. Volunteering does not necessarily mean being at the event all day - so please stipulate what time you could help. The main duties will be marshalling and lap scoring. As I'm sure you can appreciate, accuracy is essential.
Please feel free to post here or contact Steve direct on (029) 20644870 - 0ffice; 07989 445627 - mobile or E Mail at steve-brace@lineone.net
There are more details on Welsh Athletics website.
I anticipate being at the race all day in some capacity, so please also feel free to approach me for information or advice.

July 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterMick McGeoch

Just wearing my ultra hat and getting this to the top of the Forum.
A great opportunity to come and support one of our own athletes (Jen Salter) running for Wales - who are defending their title.
Every little helps - if interested please see me or contact Steve Brace.

July 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterMick McGeoch

Loretta is doing it as well.
the powers that be says she' not good to reprisent wales.
even though she is probably the only REAL WELSH person there.

July 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM | Unregistered Commenteralan mann

Based on what evidence?

July 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhil Cook

Good luck to Jen!!
Great to see Wales represented by a 'MODEST' and TALENTED' athlete
Hope to pop down at some point

July 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterStuart Crees

Sorry I can not help out this time,which is shame because I really enjoyed the whole race day when it came to Cardiff.

July 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterTerry Caveney

Good luck Jen! Hope to come along to support at some point.

July 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Quin

Ditto Stu !!!! Hope to be able to come and support at some point. Smash it Jen !!!!

July 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterJane Coker

Good luck to Jen! I am sure there will be some awesome running!

July 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterAi-Lin Kee

yes indeedy, good luck Jen. An awesome run she had in the Rose Inn; she will surely improve on her time of last year. Also good luck to Emily Gelder. She's an awesome athlete too - 130 miles or so in 24 hours. Shame its only two per team.

July 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM | Unregistered Commenterloretta daley

Loretta I have no doubt you will also have a brilliant race with your track record. I am looking forward to running with you and supporting each other like we always do at Barry 40... make sure you just go and enjoy it. Oh and thanks loads to everyone on here for your support I can't tell you how much Emily, Loretta and I will appreciate it on the day xx

July 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterJen Salter

Good luck (again) tomorrow Jen and Loretta! Hope the weather is kind to you both :)

July 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Quin

Great running at The Anglo Celtic Plate 100km today by the dynamic duo of Emily Gelder and Jenny Salter to regain the title for the second year in a row. A very hot day out at Redwick and I am really proud of my Jenny...

Thanks to Mick McGeoch for his on the spot stats and words of encouragement. It's marvellous times for Welsh ULTRA-distance running. I've uploaded some pics of the race here http://www.flickr.com/photos/ultraracephotos/

July 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterRory Coleman

Gutted I couldn't get down to watch and help out. Very well done to all the Welsh team and especially the reigning dynamic duo of Emily and Jen!

Do you get the Lonsdale belt for keeps if you retain your title next year as well?

July 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterDavey Proud

Awesome running Jen, total respect for a gutsy performance in tough, hot conditions. Can't believe how good you looked after 60 miles of running !!! It was a privilege to watch you and Emily retain the title and SMASH IT. Hope you enjoyed your belated birthday celebration and a rest !!! See you at the Rose Inn on 14th August for a mere 4 mile sprint around the course ;)
Jane and Paul x

July 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterJane Coker

A few belated words of congratulations as I was so tired last night after the Anglo Celtic Plate that I would no doubt have fallen asleep in front of the computer. First up - another sensational run by Jen - we should be so proud of her. As we all know, hot weather, especially out of the blue has a seriously depleting effect on performance. It was brutal out there at Redwick - everyone suffered. In those circumstances, it's not just the running that matters, it's the attention to detail - notably in hydration and nutrition that makes all the difference. Jen was meticulous - and to win a bronze medal in the UK 100 km championship incorporated within the event was richly deserved.
For those of you unfamiliar with the format of the Anglo Celtic Plate, it's effectively a Home Countries International with the men's result being best 3 for a maximum of 5 runners, and the ladies 2 from a maximum of 4 (cumulative time).
Last year Wales won the Ladies Team title for the first time ever in Perth, Scotland by just 1 minute 47 seconds. Yesterday Wales defended that title by 1 hour 17 minutes and 10 seconds. The same two ladies, Jen and Emily Gelder achieved this.
Emily was simply a class apart yesterday. She lapped the entire ladies field twice, winning by 40 minutes. But for serious hamstring issues in the closing stages which required repeated massage, the margin would have been much wider. As it was, she had to settle for "merely" winning, and thereby securing a magnificent hat-trick of UK 100 km championships.
1. Emily Gelder (Wales) 8:05:07
2. Isobel Wykes (England) 8:45:09
3. Jen Salter (WAles) 8:56:05

1. Keith Whyte (Ireland) 7:16:42
2. Allen Smalls (England) 7:25:04
3. Craig Holgate (England) 7:26:12

International Teams:
Ladies: 1. Wales; 2. England; 3. Scotland
Men: 1. England; 2. Scotland; 3. Wales.
Given the heat, a very impressive 26 athletes out of 33 starters completed the 100 km - surely a great testiment to the fitness and resolve of all. Just to say a word of thanks to everyone who came and supported, in whatever capacity, and whatever time. I know ultra distance isn't everyone's ball game, but you couldn't fail to be impressed and the support was hugely appreciated. More to follow on Welsh Athletics website.

July 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterMick McGeoch

Congratulation to the Welsh Teams who competed in the Anglo Celtic Plate. I have been associated with the event since 1998 and was unable to attend this year because the event was organised in the week in which Breda died and had commitments in Ireland. I am especially proud of Emily and Jen because I had the privilege of being a manager of the team when it won the Plate in Perth last year. It was the first time Wales had won a trophy. I am thrilled that the girls who retained the trophy. They are WELSH and talented.

Derek Williams (A very proud Welshman)

July 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterDerek Williams

Congrats to Jen and Emily!

July 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterAi-Lin 'Almost Welsh'Kee

Fantastic run Emily and Jen, congratulations

July 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterAndy Cleves

18th Annual Anglo Celtic 100 Km Plate
Redwick, Wales
Sunday 22nd July, 2012
1. Keith Whyte UltraRunningIreland & Ireland 7:16:42
2. Allen Smalls Colchester & England 7:25.04
3. Craig Holgate Ely Runners & England 7:26.12
4. Thomas Loehndorf Greenock Glenpark H & Scotland 7:28.32
5. Marcus Scotney Road Runners Club & England 7:40.27
6. Marco Consani Garscube & Scotland 7:51.28
7. Matthew Williamson Bellahouston & Scotland 7:55.54
8. Emily Gelder Dulwich Runners & Wales 8:05.07
9. Paul Fernandez Abingdon Amblers & England 8:15.19
10. Isobel Wykes Truro RC & England 8:45.09
11. Jason Scanlon Pontypridd & Wales 8:50.22
12. Jen Salter Les Croupiers & Wales 8:56:05
13. Isobel Knox Hunters Bog Trotters & Scotland 9:13:12
14. Sean McCormack Abergele & Wales 9:18:19
15. Gail Murdoch Carnegie & Scotland 9:25:57
16. Karen Hathaway Road Runners Club & England 9:33:13
17. Ian Coldicott Skipton AC 9:39:20
18. Gareth Mayze Tenotdale & Scotland 9:39:34
19. Helen James Barrow Runners 9:47:46
20. Sandra Bowers Winchester & Scotland 9:48:58
21. Jeremy Mower Gloucester AC & Wales 10:09:06
22. Karen Galpin Almost Athletes & England 10:16:35
23. Heather Foundling-Hawker Road Runners Club & England 10:51:29
24. David King South West Vets 11:00:08
25. Francois-Xavier Faure France 11:31:20
26. Stuart Wilkie Hogweed Trotters 11:40:48

1. Emily Gelder Dulwich Runners & Wales 8:05.07
2. Isobel Wykes Truro RC & England 8:45.09
3. Jen Salter Les Croupiers & Wales 8:56:05
4. Isobel Knox Hunters Bog Trotters & Scotland 9:13:12
5. Gail Murdoch Carnegie & Scotland 9:25:57
6. Karen Hathaway Road Runners Club & England 9:33:13
7. Helen James Barrow Runners 9:47:46
8. Sandra Bowers Winchester & Scotland 9:48:58
9. Karen Galpin Almost Athletes & England 10:16:35
10. Heather Foundling-Hawker Road Runners Club & England 10:51:29

Male International Teams
1. England Smalls 7:25:04; Holgate 7:26:12; Scotney 7:40:27 22:31:43
2. Scotland Loehndorf 7:28:32; Consani 7:51:28; Williamson 7:55:54 23:15:54
3. Wales Scanlon 8:50:22; McCormack 9:18:19; Mower 10:09:06 28:17:47

Ladies International Teams
1. Wales Gelder 8:05:07; Salter 8:56:05 17:01:12
2. England Wykes 8:45:09; Hathaway 9:33:13 18:18:22
3. Scotland Knox 9:13:12; Murdoch 9:25:57 18:39:09

UK 100 Km Champs:
Men: 1. Smalls 7:25:04; 2. Holgate 7:26:12; 3. Loehndorf 7:28:32
Ladies: 1. Gelder 8:05:07; 2. Wykes 8:45:09; 3. Salter 8:56:05

Scottish 100 Km Champs:
Men: 1. Loehndorf 7:28:32; 2. Consani 7:51:28; 3. Williamson 7:55:54
Ladies: 1. Knox 9:13:12; 2. Murdoch 9:25:57; 3. Bowers 9:48:58

Road Runners Club 100 km Champs: Smalls 7:25:04
Race Stats: 33 starters, 26 finishers (79%)

Race Report

The tiny picturesque village of Redwick, deep in the heart of rural Monmouthshire, proved a popular setting for the 18th staging of the Anglo Celtic Plate 100 km, on Sunday 22 July. The race, which is effectively a Home Countries international, is based upon a 5 to run, 3 to score format for men, and 4 to run, 2 to score for ladies (on cumulative time). Also incorporated into the event was the 24th edition of the UK 100 km championships, as well as the Scottish and Road Runners Club 100 km championships.

The circuit is well known to local road runners as the Rose Inn course, named after the community pub which hosts the popular 2 lap, 4 mile event on the second Tuesday of the months of May, June, July and August. However, there is clearly a world of difference between 2 circuits and the 32+ circuits required to make up the 62.2 mile (100 km) distance. Race start was 7.30AM, and there were already cloudless skies. Great for spectators, tortuous for athletes.
There was a total of 33 starters, including 23 internationals.

The early stages of such a long event are fascinating, because they reveal much of athletes’ individual perceptions of the race, and their personal strategies. The hot weather was clearly going to play a significant part in proceedings, as was each athlete’s attention to essential details like pace judgment, clothing, hydration and nutrition. The part of the athletes’ handlers was critical too, enabling competitors to obtain the right help or advice at the right time.

From the outset, a group of four broke away – the four being Allen Smalls (England), Keith Whyte (Ireland), Paul Fernandez (England) and Thomas Loehndorf (Scotland). In the ladies, Emily Gelder, winner of the event for the previous two occasions, started aggressively, and immediately opened up a lead from Karen Hathaway and Heather Foundling-Hawker (England).

With each lap being an inexact distance, the first opportunity to gauge the pace came at 10km. At that stage, Allen Smalls led in 41:41, from Keith Whyte 41:45, Paul Fernandez 41:58 and Thomas Loehndorf 42:08. There was then a gap of almost two minutes before the English trio of Marcus Scotney, Craig Holgate and Terry Conway came through together in 44 minutes exactly. This gave an estimated winning finish time, based on even pace, of 6 hours 57 minutes.
Emily Gelder came through this checkpoint in ninth position in 45:28 – giving an astonishing estimated finishing time of 7 hours 35 minutes. Given that Emily is a very experienced athlete, but her best from last year was 8:00:37, this gave the clearest possible indication of her mindset. Heather Foundling-Hawker followed in 46:50, Karen Hathaway 46:59 and Jen Salter 48:20.

Keith Whyte joined Allen Smalls at the front of affairs, and began to assume control. Meanwhile Emily Gelder was already in control, and looked in no mood to relinquish it.

The day got hotter and the gaps continued to open. Athletes were lapping each other regularly, which does require the viewer to pay strict attention to the progress of the race. By 50 km, Keith Whyte recorded 3:27:36 – even pace for 6hours 55 minutes. Even given the fact that he was likely to slow, his personal best of 7 hours 22 minutes looked as if it would require serious revision. He now had a lead of 2:54 from Allen Smalls (3:30:30). Thomas Loehndorf came next in 3:32:30 with a minute advantage over Paul Fernandez (3:33:37). The English pair of Craig Holgate and Marcus Scotney were still together on 3:36:10 and looked frisky. Over such a long distance, any of these six was still in with a great shout.

By comparison, in the ladies race Emily Gelder had lapped the entire field and came through at 3:46:47 – still looking extremely comfortable and capable of running close to seven and half hours. But the scrap for positions 2 through to 6 was fascinating. Jen Salter had edged her way through to second and clocked 4:06:52, just 31 seconds ahead of Karen Hathaway. Isobel Wykes looked effortless in fourth with 4:08:30, followed by the Scottish pairing of Isobel Knox 4:10:43 and Gail Murdoch 4:10:45. So with five athletes covered by less than four minutes, the ladies race looked fascinating.

Keith Whyte continued to move away, building up a lead of over seven minutes, but around five hours he began to seem less comfortable. It transpired that he hadn’t been getting enough to eat, and needed take time out to take additional food and fluids on board. His lead initially began to dwindle, and with six laps to go his advantage was down to 4:36. After that, the effects of the nutrition began to kick in and the advantage widened accordingly. The outcome was then never in doubt, and he came home an ecstatic winner in 7:16:42. Keith had finished 7th in this race in Perth in 2011, and a six minute improvement on his personal best was a great bonus. As far as the men’s race was concerned, the excitement transferred to a titanic battle for second. The significance of a cautious opening strategy was becoming increasingly apparent for Craig Holgate as he caught Allen Smalls for second and they took the bell lap shoulder to shoulder. However, Smalls was not to be denied. Allen has a most impressive record of consistency at the event, having been in the medals in the last three editions of the Anglo Celtic Plate. Although decisively headed by Whyte, his reward was a first UK 100 km title. Holgate followed him home in third, just over a minute in arrears.

Thomas Loehndorf ran a consistent race throughout, and was only two minutes down in fourth. His reward came in winning the Scottish 100km title which was incorporated within the event.

Meanwhile, the Emily Gelder show was continuing unabated, and she lapped the entire ladies field for a second time. A clocking of around 7 hours 40 minutes still seemed feasible, and the statisticians amongst those watching began to debate as to how highly she might rank on the UK All-Time list if this progress continued. Sadly, the uncertainties involved in ultra distance running are such that one should never take anything for granted until the athlete crosses the finish line. Although still running strongly, Emily was clearly in some distress with a hamstring problem which necessitated repeated massage. This was quite concerning for everyone, but each time she was away again, seemingly unimpaired. However, more importantly, Emily’s priority changed from maximal time to simply finishing – and of course, winning – for a hat-trick of titles. This she achieved in emphatic style, and although the 8 hour barrier and a personal best proved tantalisingly elusive, the margin of victory, at 40 minutes, was, to say the least, decisive.

As in the men’s race, the destiny of the runners-up spot was closely fought and fascinating to view. After five and half hours Jen Salter still held a 2:45 advantage over Isobel Wykes, who had moved up into third. Slowly but inexorably, Wykes began to close the gap, and subsequently make second place her own. It was an excellently-judged effort by the Truro-based athlete, and she established an eleven minute advantage by the end, clocking 8:45:09. Jen Salter had good reason to be pleased with her bronze medal in 8:56:05, improving on the fifth place on her debut at Perth in 2011.

In the team competitions, the English mens trio of Smalls, Holgate and Scotney were clear winners in 22:31:43 over a strong challenge from the Scottish team of Loehndorf, Consani and Williamson. The Welsh team of newcomer Jason Scanlon, Sean McCormack and Jeremy Mower closed in for third.

Last year, the Welsh ladies won for the first time in the persons of Emily Gelder and Jen Salter by the tiny margin of one minute fourty-seven seconds. Here the same two athletes triumphed by over one hour and seventeen minutes from England (Wykes and Hathaway) and Scotland (Knox and Murdoch). In all, 26 athletes completed the distance from a total of 33 starters – 79% - surely the strongest possible indication of the training and resolve required by all.

July 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterMick McGeoch