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Spine Race 2020

  • 12-01-2020 1:31pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 4,963 ✭✭✭


    Time to start watching the dots again to see how Enduro is getting! Started this morning.

    https://live.thespinerace.com/


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,454 ✭✭✭mloc123


    Interested to see how John Kelly gets on in this


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,963 ✭✭✭opus


    Checked this morning & Enduro is up to 2nd place not too far behind John Kelly. Don't envy them as storm Brendan will heading that direction.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,902 ✭✭✭woody1


    opus wrote: »
    Checked this morning & Enduro is up to 2nd place not too far behind John Kelly. Don't envy them as storm Brendan will heading that direction.

    seems to be a magnet for bad weather this race.. dont think last year was too bad, but the previous 2 i think there were storms and bad snow


  • Registered Users Posts: 917 ✭✭✭Jakey Rolling


    Kelly took a wrong turn after his rest stop in Hawes. That plus Enduro taking a short stop means they are now neck and neck. About 3k ahead of the Andre in 3rd now. Incoming weather will make it a real miserable slog overnight.

    100412.2526@compuserve.com



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,963 ✭✭✭opus


    The leading two are very close, seem to be swapping places each time I check. Fiona Lynch is in 5th in the women's rankings as well.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,208 ✭✭✭shotgunmcos


    Bonkers racing in that weather, through the night, over mountains, with sleep deprivation...

    Sab Verjee catching the boys. Had the pleasure of trekking with her and her team during a race a few years ago, as tough as they come.

    Interesting how it always seems the leaders of these races miss the worse of the weather. Perhaps thats a skill in itself, reading the falling barometric pressure, understanding weather cycles and how to manage where you push etc..


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,963 ✭✭✭opus


    Less than a mile separating the top three currently.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,340 ✭✭✭TFBubendorfer


    opus wrote: »
    Less than a mile separating the top three currently.

    It's amazing how addictive it can be to track a mostly static dot, isn't it? :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,014 ✭✭✭Itziger


    I think the Catalan lad has retired. Eoin in third after a kip. English fella has put a few miles between them. Kelly still leading but not by much.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,208 ✭✭✭shotgunmcos


    The volunteers in these races are as crazy as the racers! #Respect!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,963 ✭✭✭opus


    What's amazing to me is that the leader (John Kelly) is ~100 miles ahead of some of the participants!


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,057 Mod ✭✭✭✭robinph


    This looks like it's pretty close. 20 minutes between the first two and about 10hrs left to go.

    Might need a photo finish, or whatever the equivalent is in daft length ultras... maybe someone could do a stone sculpture in the time between them crossing the line?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,671 ✭✭✭hillsiderunner


    robinph wrote: »
    This looks like it's pretty close. 20 minutes between the first two and about 10hrs left to go.

    Might need a photo finish, or whatever the equivalent is in daft length ultras... maybe someone could do a stone sculpture in the time between them crossing the line?

    Jayson (who was 2nd) is retired now :(, there was a 'jump' with his tracker showing him moved very quickly up to Byrness (probably by car) and then moved to the 'retired' list. Very sorry to see that as he was running a great race but no doubt he has pushed John Kelly to work hard and he should end up setting a nice Men's record ... may not be too far off the Overall record from last year either.

    John went straight out of Byrness 40mins ago and I'm guessing he didn't know about Jayson's troubles at that point.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,014 ✭✭✭Itziger


    Looks like Kelly is home and hosed. Eoin might come under pressure for 2nd but should be ok for podium. Can't imagine heading out into a third night of dark, cold, wet hilly ****e.......


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,014 ✭✭✭Itziger


    Scratch that! Only 2 miles ahead of 4th........


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,014 ✭✭✭Itziger


    The end game..... Eoin should hold on for 2nd unless he's suffering badly. The only worry would be that the other two lads work together and get a big push on but I'd be surprised if he lost out to them at this stage. Women's leader isn't far behind those two either but again it would take some effort to bridge the gap now. Good showing from the Irish woman Fiona Lynch. Mad event though when you think about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,616 ✭✭✭The Noble Nudge


    Some athletes...I was only out in the dark for an hour last night on open mountain and had me thinking of my own sanity!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,963 ✭✭✭opus


    He's on the home straight with 5 or 6 miles to go, a solid 10 miles ahead of the person in 3rd place & imagine they'll be take a break in the last rest stop in any case. Fantastic result!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,844 ✭✭✭✭average_runner


    The mental strength he has, must be something else. Well done Eoin


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,963 ✭✭✭opus


    All done! Video if the finish is here along with a chat with John Kelly.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheSpineRace/videos/853776601722871/

    Congratulations Enduro!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 742 ✭✭✭Roadtoad


    Well done Eoin, 100h 11m and Silver. (about 12h 20m from John Kelly USA
    1st.)

    Shout-out too to Fiona Lynch, who's still 'out there'.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,014 ✭✭✭Itziger


    Roadtoad wrote: »
    Well done Eoin, 100h 11m and Silver. (about 12h 20m from John Kelly USA
    1st.)

    Shout-out too to Fiona Lynch, who's still 'out there'.

    Delighted to see Fiona L finish it. I have a feeling the last 'bit' (say 120 miles!!) was tough.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,617 ✭✭✭Enduro


    Thanks for following. It was a good old ding dong race out there. I'm delighted with my result. John Kelly is a legend, so to even poke in front of him once or twice was more than I expected to manage. For once I've managed to get the race report written close enough to the race finish, available for reading https://eoinkeith.wordpress.com/2020/01/23/the-spine-race-2020/.

    It was great to see Fiona finish it out for a 100% Irish finishing rate.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,454 ✭✭✭mloc123


    Great racing Enduro, always fun to follow.

    Have you any suggestions for races for somebody that wants to dip their toe into multi day stuff? Some "easy" ones I guess :D

    I notice that most of them require a CV of similar races on the entry form.. have you any pointers where to start building that CV.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,617 ✭✭✭Enduro


    mloc123 wrote: »
    Great racing Enduro, always fun to follow.

    Have you any suggestions for races for somebody that wants to dip their toe into multi day stuff? Some "easy" ones I guess :D

    I notice that most of them require a CV of similar races on the entry form.. have you any pointers where to start building that CV.

    The stage races are theoretically easier, but personally I don't like stage racing. It's missing the key elements of true multi-day racing.

    The summer versions of the Spine races (The Flare and the Fusion) would definitely be much easier to begin with. My personal favorite would be the Northern Traverse. It's got generous cut-offs, is very well organised, and I really like the route. It's on this April.


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