Jon Ellis does it again! After winning the recent South Downs Way 50, writes Fiona Kennedy, Jon went one better and won the North Downs Way 50 with a course record time of 6:37:27.
For the first half of the race, Jon was behind the second-placed athlete, but he pulled through to win by nearly 20 minutes. As he explained afterwards:
“It’s a tougher race overall than the South Downs 50 in my opinion, and very much a race of two halves…flat and fast for the first half, then quite the opposite for the remainder. I ran very conservatively early on, partly with one eye on the challenges to come, and partly since I honestly didn’t know where my form was at after being ill recently. Either way, it turned out to be absolutely the right strategy. I managed to avoid mashing my quads this time too, which makes a huge difference”.
Where next for Jon? Apparently “there are plenty of enticing-looking ultras in the Alps…”
Ealing Tri member – and sometime ESM member – Yu Kawachi also competed in the race, finishing 143rd in a record field of 245. (Well, 245 started… there’s quite an attrition rate as you can imagine!)
Thanks to Stuart March Photography for kind permission to use these photos.