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SarahCrunning - 04/08/2017 17:39:13
   
North Downs Way 100
At 6am tomorrow (Sat 5th Aug), around 300 runners will set out from Farnham to run the 103 miles to Ashford. I completed this race last year. It is a beautiful trail but not an easy route - far fewer entrants finish in under 24 hours than for the other Centurion 100 milers and there is nearly 10,000 feet of climbing. You can read runner reviews of the event (including mine) here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/North-Downs-Way-100#reviewSection

Centurion races attract both new and middle of the pack ultra runners and elite runners and there is a great sense of community amongst entrants and volunteers. Names to look out for this year include Maryann Devally and Mari Mauland. Maryann came second two years ago and won the Arc of Attrition this year. Mari won the Thames Path 100 this year and is the top female contender for the Grand Slam win. She is tipped to break the Ladies 100 mile Grand Slam record so there is some pressure on her this weekend. Other strong women in this year's race include Kate Whitfield, Zoe Salt, Sarah Cameron and Lucja Leonard.

In the men's race, Dan Doherty looks a strong contender for a podium spot. He has represented Ireland in international ultra events including the World Trail Championships and this year, he set a new record for the Brecon Beacons Traverse. Another strong contender is Ed Catmur who holds the current course record of 15:44. However, he is coming back from injury and facing a big challenge to match his previous performances. Other strong male runners this year include Paul Maskell, Nick Marriage, Ian Hammett, John Stocker and Dan Masters. Dan is currently leading the Grand Slam and having an impressive year.

These are just a few of the potential podium finishers. There is an impressive line-up this year as well as the many inspirational but less well-known runners who will spend up to 30 hours and endure sleep deprivation and a host of other challenges to obtain their buckle. Good luck to everyone running. I will be tracking the race with interest.
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SarahCrunning - 05/08/2017 20:13:00
   
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Fourteen hours in and the frontrunners will be in the final stafes whilst most runners will be preparing for the dark hours. Norbert Mihalik was the first to Detling (82 miles) in 12:50 - 57 minutes ahead of Paul Maskell. Mari Mauland was the first female to Holy Hill (65.6 miles) with Sarah Cameron 36 minutes behind.
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SarahCrunning - 05/08/2017 23:09:42
   
RE:North Downs Way 100
Storms earlier in the day have made it a tough day but we have a winner for the men's race. Norbert Mihalik has finished in 16:39:31. Mari Mauland was first female through Detling in 14:51:28 and ninth overall.
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SarahCrunning - 06/08/2017 00:20:03
   
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Paul Maskell is second in 17:53:21 and Kristian Morgan is third in 18:18:57.
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SarahCrunning - 06/08/2017 01:45:46
   
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Mari Mauland has won the women's race in 19:35:52. Her Grand Slam lead is very much intact! Sarah Cameron is through the final checkpoint and looking sure to take second place.
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SarahCrunning - 06/08/2017 02:38:17
   
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Sarah Cameron is second lady in 20:28:17 and eleventh overall.
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SarahCrunning - 06/08/2017 02:49:00
   
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Toni Metcalfe has dropped and Laura Swanton is currently in third place.
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SarahCrunning - 06/08/2017 11:33:26
   
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Laura Swanton was third lady in 23:31:25.
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