Trimpell 20 – 21/08/2022

I found this race when looking for a 20 miler to add to my training for the London Marathon. The usual choice of the Wymondham 20 was not an option for an Autumn Marathon so I decided we could have a nice weekend break enjoying the lovely seaside resort of Morecambe and do the Trimpell 20 as well. Anyway I managed to convince Jackie, Ellie and Ben that it would be fun, haha! 

Ben was instructed to look after the children while we ran the 20 miles. Thankfully the wind dropped from the previous day and we had excellent conditions for the 11 o’clock start. I always enjoy seeing all the different club vests and this time from the northwest and further afield for a change. 

Ellie and I set off like we were running the Wroxham 5k!!!  We never learn!  After we had run about 2 miles I realised I hadn’t even started my watch, another rookie error. 

The course was mostly traffic free and followed tarmac paths alongside the river Lune which we crossed back and forth several times. It was a nice flat route but my early pace took its toll at about mile 16. The only thing that kept me going was that I realised that if I could maintain a fairly modest pace I could still get a PB and an age group record. 

Ellie didn’t fare much better, her intolerance to gels struck again and she had to take time to throw up!!! Jackie found to her cost that jumping from 13 miles in training to this 20 miler, wasn’t the best idea and paid for it. 

I was able to hang on and get my PB and club age group record in 2:27:03.

Ellie struggled in with a smile on her face and continued heaving up after she had finished in 2:35:21.

Jackie finished in 3:18:56, battered and bruised but not completely broken. 

All in all a good race and fast course, if you pace it right, haha!  Well worth the trip to stay in the lovely Morecambe.

Rod Bye

Rod Bye2:27:03Yes and Club Age Category RecordDiamond
Ellie Gaskins2:35:21Silver
Jackie Bye3:18:56Gold