400 Challenge

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby wilko » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:37 pm

Well done on the new 10k pb but (general comment to all) let someone at the club with access to the race results data base know of any results that you get - the results archive is only as good as the info it gets.

As for the suggestion of the 1500m instead of the mile, what an appalling idea! No, the distances are now set.

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby wilko » Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:50 am

It looks like Anthony Hatswell couldn't squeeze a 1 mile race in before the end of 2014 to complete a top notch year that would have produced a very good sub-400 time in total.

If I've overlooked any results please post in this thread and I'll correct this. The only runner to complete the 400 challenge of 7 races within the year for 2014 was Ian Chant with:

2:59:01 marathon
81:36 half marathon
64:06 10 miles
36:54 10K
29:03 5 miles
17:46 5K
6:00 1 mile

For a total of 414:26 - a tremendous effort over the 7 distances and it just shows how hard it is to break the 400 minute barrier for this challenge.

Good luck to everyone for 2015 and it would be great if we get a few more to complete the challenge and for someone to dip under the magic 400 minutes. The 10 mile distance with few races around and the effort to put in for marathon training still remain the biggest hurdles to overcome.

Dicky W

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby boyband6666 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:20 pm

Nope, a new baby and lack of 1 mile races meant I didn't do one. Though I think it is safe to say I would have been plenty under! My fastest 1 mile rep was 5.00 dead, which was rep 2 of 5 when in marathon training. I think I need a bit more speed... Though if you are allowing official split times for shorter races, the London Marathon do splits for every 5k and more, so would easily be calculable from that to get a 1 mile time, even though a fair way slower than was done in 5ks and similar.

Not sure I will make it this year either - a knee injury means I'm signed up to London and that's it - no halves, 10ks, or anything else!

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby wilko » Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:43 pm

As 2015 draws to a close, a cursory glance at this year's race standings seems to show no completions of the Challenge 400 (apologies if I've overlooked you and if so please correct with a post in this thread). There are some near misses with surprisingly the 1 mile featuring as an omitted distance - an odd one really as Dave Denton's mid-week series provides a good opportunity.

Let's see if we can get a few in 2016 and with someone from the club going sub-400 minutes.

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby boyband6666 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:39 pm

Yep, I think I missed the 1 mile this year again - the Dave Denton races clashing with Earwash Valley training (which the wife goes to religiously).

Maybe next year :-)

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby boyband6666 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:55 am

So this is one that has been gnawing on me for a while, and next year I'm throwing down and am going to properly attempt it. This year started really well with a 5k PB (16.45) and a decent HM (1.16) then a good marathon (2.38). After that injury an knee surgery mean I have only just done my first session since April.

The times I'd like to hit are:

<2.35 marathon: London marathon is the target
<74.30 half marathon: Probably the MK half in March - for too long I've been stick at 1.15.04 half PB
58ish 10 miles: Maybe the Notts 10? Need to look for one of these
33ish 10K: Derby 10k on 9 April is ideal - I should be in top shape then, and will be training for 5k/10k
27 5 miles: Weston 5 is what I am thinking (March?) if not there is the HPRC series
16ish 5K: This is the main target for the year - I need more speed endurance. If I get this one, the rest should fall in to place. It'll probably be at a parkrun in the summer, or even the HPRC series
4.45 mile: A hard ask, but if I get everything else, this is about where I will be at, so will enter a Dave Denton or even find a real track race

I don't know where that collection would put me relative to 400, but there you go, my aims for the year and something to look forward to. It is such a good challenge though as it explores the full range of what you can do - is it added as a set of race results in the database, with club records? If not it really should be (the database can be scraped to see who else has done it?) I think Ian would be the record holder at the moment though, as the set was pretty strong throughout.

Let's now see where I end up at given I have no idea if it is possible for me given very limited natural talent, the chance of injuries, and impending arrival of baby number 2. It is at least the plan, though as Mike Tyson famously said, everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face.

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby charli » Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:55 pm

Tim Weatherall Mile or Richard Belton 5k - Nott AC track event evening normally held in the summer months - is a possible option if Dave Denton's race have finished before you have completed your challenge

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby boyband6666 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:46 pm

The mile option is a good idea - I was thinking where can I do a mile flat out in the light in a timed way!

Hopefully with parkruns I will get a lot of bites at the cherry, and assuming I can do the HPRC series, then that's another one, but if not, the track is an option too.

I do just like the idea of it. To get all those distances in under quite a punishing time. About 64.6 miles, 400 minutes, is an average pace of about 6.11 needed to achieve it - not an impossible pace, until you consider that there is a marathon which makes up 40% of the challenge (and that pace gets you round in about 2:43). If you get that wrong it is uphill (and rarely can you do 2 in a year). The next part is getting in the races including some difficult to find distances - 1 mile and 10 miles.

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Re: 400 Challenge

Postby wilko » Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:29 pm

Only one Challenge 400 completion in 2016 - using the LERC results so please post below if this is incorrect - and so a big well done to Ian Chant:

1 mile 5:19
5K 17:46
5 miles 29:44
10K 37:43
10 miles 1:05:37
Half marathon 1:23:36
Marathon 2:59:50

and giving a total time of 419m 35s.

Good luck to all for your racing in 2017.

Dicky Wilko


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