Russell Maddams took the 50k English National Ultra Distance Championship title in a brilliant time of 3.06.59 on a 14 lap course at Boddington in Gloucestershire at the weekend. Running in wet and windy conditions – not particularly conducive to fast times – Russell ran the race of his life clocking a near perfect negative split.
This championship win means a place in the England team for his international debut in Gibraltar later this year. To give perspective to his time, it would have ranked Russ 5th in the world last year!
Russell had tough competition and only took the lead on the last lap after a race long battle with Dutch 100k specialist Pieter Vermeesch (3.08.56) and 3rd placed, top ranked England International Julian Rendall (3.12.37), Russ’s time I believe puts him ranked number one in the country this year. Russ finished in good form showing little in the way of the tiredness that you would associate with a race of this distance, which is a credit to his race preparation. He will now take a good few weeks well earned recovery training.