Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Media Service
Green stepping up to UTD160 challenge
Underberg - After a disappointing finish to his challenge for the 2017
UTD100 title, 2018 will see Jock Green return to the Drakensberg for a
crack at winning the inaugural UTD160, the signature event of the
Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running, when it starts on 27
It was at the 62km mark of the UTD100 last year that Green called it
quits and despite the frustration of not finishing the race when he was
in with a shot at winning it in the early stages; he has learnt a lot
from his experience 12 months ago.
"I know that I have to start slower this year, especially with the event
being a further 60-odd kilometres longer," the Salomon sponsored athlete
"There was a lot that I took away from last year's race and despite what
happened I felt that I was in great shape and was just as good as
Vincent (Viet) [who won the race].
"I ran myself broken and when I got to the 50km mark I was buggered and
thought that I would shrug it off at 60km but it wasn't to be
Following on from the difficulties of last year’s race, Green's
experience with 100 Miler's isn't as good as he would hope having just
the one finish under his belt.
"The 100 Miler is something that I don't know too well with a finish at
Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc the only completed 100 Miler I have on my record.
"I started the Karkloof 100 Miler last year but had to withdraw due to
the cold during the event.
"The cold is terrible for me and with the rain it got the better of me
so I had to withdraw.
"When I did the UTMB the weather was incredible and so it didn't bother
me at all which I am hoping for at UTD!" he added.
The race will start at the summit of Sani Pass and runners will have to
negotiate around 70km through Lesotho before they come down the pass and
take on the familiar trail of the UTD100 route to the finish.
"We won't be too sure what to expect at the start of the race, all I
know is that it is going to be tough!
"The altitude isn't that much of a problem I don't think, I am just
going to have to take it slow off the start line and keep up a
consistent speed. I am thinking around 70% of my max will be the right
pace for me throughout."
Despite feeling in good shape in 2017, Green was unable to challenge for
the crown, this year though he feels that he has got the right attitude
to be in contention at the finish at the Premier Resort Sani Pass.
"I am feeling good, but this year I am going in a lot wiser," he
"I've got one big block of training left this weekend but I am in a good
space at the moment and hoping it works out."
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Despite having to withdraw
from 2017's UTD100, Salomon's Jock Green will be back this year to
tackle the UTD160 at the 2018 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail
Running starting on Friday 27 April.
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