Feeling good about UTD160
After a disappointing finish to his challenge for the 2017 UTD100 title, this year will see SA runner 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 April 27.
It was at the 62km mark of the UTD100 last year that Green had to call it quits and despite the frustration of not finishing the race, he says he has learnt a lot from his experience 12 months ago.ultratraildrakensberg.com/utd-160
“I know that I have to start slower this year, especially with the event being 60-odd kilometres longer,” the Salomon sponsored athlete mentioned.
“I ran myself broken (last year) 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 unfortunately.”
Green has only one 100 miler 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 negotiate about 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, all I know is that it is going to be tough!”
This year, Green is feeling good about his prospects.
“I am feeling good, but this year I am going in a lot wiser,” he explained.
“I’ve got one big block of training left, but I am in a good space at the moment and hoping it works out.”