Joggers Helinä Salo and Mike Sales complete big trail challenges

On Saturday 9th July Helinä Salo and Mike Sales both took on very challenging trail routes over 37km and 50km respectively.

Helinä Salo opted for the Nuts Pallas-Ylläs 37km trail race in north-western Finland in the Lapland region, within the Pallas-Ylläs National Park. This is a beautiful and rugged area of pine-clad rolling hills and valleys, normally covered by snow from November to April, and where skiing is the winter attraction. For a period in summer the sun never sets and all-night races are popular. At other times, the area is known for its excellent aurora borealis or ‘northern lights’ displays. There were races covering distances of 15km, 37km, 66km, 100km and 160km, which attracted 1,595 runners overall. Helinä used sticks for the two brutal hill climbs in the 37km race, with the total elevation gained shown as over 1,000m (3,400ft). She finished 105th of 552 finishers overall (including 301 female) and clocked 4:28:26 ; a great effort over extremely difficult terrain, beating her target by some margin.

Above left: The start of the 37km race with Helinä on right of picture; right: Helinä during the race. Thanks to Helinä for the great photos on Strava.

Mike Sales entered the Ultra-X Hebden Bridge 50km trail race in Calderdale, Yorkshire, on the spur of the moment while on holiday there. There was a choice of 100km, 50km and 21km (half marathon) races, which attracted 180 entries in all. The 50km race included over 1,500m of climb (5,157ft on Garmin). On a very warm day, Mike was content to take his time and enjoy the scenery as well as the challenge. He finished 63rd of 80 finishers overall in a time of 8:59:37, an excellent result over a hot and hilly route.


Above left: Mike during the race; right: at the finish, at last. Thanks to Mike for the great photos on Strava.

On Friday evening, 8th July, Sarah Kinston competed in the Whissendine 6ix (6 mile) event in Rutland, a longstanding, traditional UK distance event, now in its 35th year. Sarah enjoyed the race and finished 200th of 226 runners overall, 60th F of 86 in a time of 1:03:22, encouraged by her pace under the hot conditions.

Sarah Kinston in the Whissendine 6ix mile race. Thanks to Sarah for the great photo.

On Sunday. July 10th, Caroline Mcintosh was among 7,325 finishers in the Asics London 10K, luckily getting a first wave 9:30 am start and avoiding the worst of the heat. She clocked her best 10km time of the year at 1:07:45, finishing 1,839th F of 3,112 and 11th of 26 in her F65-69 age group. This puts her up to gold club standard for 2022 at 65.31% and augurs well for her London Big Half event on September 4th and her recently planned Amsterdam Marathon attempt on October 16th. Amsterdam boasts one of the fastest and flattest marathon courses in the world. Her ultimate aim is the Tokyo Marathon next spring. The Asics London 10K results database does not seem to allow search by club team and the times will presumably not appear on Power of 10 or Runbritain rankings, which seems a pity. Apologies for any Joggers missed.

Thanks to Caroline Mcintosh for this photo taken during her Asics London 10K…maybe Pall Mall? Send in your answers.