Report by OAC’s Adam Baird:
It’s not everyday that I find myself in Quito, Ecuador, when their Marathon is on.
I didn’t fancy the full 26.2 miles given the 3,000m altitude of Quito, so I opted for the Half instead.
Altitude training started with a two week holiday on the beach on the pacific coast. When I got back to Quito I put in a few runs for two weeks before the race, including a hike up to the 4,696m peak of volcano Rucu Pichincha, then running down to 3,000m, much to the surprise of the locals.
The race started at 7.30am up-town Quito. Perfect conditions – a cool 16 degrees and not a gust of wind – for the 2.5 laps around Parque Carolina.
Not before long I realised that running at altitude isn’t much fun unless you’re well acclimatised.
The race was won by Cristobal Jose Narvaez Andrango in 1h 09m 29.3s (I don’t think he’s from Yorkshire and he has no powerof10 link!).
I managed to sneak under two hours in 1h 58m 18.4s, 309th out of 449 finishers (results at silvioguerrasports.com/).
More altitude training needed for sure… still, I think I was first Otley on the day.