Monday, May 28, 2012

The Race of Ceri

The Race of Ceri. On Saturday the Black Knight (bib 21) and sir Giorgio (bib 22) went to the ancient amazing village of Ceri to run a 10 km. The scenery was wonderful, a narrow road through the green country full of vineyards and olive trees.


We chose this race because on the website we read: “one lap with a uphill at the finish”; so we thought to run on a flat route with only a uphill. But what a surprise, only uphill and downhill with an impossible final “mountain to hike” where it was almost impossible to run. See the photo (the B.K: is the man in ... black):


Also the loot was ridiculous: 1 apple, 1 bottle of beer and a mini-cake.
As you know I made the decision to race always with no competitive spirit not to injure further my leg and this time, after having seen how tough was the route, I promised myself to be slower than usual.
Stats. Other surprise: the route was 8.9 km long (and not 10 km). I finished in 46:33 (5’14”/km – 8’25”/m); 102 of 153 overall and 12 of 17 age group. Not so bad considering that we met the usual pack with few and good runners but this time the race was really tough and many persons had problems on the uphill because they started too fast.

Have a good week and run strong!!!!

25 comments:

  1. I'm always surprised at how competitive the races you run are! Great job on a tough course :)

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  2. hmm, mi sa che quel salitone finale te l'ha mandato di traverso il 'paesaggio meraviglioso'.... :))

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  3. Wow you did great! The races look beautiful but challenging for sure! Well done...

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  4. That is too bad that the race was not portrayed accurately. It does look beautiful but I imagine you have many beautiful choices.

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  5. That uphill stretch at the end looks awfully steep. I'm pretty sure I'd be walking it.

    The loot is still way better than what we ever get over here. You're lucky if you get anything other than paper in your race pack.

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  6. I hate races that end on an uphill!

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  7. That hill looks horrific, I would certainly want more than a small bottle of beer to get me up there :-)

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  8. Whoa what a hill...you look like you did awesome...be proud! I love hills...woot, even though I won't be running them in the near future due to this injury!

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  9. That's pretty funny that they said it was only one hill at the end. I saw the elevation chart and it looks like one big, giant hill

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  10. "Just one hill." They had a novelist writing their course summary, huh?

    Your races are always in such beautiful places--thank you for sharing the pictures with us! And I'm glad to hear you did better than you thought. :)

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  11. Oye. This is my third attempt to post a comment.

    Sounds like the race organizers need a little more truth in advertising, or at least to better measure the course. I do know it all depends on how you cut corners too.

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  12. look at you racing and you were not supposed to run anymore..remember that time...! bautiful pictures! and finishing uphill is always hard! congrats!

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  13. Lovely scenery! Disappointing loot though... Reminds me of a race I did in Kimberley once where the winners each got a small packet of carrots... :-/

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  14. How could we ran that tough race? This was the first and the last time that I ran the Ceri's race. And what paltry loot! On the other hand, the scenery was really beautiful!
    Thanks for sending the picture!

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  15. That looks like a brutal course! Brutal, but beautiful! Maybe the short course is to make up for the hills?
    Well done, again, BK!

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  16. Congrats--that looks hard but FUN for sure. And the loot sounds so worth it. I like to wear black too--hopefully I can visit you in Italy and we can get a side-by-side "runners in black" photo.

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  17. I could never run in a place like that. I would be stopping all the time to look or to take pictures.
    Sorry about the loot. Hope your next battle will be more successful.

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  18. Great job considering the tough course and your recent injury.

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  19. I think I should switch my BK army role to official dessert taste-tester. Is that possible?

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  20. That's the shortest 10k I've ever heard of! Even triathlon 10ks are at least 9.5k ;)

    Sounds like a tough race, and your pace of 5:14 per k is quite respectable. The main thing though is that you were able to do battle and not sucumb to the injury!

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  21. Beautiful area for a race! You did very well and the hard hill didn't beat you. That is still better loot than we get most of the time.

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  22. Congrats! that's a great time on a tough course plus you were taking it easy. Well done!

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  23. Sounds like a tough race! You did well despite running the race with staying healthy in mind. Great pictures! You always run in the prettiest places.

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  24. Is there such a thing as a flat race where you live? It seems like you are forever running up or down! Congrats on finishing a (short) 10k.

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  25. Hahaha, I would have chosen the race for the same reasons. Good advice to follow, but hard to accept: The joy is in the running, not in the new PR. Beautiful pics. Also love your 6/2/2012 post. I ask the same question ;,,(

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