A CRACKERJACK WEEK

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Yet another crackerjack week for Stazza’s Stable Stablemates, with more PRs, podiums, national titles, and two of our Olympic hopefuls in action.

This week, as usual, we had too many awesome performances to single out one in particular. 

It was great to see our Irish international orienteer, Jens Waechter taking the win at the Northern Ireland National Champs. Jens lost 11 minutes, searching for a checkpoint (should have gone to Specsavers) and still took the national title.

Stablemate Steacy’s inspiring performance in the sweltering heat and humidity of Malaysia deserves a mention. He took the win and course record at the UNIMAS 12hr race, while suffering a wide range of problems.  Steacy continues to improve and is heading ever closer to his goal of racing the iconic ultra race, Spartathlon.

Staying with the ultra crew, young Danny Ellis turned heads at the Corner Canyon 50K trail race. To finish 6th overall—with a 1hour course PR—in such a big ultra race, suggests a bright future for the Stablecolt. In the same race, we had the legend, Chris Krash Pope having a run out in preparation for the Across The Years 24hr race, where he has a big goal in mind. And it was a joy to see Lorri Randle getting down and durty in the 25km version of the race, running a 12 minute PR on last year’s race.

Another Stablecolt, Hyrum Johnson, ran a cracking second place at the Region 1 – 6A Cross Country to qualify for next week’s Utah State Cross Country Finals. Hyrum has improved steadily over the last 18 months and is inching—safely—towards the nationals.

COMING UP

On the racing front, next week is light but we have plenty of action the following week with several Stablemates going in the Irish National Marathon Championship—Dublin City Marathon (DCM). Great to see Stablemate, Aoife Cooke on the elite start line. They ranked her 20th—watch this space.

Given that next week, we don’t have much racing on, it’s the perfect time to launch the new feature page. 

We’ll have the Kipsang Interview (part 1), a feature on Irish international orienteer, Jens Waechter which includes a guide to orienteering, a preview of the Stablemates running in the Irish National Marathon Champs (DCM), an update about Stazza’s Stable High Altitude Camp in Iten (Kenya), including information on how it all works, and finally, we’ll be introducing several new Stablemates.