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15th World Masters Mountain Running Championships – a race report by Dot Kesterton


Dot Kesterton is Team Accelerate’s V60 Female and barely needs introduction.  She can be found running as part of local ladies’ club ‘The Smiley Paces’ when she isn’t Park Running or competing at national level for her age group.  No slouch.

She’s only just appeared in Sheffield’s local evening newspaper ‘The Star’.  Running for good causes as well, she has a loyal following and rightly so.  You can read that article here.

Though a blogger in her own right, she contributed the following race report from this years World Masters, so I’ve done her the favour of posting it for all to see.

Well done Dot!






15th World Masters Mountain Running Championships,

Betws y Coed, North Wales,

Saturday 12th September 2015.


Race report:

It’s early September in North Wales for my 11th race of the year and it’s pouring with rain.

After a fragmented season in 2014 following treatment for breast cancer I planned to focus on hill training to justify a trip to the World Masters Mountain Running Championships 2015 in Betws y Coed, Conwy.

With excellent coaching and support from Accelerate Performance Centre in Sheffield I worked hard on my hill technique and trained on my favourite Peak District fells around Mam Tor.

The course is 8.7k with elevation gain of 450m on Moel Siabod which rises from Betws towards Capel Curig in the foothills of the Snowdon range. The Masters races include runners over the age of 35.

At 63 years old I ran in the Female 55-75 age group. Happily – by the time our race started at 14.45 the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. I reckoned if I stuck to my race plan I could come in at just under an hour. It meant setting off steadily, taking the first hill at a low heart rate, under 170bpm and building pace on the second climb to finish strong.

I had the great Wendy Dodds, The awesome Ann Marie Jones and local legend Pat Goodall to set the pace and give me a good race. Anne Marie and Pat were away with the leaders while Wendy and I made a studied effort to take the first climb very steadily. I briefly overtook Pat on the flat at the top of the first climb but she excelled on the descent, leaving me behind. By the second big climb I was well behind the three more experienced women but comfortable and enjoying the varied terrain.

The second big climb was too steep to run so I powered my way up in a fast walk. After that, a lovely descent along wide trails brought me back to the road above Betwys and a sharp descent on road, crossing the A5 to the finish line.

I was elated to complete it in 54.44 minutes, giving me 6th F60 of 19 in age with an average heart rate of 177bpm and average pace of 10min per mile. Anne Marie took the Gold Medal position in 48.31. Pat pipped Wendy to win the bronze medal with 52.11mins.

I had torn a shoulder tendon falling on ice back in February and had delayed surgery until this race was over. Now with a neat repair in place and some rest I can start to think about my next set of challenges.


Dot Kesterton

19th September 2015.


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