Hardmoors 55 Guess My Time Competition

My next race the Hardmoors 55 is coming up soon so it’s time to open up my ‘traditional’ Guess My Time competition!

I started this for my very first ultra in April 2007 and have done one ever since.  It’s all a bit of fun but it has helped me get an idea of what others reckon I can do.

The closest guess receives one of my limited edition key rings.key ring

But also this year ultramarathonrunning store have offered a prize for each of the Hardmoors Grand Slam races I’m doing.  So thanks to them.

The winner of this Guess My Time will win a pair of Max Pro Drymax socks.Drymax socks

So to take part all you have to do is guess in hours, minutes and seconds how long it will take me to run the 55miles from Guisborough to Helmsley.

To give you an idea I have done the race once before in 2010 and it took me 11hrs 45mins but the weather was really tough and I’d broken a rib 4 weeks before the race which hampered my training somewhat!

I like to have a gold, silver and bronze goals for each race so for the HM55 they are ….

  • Bronze – sub 11hrs 30mins – I would like to go faster than 2010 and feel I’m in good enough shape to do so.  A pb is doable!
  • Silver – sub 11hrs – If the weather is favourable and I get most things right (pacing, food, navigation etc) then I feel this is a target which I could achieve.
  • Gold – sub 10hrs 30mins – Last year I ran the Fling in 10hrs 5mins. The HM55 is 2 miles longer and I would say hillier with more feet to ascend and descent so I think this is a time which will stretch me and I will need to get everything right.  My training has gone well so I’m definitely going to be aiming for this.  Only time will tell whether it is possible!!

My good friend Dave Troman is also running so as an aside I would like to finish within 90mins of Dave. He is running really well at the moment so I would be very happy to finish within 90mins of Dave!

Please send your guess by …

  • Leaving a comment on this post
  • On Facebook
  • Via Twitter – @jkynaston
  • Text – 07905 218162
  • Email – jkynaston@bigfoot.com
  • In person

Please send your guess by 12noon on Friday 21st March 2014.  I will post the list of guesses before we leave for Yorkshire!

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11 Responses to Hardmoors 55 Guess My Time Competition

  1. david says:

    I’m guessing 10 hours 41 minutes 5 seconds. Hope you get decent weather and have a good run.

  2. Hi John,

    I’m guessing 10hrs 29min 30 secs! Good Luck!


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  4. bosschamonix says:

    I’ll go for 10hrs 54mins. Good luck!

  5. Dean says:

    I’m going got 9 hours 58. Good luck John

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  7. 10 hours, 26 mins and 12s. Good luck John!

  8. Kynon says:


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  10. Aaron says:

    10hrs 3mins. Good luck and see you on the start line.

  11. simon lowther says:

    Good luck John, my guess is 10 hours, 18 mins and 9 seconds.

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