Guess My Time Competition – Lakeland 100

Today we leave for Indonesia to meet our grandson Noah (and his parents of course!!). We fly from Edinburgh at 2.30pm so I had plenty of time to get out for a run on the Braes. A solid 11.75 miles keeping my HR around 125.

As I’m not sure how easy it will be to blog while I’m away I thought I would open up my ‘Guess My Time’ competition early for my third and main ultra of the year – Lakeland 100 which is starts at 6pm on Friday 24th July 2015.

The good people at have provided another superb prize to the person who can guess closest to my finishing time. This time they are giving away a pair of new Hoka One One Speedgoat shoes. Or if you prefer you could choose another model.

hoka-one-one-speedgoat-karl-meltzerTo have a chance to win this excellent piece of kit all you have to do is send me in hours, minutes and seconds how long you think it will take me to run the 105miles. The route is a large clockwise loop beginning and ending Coniston in the Lake District.


To give you an idea of what I’m aiming for I’ve done the race once before in 2012 and it took me 34:33:59. That year I had a tough time with my feet and I was happy to finish but the last 20 miles was a long hard slog.

I’ve wanted to go back and do myself justice so that has been my main motivation in training and preparing for the race this year. I will be running to my HR again after the success of the Hardmoors 55 in March and the Cateran 55 in May.

I would like to think I could go faster than 2012. I’ve reccied the whole route again with Dave, Jonny and Marco so I’m happy with the navigation.

Anyway I like to have realistic but challenging goals so here are my bronze, silver and gold targets. I’ve also decided to have an extra stretch platinum goal for this race …

  • Bronze: sub 34:33:59 …. this would be a pb
  • Silver: sub 31:00:00 …. this should be achievable even if some things go wrong
  • Gold: sub 30hrs … this is a good challenge and to have a time beginning with 2 sounds good!
  • Platinum: sub 39 …. To achieve this everything (weather, pacing, food etc) will need to perfect but you never know!

So if you would like to win a pair of Hoka’s and a limited edition John Kynaston key ring!! Plus have your name on my Wall of Fame please send me you guess by 6pm Wednesday 22nd July by ….

  • Leaving a comment on this blog
  • On Facebook – jkynaston
  • Via Twitter – @jkynaston
  • Text – 07905 218162
  • Email –
  • In Person

I will only have one guess per time so if a time is taken the second person will need to change their guess.


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14 Responses to Guess My Time Competition – Lakeland 100

  1. Keith Harris says:

    Hi John, my guess is 30:40:45 for the Lakeland 100. I hope it goes really well for you. Enjoy the views and keep an eye on that HR !


  2. Malcolm Cox says:

    Good luck John, hope you have a good run, I’ll say 29.35.00

  3. Boab T says:

    29:37:45, break the 30 hours 😀

    Robert Turner

  4. Nicola says:

    29.54. Rapa Nui size 7.5 as requested at Balmaha 😄 good luck!!!

  5. Andrew Evans says:

    29:59:58 – sub 30 it is this year, John. You’ve worked for it, you’ve earned it.

  6. Kynon says:

    I reckon 30 and change sounds about right – let’s say 30:14:23.

    Good luck, hope it all goes well for you!

  7. Paul Rutter says:

    Good luck John! I’ll go for 30:38:08.

    Have fun!

  8. robert snodgrass says:

    30:10:20 good luck with the race John

  9. Paul Holt says:

    Hi John.
    As always, hope the race goes well and I’m sure you’ll put in a sterling performance on the day.

    My guess at your finishing time is 29:32:45…

    Do me proud buddy 😁😎👍

  10. Ultrabetty84 says:

    Hi John,

    Really looking forward to seeing your result. I’ll probably see you out on the course!
    I have high hopes for you – 28:45:36.

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  12. Brendan loughrey says:

    Hi john, good luck with the l100 my guess is 31:20:30 3hrs + quicker is some achievement, I hope I’m wrong and your result starts with 2

  13. david says:

    Good luck John. I’m guessing 29 hours 53 minutes and ten seconds. I have every confidence you can do it!

  14. David McCauley says:

    I got a bunch of keys in my man draw just needing a home for a key ring, so i’m in for a guess, Hope you have a great race, 29hrs 29mins. In the bag…

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