Jools, from South Cave, was training for the upcoming Yorkshire Marathon when she seized the opportunity to race in the Mount Bromo Half Marathon, where the weather conditions were severely compromised due to the high altitude and stifling heat.
In addition to this, her training whilst travelling consisted of running amongst the hustle and bustle of some of Indonesia’s most crowded cities, far from the idyllic backdrop of the Yorkshire countryside.
Despite running against 644 runner, the 20-year-old, who is studying medicine at Hull York Medical School, took 14th place overall and was second female to finish amongst competitors from all over the world. Jools said “It was a really great day. I couldn’t believe I got second. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like that. It is definitely something I would do again.”
The half marathon course at Mount Bromo is notoriously difficult, incorporating several hills throughout the challenging route, with elevation varying from 1,877m to 2,492m. This is the equivalent of running up to the top of England’s highest peak, Scarfell Pike, and then back again.
Although Jools had very little heat training, she insists that the altitude and te steep slopes of the Yorkshire Wolds helped her to prepare for the race.
(Report submitted by Mimi May 04-10 and Georgie Sleigh 05-12, also printed in the Pocklington Post)
Jools will be pulling on her running shoes again on 12 October for the Yorkshire Marathon which she also took part in last year.
The picture shows Jools after the race with some of her race prizes.