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A boxing day ritual, the 3 mile race around Darley Abbey Park with my lovely best friend Becky.
This is a short review, to say I am praying we are both still standing here this time in 2017 with smiles on our faces energy in our bodies and air in our lungs, and it contains the following four quotes.… Full Report
That time of year again, the Northern Cross Country Relays; ‘Cutlers Relays’ at Graves Park in Sheffield. Last time I ran these was 4 years ago, the day before I smashed out my sub 1.30 half marathon. Looking back at 4 years ago I was certainly my strongest, and ‘took it easy’ that day due to the half the day after. The time, apparently was 14.18 which I was overwhelmed with. So I didn’t know … Full Report
The Sheffield Way Relay is a 5 leg stage with each leg being around 10 miles equalling around 50 miles around Sheffield. The race has been going since 1997 run by the Steel City Striders. Lots of hills and lots of beautiful trails.
I stepped in the week or so before after a couple of withdrawals for the only female leg. Sheffield Running Club were just putting forward a mixed team this year due to … Full Report
The idea was to run part of the Pennine Way from Edale to Hawes – inspired by the Spine Challenge Runners of 2015. 108 miles over 3 days. The breakdown had been planned like this: Day one; Edale to Mankinholes around 36-40 miles, day two; Mankinholes to Malham around 40 miles, day three; Malham to Hawes around 28 miles. The 3 days are first illustrated in pictures below, then the breakdown of each day with … Full Report
Cue a trip to London for a course that got cancelled a few days before. But I’ve booked everything I squealed. I can’t afford to loose money. Hell I am going anyway and anyway I had booked a run on the South Downs on the Saturday evening as I was too tight to pay for London accommodation. Well that’s my excuse anyway. Instead I bought a £10 Tesco Basic light weight tent that would fit … Full Report
I was looking for one step up to my last event the Longshaw 10 so decided to keep the 10 in the picture and do one called the Wheatley 10 out near Retford. A silly choice for me given that I like hills and Retford area is flat as a pancake. But it was advertised as a scenic trail run so sounded quite nice for a change and low key too.
So off I went … Full Report
It was the weekend of the Round Sheffield Run so most of Sheffield were running around Sheffield, that’s why its called the Round Sheffield Run. Me – not me, and a handful of others who decided to do the Longshaw 10 instead. Yet I only decided at 8am that morning as I got up and felt like I couldn’t be bothered / motivated to do a long run. Am I turning into a shortie?
So … Full Report
Time for a bit of a swim gloat.
Solstice Weekend I had planned to be at the start line of the 96 mile West Highland Way Race, but due to many factors including a back injury and disfunctional legs as well as crew & logistics, I pulled out, along with other summer running plans. I sulked like an injured runner sulks. I sulked some more, I beat myself up about my running and sulked even … Full Report
This is my post to wallow in my own self pity – I had a bad race. The end.
But not quite. I need to look at why and write it all down, no such thing as the end.
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Having bad races is part of being a runner. They make you tough, they motivate you, and they keep you humble. A good runner can bounce back and not give up on their goal, even though
In my own stupidity I had signed up for the ‘Dark Skies Run’ 26.5 miles around the largest artificial lake in England – Kielder. No it was not flat, (nearly 2000ft of climb), no it was not just in daylight, no it was not a marathon, it was a 26.5 mile run around an undulating course partly in the dark. Hell why not, it was something different.
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It is often the darkest skies that we
2015 I turned up for the Oldham Way Ultra full of hel-flu and made the rather wise decision to not even start the race but to head back home at 7am in the morning and sulk for a whole 12 months. 12 months later I entered only 2 days before the event deliberating if I was fit enough / stupid enough to run 40 miles the week after a double at Grindleford Gallop and Edale … Full Report
Who’s bright idea was it to have x2 long distance (21 mile) fell races with a cumulative climb of over 6500ft the day after each other in the stunning Peak District? Really? Who’s bright idea was it to enter both? Really?
I’d entered Grindleford Gallop before the announcement of the Edale Skyline Race which was to fall on the same weekend the day after. I had unfinished business with the Skyline Race – the race … Full Report