London marathon 2014
View from the Rear - the other perspective - London Marathon 2014
I dug out the dog-eared, coffee stained 'retro plan' from 2004 back in October last year when applying for London. Ten years ago when I first ran this without a clue about trainers, stretching, warm downs, clothing, interval training; and when I thought electrolytes came with wires and as for LSD appearing on a training schedule!!!! So after 10 road marathons (+1 lone unofficial one for SRRs 25th anniversary) it was time to hang up the road shoes and finish with an official 10th in my home city.
I shudder now at how I turned out at the start of 2004 London - full nylon track suit, gloves, kids' wristwatch and footwear that were vaguely all-purpose sporty. And yet once again I was still struck by what people wear or carry in the name of making a mark for good causes e.g. a fridge, a mankini (this could have read 'a view of the rear' for a few miles and it kept me happy for a bit), telephone box and a full tiger costume to name a few.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:26)
News from the weekend
There have been some spectacular performances by club members over the weekend. On Saturday there was a great turnout for the Wensleydale Wander, where Andrew Fletcher was 1st overall on the 12 mile route and Derek Parrington was 1st on the 22 mile route in an amazing time of 2.57.28. Close behind him came Martin Randall, Robbie Kelly and Neil Bowmer: here are the full results.
At the London Marathon Jackie Keavney smashed her PB to finish in an incredible time of 3.10.04, followed by Richie Smith in 4.31.23 and Chris Sayer in 4.36.29.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:25)
Harrogate District Summer Race League
The start of the mid-week league is now just four weeks away, starting with the race at Ilkley on Tuesday May 8th. You can get your number from Jackie Keavney, if you haven't already done so. It would be great to see as many people as possible taking part, whether you can do just one race or the whole series. Last year there were age-category wins for Steve Brown, Jackie Keavney and Ronnie Cassar, the Supervets finished 2nd overall and the series finished with a decisive win for Nicky Logan in the handicap race. Let's see what we can do in 2014.
Trimpell 20 2014
On Sunday 16th March I travelled over to Lancaster to take part in a fast, flat road road in prep for the London Marathon. Its a race I've done quite a few times now and it's well worth the trip over to do if you are doing a spring marathon. The race is chip timed and 99 per cent traffic free as it goes along paths and cycle tracks along the river Lune. The race started at 11am at the Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. Registration was at the Lancaster and Morecambe AC club house situated at the edge of the athletics track. The race started on the track and went out along a well marked route, after 13m the route doubles back on itself so there is plenty of opportunity to encourage other runners and have support back. The weather this year wasn't great, breezy with sleet. The last few miles really felt quite hard and I was pleased to see the last mile marker. Once back into the stadium runners had to complete one lap of the track before finishing, probably my slowest ever 400m! Each runner was presented with a goodie bag containing a t shirt, medal, food and a drink at the end of the race. This year's race was won by Ian McBride from Royton Road Runners in a mighty swift time of 1.51.16. The women's race was won by a vet 50, Treena Johnson from Dewsbury in 2.11.22. My time was 2.25.55, 7th woman and first vet 45. In all around 500 runners took part.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:25)
Members please be aware that our AGM will be held at the Swaledale Outdoor Club, 17 New Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire on 22 April 2014. The meeting will start at 19:00. Refreshments will be provided on the night.
As per our constitution here is a copy of the nomination form for members to use as necessary. The form is self explanatory.
With regards to any member wishing to propose a resolution at the AGM, please note that as per our constitution notice of any resolution should be given in writing to the club secretary not less than 14 days before the meeting (08 April 2014).
Chris Lamb (Club Chair)
Last Updated (Friday, 21 March 2014 19:15)
Fountains Abbey Park Run
I took part in the first 'parkrun' at Fountains Abbey on Saturday morning. It was fantastic to run in the grounds of a World Heritage Site. It is a two lap course and takes you right past the Abbey itself and through the beautiful water gardens and past the lake.
I have never been to a parkrun before so wasn't sure what to expect. I arrived early which was a good job as there were over 370 runners, plus some spectators. The start (9am) was delayed by 15 minutes to allow everyone time to park and walk to the start. The start of the 5km run is right by Huby Tower and a few minutes' walk from the car park and toilets etc. It was a bit cold waiting at the start, but the volunteer marshals were very helpful. There were lots of people of all ages taking part as well as a few with dogs and others pushing buggies. Everyone seemed to have a really enjoyable run. At the finish you have to wait to get your entry scanned so that it records your times and people were saying how well organised it was and what a special place it was to run. There is a link below to some photos which don't do the grounds justice as the weather was a bit overcast. There is a photo of me but as I forgot to take my Swaledale vest you won't be able to spot me! (soem great photos of the race though)
Once you have registered at the parkrun website and printed out your barcode you can go as often as you like for free. Fountains Abbey is such a great place to visit and the café is open after the run for anyone that wants refreshments.
There is a run every Saturday starting at 9am and as the weather improves it will be even more of a special place to run. I shall certainly be going again (maybe not every week) and trying to improve on my time.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:57)
Haweswater half marathon 2014
First no race reports come in, then three come all at once!
Congratulations to runners who took part in the Haweswater half marathon. Thanks to Andy Broadley for these photos.and to Grace Gilpin, Andrew Fletcher and Chris Sayer for the reports!
This was a new experience for me but luckily I travelled to the race with Jackie, John and Robbie, who all knew the ropes so it made it much easier ( and calmer! ). We also were able to prepare by basing ourselves in a friend of Johns' home very close to the start - tea all round, of course!
Despite the weather, wind and rain, the race was well organised and the undulating but beautiful course was one that I will do again. Even with the cold wind it was an enjoyable run - seeing runners on the way back when I was still somewhere between 6 - 8 miles was a little perturbing but felt good when I was on the way back and could see others still on the run out! Other runners were all friendly but still competitive, which gave me the strength to push to the end and not let some runners pass which usually seems to happen to me!
The only gripe I have is those who ignored the rule not to wear MP3 players. As we were on a small lane I found this irresponsible and dangerous. There were quite a few vehicles and bikes on the same road but the race seemed to work with this quite comfortably, other runners calling out warnings.
Passing the finish to collect your mug and get it filled with tea was great but for me the bliss was being able to get dry and change into dry clothes in a bathroom rather than a tiny port-a-loo!
Next year I hope the weather will be nicer but I will still do it whatever, I fear!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:51)
After the Sunderland marathon was taken out of the calendar for this year I decided to look around for another flattish marathon. Blackpool was described as fast and flat and as we were picking my son up from university at Ormskirk on the same weekend it seemed like a good idea. After having seen pictures of waves sweeping over the prom a month before, however, I did wonder at the wisdom of my master plan.
The marathon and half marathon run together; the half doing 1 lap, the marathon doing 2. It starts off at the Hilton Hotel at the north of Blackpool, runs 3.5 miles south, down the prom as far as the airport, turning and running back up to nearly Cleveleys, turning and going back down, losing the half marathoners near the hotel before doing a 2nd lap.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:26)
Hastings Half Marathon
Last weekend I travelled south to a friend's wedding, so I managed to fit in a race as well while in the area. I did battle at the Hastings Half Marathon . This is a race I can recommend if you want a holiday by the sea side. It is regularly voted one of the best races in the country. It is a ig race with 5000 runners. Big crowds, London style, with bands and musicians all round the course. Before the recession big money prizes (£10,000 for course record). The big money has now gone, but it is still dominated by the Kenyans. Oh and Big Hills. The first steep hill hits in the first mile. The next serious hill starts just before 3 miles and ends at 5 and a half miles! and there are more to come. The highest point is at about 8 miles where you start to drop steeply down (still with a few ups) to the last flat 3 miles along the seafront, which is into the wind.
This year was the 30th anniversary of the race and they were inviting previous entrants back. I have run it on 20 previous years but there are 16 people who have now done all 30. Past winners also attended, although most not running. They included Eamonn Martin, Paul Davis-Hale, Mark Flint and some I can't spell.
This year it was won in 64 minutes, but it was windy! The course record is 61.37 set by Samuel Otieno. I finished in 1.27.04 (chip 1.26.59), 85th and first O55.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:27)
Dentdale 14 2014
On Saturday 6th March 5 club members travelled to the pretty and secluded village of Dent, near Hawes. The race started at 1pm and was 14m of undulating road with a figure of eight route, Dent village being at the centre point. There are no major hills in this run but between miles 8 and 10 it is at its steepest. The route is well marshalled and drinks stations are provided. This year saw the event's 30th anniversary. All proceeds from the race go to the village school (37 pupils attend). There are no race give aways at this race but everyone taking part is treated to a post run afternoon tea at the school. Race organisers are very quick to get results up once the first runners start to arrive.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:24)
Reeth Trail 20K
New trail running event in Swaledale. A challenging 20k circular route, heading up the River Swale before climbing Harkerside and entering the hidden dale of Apedale (at around 5miles). After a fast descent another climb takes competitors over the Height of Greets before returning to Reeth on mixed terrain. Swaledale Outdoor Shop will be hosting and providing race HQ. Anyone who runs with Swaledale Outdoors shop will know it's a superb challenging route with stunning views throughout. Route is entirely on Public Rights of Way and will be fully flagged.
Ice creams on the Village Green or a refreshing drink in one of the three pubs not included but highly recommended!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:08)
High Cup Nick / Black Combe
The fell running season is up and running with races in consecutive weekends. Mike Keavney and I travelled over to Dufton for the High Cup Nick race on the 22nd February (and to continue the annual Keavney/Coldwell battle for fell supremacy). There was a big turn-out and after 9.5 miles of racing Mike was first Swaledale Runner home - by 11 seconds! We both finished in the top half with times of 1.29.30 and 1.29.41 respectively. Picture is courtesy of Racing Snakes.
On Saturday 1st March I was back home in West Cumbria for the Black Combe Fell Race, covering 8 miles and a gruelling 3300 feet of ascent. This was my sixth attempt and despite perfect weather (although heavy underfoot) I was 4 minutes off my best time, finishing 110th from 187 starters. This race really is tough, with a brutal second climb - it's a race that still makes me genuinely nervous! Having said that I'm sure I'll be back again next year for more torture!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:21)
Half marathon PB and PW
I recently competed in back to back half marathons on following Sundays. They were pretty different in location, route, weather and time taken!
On Sunday 9th February I ran the Liversedge Half Marathon in West Yorkshire. This is quite a hilly route and on the day was 'blessed' with gale force winds and heavy rain. The torrential, horizontal rain I'd awoken to thankfully stopped before the race got underway, but it was still very damp and blustery all the way round. At just past the half-way point, at the top of the steepest hill, the course ran past a friend's house. It was great to see and hear about 10 supporters cheering me on at this point when I was flagging after the climb.
The last mile in particular was tough, a gentle uphill into a headwind, it felt like I was running through treacle! This was a well organised race over a varied route, definitely one I'd do again. I finished 1:28:06, 4th in age category and 40th overall. This was a PB time for me by about 90 seconds, so I was pleased given the conditions.
The following Wednesday I flew out to join Ros and Neil in on the Costa Blanca near Benidorm. I had been looking forward to this for ages: sunshine, trail running in Spain and a race as well. On the Thursday we went for a long run on one of their local trails, as part of Ros and Neil's training for the 65km (3,850m ascent!!) La Perimetral Trail race at the end of March.
Neil and I completed a 30km route with several large hills and some very harsh terrain underfoot. I struggled with just how rough it was, everything was sharp, spiky and out to hurt you, especially the plants! The scenery was breath-taking though, it was hard to believe we were only a short distance from Benidorm. Ros and Amanda (a local friend) completed a 35km route with (allegedly) fewer hills but more importantly a stop at a bar. I definitely picked the wrong running companion that day!
Soon Sunday came around and the race I'd travelled to Spain for, the 21km Granadella Trail race. Take a look at the races website to enjoy some of the stunning views on offer. The sea views are part of the route. Around 800 runners took part and Neil advised that a fast start was required as the course soon went onto singletrack. He wasn't kidding, at the gun everyone around me bolted for the horizon. After only 2km I was struggling to hang onto Neil and had to let him go, that was the last I saw of him until the finish!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 March 2014 17:39)
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