Stockport 10k race

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Sunday 16 September, 10:00

Rainy, windy, cool. Would not normally race the day after a 23.6 mile hard trail run, but there were 228 Vegan Runners booked to run Stockport. As usual my idea of starting at the back and taking it easy, use this as a recovery run, did not last long.

My legs felt good so I started passing runners. By halfway I was definitely racing and at the finish was very pleased with my time. Not having done a 10k for years I had no idea what to expect.

A great meet-up and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Vegan Runners at Stockport 10k 2018

Distance: 6.02 miles

Time: 51:26 (official 51:25)

Avg pace: 8:32 min/mile

Calories: 655

Ascent: 312ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10


Whitby to Scarborough

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Saturday 15 September, 13:44

Sunny, breezy, warm. I was running the Whitby to Scarborough leg of Hardmoors 60 as a support runner to a friend who was competing in their first ultra. Met them at Whitby swing bridge and enjoyed the route I had reccied a few weeks ago. Ideal running conditions.

At times my friend was able to maintain a pace that was above comfortable for me on the undulating and sometimes hilly route which followed the Cleveland Way. I was virtually getting a nose bleed running near the front of a big race field, felt weird. My friend didn’t want to know their position in the race but a couple of (un)helpful spectators told us.

I had a bad spell just before Scarborough because I’d not taken on enough fluids, got a fuzzy head. Drank a bit and recovered enough to run halfway round North Bay and had to let my friend run on as I could not keep the pace. Job done, delivered safely and in good shape at Scarborough.

I walked and jogged towards the checkpoint, and chatted with a competitor who could not stick with my friend’s pace. A cracking run and I learned I could stick at a great pace much longer than I’d thought, and also learned to drink more!

Distance: 23.59 miles

Time: 4:48:12 (recce on 25/8 was in 5:27:59)

Avg pace: 11:33 min/mile

Calories: 2680

Ascent: 5016ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Nine Edges Endurance race

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Saturday 8 September, 10:00

Cool and drizzly, some rain, windy on the tops. The recce I did last weekend was of little to no value as land access problems changed the first few miles.

Heading up first climb to Derwent Edge

Felt good and the narrow paths on the first part backed everyone up. Slipped on the descent from Derwent Edge to Moscar House. Planted my right foot to change direction and the sandy peat caused it to go, scraped left knee, not that bad. There were other fallers, saw at least three with one lady having a bruised cheekbone.

Battle wound: not fatal

It’s a lovely route and the weather wasn’t a problem, the wind was blowing runners on to the edges rather than over the edge.

Tried to pace myself and not be too competitive. Have to save my legs for another Whitby to Scarborough run next Saturday. As the runners started to spread out more thinly I tried to keep in touch with a few on similar pace who seemed to know the route. Was following a wiggly line on my watch for navigation. But had phone, map and compass for backup.

Towards the end I tired a lot and at the finish I stood still for a minute to gather myself. A good workout, enjoyed it.

Distance: 20.52 miles

Time: 4:09:52

Avg pace: 11:48 min/mile

Calories: 2311

Ascent: 2889ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

training run #1489

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Wednesday 5 September, 08:01

11C, sunny and cool. Great running weather for a commute run.

Distance: 4.7 miles

Time: 45:00

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training session #1488

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Monday 3 September, 18:30

Running drills and techniques with Sheffield Vegan Runners. Lots of effort and fun. Eight runners plus Mikk the coach.

Distance: 1.52 miles

Time: 57:00

Stats include WD but I didn’t switch watch on for WU.

training run #1487

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Sunday 2 September, 07:44

14-18C, warm. Needed to recce first part of Nine Edges race route, see if the GPS track I’ve downloaded is easy to follow and get a feel for difficulty. The race is next weekend. Total run today just under 15 miles.

Did first 8-9 miles of the route, seeing Derwent Edge and the beginning of Stanage. Then dropped down to Ladybower and back to the car. Kept it easy, took photos, a couple of wrong turns and fell when my right foot found a rabbit hole. No damage.

Distance: 14.74 miles

Time: 3:38:49

Avg pace: 13:36 min/mile

Calories: 1696

Ascent: 2219ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Wildlife: cows, sheep, played hide and seek with a grey squirrel on a tree trunk, grouse (I think)

training session #1486

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Thursday 30 August, 18:32

Interval training with Sheffield Vegan Runners. Eight of us plus Mikk the coach tonight, good turnout.


5x 1km with 3 minutes rest between

3x 200m sprint with 90 seconds rest between


Distance: 5.44 miles

Time: 1:18:35

Trainers: inov8 Parkclaw 275

Stats include WU and WD