Month: September 2018

Penistone Hill Race

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Sunday 30 September, 10:31

10C, overcast and cool. Met another VR, Rachel, and her dad at the start. Chatted with local runners to get an idea of the course. Loved the first climb, ok on the downhill. Then walked bits of the second climb before dashing downhill the last couple of miles.

Really well marshalled, no danger of getting lost. A mile from the end a lady Marshall shouted ‘You prove vegan is good for you because you look so healthy!’ Made my smile bigger and made my day.

Lots of trophies for all age groups and literally every runner got a prize. Mine was a bottle of ale. The money raised goes towards keeping the sports centre open.

I’ll do this one again, lovely race.

Distance: 6.45 miles

Time: 1:03:34

Avg pace: 9:49 min/mile

Calories: 720

Ascent: 1047ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Mansfield Parkrun

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Saturday 29 September, 09:00

8C and sunny. Sheffield VRs visited Mansfield Parkrun on its 6th birthday, the organiser since the beginning is a vegan. There were about 18 VRs present.

The course is three 1 mile laps, flat. Lovely route and well organised. As usual I intended to run easy (with a trail race tomorrow) but when my legs eased into the run I could not resist passing a few runners and maintaining a decent (for me) pace.

Distance: 3.06 miles (TomTom)

Time: 22:53 (29th finisher)

training session #1492

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Friday 28 September, 16:32

Run commute home from work. Heavy backpack with laptop and clothing. Sunny and cool, but felt tired and dehydrated.

Distance: 4.64 miles

Time: 46:24

training session #1491

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Friday 28 September, 08:08

Run commute to work. Almost empty new backpack. Easy pace run in sunny autumn weather, cooling breeze.

Distance: 4.71 miles

Time: 44:51

Training session #1490

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Thursday 27 September, 18:30

Vintervals (Vegan Runners Intervals) at Millhouses. Pyramid session, 3-4-5-4-3 mins with 90 seconds rest in between. Tough but good fun.

Stats include WU and WD

Distance : 4.75 miles

Time: 1:00:27

Castle Parkrun, Sheffield

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Saturday 22 September

Ran from home to Castle parkrun, and back. Stood around for 15 mins after the race, then got moving because the wind was chilly.


Distance: 8.62 miles

Time: 1:17:32

Calories: 962

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

Parkrun: 23:52

Went faster with each mile: 8:19; 7:53; 7:15. So much for an easy pace recovery run, I could not resist racing.

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