PeakDistrict

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

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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 #1475

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Friday 17 August, 08:17

13C, cool, breezy, a bit overcast. Went for a long run in the Peak District, 21.6 miles. Started at Totley, went over Big Moor, Curbar, Froggatt, Longshaw, Houndkirk, Lady Canning’s Plantation, Limb Valley and looped back to the start. Ran out of water in the last couple of miles, otherwise felt good.

Distance: 21.6 miles

Time: 4:06:27

Avg pace: 11:19 min/mile

Calories: 2433

Ascent: 2324ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Wildlife: 2 deer near Wellington Monument, and herds of cows

training run #1465

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Sunday 29 July, 08:12

13C, windy and rain, heavy at times. Ran from Longshaw along Froggatt, Curbar and White Edges.

Tripped and grazed my right knee above Froggatt. Bloody but not damaged anything. It stung later.

Due to the weather I turned for home a mile early, not taking it all the way to Wellington Monument. Good that I know the alternative options around here.

Pleased with my run along White Edge in particular. It’s not challenging but I managed to keep a good steady pace at what might be Zone 2 heart rate.

Distance: 9 miles

Time: 1:49:53

Avg pace: 11:58 min/mile

Calories: 1030

Ascent: 996ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia (may finally retire this old pair now I have a new pair)

training run #1463

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Saturday 21 July, 08:05

17C and upwards, some cloud cover. A 16 mile run from Totley to Wellington Monument via Big Moor, and back. Felt Achilles throughout but not that bad. Pleased to keep going, very few walking sections.

Distance: 15.69 miles

Time: 2:54:09

Avg pace: 10:54 min/mile

Calories: 1802

Ascent: 1671ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia

training run #1460

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Friday 22 June, 07:38

A warm sunny 4.5 mile loop to a nearby village. The trail on the way back was tough to find, ended up cutting through a country estate.

Distance: 4.53 miles

Time: 50:38

Avg HR: 133bpm

Calories: 516

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1459

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Tuesday 19 June, 08:28

A 6.5 mile run in a loop around the area where I’m camping. Quite a bit of ascent but plodded away nicely.

Sunny and warm, should have carried a drink.

Distance: 6.54 miles

Time: 1:11:08

Avg HR: 133bpm

Ascent: 957ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10