Saturday 30 March, 15:14
Decided to go for a walk in the lovely weather. Starting at Fox House I walked over the top along Burbage Edge, returning on the trail path below. Very easy stroll, took lots of photos and in no rush.
Distance: 4.51 miles
Saturday 9 March, 10:03
Wanted to treat this race as a long slow training run for Paris.
The weather was mixed – between rain, hail and gale force wind! Tiny bit of sun peeped through towards the end.
I remembered sections of the route as they came up, from last year. Was following everyone else not map reading.
Ground was muddy, boggy in parts. I tired about 14 miles then got going again. Tripped on Froggatt Edge while gazing at a spectacular rainbow above Grindleford. Caught my fall, didn’t go splat.
Felt good at the finish, much better than last year. And faster too.
Distance: 21.2 miles
Time: Suunto 3:50:34 awaiting official time
Avg pace: 10:51 min/mile
Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275
Saturday 2 March, 07:01
Easy pace run from Endcliffe Park to Oxstones and back, before parkrun. Ran with Karen and Caz. Brilliant. Stopped for photos here and there.
Distance: 8.08 miles
Avg pace: 12:26 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 12
Saturday 23 February, 07:18
Hill session at Hope, Derbyshire. Followed a route recommended by VR coach Mikk. From Cheshire Cheese pub on Edale Road to the top of Lose Hill.
It was cold and misty. The slopes were slippy and muddy. I’d have been better in my inov8 fell shoes. Sunny at the top of my first rep.
Went back down as far as the stile at Lose Hill Lane, then 2 more reps. Had to walk parts that were very steep and slippy but pleased to get three full reps done. A slight wind got going and made reps 2 and 3 shrouded in mist. Loved it though, I’ll be back.
Distance: 7.64 miles
Avg pace: 16:17 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13
Saturday 9 February, 09:01
VR meet-up to celebrate Karen and Caroline running their 50th parkruns. Rain at the start died away but strong wind persisted.
Ran easy with Jo.
Total distance including WU and WD: 4.3 miles
Official parkrun (5k) time: 29:28
Sunday 25 November, 07:18
Had pencilled in Longshaw Trust 10k a couple of weeks ago. It had been coach Mikk’s birthday in the week and on Friday he shared the idea of running 33km including the Longshaw 10k Race. I didn’t take too much persuading and a couple of other VRs, Nigel and Caroline, were up for it too.
Parked up at Millhouses Park and ran out of Sheffield via Eccy Woods, Limb Valley, Lady Canning’s Plantation, Burbage, Stanage, Higger Tor, Carl Wark. Approaching Longshaw we could just see the race being set off, and a couple of minutes later we ran through the start and did the race. Passed loads of runners, even having done 8-9 miles first.
Coffee with a big group of VRs afterwards. Then returned via Totley Trig and Horses Field. Lots of fun, and good to get a long run in before my next marathon. We ended up doing 37.5km, more than planned.
Mikk just posted a short video of the run on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dVuDX5q6KL0
Distance: 23.3 miles
Avg pace: 11:13 min/mile
Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275
Saturday 24 November, 09:01
Having committed to a long run on Sunday I did actually start towards the back and ran at a very comfortable race. It’s an out and back course on the Monsal Trail, so just a slight incline. Sprinted the last 100m. Coffee with the VRs afterwards.
Distance: 3.06 miles (5k)