PeakDistrict

training session #1504

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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

Time: 1:40:57

Grindleford Gallop

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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

Calories: 2306

Ascent: 2948ft

Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275

training session #1485

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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

Time: 1:40:32

Avg pace: 12:26 min/mile

Calories: 925

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 12

training session #1479

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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

Time: 2:04:26

Avg pace: 16:17 min/mile

Calories: 784

Ascent: 2864ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Bakewell parkrun

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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

training session #1518

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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

Time: 4:21:41

Avg pace: 11:13 min/mile

Calories: 2473

Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275

Bakewell parkrun

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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)

Time: 26:56

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 #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