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Brighton 10k Race

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Sunday 18 November, 09:32

Cool and sunny. Had felt a niggle in left glute so thought about taking it easy. Busy start, lots of runners made for a slow and steady pace. As the runners spread out I set about passing a few and running a comfortable pace.

There were lots of Vegan Runners from across the UK

About 3 miles in I noticed my last 2 splits had been around 7:30 min/mile. That equates to around 45 minutes, my PB set last week. Felt good so tried to keep that pace going and see what happened.

Didn’t see mile 4 split. Mile 5 was good. Pushed hard on the out and back final mile along Madeira Drive. Didn’t glance at watch, just pushed. Missed the PB I set last week at Dalby Forest by 13 seconds. I’d lost that time early on during the first mile. Never mind, pleased to do that having run hard at parkrun yesterday and walked all over town. At least I know the PB is definitely beatable.

Fantastic running among lots of VRs and with lots of ‘go vegan runner’ shouts.

Distance: 10km / 6.2 miles

Time: 45:34

Avg pace: 7:20 min/mile

Calories: 462

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

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Dalby Dash 10k

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Sunday 11 November, 11:02

It started to rain as the race director said a few words and we had 2 minutes silence. I’d found out a bit about the course from another runner on the start line, positioned myself behind the fastest runners but not that far back.

The start was downhill then rose into a long hill about 1.5 miles long. After that was about 3 miles of downhill, then a flattish mile to the finish. The first 2 miles were good tarmac, then compacted stone trail.

Felt good on the hill, pushed hard down the downhill and kept it going along to the end.

Knocked 6 minutes off my 10k PB that I’d set at Stockport in September. Finished 101st out of 455. Was 17th in my age category out of 52. Very happy.

And I was going to do this race easy and work hard at Brighton next weekend! Guess I’ll swap it round and enjoy flat Brighton.

Distance: 10km

Time: official 45:21 Fitbit 45:25

Avg pace: official 7:18 min/mile Fitbit 7:35 min/mile

Avg HR: 148bpm

Calories: 495

Ascent: 580ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Worksop Half Marathon 2018

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Sunday 28 October, 10:00

Sunny and cold, I layered up for the chill. Felt ok so tried to set a decent pace from the start and hold on.

At 5 miles a Vegan Runner named Ben caught up to me, introduced himself, and we ran together for the middle part. About 11 miles he pressed on, but I overtook him at 12 miles on an uphill section and then dashed down to the finish.

Had not checked my splits or the time, and initially thought it must be a PB. Found out later I’d done Sheffield Half 11 seconds quicker earlier this year. Enjoyed it though.

Distance: official 13.1 miles; TomTom 13.15 miles

Time: 1:43:09

Avg pace: 7:50 min/mile

Calories: 1434

Ascent: 806ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

Glossop Parkrun 27 October 2018

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Snow started falling as I arrived in the car park. Zero celsius temperature. A bit of setting up a vegan Runners table for cake, buns and leaflets warmed me up a bit.

I happened to be near the front when the race director was giving the briefing. When she said ‘Go’ without fanfare or countdown I just leaped forward and tried to hang onto the front bunch.

This was different to my usual ‘take it steady for the first mile, then wind it up approach’.

The course had everything; tarmac, trail and grass/tree roots, a couple of short climbs. It was three twisty laps. I was pushing hard and was rewarded by my second fastest parkrun time (the fastest was set at flat Rother Valley).

Great atmosphere and chat with the other VRs, most were from Sheffield VR group.

Distance: official 5km; Tom Tom 2.93 miles

Time: 22:27

Langdale Half Marathon, Saturday 20 October 2018

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I’d been given free entry to this race after cancelling my place on the Windermere Marathon in May with terrible Achilles trouble. Drove up from home, leaving at 04:30 for the early start. Raining again like the previous weekend.

I knew there were some hills, from the course profile. Set off steady, the first mile was flattish, then came a steep and long climb. There were lots of steep descents too. I picked up strength and speed in the middle and enjoyed passing a few runners.

Though it was similar weather to York I layered my tops the same and my hands were fine, not frozen.

It would have been more beautiful in crisp sunny autumn sunshine; today the hills were shrouded in cloud. I smiled a lot, per usual, knew I’d got plenty of energy to get me round.

Left adductor tightened up a bit. There was some car traffic on the minor roads the race is run on, but not the expected logjam. Approaching the finish chute I undid my jacket and got a ‘vegan runner’ shout out from the announcer.

Collecting my medal and giving back the timing device, the lady helping me commented “you’ve got a lovely smile”, which topped off my run nicely.

Finished 91st out of something like 302 runners. I was 10th in my age category out of 27. Happy with that, there looked to be a lot of gnarly, local old blokes running like mountain goats.

Distance: official 13.1 miles; Tom Tom 13.08 miles

Time: official 1:56:25; Tom Tom 1:56:23

Avg pace: 8:52 min/mile

Calories: 1449

Ascent: official 1700ft; Tom Tom 1664ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

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

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