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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

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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 run #1472

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Saturday 11 August, 07:30

About 14C, sunny and getting warmer, a good breeze blowing. Picked a 13 mile out and back route along the border and taking in a chunk of forest. Inevitably the fencing changed my route, but I enjoyed it. Finished strong.

Lollipop route
This made me laugh

Distance: 13.05 miles

Time: 2:17:35

Avg pace: 10:21 min/mile

Calories: 1513

Ascent: 321ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

training run #1471

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Friday 10 August, 07:24

13C, cool, breezy. Ran north along the Dutch/ German border then returned along the forest trails. First run in a new pair of Brooks Cascadia. Lovely weather for running and stopped here and there for photos and to respond to messages from Emma.

Along the border
Returning through the forest
New pair of Brooks Cascadia 13

Distance: 7.28 miles

Time: 1:13:49

Calories: 838

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

training run #1470

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Thursday 9 August, 08:15

17C, breezy with some cloud cover. Nicer weather for running in. Did 7 miles in some woods near where I’m staying. The area is cross-crossed with cycle trails and paths.

Followed a stream for a short distance until I came to some fencing. Pushed on through some woodland off-trail and found my way again.

Felt good running today, think it was the incredible heat on Tuesday that knocked me for six.

Distance: 7.1 miles

Time: 1:12:55

Avg pace: 9:58 min/mile

Calories: 806

Ascent: 291ft (yes, even in Holland)

Trainers: inov-8 Parkclaw 275

Wildlife: 4 cows, 1 rabbit/hare

training run #1469

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Tuesday 7 August, 09:30

Got up hours later than planned but got my run gear on and headed off to a forest very nearby. Temp 24C. Carried one bottle of water, thought I’d do 8-9 miles in 90 minutes.

Followed GPS on phone and the outward 4 miles were fine. Nice undulating forest tracks.

Half a mile into my return I started to encounter a high fence, had to double back and ended up heading further away from where I started. It added distance and time, wasn’t worried but knew I was short of water. Did a run/walk to keep me going forward.

Temp at the end was 32C. Very hot for me but glad I did it. Serves me right for not starting earlier when it was a few degrees lower.

Distance: 11.36 miles

Time: 2:23:35

Avg pace: 11:48 min/mile

Calories: 1290

Ascent: 409ft

Trainers: inov-8 Parkclaw 275