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Clumber Park Trust 10k Race

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Sunday 23 December, 09:07

Drove through heavy rain to Clumber, but it eased off to light occasional rain for the race. First time here, the course is three and a bit laps. Muddy trails.

Ran easy pace with Julie and Rachael. Lots of Christmas spirit from the runners and marshalls.

Jo provided coffee and a mince pie after.

Unofficial figures –

Distance: 6.3 miles

Time: 1:01:31

Avg HR: 140bpm

Avg pace: 9:46 min/mile

Calories: 597

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

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Castle parkrun with Sheffield VRs

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Saturday 8 December, 09:00

The morning after the VR Christmas meal, with strong wind and heavy showers. Just did a plodding round pace, saving my legs for tomorrow. Chatting and trying to not slip into racing mode, loved it.

Distance: 5km

Time: 29:39

Percy Pud 10k race

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Sunday 2 December, 09:30

Drizzly rain set in for the start of the race. Around 3000 runners took part. Had planned to run it easy as I’m tapering for next weekend. However, I made a good start and pushed on a bit especially on the return leg (it’s an out and back route).

Enjoyed passing runners but it took a lot of weaving about to make progress. Was also good to see (and chat with) around 15 VRs.

Lots of reaction to my Christmas Tree headgear, all positive. Liked the route, would run this again.

Just seen in my age category I was 34th out of 154 – very pleased with that.

Distance: 10k; Suunto 6.23 miles

Time: official 45:27; Suunto 45:38 (late stopping watch on finish)

Avg pace: 7:19 min/mile

Calories: 741

Ascent: 189ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training session #1519

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Interval session with Sheffield Vegan Runners.

Wednesday 28 November, 18:15

A tough session with short sprints and short recovery! It rained and the wind blew, definitely added to the challenge. A great session with Fisher, Mikk, Helen, Karen and Caroline.

This was the first run out with a new running watch. Still learning its features and functions.

Distance: 5.36 miles (incl long WU and a WD)

Time: 1:06:50

training session #1517

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Thursday 22 November, 18:40

Social run in the woods with Vegan Runners. Dark and drizzly. A headtorch run up, down, all over, they completely lost me. Brilliant.

Distance: 4.31 miles

Time: 51:54

Avg pace: 12:02 min/mile

Calories: 493

training session #1515

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Tuesday 20 November, 17:36

Run commute home. Cold, wet, dark. Easy pace, no rush, enjoyed it.

Distance: 4.82 miles

Time: 46:56

Avg pace: 9:44 min/mile

Calories: 458

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

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