trail race

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

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Carsington Water 10k

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Sunday 24 February, 09:31

Lovely mild sunny weather, after driving through fog. Ran with Rachael and Mandy from Mansfield Woodhouse Pootlers. Very easy pace, an out and back route. Undulating.

L-R Emily (Stoke), Wayne, me, Rachael

Distance: official 10k, Suunto 6.27 miles

Time: official 1:01:11, Suunto 1:01:13

Sherwood Pines parkrun

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Saturday 16 February, 09:04

Vegan Runners from Sheffield, Nottingham and surrounds met up for this parkrun. Ran with Rachael. A lovely course with brilliant winter sunshine. Photos and coffee afterwards. At least 27 VRs present.

Distance: 5k

Official time: 30:12

Montane Grizedale half marathon

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Sunday 3 February, 08:30

Left home at 03:40 to drive the three hours to this race. On arrival it was -4C and dark. Picked up bib and tshirt and went back to car for breakfast.

Bumped into Tom on the way to the start, I ran a lot of the L50 recce in January with him. He was doing the full 26.2.

Ran with Tom easy pace and he kept the chat going. It was forest trails and not too difficult. Near the start an icy stretch was dicey, one runner fell spectacularly.

I really wasn’t being tested running at the pace Tom needed but there was stunning scenery to enjoy.

I definitely started my watch on the start but 5 miles in I realised it wasn’t tracking.

I’d intended this as an easy long run to familiarise myself with this area; job done.

Distance: 13.1 miles

Time: 2:33:53

Pace: 11:45 min/mile

Poolsbrook parkrun

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Saturday 2 February, 09:06

With Hallam parkrun cancelled Sheffield VRs seemed to be split between Poolsbrook and Hillsborough parkruns. Lovely sunny cold winter morning. Great to run with Callum and Jo, and meet up with Karen, Helen and Caroline. Easy pace because my total weekly mileage is high and I’ve got a half marathon tomorrow.

Distance: 5k

Time: official 29:38

Gerald Story Memorial Fun Run, Worksop

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Sunday 30 December, 11:00

Decided to do this run rather than a fell race in north Sheffield. Ran with Rachael, Scott (both VRs) and Mandy. Took it steady enjoying the undulating course through forested scenery. A mix of tarmac and trail.

Distance: 4.91 miles

Time: 47:32 official

Graves Park parkrun

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Saturday 29 December, 09:09

A couple of VRs coaxed me to get up and do this parkrun. My head wasn’t in it.

Did lots of warm up, ran very slow, and a long cool down. Nearly missed the VR photo.

My slowest parkrun to date.

Distance: 5k

Time: 33:03