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18/07/2013 at 10:49

Is (was) Don Valley used a lot for school sports days?

Hills for me last night. Four reps (two mins) up the hill with about 2:15 recovery. Felt pretty good even in the heat.

ET - I'll keep an eye out for you in Nottingham. I'm not completely sure what I'm going to be targetting yet but I'm hoping it will come out below 1:50.

I wonder if Iron Blade has been in touch with any of the tri clubs yet given that we couldn't really help him.

19/07/2013 at 00:01

Evening chaps. A planned 20 miler this morning ended up with me doing 15 before the heat got the better of me. I've decided I perform better in the winter rather than the summer. As lovely as the weather is I don't find it conducive for running longish distances. I'm going up in the peaks on my bike in the morning then will settle down and watch le tour. Saturday im running the mickledon straddle route (I think that's what it's called) which starts at Langsett reservoir and heads to ladybower across the trails before heading back. 

Hope you're all keeping cool

19/07/2013 at 06:39

Its a tough route Carter.  That's my training ground for hard fell being from stocksbridge.  Some of it is brutal with very little cover from the elements.  

Good session Baz  

Had a fairly easy week after last weekend with 3 whole days off any kind of training but came back with a bang with a hill interval session in don Valley bowl. Basically long rep of from the steps of ice Sheffield, around the path, up past the crucible on the hill keeping working down the hill, recover at the bottom till the paths meet then power across the grass field and up the steep grass banking to the crucible and fly bsck down the banking ala fell stylee and recover back to the steps x 5. It was very hot and no air but a good session.  

Then second run of the day was a 4.5mile commute run from work to middlewood.  Was supposed to be easy paced but ave 7.15min mile says I failed in that.  Probably running the hillsborough parkrun Saturday with sub 18 again the aim.

19/07/2013 at 08:01


Some good training going on making me feel rather lazy as I havn't ran since Tuesday, was planning on running yesterday but getting up later than planned after nights, going to watch the youngest in a play at school and then having to much to eat when we got back stopped that. Hopefully get out for a run this afternoon after taking the middle child back to leeds.

Giro might be at parkrun in the morning depending on how I feel after work.

ET I am planning on going to the cycle racing in town on wednesday with the camera to get some practice in before Le Tour next year. I was always told that when doing hills reps to keep going for a bit over the top of the hill so that you don't get into a mindset of stopping/slowing at the top of the hill.

Enjoy your run Carter sounds like a great route.

Crowden Horseshoe fell race on Saturday a great race that I would be going to if I wasn't on nights (11am start for race is to late especially after first night shift) but a really good route, challanging and tecnicall in places with a mad descent near the end

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19/07/2013 at 16:22

Managed to get out for a very hot and sweaty 4 miles nearly all off road, legs ached a little at first probally from tuesdays run. Got into a rythm of steadily faster miles until just over 3.5 miles when the path I was following along side a field of rape seed became unrunable due to the height of the rape seed. Legs a bit scratched but can't complain as it is not a reconigsed path but one that most of the year is used by dog walkers etc.

Still deciding about parkrun in morning as I don't want to over do it at this stage.

Now trying to follow the ashes and the tour at the same time but everytime  flick over to the tour the aussies loose another wicket. Good times to be a British Sports fan (apart from footie)


20/07/2013 at 12:52


Good hills Baz and GI! And 15 miles is still a good effort carter. I`m looking at either 13 or 15 tomorrow, hopefully.

Managed a swift 8 in Eccy Woods yesterday and then into town for Tramlines fun! Then did a ploddy 4 miles this morning. Hols now so want to crack on with training, but not end up with a stress fracture like last year!

Riggsy - hopefully see you there. I`ll PM you my mobile number as I think I have a different one to last time we met up.

22/07/2013 at 08:10

GIRO - how did parkrun go on Saturday ?

Riggsy - good running in the heat, did you do parkrun as well ?

ET - parkrunning too ? Did you get a long run in as well ?

So, I drove into Langsett car park on Saturday morning with GIRO's words ringing in my ears; brutal, tough, little cover from the elements. Fortunately the weather had cooled right down -

I joined the missus for her C25K training in the after and on Sunday we cycled around Ladybower, Derwent and Howden. Last night I took the mutt up tio Burbidge for a 3 mile recovery run

22/07/2013 at 09:29

Bloody hell carter. That sounds like a lot of running over the weekend. How's the knee.

ET hope you enjoyed Tramlines. Did it feel any different this year with some venues charging?

I did Burnage parkrun on Saturday. Pretty hot and quite a hilly route with a section of steps so very happy with 24:40 given that it's only three weeks since I was very happy with 24:43 on a flat course. I think there are pacers again at South Manchester this week so I might try and stick with the 23 minute pacer and see where I get. I did 9 ish yesterday and my legs are feeling it today.

GIRO how did the sub 18 attempt go?

22/07/2013 at 10:26

Top stuff carter, how did you find the mickleden route? 

Well done at the parkrun baz. 

Sub 18 didn't happen in fact I was 34secs off. couldn't find my sunglasses to stop my hayfever so decided to work through it. First lap was fine in 5.50 but then banged out 2 6.04 laps and had to dodge a old woman on a mobility scooter at the bottom of the hill on the last lap. Was still warm and still happy with how I ran. I think I peaked a few week back and pace endurance not quite there but I am in redbull steeplechase training mode now so endurance will come back quickly. Might try the mickleden route myself this weekend. 

22/07/2013 at 10:38

oh and it was nice to see quite a few hallam parkrunners at hillsborough with endcliffe being closed for tramlines. Quite a few said they enjoyed it more than endcliffe and were going to defect over to us because it was too busy there and our course was more interesting. 

22/07/2013 at 11:05


Well done all on the running. I really must try and debut at parkrun this holidays. I did my usual LDR up to Owler Bar on Sunday. Struggled tbh. Ran on empty and probably not had enough to eat on Saturday (wine). Want to try and get a 15 at least done before we go away to Angelsey on Saturday. Planning on DVS tomorrow.

Tramlines was fun. As usual, we just skipped around some of the smaller venues. We went to Hop, Red Deer and Washie which was cool. Nice atmosphere helped by the Friday night warmth.

22/07/2013 at 11:41

ET threatening to do a parkrun. I think his account has been hacked

GIRO you've had issues with your sunglasses before haven't you? Hallam parkrun doesn't sound like too much fun nowadays with so many people. Hillsborough can take quite a few more before it becomes too busy

22/07/2013 at 17:35

Baz - the knee hurt a little on the decent but not too bad considering. 

ET - when does DVS close and everyone moves down the road ?

GIRO - the mickledon route is really good with some terrific views, particularly after the first climb where you look back over Langsett reservoir. It was very rocky in places and I kept going over on my ankle. When you rejoin the trail down at ladybower there is a stretch where it is normally quite boggy but due to the recent weather the ground was rock hard and plus the grass and shrubbery was long you couldn't see where you were running. With broken ankles being a possibility we came to a walk here. I found this harder than Coniston because of the terrain but the hills werent as steep. Still a cracking run and thankfully it wasn't red hot

22/07/2013 at 21:14

7.5 miles with 3 @ LT pace for me tonight. Was planned to be 10 with 5 @ LT but I struggled with the heat. Still a good session anyway

24/07/2013 at 08:45

Some good running going off folks

Well done on the parkrun Bazz

Nice routes carter.

Didn't do parkrun on Saturday, felt tired after work so went to acclerete and bought some new fell/off roaders. Sunday was a slow run after work.

Last night was a lovely run in the peaks to try the new trainers out. Set off from Curber Cap up onto white edge then down onto white edge moor. From there to the lodge and then onto Grouse Inn. Through the woods at the back of the pub and up onto Froggatt and Curber Edges back to the car park. Nice run that can be extended to include padley gorge etc.

No running today but into town for the cycling. Wanting to get some photography practice ready for the tour next year. (Voluntering as a marshall for one of the two days and got an email on Monday saying details will be sent soon - excited about it even now with just under a year to go)

24/07/2013 at 08:49


Baz - remember, I did win my last 5k! GI is not the only short race specialist on here!

carter - DVS closes at the end of September, I think. It is tough in the heat but is there not a slightly less mileage plan you can hook into?

Yesterday I did my version of an LT run instead of going to DVS. I warmed up and then did 10 mins @ LT, 5 mins easy, then another 10 mins @ LT. The LT came out at 7.08 m/m which I was surprised at TBH.

Hoping to see Riggsy at the cycling tonight.

26/07/2013 at 08:00

Morning, anyone!

Got my LDR done of a fashion yesterday. Did 14 hilly miles up to Owler Bar and Holmesfield then dropped into Dronfield and added a tour of Graves Park on the way back . Was very thirsty by the end, understandably, and took 2.07 so 9.0# m/m. Tough but good prep for Belper, I guess.

Nice to see Riggsy at the cycling!

26/07/2013 at 08:23

Great evening at the cycling.

Amazing speed, the gust of wind genereted by the peleton as it goes past is like a train going by. Had a go at photographing the racing with mixed results.

Nice to catch up with ET and a good long run youv'e done there.

27/07/2013 at 14:43

Morning all. Long run for me this morning in perfect conditions. I parked up at Hathersage and ran through Hope, Bradwell, Castleton and Edale and that covered 18 miles. It felt very comfortable indeed and I certainly feel stronger than I have before so all is good in that respect. However, my knee was giving quite a bit of grief today so thats not good at all. A cut back week for me where I was thinking I might not do any running at all (apart from a couple fo miles with the missus while she does her C25K) and might do more cycling instead. What do people think ?

29/07/2013 at 09:59

Nice pictures Riggsy. How many laps do they do? I seem to recall the circuit isn't very big.

Carter cycling will help keep your fitness up. Maybe a couple of shorter runs later on in the week. How did your knee feel during the run?

Good long run ET. Have you entered Nottingham yet?

A decent weekend for me. 23:29 parkrun on Saturday morning - I decided against going with the 23 pacer and wanted to see if I could do sub 24 again which was pretty comfortable so maybe sub 23 could have happened (or blown up spectacularly). Then a 9 or so mile long run yesterday where I felt a bit stronger than last week where I did a very similar route.

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