Great run simon! Pbs coming thick and fast on the thread so far this year. It looked a stacked field at the front end when I saw the pics on twitter.
Nice work on the 17 miler Ric.
Weekend away camping for me, far too many burgers and junk and had a really sore hamstring after a short run on sat. Eased over the last 2 days and at the physio yesterday. Easing off for Edinburgh half this weekend anyway. Looking like a 20mph tailwind for the first 11 miles before heading into it for the last 2 miles. Feel sorry for those who've about 8 miles into it doing the marathon!
I do love ago of Sunday race special on here! Reports galore! Sounds like a great run there RicF with a top WAVA to boot. The big mileage seems to be paying off.
Good to see Bus hitting the hurt locker with a customary retch and spew. Nobody can ever question your effort levels when racing that's for sure.
Still a solid run Phil and there's no worse weather to run in that wind for me.
Well done Pete on the10 miler. I wish there was more 10 milers about as it's a distance I enjoy. If your WAVA is up past 80% then you're doing something right!
Calderdale way relay for me today and I was on leg 1. As a club we fancied making a potential upset and hoped to be able to nick it of Calder Valley who are a club packed with top class fell runners. Ranging from internationals to county runners. We thought we had a chance as they were weakened this year by all accounts and there 2 runners on leg 1 had raced the fell inter counties race yesterday in Wales and finished in the top 10 I believe.
They're known for going off hard and it's there local turf so our plan was to keep them in sight and hope the tired legs would play into our hands. From what I remember the first 2-3 mile is uphill through a wood and then on open moorland and we were sat in second at the 3 mile mark but 30 secs down.
My partner was about 30m behind me but had told me to press on and I'd noticed that whenever we hit a steeper section of climb that one of the leading pair dropped off his partner. I felt pretty comfortable and knew that if my partner had the legs then I'm positive we could've got them back. A sharp descent into a place called ripponden and I got an almighty bowl licking off a Marshall for running without my partner. I told him he was only 30 or so metres back but he wasn't having it. I then had to stand there like a naughty school kid until he arrived and we could press on up the next climb. We were about 30 seconds orao off the lead pair at this point but we was now in a group of 3 pairs. One being my old club who I was he'll bent on not getting beat off
Kept trying to shout encouragement to beckon my partner on but he was struggling and eventually asked me to run next to him to see if it made a difference. I was effing and hedging under my breath as I'd fancied going out hard after the lead pair but I now had to spend the next 6 miles jogging, preying and hoping that he'd have enough in the tank to hold my old club off. We hit the long last climb and that ended up with me stopping and starting to drag him up the hill before we hit a flat section before a long 1.5 mile run downhill for home. I told him he had to empty the tank here to stay clear which thankfully we managed by about 10 seconds. We ended up 4 minutes behind the lead pair which has pissed me right off.
My partner has a quicker 10k and 5000 than me and just ran 2.34 at Manchester the other week but I don't think he's fully recovered from that. I don't know why but I've been paired with him in 3 relays as we are well matched but everytime we do a relay I've ended up turning him inside out and it's like I've not had a gruelling run.
RS78- i started to cramp as soon as I hit the top of Whernside and then that descent and going over ingleborough was very painful. The trails and paths make it very runnable barring the climb up Whernside (all fours) and then scrambling over the rocks to get up ingleborough. I know a few mates who ran sub 3.15 this year and I drove past them before they got to ribblehead on the road section and they looked to be going at a snails pace. They then seem to really kick on over the last two peaks and finish strongly when the majority of the runners go backwards.
I think not getting carried away between pen y Ghent and Whernside is the key.
Well done SS, it looks like the solid block of training you've put in has paid off. 2 pbs in 3 days now, no pressure
Hard luck Dean, I'm sure the summer will eventually turn out a good one with the sessions you've put in.
I was due to do a 5k on wed but felt like crap mon-tues. Had Monday off and then headed out on Tuesday but I was running at 7.30 pace and blowing out of my arse so headed home. Think I managed 1.5 mile or something. Daughter has been ill so a lack if sleep and 80 mile weeks probably took it's toll.
Went for a hard run on Thursday up and down the local 1800ft hill. Suffering with a slight case of Doms now with a 10.5 mile leg of an off road relay to run tomorrow. Also entered a 5k on wed.
Flights and hotel booked for Dublin marathon too. Eck!!!