In short: Tough race ... super day In full: we eventually clocked 4.36, it was tough in as much it was gale force The very day i was on form to give it hell after 21 miles, i could not battle the wind it was our 5th consecutive luton marathon,
We've clocked 4.41 in 2002, 5.03 in 2003, only 2 laps in 2004, 5.10 in 2005 and now 4.36
The race itself is a gruelling, mentally sapping 3 lapper, you have to be on the ball to start that 3rd lap ... but i went with my could'nt care less attitude, that gave me no pressure, and just run and enjoy
i've lost 18 of the best years of my life, caring for my Sick and disabled son, so, i see it as a joyfull triumphant day
hence, the reason, i screamed with joy on entering the hall afterwards
would i do it all again ... yes even in 3 months after recovery if i could
In short: A super 3 lap challenging race, In full: I have heard a lot about the Stafford 20, being a seriously tough race, ok, perhaps it is, I'm sorry, I just can't see it, a couple of hills , nothing that bad, We've taken on much, much worse and we relish the future encounters as well
I never worry about people and what they think , i go along taking my Disabled son in his wheelchair, and take on what-ever is thrown at us
The car parking was right beside HQ, the Start / Finish were right bang on,
Yes the first lap, took a few minutes to settle, but by 6 or 7 miles i was soon into a rythem. even though we were trying a new wheelchair,
I am so glad, the snow stayed away, and Would thank Ken Rushton and his team for letting Dad and Phil take part
It was a fantastic race, marshall's were superb, hell of a breeze on the long straight home, but who cares, of course these 20's are tough, anything is tough over 10k.
we should all be thankful we can do it
I was well on course to a sub 3 hour for 20 , the second in 4 weeks, but i just could not hold on to it, I was simply over the moon with what we had done, I have lost the best years of my life, nursing young Phillip, so it will take more than the 2006 Stafford 20 , to stop us,
Can't wait to go back
Wishing every-one good luck for the future
Mick ( Phil's Dad ) Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: well done Gloucester AC In full: It was a 20 miler, we clocked 3.15 ish, i kept the race chip in the wheelchair bag, and handed it in at the end.
i did'nt pick up any momentoes, as we are not in it for that.
It was a lovely race, almost a reverse of the New year Gloucester 10, it was slightly undulating , but what do you expect, it's also all on the day. I was very tired come 17 miles, but that's all in the name of the game.
I would like to thank all at Gloucester AC for letting us take part. We are doing more 20's were possible , as half's are getting a little boring
Might well have a go at the Glouc half soon and hammer that , not sure yet
In short: Super Bramley 20 In full: I must say, All my races with my Phillip, i often talk to Reading Road Runner's,saying i'd love a shot at the title ( Bramley 20 )
I've alway's been told how good it is,
So i thought this year, the calender's different, and i'm a little fed up of half marathon's, needing a little more gruel to it
So 20 is a nice bit extra, knowing i can't alway's get phil around a 26
Would they allow us to take part i wondered,
Obviously, AT OUR OWN RISK to my amazement, i had the reply yes
So, we arrived as planned, having run Brands hatch and Wokingham the weekend before ! Having no idea what was in me , A little nervous, Marshall's we're great, they obviously knew us, but did'nt make a fuss, cos we're mick n Phil ( that suited me )that can put me on edge !!
So, i went about normal preperation, then came my time for my cherished sport, the very air i breath We set off, taking 5 miles steady, knowing it was a long way to go, as we went along every-one was supportive, The Marshall's, RRR, Police, Feed points, First aid etc, I must say, the old saying, if it's not going right it drag's!! if it's going like silk, it goes quickly as did the second lap
i felt in seventh heaven , as i passed the 13 mile, that was my real , yes, we can do this , This is what we do , we cherish this
A little tired after 17 miles, could have pushed for the 26 if needed,
overall clocking 2.58, well chuffed , Bit tearful at the end, by what we'd achieved, sad it was over
But the memory will remain in my head and heart of what a brilliant super day RRR gave us
Thank-you all and Bless you all
Mick old man Mick ( of Mick n Phil )
though i ain't through yet, there's a bit in the old dog !!
In short: Our 4th time round it, course pb of 1.51 In full: We arrived at Wokingham, having run the hilly and gruelling Brands hatch half the previous day in 2.26 So, i knew i could not fire on all cylinders, as alway's, we were made welcome, we met so many friends, Normal routine for me was to feed Phillip , give his medication,put his wheelchair together, change Phillip according to the weather conditions, By this time i was exhausted, ( I had'nt run yet )while the persistant rain continued,i got myself ready, but it was not going to ruin any of our day. So the race started, and i just relaxed, Phillip got comfortable, it was our 107th half together, we were most content and happy, we just got on with what we do and love and cherish,we once again had a most enjoyable run clocking 2.07,The time was not suprising. The Police,Marshall's, feed points, First Aider's etc, as usual were just perfect in every way
Our weekend was over, Wokingham organiser's had once again put on the perfect race, one that we will keep in our heart's until we return, For us, our Marathon road show carries on, So i finish by saying Long live Wokingham half Marathon !!!
And Thank you all, for giving us ( Dad and Phil ) the time of our lives
Mick of ( Mick n Phil ) Date of review: February 18, 2006
In short: Hilly as hell, but it was a most perfect race In full: I went to Brands Hatch, Knowing that i had to run Wokingham half the very next day, I first of all had to feed Phillip and give his medication, i then had to change him according to the weather, and put his wheelchair together, by this time, as with every race we take part in i'm exhausted at this point, and i've not run yet
So,i've now got to get myself changed, and ready, pyshically and mentally, i now get to run my beloved half marathon, only i'm pushing a Disabled person in his wheelchair, Hill's !! do you seriously think i worry about that, i just get on and do it
I loved it all, i would really really be curious to know if we had'nt got a race the following day, what we could have beaten that 2.26 by !!
i actually thought it was rather funny, Meaning, one, if you can run this you can run almost anything, and secondly, i knew it would sort the men from the boys
But i then, no matter how tired i was, bad run or no, had to change phillip again, and dismantle wheelchair It was a brilliantly organised race
it was a perfect day out !!
Thank you all
Mick of ( Mick n phil ) Date of review: February 17, 2006