I enjoyed the Coastal Run along the Northumberland coastline on Sunday but fresh winds, often head on, made it hard work at times. It's 13.3 miles of a mainly off-road course consisting of stretches on the beach, narrow paths which are often rocky, and farm tracks. Very scenic and the race attracts runners from quite far afield.
It was the fourth time I've run it and the 1 hour 53 minutes and 23 seconds was the slowest but I'm reasonably happy with it. Running on anything but tarmac or track isn't really my strength and the distance doesn't do me any favours either. The average pace was 8.33. One good thing was that I was ahead of an Over-65 rival who beat me in a recent 10K.
It was a great day out and good to mix with friends from both my clubs afterwards. The t-shirt was particularly good this year. A nice shade of blue with long sleeves (unusually for a race shirt) and zipped neckline.
Columba, yes, there were a couple of people earlier in the year who posted regularly and brought a lot to the thread but who haven't been around for some time. Are they injured I wonder?
ceal, your experience with the choir sounds just brilliant. You obviously get so much from it.
TS, did you know there's an attempt to resurrect the Morpeth to Newcastle race? Apparently there is now permission from the various councils for road closures and the route will follow part of the original one. I think it's planned to take place next summer. Not sure why it can't be on New Years Day as was traditional but there it is.
Mick, pleased to hear your running's coming along nicely.
We're in Heptonstall near Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire for a week's holiday. I love it round here with the beautiful scenery and all the industrial remains like mills and canals.
I've fitted in a run every morning before going out for the day and very enjoyable they've been. All involve lots of hills. Yesterday I ran down to Hebden Bridge and then along the Rochdale Canal towpath. The sting in the tail was the climb back to Heptonsstall. Three quarters of a mile all uphill at gradients between 1 in 5 and 1 in 8. Being stubborn I did it non stop but it was a challenge!
Back home tomorrow and then the Coastal Run on Sunday, 13.5 miles along the Northumberland coast and one of the most popular runs in the local race calendar.