Posted: 03/01/2017 at 12:06
Happy New Year everyone! I’m currently in work but for the first time in ages have had a chance of good read of the thread. It’s great to see all the usual suspects running well.
Gul – Great yearly mileage and PB setting
OO – Good yearly mileage and I think your running year was pretty good with a sub 18 Parkrun! Great performance in the 11k.
Les – You’ve come back from an operation really well. You’re mileage is exceptional all things considered
PMJ – Good yearly total with a nippy average pace. Good Parkrunning.
GD – Well done on your best running year and PB setting. Sorry to read about your club member, tragic indeed. Nice nippy 14.5 miler
Lorenzo- That’s a good year with the mileage, marathon PB and longest run.
Abbers- Well done on getting close to your yearly record. Enjoy the P&D
Poacher- 69 marathons or longer is fantastic. The 100 is definitely in the cards. Keep at it!
SBD – That’s a great 20 miler completed.
Birch – Good mileage and I like your long term goal! Awesome overall mileage.
GM – Nice hangover 10k running. Well done on defeating the cnba fairies.
KR – Excellent xmas running
MsE – I hope you stay fit and achieve your goals. A GB Masters vest would be amazing. Good luck with the 10 miler.
Jools – Brilliant mileage!
VTr- Well done on your highest yearly mileage, especially after all your woes.
Well I’ve had an interesting year to say the least. It started badly with a Melanoma diagnoses which resulted in missing over 5 weeks training due to an operation. I’ve had no further cancer problems but I’m still not mentally 100%.
My yearly total was 2688, which was the first time in four years I ran less than 3k miles. This did include 8 marathons, a 100k (PB) and I ran 75.5 miles to win a 12 hour race. I didn’t get close to any PB’s at the shorter distances but picked up two 10k trophies in low key races.
I finished the year in style by running the East Antrim Marathon series Back to Back marathons on the 30th and 31st of December. There was about 100 people in each marathon with 80 running the B2B. The first day was pretty flat and I held back a bit to finish in 3:06, knowing I could have gone sub 3. I took the 2nd place prize, only beaten by a single marathon runner and I was leading the B2B by 3 minutes.
The second day was different matter. It was hilly 4 lap course with the downhill’s hurting badly. At half way I was 4th place about 10 - 15 minutes behind the leading group. This contained two runners who were close in the first race so I was 3rd overall and struggling.
I plodded on at the same pace and overtook the runner ahead, who was not doing the B2B. Not long later I spotted Geoff about 30 seconds in front, who was 3 minutes behind me from the first race. I knew I just had to keep him in sight to finish ahead overall and hoped the other runner wasn’t too far ahead.
Going on to the last lap I was told that the runner leading was 10 to 15 minutes ahead and ‘flying’. I only hoped he would slow more than me over the last lap. I had caught Geoff and we began running together which really helped, as we were both suffering badly.
The pace was over 8 m/m over the last few miles and we both were doing the Ultra shuffle. The final mile was up a steep hill and I had to give it everything not to walk. Geoff and I crossed the line together and I needed help from marshals nearly collapsing. I finished the 2nd marathon in 3:19, so managed my overall goal of sub 6:30, and averaging sub 3:15 acros