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The Middle Ground

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 23:06

Alehouse - Would like to do Ron's race again but I think the timing is going to be a bit tricky with a 6:30 start!

It was a bit hot in Wardi's back yard today for the Tadcaster 10. The race hasn't been run for the last 20 years but nonetheless it was quite surprising how many of the just over 300 runners today seemed to have taken part in the last event in the 90s.

It seemed to work quite well untill a lack of clear signage/marshalling in the last mile, in fact if you couldn't see the runner in front it would be fair to call it chaotic.

It worked out well as a race though and although both HO and myself had gun times of 1:01:18 and chip times of 1:01:12 we didn't run round together, it just seemed that our races coincided just before the finish

As for Dr Dan, a mile PB not much more than 12 hours earlier for a 50 year old elderly gentleman was probably a less than optimal build up for a hot 10 miler. Still, the excellently styled moustache held up well.......





The Middle Ground

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 17:57

BTW What are the arrangements for access to the chamber? Would a certain upcoming Team GB athlete be able to use it for her 50K heat acclimatisation work? 

The Middle Ground

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 17:47

I thought it was a third Brownlee when they unveiled you in the chamber Dan!

5k potential aged 49

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 10:20

It all depends how fast you want to go and how much running you want to do. Forget the age, you will keep getting quicker for at least the next 5 years just by building a base mileage, take everything very steady to build strength and endurance.....the times will come as your power to weight ratio automatically improves.

As for what times you might achieve, who knows, have a go and see what happens. Do you want to run every day, twice a day or just every now and again? Your age is no barrier to running well under 20 minutes if that's what you want.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 23:00

Nice one Alehouse, thanks for the assistance

It was the first  Sizzler for me for about 3 years and it certainly wasn't as big as tonight back then. 500 or so on a tight course is just about ok but it couldn't get any bigger.

The half stone difference in weight probably explains all of the time difference between last year's and this or, in other words, your underlying fitness is probably just as high?

The reason for wanting the numbers was to see how well recovered the legs were from last Sunday's Gloucester City Marathon. As it turned out very surprised to run a solid 17:52 and HO eased away to 17:40. Now to get some 50K fitness sorted out ready for Qatar.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 19:16

Dr Dan - Not in bad shape at all as a starting point for a marathon campaign. Decent mileage and racing at a whole range of distances seem to be the main two ingredients required. I'm expecting a good'un at Abingdon

You're right about it being humid yesterday but the course was enjoyable enough, only a bit different to Abbey Dash but that difference was a big improvement. It felt pretty good considering that it was the 3rd race in 7 days since a 2:55 at Potteries Marathon last Sunday. But still got outgunned by HO who clocked 36:52 in her 4th event (and 3rd win) since a sub 3 at Potteries.

I don't know whether I mentioned that she got her first international call up, running for Team GB in the World 50K Championships in Qatar in November. She is currently ranked no.1 in the UK and no. 13 in the world but despite those stats is probably slowest of the team of four, one of the other members being Philpub's missus.


DT - Just keep racing and the results will take care of themselves. Good luck on Wednesday.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 08:58

Dr Dan - What's all this talk of an 'aged body'? You're nowt but a bairn And yes, you're definitely a runner looking at those stats.....

Mr V - Nice Blaydon effort. As you say, worth sub 36 for 10K which would be very nice.

Welshpoppy/DT - Hope the ailments are sorting themselves out.

I've recently had a bit of an issue, which resulted in needing some pretty urgent surgery on my head. This took place on Friday and while I was recovering in the ward I knocked together a bit of a blog about what had happened. I was in two minds about whether to share it or not because it could be seen as scaremongering. However, it was read 2,000+ times in the first 24 hours and I have received a surprising number of messages from runners saying that they are going to learn from my mistake and be more careful in future. So, if it can be of positive benefit then please share away:




The Middle Ground

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 13:10

Iower - The combination of heat and that amount of climbing does indeed sound brutal, well toughed out. Still good fun though?


Dr Dan - 3 days! That's all you've got left to get the digs in


It was a trip over to Derry for this Sunday's marathon. Boy, was it hot and humid! It was also hilly, which didn't help as no course profile was available and one of the organisers had described it as 'pretty much flat' on Saturday.

To cut a long story short this resulted in getting the pacing wrong for the conditions, going through halfway at 2:52 pace. By 18 miles the heat had got me and I was forced to a standstill with stomach cramps When in 15th place. Race over.

HO struggled too, as did everyone, but her slightly more cautious start helped. She started to pull away from me at 13 miles but by 21 miles was ready to drop out. However, there was only Pauline Curley, the Olympian and course record holder in front, and a sizeable gap to 3rd. With £600 for 2nd place she decided to ease right back and walk if necessary in an attempt to get to the finish without keeling over. 1-2 minutes of walking at 24 miles was necessary to bring it home in 2:56. Being presented with the prize by Martin McGuinness on the very spot by the Guildhall where the troubles started was a little surreal.


The Middle Ground

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 09:54

Dan - It certainly was a tough one last night, not my cup of tea at all as there are too many points where you lose momentum, especially those narrow steep snickets!

Not a bad training day at all (for an old bloke anyway). It would seem that you can't wait to get into that new age category

You're right about the ladies race. We were running together and then at 7k HO took off! From being 10th female at 2k she was in 2nd at 7k. A spectator then shouted that she was 40secs behind. We knew the leader was a 16:30 5k/35:15 10K runner so there was no way of closing 40 secs over the last 3K. Or so you would think! Not only was it closed but there was a 15s margin by the end.

This after winning Kent Roadrunner Marathon on Saturday (3:00), 1st female in the Westminster Mile parkrun wave on Sunday (5:13), winning the Ilkley trail race on Monday and the fact that we are supposed to be tapering for Derry Marathon in a couple of day's time. I'm knackered just thinking about it

Was that Ratzer I saw peering through the doorway? And Simon? It can't be far off a full house now in the last couple of weeks. Except Curly that is.......but she's getting married tomorrow, so thats a reasonable excuse.



The Middle Ground

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:15

Alehouse - Sounds like a very good job on the nose if there was so little in the way of after effects. And the streak continues......


Duck/Thirsk - It is certainly a sign of how things have changed when we have expressions of mild disappointment at 16:30 5Ks


Mr V - Standing next to you, HO and your other half at Kirkby made me feel like a midget When did everyone get so tall?


Had a cracking evening at the Night of the 10,000m PBs last night at Parliament Hill, what a great innovation. It has to be said that this event, Kent Roadrunner and the Red Bull Global race are exactly what us needed to make running entertaining and drag it into the midern age. Last night we got to stand in lane 3 drinking beer while the best runners in the UK and further afield were battling it out for Olympic places literally 1 metre in front of your nose, you can't get much closer to a top class event than that.

HO got a little bit of a taste of the atmosphere by running in the curtain raiser at 5pm. She had realistic expectations of being last by up to about a minute but it actually turned out pretty well with consistent 87.5s laps to finish 11th of 21 and 3rd lady in 36:33. As of today that gives a UK rank of 30 but there is such a lack of runners in that 4 minutes between 32-36 minutes.

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