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My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:24


17-Aug Cheddar Gorge Marathon - Feral Bob

24-Aug Vale of Pewsey Half - McHilly

25-aug spofforth 10k - sarah a
31-Aug Hackney Marshes half - reikirabbit
31-Aug Wetherby 10K - sarah a

6-Sep Somerset Levels and Moors Marathon – Feral Bob
7-Sep Lingfield Dry Hill 10 - reikirabbit
7-Sep Great North Run - Clive

7-sept major stone half - sarah a
13-Sep Thames Path 100k - Shady Ady
14-Sep Bacchus - Angela, RunnyRunRun, SupermanRuns, Rachelcgen

14-Sep Dunstable Downs 20 - McHilly

20-sept st Oswald way ultra (50k) - sarah a

20-Sep Sutton Six 10k - Mr P
21-Sep Richmond Half - Rachelcgen
21-Sep Bristol half - Feral Bob

21-Sep Cotswold 10 - McHilly
27-Sep Sandstone Trail - Mr P

27-Sep Woodstock 12 - McHilly
28-Sep Ealing Half - Rachelcgen, James Linney
28-Sep Berlin – ArrowsLou

28-Sep Bath 2 Tunnels Half– Feral Bob
4/5 Oct Saltmarsh 75 - Angela, RunnyRunRun, DS2?
5-Oct Glasgow Half - Dd1969
5-Oct Chester Marathon - Mr P, Mc Hilly

5-Oct Chester Metric Marathon - Stan 
12-Oct York - Hans C, Malcs, sarah a, Freemers (unlikely?), Minni, reikirabbit, Sticky?
12 Oct Aviemore Half - Runbikecat
12-Oct Swindon half - Mc Hilly
19-Oct Abingdon - Freemers (more likely)
19-Oct Chelmsford Parks – Angela

19-Oct Dartmouth Vale Marathon – Feral Bob

25-Oct CTS Suffolk Marathon - McHilly

26-Oct Accrington 10k – Stan

2-Nov Lancaster Half - Stan

2-nov guy folks 10miles - sarah a
15-Nov Brecon Beacons Ultra - Feral Bob

15-Nov CTS Gower Marathon – McHilly

17-Jan CTS Anglesey Marathon – McHilly

21-Mar CTS Sussex Marathon - McHilly
12-Apr Paris Marathon – Rachelcgen

19-Apr Manchester Marathon – Stan

2-May CTS Pembroke Marathon - McHilly
31-May Comrades - Mc Hilly




My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:19

Thankyou feral bob. 46 miles sounds tough. Whats the furthest that youve run before?  Good luck this weekend with Cheddar...sounds like youve been doing some proper carbo loading 

thanks Hans I would def recommend the coastal run, its such a fantastic event. It does tend to sell out within about 6- 10 hours so you just have to watch out for the entries to open.  1:45 for a hilly 13.1 miles in training sounds great. Good luck for your half iron man. Well done on your buggy park run PB. What buggy do you use And would you recommend it?

hopefully see you both at thunder run next year 

I normally do my long run on a friday, but Angela is coming to visit so were planning on running to park run, around park run and then back tomorrow morning instead, roughly 22-24 miles. Feels strange not running on a friday morning...ive ended up entering two races instead; major stone half in a few weeks time and guy folks 10 in nov.

good luck to everyone racing this weekend.

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:53

running over the finish line together and completing the race.

We managed to come 25th out of the mixed teams, completing a total of 25 laps, I had done 6 of these.

After I had finished we went back to spectating and cheering on the other runners. The solo runners are so inspiring, and cheering them on was such a privilege. After the race had finished we collected our medals and had a team photo before sadly leaving for home hoping to be returning again in 12 months time.

We had a fantastic weekend, with an amazing bunch of people. The whole weekend is such a brilliant experience and I cant recommend it enough. Even my husband who hates running had a great weekend and is planning on entering it in a team next year.

i did write this for the york knavesmire harriers so it is focused on them rather than on the people I ran with and the people I know from here unfortunately

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:48

 2 laps back to back.

At 20:00 it started to rain so we all ran off inside our tents. Memories of last year came back to haunt me as I recalled thunder storms at 20:00- 23:00 with torrential rain, thunder and lightening turning the course in to a huge mud bath and knee deep puddles. The rain didnt last and by the time I was getting ready to start my 3rd and 4th laps it had stopped. I had mixed thoughts about this. Running in the rain and mud last year was so much fun (when else do you get to do this) but it was also quite dangerous and such hard work.

I walked to the start of the course to take over from my friend but was a few minutes late. I felt so bad as my team member had just run a double lap and had started to panic that she would have to do a third one. Luckily I caught her before she went round again. By now it was dark so I had to rely on the light from my head torch to make my way around the course. Last year this was my most memorable often do you go running through the woods in the dark surrounded by so many runners doing the same crazy thing. The tree roots on the course were painted so that they were highlighted in the dark. Despite this they were still difficult to navigate, but this just added to the fun. With it being much later now there were fewer supporters but still the odd ones here and there whispering words of encouragement.

I officially finished this lap in 58:26 but it would have been quicker if I hadnt had been late. As I ran over the finish line, I continued round to do another lap. Its such a strange feeling not handing the baton over to someone else, but at the same time it gives you a sense of achievement...I almost felt like a solo runner.

The second of the back to back laps was tough, my legs started to fatigue and I was starting to get hungry. By 5k, mid way my stomach had started to rumble and all I could think about was food. I had planned to meet chris after my 4th lap just after midnight to get this swedish potato dish served at one of the food stalls. The thoughts of this kept me going and I managed to complete this lap in 56:56.

My legs were so tired I laid down on the grass whilst waiting for chris to meet me. At this point I had no idea how I was going to run another 2 laps. We had the potato dish and then got ready for bed. After a quick wash, I put my skins on and then tried to go to sleep....but I couldnt sleep. I knew I had to be up again in 3 hours time to run the next lap and I just couldnt relax enough and switch off. Finally at 4 am I dozed but quickly woke up at 4:45 in a panic wondering why I hadnt been woken up ready to do the next lap. I later found out that one of our team members had injured his knee so had taken a lot longer than planned.

At 5 am I was getting ready for my next lap and ended up bumping in to the york knavesmire harrier (ynh) again who was heading out for his 4th lap. The sun had started to come up now so we no longer needed the head torches. We had a short wait before both our team members came in, but soon we were on our way. I set off first, but within 1k the Ykh came flying past me at a ridiculous speed on one of the most steepest parts of the course.

I had been dreading this lap, but found it surprisingly easy once I had got going and completed it in 53:58. My legs felt so refreshed and as though they hadnt already run must have been the skins as it certainly wasnt the 45 minutes sleep I got!

After this lap I decided to have another shower and some breakfast, just in time for it to digest ready for my last lap. My 6th lap I managed to complete in 52.55 mins, my second fastest lap. Despite having run 60k, my legs felt great...I was amazed. Despite being so relieved to have finished running for the weekend, I decided to join my team member for the final 400m. It was such a wonderful feeling run

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:45

Race report tr24 (sorry its long) 

Race report for Thunder Run;

Last weekend saw my second Thunder Run (TR24), a tough, hilly 24 hour off-road relay race. You can enter this race as either a solo runner, as a pair or as a team (of either 3-5 or 6-8). Last year I was entered in a team of 8 with some friends I met at the runnersworld bootcamp, this year we met back up (in bigger numbers) and ran as several teams of 5.

You can set up camp from friday mid day so we headed down to Catton Park, Derbyshire in the afternoon. We arrived at camp roughly 2.5 hours later. By this time lots of people had pitched their tents and set up camp. Luckily a few of our team members live local so they had arrived at 12 and secured us a fantastic spot near the start/finish and the food stalls.

We quickly pitched our tents and started on the pre race celebrations, this included far too much fizz, cider, cake and other niceties...unfortunately we forgot the BBQ. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits and excited about the endurance event starting the following day. That evening we went to watch the fun run (for the kids), walk around the stalls and mingle with the other runners.

The camp is supposed to be quiet by about 9 so as the sun set (and we got out our head torches) the general buzz and chit chatter became quieter until we were all in bed by midnight, hoping for a refreshing sleep.

I woke up to a quiet camp site at about 7, however it didnt remain quiet for long, quickly more people woke and started getting ready for the briefing at 11:30, followed by the start of the race at 12. Whilst walking around the camp I was surprised to bump into a fellow harrier.

There was a fantastic atmosphere at the start of the race, hundreds of excited runners and people in good spirit were out to cheer on the first runners. From then on it would be 24 hours of running. The rules are quite simple; there has to be one team member on the course at all times (unless your a solo runner or running in pairs) and you must complete the full 10k lap before handing over the baton. The runner/team who does the most laps wins. Every runner has chip timing

For me my first lap was the one of the hardest. I set of just before 13:00, when the sun was at its highest. It was uncomfortably hot. Chris, my husband had decided to run this lap with me. He hadnt entered the race but had come to stay for the weekend (family members, children, dogs etc are all welcome to stay over and dont have to pay, just the runner). I was so relieved that he was running with me as it gave me an excuse to run slightly slower in the unbearable heat. I completed this lap in 1;01:28, my slowest lap of the race. Despite it being my most difficult lap it was also one of my most memorable. The crowds out on the course shouted words of encouragement to myself and chris and children were out with their water pistols attempting to cool us down.

After this lap we decided to have some lunch, a shower and a massage. The showers were warm and were included in with the cost. The people doing the massage were working all weekend, 24 hours a day, raising money for charity. They just asked for a donation.

By the time I had done the above, it was time to get ready for my next lap, this I ran at about 17:30 and managed to complete it in 51:43. It was much cooler by now and much more pleasant. Between 18-19:00 was the conticlimb (a short up hill section that was timed). The winner managed to complete this in 13.8 seconds where as it took me 23 seconds.

After this lap, I just stayed around camp, talking to other runners and supporting people on the course. I would have long until I was running again and this time I was going to attempt

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:39

Malcs at appears to have made you look a lot wider than you actually are though!

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:37

Sorry for the abscence husband decided we needed to have a dog and I finally gave into him last week...we now have a 10 week old puppy at home tiring us out and taking up all our spare time! She is delightful though. We've now had her a week.

Thanks for all the kind comments about my race report. Forgot to remove the oedematous bit after another friend commented on it..opps sorry mr p.

Good luck Feral Bob for Cheddar marathon. How far is Brecon ultra?

i don't think ive ever diagnosed meralgia paresthetica....I hope you get on top of it soon reikirabbit and you make a full recovery asap. W hen are you coming to york?

Think im eating more than im burning off at the moment too Stan!

Im impressed that youve stuck to the healthy eating Malcs (minus the beer of course). I'm hoping that me and Angela will enter as pairs next year (providing no babies are on the way)! With the conti climb I just carried on without stopping the same as you but there were lots of people around me stopping and resting before giving it their all. I didnt see the point as I had witnessed the probable winner running up it just before me! Dont be a the coastal run next will love it...just hope for an earlier start or a cooler day!

Shame I didnt see you sticky at york...although it was so busy...would have been like finding a needle in a haystack. The course seemed even more twisty and turney than I remembered it. leeds must have been bad if york was organised better...couldnt believe the 30 min start delay....and did you see the bouncy castle blowing away? 

Looking at your race list mchilly I dont have that many races coming up....had better do some more entering! How did your race go this weekend?

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:13


I continued along a few more trail paths, thinking it was a shame that such a beautiful run had been spoilt by the hot sunny conditions. I now tried to take in the gorgeous country side to try to take my mind off the rest of the race. The sea was so blue and inviting, I started to think about taking a little detour and jumping in. The only thing putting me off doing this was the knowledge that it would result in a longer distance to run!

Before I knew it another water station was approaching. I decided to stop here. I've never had to stop in a race before, however my left ITB had started to twinge and I was starting to feel dehydrated again. After a little pit stop to stretch my ITB, pay a visit and drink a bottle of water I was on my way again. Two women had passed me during this time. Normally I would be quite disappointed by this but today I really didn't was all about finishing.

This section of the race is probably the worse bit, a long boring road, however after my little pit stop I was feeling a little better and started to pick up my pace again. Up in front I could see I was gaining on another YKH and as I got closer I realised it was My friend. He had been injured and hadn't really run for the last couple of weeks. He was feeling better pre race, however by 17k the injury had decided to reappear. At this stage he was walking so I slowed down and walked with him for a short while to check that he was ok.

By 11 miles it was back on the beach with roughly two miles to go.  I started to dream about jumping in the sea again and having an ice cream. I slowly picked up my pace despite running on sand and over rocks and managed to pass the two ladies that passed me whilst I had my pit stop. I was feeling much better now (probably helped by the breeze) and finished quite strong. Minni was at the finishing tunnel shouting words of encouragement.

Afterwards I laid down in the sea fully clothed, and quickly cooled down. Just as I was getting out my friend crossed the finishing line, he looked to be in so much pain, but had managed to run the last bit along the beach in sheer determination. He must have been hurting as he swore not to run for a full month.

We left the finish line and collected our technical shirts and water, I then went off to find Minni to thank her for her support. She gave me a huge hug and a glass of wine. My husband then came over and gave me an ice-cream....the perfect way to finish a tough race.

Would I do this race again? Of course. Its a gorgeous course, with beautiful scenery. Its not an easy course with 2/3 being off road on beaches, trail paths and across fields, but it is one of those magical, special races that everyone should get to experience. I just hope next year it has an earlier start and its much cooler.

Sarah Attwood 1:45:35

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:10


20th July 2014, Northumberland Coastal Run ("roughly 14 miles")

Having run this race back in 2012, I was quite looking forward to it....little did I know that it was going to be one of the hottest days of the year and I was going to be running with 850+ other people in the mid day sun.

Back in January when entries opened I quickly entered the fast filling up race.

we drove up to the race on sunday morning. I was quite hopeful for cooler weather after the drizzle and thunderstorms the day before, however as I approached Almouth (where the race ends) the clouds were parting and the sun was shining. The car was recording 26 degrees.

I boarded the bus that takes us to the start of the race in Beadnell wishing that the race had started at 10:30 like in previous years (however due to tides it had to be mid day).

On arrival in Beadnell I quickly bumped into friends sunbathing on a grass bank next to the beach. At this point I really wish that I could have stayed there all day long. We started talking race tactics when I to take it steady and leave racing for a cooler weekend.  

After visiting the Portaloos (not a very nice experience) and dropping my bag on the bus we made our way onto the beach ready for the 1:30 start. 

Due to the huge toilet queue the race was delayed by 15 mins. Those 15 minutes appeared to drag so much I just wanted to get it over and done with now.

The horn went and the long line of runners set off along the beach... Two of my friends had a fast start and appeared to be a long way ahead of me almost instantly. Despite me thinking I was plodding I was still running at sub 7 mm (so I have no idea how quickly they were running) so I subsequently slowed myself down (although probably not enough).

The first two miles takes you across the beach towards Dunster castle. Runners tend to follow the edge of the sea and then make a sharp right turn towards some small sand dunes which lead on to a road. Leaving the wet impacted sand to run on the soft deep sand at the sand dunes was tough on the calfs even though it was short in distance.

Once on the road I thought it would be much easier, however due to it being more sheltered the breeze disappeared and I just became warmer and warmer...the first drink station at about 3.5 miles was a welcomed relief. At this point I caught up with another runner from Yorkshire and to my surprise he recognised me from the South Yorkshire championships (not sure if that's a good or bad thing). I ended up running with him for a couple of miles whilst talking about Sheffield United, this years fiver milers and his next marathon in Athens.

After roughly 1.5 miles on this road you then head back on to the beach. There was a strategically put cone (in front of a camera man) at this point that nearly took a few runners out.

After another mile or so on the beach, you then left the beach and ran on a rocky trail path that climbs up and around Dunstanburgh castle. This then leads on to a field that you have to cross to get to Craster. In Craster (roughly half way) was a 4th water station and plenty of people cheering us on. At this point I have to admit I wasn't feeling too great, I was feeling quite dehydrated, my hands had become oedematous, I felt nauseous and I could feel my arms burning in the sun. I decided to slow down a little, take on more water and have an emergency jelly baby to see if that would help.

The nausea seemed to settle but I still wasn't feeling great. I continued on over a field and out of Craster. Despite feeling so rubbish, I was still passing some runners, so I knew it wasn't just me struggling in the heat.

I continued along a few more trail paths, thinking it was
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