Another rabbling race report from me. Enjoy!
Sunday 6th May 18
Back in February, I took part in the Chichester 10k, which had been designated as the southern selection race for an England Athletics masters’ team – a new initiative by the governing body. Running 35:19, I qualified for the team as 1stM55, and the Bank Holiday weekend’s Birmingham 10k was the big day to run for England against the rest of the home nations. It’s taken me this long to get over the result and write the report!
Thanks again to all the volunteers tonight – you made it all possible.
Results for the race are at the bottom of this Email – 56 runners and 8 harriers under 40 minutes. Obviously some adjustments required for next month.
A very brief race report from Milton Keynes on Bank Holiday Monday…
As has been mentioned before and will be again the bank holiday was hot ( too hot for a ten mile race ) seemed to be what everyone was saying to me after I had signed up for the 10.
Hildenborough is a lovely 5 mile course (two laps for the ten ) or a short cut for the 2.5 mile option .
So after all the children had run their age group races in the morning we all lined up on the start line at 2.30 pm.
I had a good run following John Baldock for the first 5 miles keen not to over cook it and then push on later if the heat didn’t get me .At 6 miles it got John , I saw him take his hat off and straight away thought that he was struggling. He slowed down and I went passed the rest of the race was spent trying to catch the next runner telling myself “I bet he’s over 50” .
I got closer and closer but didn’t quite get him luckily for me he wasn’t an m50 .
A lot of runners swapped to the 5 mile option on the day or pulled out after one lap and they also had 4 DNF’S so only 51 finishers for the 10 mile .
Mike King had great delight telling me I was 5th, him being 6th in the 5 mile event meant I had to write this rubbish.
When I signed up for the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend a few weeks ago, the weather was cold and grey and I thought it would be a good way to make the most of a miserable bank holiday weekend – needless to say I was having second thoughts as the weekend approached with talk of the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record – what idiot would put themselves through three days of racing in the heat when it could be spent sitting in a pub garden or generally relaxing and enjoying the sunshine??!!?
Well it appeared that there were nearly 300 such “idiots” who ran the three events which make up this really enjoyable but very challenging series of races which total a marathon over the three days.
Two Harriers ventured to the capital of cobblestones, Prague over the Bank holiday weekend. One to run in the search for redemption after a disappointing VLM, the other to support (but practically run the distance in doing so). The obligatory inflight entertainment of rowdy stag parties downing gallons of overpriced beers made way for a lovely couple of days in the capital of beer (and cobblestones).
The marathon itself is a great one for spectators as it follows a flat multi looping figure of eight type course that challenges a fit and ambitious supporter to pop up at several places en-route. With only 10,000 participants it also gives the runner plenty of room to run and the river provides both distraction and cooling breeze at times.
To avoid clogging up everyone’s inbox I thought I’d condense my last two events into one report.
Last weekend, 28th April, I ran the CTS Pembrokeshire Coastal Marathon. Incredibly the weather was fantastic – indeed a little warm – which showed off the coastline beautifully. The route consisted of undulating terrain and had the most spectacular views. The route started at Little Haven and covered a total of 29.3 miles. As with all CTS events everything was well organised and the route well signed. The small picturesque village of Little Haven was a hive of activity afterwards with everyone sitting outside the pubs and cafes. Apparently Pembrokeshire weather is not always this good!
Three Harriers took on the 3 Forts Challenge on Sunday 6th May. I was doing the half marathon, while Lesley Page and Nigel Webb did the full marathon +1 mile distance.
I’m lazy, so I’ll start with a copy/paste job from the race website. Known as “The Tough One” the Three Forts Marathon (approximately 27.2 miles) includes a total of c. 3450 ft of climb with stiles and rough tracks underfoot. The route runs northwards from Hill Barn to Cissbury Ring, then eastwards towards Coombs then to Botolphs and the River Adur crossing. The route then goes to Devil’s Dyke and back to the River Adur. It continues on the South Downs Way to Chanctonbury Ring, where it swings south-west to Findon Park Farm. It stays on public bridleways to Cissbury Ring and back to Hill Barn.
The cold and drizzly weather on Sunday seemed like a great opportunity to drag my family to a farmer’s field in Goudhurst to watch me run.
The race started at 10:30, enabling us to fit in Junior Park at Tonbridge, arriving at the Goudhurst course just in time for my eldest son to compete in the Children’s pre-race. It is not a big event (146 on the 10K and 47 on the 5k) but it is held for the local PTA and with the childrens’ run before hand, and the 5k and 10k run at the same time there was always something going on and was a good one to watch for any supporters.