Penshurst 5 Report

If anyone has not done this race before, I strongly suggest you get it into your calendar for 2020. As many of you know I can’t run up hills and only make guest appearances at cross country events. However for some reason this is one of my favourite events; low key, very scenic and cake at the finish (close second to Eridge on the cakes front).

Luckily I was on babysitting duty at the XC on Saturday, this meant that I had a significant advantage over other Harriers and was relatively fresh, I wouldn’t normally be first Harrier in an XC! - Continue Reading -

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Pre Christmas and New Year Run Reports

13th Christmas Pudding Dash

I went to a winter solstice gathering on the 21st December and became aware of the 13th Christmas Pudding Dash the following day at Pett, in East Sussex. This was a Nice-Work event and run on footpaths, fields and through woodland starting and finishing at the village hall in Pett. It was advertised as 5 miles but the recent rain had left parts of last years course flooded so the route was changed slightly and it end up at around 4.6 miles distance. That said it was a pretty challenging course with mud, lots of ups and downs as well as twists and turns through the woods so the distance was quite adequate. - Continue Reading -

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Staplehurst 10 Report

There were 10 Harriers (and Dillon) taking part in the End of Year 10 on Sunday, starting and finishing in Staplehurst. Conditions were perfect, and the course is relatively flat and fast, barring a slight incline after 6 miles. There were no PBs, but Rose, Marc and Gemma were running their first 10 mile races as Harriers; Steve was the 2nd M60 runner and Gemma, Kelvin, Mike and myself won the team prize (the fastest cumulative time for 4 club runners, including a lady) I have the trophies (as well as bottles of Lidl’s finest lager) for the team, which I shall bring along to the club.

Well done to everyone that ran, and a Happy New Year! - Continue Reading -

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Saxon Shore Marathon and Challenge

Last Saturday 22nd December a group of harriers traveled down to Deal for the Saxon Shore Marathon and Challenge event – the occasion my 50th marathon…… Credit for this has to go to a certain Ana-Maria Green she showed me that you can achieve more than you believe possible – it just takes time, patience and determination + finding what works for you.  

This goal was made possible by a company called Saxons, Vikings & Normans, run by an amazing couple – they put on low key, friendly events and provide encouragement and the perfect setting to try to push yourself and go outside your comfort zone.  It’s very inclusive, all are welcome, new, old, slow, fast – it’s not all about the times, for some this is the goal, but certainly for me this year it was about working out how to stay injury free and achieve the goals I was setting myself. - Continue Reading -

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The Grand Slam of 50s award is recognition for those who complete all 4 Centurion 50 mile events within a calendar year. In order to be eligible for the award, entrants must enter and finish each of the individual Centurion 50 mile events within the cut off times of each race.

Well over a year ago I started prepping for what I knew was going to be one hell of a tough year. Lots of hilly training marathons from the freezing extremities of Molyeman Marathon in February in the snow on top of the downs through to one of the hottest marathons Three Forts in May again on the exposed downs with no shade. Not only was this going to a physical challenge but I have had to develop mental endurance, strength and stamina too. - Continue Reading -

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Can I have a ‘P’ please Bob?

[UPDATED November 7th, 2018 at 05:05 pm]

This report has a plethora of ‘P’s (and pees). If the reader finds this problematic then please proceed to the penultimate paragraph where the positions will be posted.

Six Harriers, accompanied by two supporters, pootled off by plane to Porto, Portugal’s second city for the annual Autumn marathon tour. Preparations were partial at best and possibly minimal for some, with one Harrier in particular purporting to have only practiced two runs in the past four weeks. Prizes and personal bests were put out of mind and were out of sight. - Continue Reading -

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Abingdon Marathon

So belatedly to report on my run at this years Abingdon Marathon, at which it appears I was the only harrier taking part. I would like to start with how the perfect still, cool and dry autumn morning dawned which was the case, but unfortunately I had suffered from an entire week of disturbed and minimal sleep compounded by being kept awake almost the whole preceding night to the marathon by a very noisy hotel boiler.

In my over tired lethargy I was very slow to get up and breakfast took much longer than normal – partly due to the complete lack of high fibre cereal options. On reaching the official car park I realised it was too far to the start line and I therefore parked much nearer on a residential road. Then an irate and maniacal local resident came out of his door and started abusing me and another lady for daring to park on his personal roadway (it wasn’t ) but due to his threats I wasted more time moving my car before then joining the queue for the toilets. - Continue Reading -

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