Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wellington Monument Race

Not really a race report - what can you say about a road 10k that's 3 miles out (mostly uphill) and 3 miles back (mostly downhill)?

Just wanted to broadcast Martin's excellent performance (at the race!!). He managed to knock a minute and a half off his previous PB for the course to storm home in 15th position overall and to take the 1st male vet 50 prize. What a star! I put it all down to my influence (naturally) - I knew the minimal training, maximum alcohol approach would pay dividends eventually.

Richard also completed the course in a PB and was 5th MV50 in a strong field, finishing in 43.17 and Lesley trotted effortlessly over the line in 54.28 having run up all the hills for the first time.

The prize giving was an interesting exercise and I still haven't worked it out. They gave the trophy for first lady to the girl who came second, then they gave the runners up prize to the girl who came 4th (that was me by the way), then they gave the girl who came first the 1st Vet 35 prize and the girl who came 3rd 1st Vet 45. I'm sure there was a logical explanation. Answers on a post card please.........

If you want to look at the fascinating results in full here's the link.

Happy Christmas to you all and remember if you want to achieve maximum performance in the New Year, eat lots of mince pies, drink lots of beer and go for a run tomorrow.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Future Events

Events in January

As we were rather late putting links to events onto the blog for December races, I thought I’d be super efficient for January and give you plenty of time for forward planning (or to think up a good excuse!)

So here’s a selection, some of which Martin and I will be doing:-

14th January 2007

Oh My Obelisk – starting at 11am at Dawlish Leisure Centre.. We hadn’t even heard of this one beforehand but it sounds like our sort of race!:- “This 10.8 mile all terrain race includes plenty of mud and spectacular views with a few hills too” Entry form can be obtained by clicking on the following link to Dawlish Coasters website.

Rough’n’Tumble – unfortunately this on the same day, also at 11am, and I really want to do them both. If you check out the website the pictures of the course will probably make you want to do it too. I suspect the picture of the post race cakes may clinch it for Martin, but it’s going to be a tough decision. This is billed as a “tough multi terrain event over 10.4 miles” and it starts at Milton Lilbourne in “the heart of Wiltshire”. Phil, this would be a good one for you – they have a map of the course on their website so you can study it in advance!

Milborne 10 What is it with the 14th January? I haven’t done this “9.97 mile hilly road race” before, but I know Martin has and probably Phil and Dave too. It’s the local option for this date but no contest against 10 miles of mud and track as far as I’m concerned. The link below takes you to Runners World events page where you can find the details and a link to a universal entry form.

28th January 2006

Broadclyst Bimble – This one is definitely on our calendar for 2007. We last ran it in 2004 but for various reasons have not been able to do it again since. It’s a “tough, hilly, muddy, multi terrain half marathon” organised by Richard’s first claim club, South West Road Runners. Last year a marshal mis-directed the runners and they ended up back on the course but going in the wrong direction, so I’m not sure you should consider this one Phil. If that doesn’t put you off Martin and I could give you a lift and that surely will! The entry form isn’t available yet but once it is it will be at the following link.

I’m particularly disappointed to learn that the Axmouth Challenge isn’t being held next year. It was a low key event organised by the village which followed a 10 mile course of beach, golf course, lanes and tracks and which I would have thoroughly recommended. Never mind, it would probably have been on the 14th anyway!

If this is helpful or inspiring please let us know and we will try to get something on the blog well in advance for each month. So many races are filling up way ahead of the date now that you need to be fairly well organised if there is a particular race that you want to do.