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Manchester – 8 April 2018
Great running all, you have built up lots of strength and endurance for the rest of the season.
Sheffield – 8 April 2018
I’ve not done Sheffield half before and had entered a few months ago after seeing an advert and thinking ..why not? , plus I was quite excited to try out those hills.
Originally I was going to be running with Sarah smith and Kerry Mitchell but due to recent injuries found myself in the company of the Blister sisters Aka Daz Lambert and John Sheerin lol 😂
I had half been expecting rain but as it turned out the weather was perfect for running if a little warm compared to the recent weather we have been having. We got to Sheffield early dropped our bags and then got into huge toilet queue (there are never enough loos) and got into out starting area just in time.
Daz had said he would get me a sub 2 hours and I originally said no way but then started to do research and yes it could be possible but would need 9.10 pace to do this. My last PB was 2.11 so anything better than that was a bonus.
We set off over the line .. and stopped, very frustrating. They had made the barriers too narrow and spectators were having to pull them apart so we could get through. This probably only took a minute but it felt like forever and then we were off.
First mile or so was flattish but we were weaving through runners of different pacers at first until the field widened. Then the climb up Eccleshall road started and it suddenly started to feel very warm plus the sun did attempt to come out which was not welcome at all. The crowds were fantastic and the Blister sisters were getting loads of attention and wolf whistles much to my amusement, (although maybe it was for me 😀)
We caught up with Sarah Machin, Kate Ball and Vicky Royale it always good to see a DAC vest during a race.
On we climbed having looked at my watch the thoughts of sub 2 hour were long gone I needed a 9.10 pace and at this point the pace was at 11.08 and then 10.21
We then entered the infamous king of the mountain section on Ringing low Road a 1 mile category 3 climb (whatever that is) I just focused on getting to the top and Daz and Johns pink wigs in front of me I was not stopping on this bad boy.
Finally we made it to the top great crowds cheering us on like they do on the Tour de France on the mountain sections with different slogans on the road to keep you going. Much needed water and gels provided at this point thank god.
And then there it was, what I had been waiting for, the 10k downhill stretch to the finish this started with with a fantastic view which made the climb well worthwhile.
Now if there is one thing I think DAC do well it’s downhills and anyone that has done Paul Browns intervals will know the term “long and loose”, it just sticks in your brain and that’s what I did. Leaned forward and went for it.
We were flying until we came to a left hand turn and it went up again this is where you start to have doubts but the crowd and Daz and Johns support kept me going on this undulating section until I saw a street sign saying Eccleshall Road South and I knew that was it down hill again ..relief
We started to pick up the pace again mile 11 8.37 and mile 12 8.17 the crowds gave me a boost at this section and were shouting my name and I tried to ignore the runners on the floor that had obviously gained injuries or had over done it.
Finally we saw the 1k marker I was really hurting now as we passed a man dressed as a Beer Bottle – how did he manage that ?
We turned a corner and hit another hill OMG it felt like Mount Everest, Daz and John were saying you can do this I really wanted to cry and there it was ..the finish we joined hands and went over together in 2.03 26 not sub 2 but blooming well close which I could not have done without Daz and John, thanks guys you are awesome 😎
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Hornsea 1/3rd Marathon – 8th April
Hadn’t raced for over 6 months and with London on the horizon, my pre-marathon tester/shake-out was going to be the East Hull 20; but when the bad weather postponed that for a week I decided it would be too close to my main race for anything other than a 20 mile easy long run – so I did one at home!
So on to the Hornsea 1/3rd Marathon at Great Hatfield in the heart of rural East Yorkshire; 8.74 miles of narrow lanes in wonderful undulating countryside and perfect to find out what all my hard winter training had done for me!
The weather was cool and with hardly any wind the conditions could not have been better. I decided to run hard but ‘comfortably’ without going at all-out race pace (whatever that is for 8.74 miles!) to give myself an idea of my fitness level. An odd-distance race like this is perfect because you don’t try to ‘race’ yourself over your normal 10k/5k distance, and you hopefully leave plenty in the tank for your main event; and with only 2 weeks to the marathon it’s short enough for adequate recovery.
With 498 runners at the start we were soon away from the village and out into the country. I was feeling much lighter on my feet than I had over the last few months, thanks to my first taper week, and although I wasn’t running on my watch I was later told that I went through the first 5k in 20.25! Things slowed down a bit around half way as we hit the ups-and-downs of the undulating section, but I still felt very strong as the left-handed circular course wound it’s way back to the finish, which is slightly downhill.
I was very pleased to have finished still feeling good, and didn’t find it difficult at all to recovery-run straight back to the HQ for a delicious Hog Roast sandwich! The Rotary Club of Hornsea did us proud with refreshments and a farmyard building for the prize-giving/trade stands so that we would stay dry if we did get rain.
The overall winner was Phil Taylor (M35) of Bridlington Road Running Club with a cracking 47.53, and first Lady was Susan Lewis (F40) of Roundhay Running Club with 53.49. I was very happy with 4th Female and 1st F60, running 60.23 – and I’m glad I didn’t run on my watch because I know myself well enough to guarantee that seeing the hour approach I would’ve raced to beat it, and suffered for it somewhere along the course in London! – Caroline Wheelhouse
Doncaster AC 5km Time Trial – 5 April 2018
Thanks to everyone that helped out and well done all the runners.
|APRIL – 5 2018||5k Time Trial|
|Name||Number||Time Out||Time In||Actual Time|
Parkruns – 7 April 2018
|39||Nick NEWMAN||23:01||VM55-59||68.50 %||M||35||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||89|
|185||Paul BROWN||25:58||VM65-69||65.21 %||M||162||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:43||171|
|47||Nicole NORTON||24:10||SW20-24||61.24 %||F||4||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:40||8|
|295||Susan HOOKWAY||35:22||VW40-44||43.50 %||F||115||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:27:29||65|
|48||Rose JAMES||24:11||VW35-39||62.85 %||F||8||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||97|
|294||Caroline JAMES||45:54||JW11-14||36.24 %||F||140||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||6|
|296||Jody BREEZE||49:10||VW45-49||32.31 %||F||142||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||41|
|91||Mike CLEASBY||27:03||VM40-44||52.00 %||M||74||Doncaster AC||New PB!||117|
|17||Bill TOPPING||26:59||VM70-74||65.35 %||M||15||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||166|
|17||13||Alexander FELCZEREK||Doncaster AC||00:29:31|
|7||Molly BUTTERWORTH||19:34||SW18-19||76.49 %||F||1||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:19:30||14|
|16||Malcolm LEGGETT||21:42||VM55-59||73.27 %||M||15||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:20:46||26|
|19||James OSBORNE||22:11||SM30-34||58.60 %||M||18||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:18:36||84|
|20||Pete WADE||22:12||VM60-64||72.22 %||M||19||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:20:32||77|
|23||Andrew TEASDALE||22:27||SM20-24||57.46 %||M||22||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:18:48||26|
|33||Mark WEBSTER||23:32||VM45-49||61.19 %||M||32||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:10||52|
|34||Peter OLIVER||23:35||VM55-59||67.42 %||M||33||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:42||32|
|35||Peter FORRESTER||23:35||VM55-59||67.42 %||M||34||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:10||130|
|48||Michael FORRESTER||24:43||SM18-19||53.94 %||M||47||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:00||51|
|61||Rob PEACH||25:43||VM45-49||55.15 %||M||60||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:23||102|
|64||Martin BOYD||25:56||VM55-59||59.77 %||M||63||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:55||118|
|75||Jodi SAVAGE||27:20||VW35-39||54.88 %||F||3||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:25:06||21|
|87||Margaret BUTLER||28:06||VW55-59||67.14 %||F||5||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:26:29||34|
|98||Tiegan PATERSON||29:16||JW11-14||53.70 %||F||8||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:14||11|
|108||Peter BUTLER||29:59||VM60-64||54.42 %||M||94||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:17||34|
|120||Michael HAIR||31:48||VM50-54||46.38 %||M||100||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:22||6|
|123||Darren WHYMAN||32:14||VM45-49||44.31 %||M||101||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:31:56||7|
|132||Ian FLEETON||33:05||VM35-39||39.85 %||M||106||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:18||31|
|140||Laura ASHTON||33:25||SW30-34||44.59 %||F||30||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|141||Hazel WALLER||33:26||VW40-44||46.71 %||F||31||Doncaster AC||New PB!||6|
|148||Isobel BOWER||34:57||JW10||53.70 %||F||36||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:34:13||3|
|154||Tracie WHYMAN||35:46||VW45-49||44.41 %||F||39||Doncaster AC||New PB!||3|
|166||Sue MAY||38:18||VW55-59||48.56 %||F||49||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:32:59||7|
|167||Sue BEEBY||38:19||VW55-59||49.24 %||F||50||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:34:17||56|
|168||Dawn GOODINGS||38:20||VW45-49||42.70 %||F||51||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:32:55||25|
|176||Dee SCHADE||41:12||VW60-64||46.44 %||F||58||Doncaster AC||New PB!||2|
|181||Lynn GRIFFITHS||43:52||VW55-59||41.26 %||F||61||Doncaster AC||New PB!||2|