So today was my 10 mile run including the brand new Cuerden Valley Park run….and it started off badly. I had stayed out at my friends birthday outing an hour later than I planned to, not returning home until almost one in the morning and I set off five minutes later than I wanted to get to the event.
Once there I had to start at the back, as a turned up of 163 and a poorly chosen race start point meant we were all hemmed in and I couldn’t get any further forward (I know my own fault for being late). Luckily having run down this same path during the badger run, I know that there is a perfectly flat grass verge along the path, which no one ever runs on. So moved onto that and used it to propel myself forward passed the masses of runners as we snaked down this thin path.
After this point were hit our first hill and the masses had begun thinning out, however I still found myself going by runners without to much difficulty and once up the hill I was amongst runners of my own ability and my race could begin.
And what a great course, round ponds, through woodlands and up and down six climbs. It was tough but it was very enjoyable, the end was particularly hard mind you, as you had to endure possibly the hardest incline of the race and then it was just 50 mete run to the finish. Although, by the time I had reached this point I didn’t have it in me for a sprint finish so I casually strolled to the line, knowing that the runners behind me were to far back to catch up and the runner in front was too far ahead for me to catch up.
My finish time was 22:07, so that is now my bench mark to beat next time I attend this meet :
In other news, I watched a very impressive Mo Farha win the 10k at the World championships although it was a close finish and well worth watching. On the down side these championships seem to be hit by drung scandal after drug scandal with something like 43 Russans failing drug tests……not a good showing from the host nation!! – Looks like its not just the old politics they have returned too hey!!
The guardian running blog is suggesting three races in three days is the true measure of running fitness :
I’m not so sure myself, as you couldn’t give it your all in all three races…….and I also agree with the people who have commented on this article that there are more running tour events than they give creadit to. Just off the top of my head I know there is one in Burnley and one in Liverpool
Also they have asked runners, to tell them what they should cover in their blog…so get writing in
The Northern Running guide is running a competition to win a place at the French Riviera marathon
And are conducting a poll on what your worse running hazards are :
I went for pot holes, as there has been many time ive almost taken a fall or twisted an ankle on these things!!
Any way time for tea and to rest up ahead of tomorrows 20 miles :
September 1st i will be joining Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead as he runs the full length Britain. He will be running through Preston on that day and I am planning on joining him for 20 miles or so as a local runner. So if you have a spare Dollar / Pound or Euro please chuck it this way
Its for the Scope charity :
Tweet it, stick it on your facebook, pass it on through forums do everything you can and together we can help make his challenge an amazing success.