Friday, 30 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
We now know that Mo Farah won in Barcelona with Chris Thompson in second for a GB 1-2, and a great start to the championships for Team GB.
While Farah was taking the lead with 5 laps to go, and dropping the Spaniard Ayad Lamdassem with 300m left, and Chris Thompson moving through to grab second in the final straight. I was facing a stiff breeze on the Blaydon track.
The session was 10 x 200 with 200m jog recovery with the aim to get steadily faster as the session progressed.
And the result was a set of 200's in:
36, 37, 36, 36, 35, 35, 34, 35, 34, 33
I must admit I am quite pleased with the way the session went, especially since for some inexplicable reason we did the session into the wind.
Monday, 26 July 2010
As the majority of my runs this year have featured some section or other of the Derwent Walk, it was felt that this Sunday's long run needed a change of scenery. So a group of us set out for a run along the Tyne Valley.
John and Alan wanted to do 18 miles, while most of the others were looking for about 10. As I am still struggling I was non-committal and decided just to see how it went.
We set off from Stella, along the riverside path to Newburn Bridge, which we crossed onto the north side of the river, watching the rowers do their stuff below us. Rowing used to be massive in this area in days gone by, and now seems to be undergoing some sort of revival.
The weather was warm and sunny with a stiff westerly breeze. This meant a headwind on the way out. But at least the wind would be behind us on our return.We headed along the river bank past Close House Golf Course and the birthplace of George
Stephenson and into Wylam. At this point those doing 10 miles crossed back over the river and headed back down the other side. While the rest of us continued upstream.
Just past Wylam the footpath ends and we took to the road as we headed to Ovingham where we crossed back across the river and into Prudhoe.
We then headed back east through Prudhoe Country Park, taking a detour around the back of Haggs Bank before arriving back into Wylam.
We then continued to follow the river path taking small detours at Clara Vale Golf Course and then climbing up into Ryton village, ensuring that we got at least one hill in for the day, before dropping down to do a loop of Ryton Willows and heading back to our starting point at Stella.
John and Alan added another 3 miles on, to take it up to 18. But, I was stuggling a little and was satisfied with 15 for the day.
Friday, 23 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
photos courtesy of Francesca
Have not seen the full results yet but the finishing positions and time I know are:
1st Matt Moorhouse - Salford Harriers
2nd Phil Taylor - Bridlington Harriers
3rd Tom Dandy - Pocklington Runners
1st M50 - Sean Mc Dermott - Knavesmire Harriers 88.34
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
This is definitely one of my favourite races, I first ran this race in 1987 (6th in 71.31) and have ran every year since 1990. I have won the race on two occasions 1992 (71.40) and 1997 (73.18). The course record is held by Jimmy Ashworth (Keighley RR) at 68.49 in 1987 and he is the only person to ever break 70 mins for the course. My winning time of 1997 is still the over 40 course record but to date I have missed out on the over 45 record of 78.09 (J Sullivan, York Street Panthers in 1997) and the over 50 record of 78.20 (S Wild, Hallamshire Harriers in 1984). Unfortunately my current form is unlikely to threaten either of these marks, but I can but try.
The course is basically flat for the first 3 miles, followed by a 3 mile climb up to 6 miles before hitting an off road section where you drop back down, hitting the valley floor just after 7 miles, run along the valley before getting back onto the roads at about 8 miles. There is then a short, sharp,steep, climb before dropping back down to the 11 mile mark where you then climb back up to about 12.5 miles, then drop down to the finish on the 'show field'. for map of course see www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-kingdom/bishop-wilton/742327193
Another plus point to this race is that as the finish is on the show field there is a beer tent about 30 yards from the finish line. Not the recommended warm down, but..........
Friday, 9 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
As we approached the half way point where the route doubles back on itself I was able to count back and confirmed that I was now in 20th place. Still feeling ok I thought that I would be able to push on and pull back another couple of places. However, the approaching euphoria was short lived as by 8km I was once again struggling, dropping 8 places in the final 2km. Final position 28th, although 1st M50, in a time of 39.39 (yet another personal worst!).
The race was won in 33.04 by David Colishaw and congratulations to Catherine for her 55.20 (a minute quicker than last year).
Terry Lonergan in his blog, Running on Empty, www.terryrunningonempty.blogspot.com has made recent posts about ageing runners finding it hard to accept the inevitable slower times and I must admit, although I was never a top class runner, I am finding it increasingly frustrating the slower I go.
Terry suggests 'by way of consolation' using the age adjusted chart to calculate what your current times relate to against your times as a 24 - 34 year old. So if I use the chart (see Terry's blog) then yesterdays performance equates to 34.23 which would have been good enough for 4th place!
I admit you do feel a little consolation when you first calculate the result - BUT I would still rather be running that actual time