Friday, 25 July 2014

Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon - Results

Thank you to the organisers for emailing a copy of the results.

 This year's race as last year was won by Mike Jefferies of Billingham Marsh House Harriers in a time of 76.58.  Second overall and first M40 was Simon Ryecroft of Pocklington Runners (85.23), with York Acorn Running Club's Chris Puolton, 3rd in 85.55.

Mike Jefferies

The first lady and 14th overall was Cathy Wood of Bridlington Road Runners in 1.31.20.

As far as my age group is concerned, unattached runner, Robert Barker took first place with 1.38.06, while finishing 25th overall.  Not far behind finishing in 28th place with a time of 1.38.22 was Mike Pullon of Pocklington Runners.  My 44th placing with 1.45.35 bringing me home as 3rd M55.

3rd Place
Mike Pullon

Meanwhile, another 'Wolds' regular Andrew Meskimmon of Dewsbury Road Runners had another fine run (89.37) for 8th place overall and first M50.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Yorkshire Wolds half marathon 2014

The hills are the same, just in a different order.

Owing to a change in venue of the Bishop Wilton Show.  The route of the half marathon , although essentially the same. Has had to change slightly.  Starting and finishing near the old 6 mile point gives the race a new dynamic, with the finish now being at the end of a long climb.

To be honest, if this had been any other race I probably would not have done it.  But, having ran this race 24 times (first time in 1987 and then every year since 1990) it has become one of my favourites and I wanted to keep my run (pun wasn't intended)  going.

As we lined up at the start the conditions were warm and muggy.  With an average weekly mileage of 25 miles and no speed work or long runs, I knew I wasn't in any real condition to race what can be a challenging course.  So my plan was just to get around as best I could and try to enjoy it.

And, that's how it started, settling into a comfortable rhythm we soon hit the off road down hill section and I was starting to move up the field a little?

However, as soon as we hit the road and a short sharp climb I was struggling.  Knowing what was still to come I knew that I was in trouble.

Just after 6 miles and another long climb I actually caught and passed someone and then on the following downhill caught a young runner in black.  I managed to hang onto him until just before 9 miles when my legs 'went' completely.

From just after the 10 mile point its a long climb to the finish and I dropped back down through the field.

As the intention for this race was just to get around I did not wear a watch and as yet I have been unable to find a copy of the results.  This means as yet I am not sure of my time or position.  Although I think I may have scraped into the top 50 in a new personal worse of around 1.44.

Obviously not the best but the target of just finishing was achieved and
I still enjoyed the event.  But, I will be back next year to make amends.

As usual thanks to Francesca for the pics.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Blackhill Parkrun

Following last weeks fiasco of missing my intended race I decided to run a parkrun by way of compensation.  Blackhill parkrun is held only about two miles from my home and Saturday was its first anniversary.  It was, however, the first time I had run this particular parkrun.

As it's name might suggest Blackhill Park is on the side of a hill and so I was expecting the course to be a little bit tougher and my time a little slower than those at the Newcastle parkrun.  Still not running to form and still bothered by this irksome hamstring problem I started off very steady as we headed uphill from the start for the first of three laps.

Conditions were very warm, bright and sunny as I settled into some sought of rhythm and tried to move up through the field as best I could.

Blackhill parkrun is not as well attended (with just over 100 runners) as that at Newcastle, where there are frequently around 400 runners at each event but I found it much more enjoyable  and there was also a bit of a party atmosphere as a number of runners turned up in fancy dress to celebrate the anniversary. Some photos can be found here

As expected my time was down on those of Newcastle but with a time of 22.05 I was disappointed to have not gone under 22 minutes.  Having said that among the wealth of statistics parkrun provide you with regarding each run I discovered that this is the fastest time by a M55 - M59 on this course.

Finishing in 10th place my time was age graded at 70.79%.

The race was won by Jordan Bell of Blackhill Bounders in 18.38.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

In the words of Victor Meldrew............

"I Don't believe it!"

I know I am not currently in the best of form but I had based what running I am doing around a race  this week - The Bridges of the Tyne 5.

The only problem being that I  realised late on this evening that the race was not tomorrow night but today.

Yes, I had missed it!

To be honest it is not the first time I have got the race date wrong, such as the time I drove down to Preston for a half marathon only to find out that I was a week early or the time I drove to Richmond to find That the race was the next day.  But at least on those occasions I returned to take part in the race. This is the first time I have actually missed a race.

To rub salt into the wounds I thought, since I had missed out, I would enter the Great North 10km on Sunday, only to find out that entries had closed at lunchtime.

It's just not my day!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Lambton Run results

These are the main results from Sunday's Lambton Run:

1st  Mark Hood (Sunderland H) 34.14
2nd Steve Rankin (unattached) 35.11
3rd Craig Deacon (Jarrow & Hebburn) 35.37

First Lady
M. Avery - Sunderland Harriers
1st  M. Avery (Sunderland H) 42.17
2nd Joanne Levey (unattached) 42.47
3rd Judith Thirwell (unattached 42.54

As far as my run is concerned, a little slower than thought (I am not wearing a watch while racing these days) at 43.47 for 54th place.  With regards to my age group this placed me 3rd M55.  Sam Daley of Heaton Harriers taking the honours with 41.12 for 30th place overall.

Full results can be found here

The Start