Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A runners thoughts

I just happened across this short film, The Runners.  A documentary about runners in London's Victoria Park. 

Made by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley, it provides some interesting insights as they question runners as they make their way around the park, using a bike with a cart attached for the cameraman.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Cramlington Cross Country

With the sun shining and temperatures in the high teens, it was more akin to a summers day than the start of the cross country season.  Although still just slowly building up some base miles I'm thinking that the Harrier League will be a good way to get back into the habit of turning out for a race. 

So armed with a pair of brand new cross country spikes I headed off to Cramlington and the first NEHL meeting of the season.  Despite some efforts by the weather earlier in the week to provide some mud the course was firm and dry as I settled in well down the field, intent on just getting in some harder miles than I would if I had went out on a normal training run.

With 590 finishers in the men's race and 333 in the women's race plus a full programme of races for under 11,s, 13's, 15's and 17's and under 20 girls, the current popularity of cross country looks set to continue.

I don't think I will be running the Sherman Cup race at the end of the month but I fully intend to turn out at the next league meeting at Akley Heads, where with a few more weeks training I should be able to improve on this 'benchmark' run

Monday, 6 October 2014

Sunday Run

As usual we met at Swalwell Junior Football Club ready for a 9.30am start.  To be honest it has become a bit of a habit (and to easy a choice) to  follow an out and back route along the Derwent Walk.

9 arch bridge
Derwent Walk
 This Sunday we decided on a change of route, however.  Heading down alongside the River Derwent to the riverside path along the south bank of the Tyne to the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle and returning via the path along the north bank.

Dunston Staithes
from north bank
Having spent the previous evening at the Snods Edge Beer Festival I was feeling a little dull and heavy, but soon settled into a steady rhythm as we passed the new houses and Europe's largest wooden structure, Dunston Staithes.

Tyne and Swing Bridges
  I am not sure how it happened but we seemed to have a slight headwind, both as we headed east and again as we turned having crossed the Millennium Bridge and headed back west and threaded our way through the crowded Sunday Market on Newcastle Quayside.

  The previous evenings  activities started to catch up with me around about 9 miles and so it became a case of just coasting back to the car.  But still it was a useful and enjoyable 12 miles in the bank as I continue to slowly build up my weekly mileage again.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

It's a cruel world

Running like life can be full of frustrations and many of my running frustrations have been well chronicled  in this blog over the last couple of years.

Although it has never happened to me one of the most frustrating and agonising things in running must be celebrating a victory to early and finding that you are suddenly pipped to the post.

A friend recently sent me this LINK of a 5km race in Boston where this just the case