Grizdale Night 10km

We made a weekend of this in the Lake District. So during the day we drove over to Lake Grasmere and got the Kayak out for a paddle on this lovely bit of water.

On the way to this race from our cottage we booked in to Ambleside I told my daughter there was a kids 1km race. She said she wanted to do it. She’s not keen on running so I was pleased she wanted to have a go. When we arrived at Grizdales visitor center we could hear a brass band playing Christmas tunes. It was a lovely touch to what is already a great race atmosphere. Everyone with hats and head torches and the odd person dressed as Santa or an Elf.

We ran with the kids. Set off and I was immediately reminded of the steep start to this course. At the 500m point Santa was there to give the little humans a high five and send us back down the hill. The kids got a medal at the finish line and we was nicely warmed up for the 10km race.

We ran this race in February of this year so I was familiar with the route. It is 3 miles up and then 3 miles down. I trained well for this event and found the hill a lot easier than I did on the previous occasion.

Running at night with all the head torches bobbing up and down really adds to the great atmosphere. These Petzl Night runs are now a firm favorite of mine which I have said in other posts.

Now the proper marathon training starts.

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Yes Green

With all this green stuff pouring out of my lungs and nose (apologies if you were eating) I haven’t done much running but I have been booking races. All of them night runs. The first one is a 5 miler on bonfire night in Delemere Forest. Then we are off to to the Lake District to take part in the Grizedale Forest Night Runner 10km. We did this race last year in Santa hats and had a lot of fun. The best time that night was done by a bloke in a skin tight green costume wearing working Christmas lights. Then later on in the New Year it’s back to marathons with a night run in the kielder forest night marathon.

This weekend is Kayaking and wild camping with my daughter and good friends. I’m staying off my feet for long periods of time until this gloop has said its last goodbyes from lungs.

  • This Year 474.3
  • This Month 21.2 (not well)

night-run

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Grizdale Montane Half Marathon 2016

I didn’t exactly prepare well for this race so when I got up at 05:30 in the morning on a wet and cold Sunday January morning my enthusiasm was not at it’s best. After a 2 hour drive up to the Lake District we arrived in time to see off the full marathon runners.

Everyone around me looked fit, skinny and healthy and I was feeling the opposite to all those adjectives. We had a compulsory kit list which I had all the items in my running pack but it seemed most people ignored this and just took the usual fluids and a few gels. If I do it next year I will certainly hold back on all that stuff.

We set off and the first 3 miles are just up and up. This is all on a forestry track. It’s runable but when it flattened out slightly I was already feeling “it”. After a mile or so it opened up and my spirits were lifted immeasurably. You can see Conistan water from up high and I forgot about the running. Soon we were on a single track picking our way through a muddy path then It was back into the woods. At mile 10 I could feel all those days I hadn’t trained properly and I had to dig deep to run. At this stage you are rewarded with a nice decent all the way back to the finish line.

A well organised and interesting run. I’m loving the trails.

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Grizedale Forest Night Runner

Some parts of the Lake District have been hit by some serious floods in the last few days so checking and rechecking to see if this event was still on was the order of Saturday morning. This is a 10km night run in the stunning setting of Grizedale. There was a break in the weather and we were lucky enough to run this with about 250 other runners under a clear sky albeit a freezing cold night. This has to be one of the best organised events I have ever been on. We had the luxury of sitting down in a really nice visitors center in the warmth before the race.

The first 3 miles were done in a state of shock because it was just up and up but when we got to the top we were rewarded with a really nice decent through a woodland track in the heart of Grizedle Forest. It was great seeing lots of head torches bobbing up and down in the pitch black of night. Some people were dressing in festive gear (we had Santa hats on).

We got a really nice t-shirt and a fine medal. Running in events like this with such a great atmosphere is so rewarding. I will be doing this again.

grizedail night 10km 2015

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