Nick Beer 10km Race and New Trainers

These trainers arrived on my doorstep on Friday from getthelabel.com. These are Under Armour
Mens Speedform Turbulence Running Shoes. I needed a pair of road trainers. These are my first Under Armour running shoes. I have a lot of this brands gear now and I like the quality. However it must look like Under Armour are sponsoring slightly overweight middle age men when people see me out training.

Anyway this weekend was the 25th anniversary of the Nick Beer 10km road race around the Great Orme in North Wales. So this was a perfect opportunity to try these trainers out in that race. They do say you shouldn’t use new trainers in a race but these were so comfortable the moment I put them on. They performed superbly in that I never even thought about any discomfort throughout the whole race. I’m going to give it a few weeks before I do a full review but so far so good.

The race was great. The wind came in and joined the great atmosphere as did the cold. I got under the hour mark with a 53.20 and was pleased with that.

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Delemere Forest 10km Night Run 2016

A man ran this race in a mankini and I laughed like a fucking drain. You could hear the laughing coming through the crowd as he made his way to the front of the start line during the bullshit briefing. It was cold. UK cold, just below 10. Dark hence the night run. I ran a half marathon here a few weeks ago and I died. I was looking forward to this. I love running at night. The crowd was buzzing, the atmosphere was great. Then they made us run up a massive hill at the 4 mile point. It’s called Pale Hill or Old Pale Hill but we all know it’s an elevated every meter is a fucker to run up hill. That’s what it was.

The medals are always great from these events and I loved every mile. I am going to try to get my body in shape so I can don a mankini in a race before I die.

  • This Month – 16.5 Miles
  • This Year – 501.4 Miles

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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)

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Montane Trail 13 Delamere 2016

This race took place in Delamere Forest where someone has hidden a load of hills I didn’t know about. The hills are not massive but they are there, in the way and never ending. It was a stunning morning in the Cheshire countryside and it felt perfect for running. There was a great atmosphere and everyone seemed to be in good spirits.

I have run in another event organised by the same company in the Lake District. This was at Grizdale. I was really impressed after running in that race. After mile 7 I felt pain and thought to myself not now not so early in the race. I found myself cursing when I was climbing the Cheshire Monument at the top of Old Pale at mile 12. This hill was brutal but you were rewarded with a nice downhill last mile.

Really well organised event. I’m going to try to get the full range of these events under my belt. For now I am hobbling about holding onto anything to keep me upright.

 

 

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Run Up Mount Snowdon

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Way back in the old days I ran the Snowdon Marathon. This is mostly a road race and doesn’t take in the summit of Mount Snowdon. Towards the end of this July I am going to fix that missing piece by running to the peak in the Snowdon Half Marathon.

I have been to the top many times but these were all done as a walk taking in the stunning scenery in this National Park.

I had to take a week off training because of the below post and this has actually been a blessing in disguise as I needed the rest. Training has resumed and while I have lost a small amount of fitness it’s nothing that can’ be fixed in the next few weeks.

 

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Bespoke Fitness Denbigh 10km 2016

I haven’t done a 10km race in ages and as such was really looking forward to this. I have never done this event before and never done a race with this particular organisation. Denbigh is just down the road from where I live. I did the race with my other half and a mate of mine. This was one of those days where the weather was perfect for running, cool, sunny and a slight breeze. The hills here are brutal. Very little flats to plod along but you are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Really well organised with tremendous support from every single Marshall around the route.

I will  be doing this again.

 

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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.

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