This week in running XXL #11

The bumper episode…

Well life has been hectic the last few weeks and i had to let the blog take a little back seat. Unfortunately for you im back!

I bought a new watch

So since my adventure overnight in the lakes i’ve bought a new toy, a lovely Garmin fenix 5 sapphire! it’s a mighty piece of kit and i’m still trying to get used to the multitude of functions!


Wiggle sent it in a giant box!

I ran 2 miles down and 2 miles up

As a club we compete in the central Lancs grand prix,a series of races put on by the member clubs.this week was the turn of Wigan Phoenix and there race the haigh hall 4 mile.

The race is a simple as it sounds,2 miles downhill through Haigh country park and then back uphill to the finish. I had heavy legs from my overnight adventure in the lakes still and although i was disappointed with my positioning ,i was still 40 seconds up from my time in 2017!


I raced a 5k

My wife has been competing in a midweek 5k series at Hollingworth lake and last week i decided to have a crack myself. Those who know me,know how much i dislike 5k.Give me a marathon anyday!

I had a few clubmates coming down for a shootout as well with three of us trying to break 18 minutes for the first time. My PB of 18.08 had stood for nearly 18 months!

The night was glorious,sunny but not too hot with a slight breeze. Before i knew it we lined up on the start line ,Chris,Rob and Myself ready to go like those wind up cars you had as a kid.

On the gun i went out like a bullet and within the first couple of minutes i realised i had gone out far too quick (remember i hate 5ks!) a quick glance at my watch at mile 1 gave me a finish time of mid 16 mins, well above my capabilities ! 32929388_10214765788192147_4669269508253286400_o

Look at the excitement on my face 😉 (photo courtesy of Paul Taylor)

With the final mile aproaching i was hurting and i mean really hurting but i knew that if i stepped off the gas too much Both Chris and Rob who are both class runners would sail past and slap me on the arse for my troubles !

With the finish line almost in view it was clear i was going to PB and i crossed the line in 17.28! a full 40 seconds knocked off my previous best,i was and still am buzzing but i don’t think i will race another one too soon!

The lads both hit sub 18 as well with teammate John just outside 18 but still with a massive PB. My wife also hit a PB in the race clocking 27.23!

I worked at an ultramarathon

On the Saturday i had offered to volunteer at the first Chester 100. The guys behind the Chester 50 have extended the course to add another 100 to there catalogue . I really enjoyed the 50 ,so much so i’m already in again for next year! My main goal for 2019 is a 100 miler and what better way to give back to the community and experience first hand what they are all about than to volunteer at an event?

Now the guys at GB ultras know how to put on an event , Entries are open for next years 50 already so why don’t you join me?

My day started with a 4am drive to get to the start at Waverton for a briefing at 5.10AM. I met with the RDs Jonathan,Wayne And Haydn, super nice chaps and its clear to see they love this sport!

I knew a few runners taking part and after a quick catch up i had to let them get ready to go (I was a little gutted i wasn’t joining them,nervous energy on race day morning is very contagious!)

I was working a double shift ,helping at CP1 and then over to the halfway point at CP6.


Playing butler to my friend and event winner ,ultramarathon man Charlie Sharpe

It was great to be at the event and although i didn’t get back home till nearly midnight i would do it again in a heartbeat!


I also ran a marathon

Sunday brought the Windermere marathon,my Wife and i set of at 7am for the drive up to the lakes. Arriving home at midnight may not of been the best prep for a marathon but this was always going to be just a hard training session for my big race this year, the Lakeland 50 miles in July.

My teammate Neal was also running and we knew on the right day he could pull something special off here after he finished 4th on the 2017 edition. on the way to the start Neal and I had a last min coaching chat and we ironed out the game plan.

To say he nailed the plan would be an understatement , took the lead at mile ten and led the rest of the way,finishing 3 minutes up on second place!

All the way round the second half i got such an amazing boost as people told me that a Radcliffe vest was leading,i just had everything crossed that he could hold it. Updates stopped with a mile to go and it was a real nervous time to the finish! I clocked 3.08 and was pretty happy.Not half as happy as i was to see a smiling Neal at the finish line letting me know he had won!!


With the champion of Windermere!

While waiting for the presentation there was only one thing i wanted to do,grab a beer and get in the lake.My wife thought i was joking but………..FB_IMG_1526837162441

The perfect end to the race.

The weekend was busiest i have had for a long time, This bank holiday i hope will be a bit more relaxed!





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