Friday 25th September 2015
Welcome once again to the round-up of results and events. It's been a pretty busy month for DH Runners in September and it certainly didn't ease off any as the month draws to a close. A lot to catch up on this time around so let's just get down to it shall we?
At Carlisle parkrun on September 12th there were PB’s to report for Kirsty Mahoney, Sophie Wardle, Sarah Wardle, Louise Porter, Louise Duffy, Mike Johnston, Karl Douglas and Nicola Jackson.
And on September 19th there were PB’s to report for Natalie Kay, Karl Douglas, Sara Milburn, Michael Holliday, Sandra Kay, Gordon Beattie, Joanne Graves, Andy Baker and Dion Crozier. Also, we welcomed Carol Douglas who ran her first parkrun.
A group of DH Runners headed over to the north east for the Great North 5k on Saturday 12th September. Despite the weather not being the best everyone enjoyed themselves and even got to run some of the section with Mo Farah. By all accounts many runners were commenting on the go hard or go home slogan on the back of the vests.
As most of you know it was the Great North Run on Sunday 13th September. The race was won by Mo Farah in a time of 59:22 and taking the record of the fastest half marathon completed by a British athlete in the process. Flying the flag for the women, and Kenya, was Mary Keitany who retained the women’s title with a time of 1:07.32 followed nearly 3 and ½ minutes later by Britain’s Gemma Steel. But that’s enough about them…if they want more air time here then they’ll have to join DH Runners.
Kevin Scott took part finishing with a time of 1:29.31 in position 738th. Kev said that “it was a very hot day and the wheels came off at 11 miles but a high five from Elvis got me going again.” Kev also mentioned that he was “well chuffed to beat James Cracknell.”
Also taking part was Andy Caven who finished in a time of 1:50.39 in position 6402.
Simone Rouse recorded a time of 1:43.32 in position 3605.
Tony Carrigan also took part completing the course in a time of 02:02.04.
For further details on both the half marathon and the 5k the results can be found at http://www.greatrun.org/myresults.
Over at Dorking Rachel Lee attended the Bacchus Half Marathon and filed this run report:
The Surrey Bacchus Report from DH Runners (Decrepit and Hormonal division.)
http://eventstolive.co.uk/products/bacchus-half-marathon 11th Sept 2016 from 10am
Since discovering a similar race in France and knowing I didn’t have the time or the money to attend I was very pleased to discover this one.
Denbies wine estate is in Dorking Surrey and is set in the beautiful Surrey Hills. Dorking is famous for the Dorking chicken which apparently is exceptionally flavoursome though the only one I saw was a massive metal sculpture on a roundabout so I can’t report back on that. The course is a mixture of trails, woodlands and downs with small stretches of road and was the sort of trail run that even Sarah Hamilton with her famous loathing of Trail running would enjoy.
Car parking is well organised with adequate portaloos and 2 separate lavatories in the estate buildings. Breakfasts were available in the café/restaurant which opened at 7.30 to accommodate the runners. From the start the route passes through the vineyard on grassy paths and left via a narrow path. It followed footpaths along the North Downs way with views over the Mole valley and went up across Ranmore common. All beautiful. The hills are undulating and not at all like the killer coffin trail at Hawkshead although there is a steep uphill bit going into the woods. As I have a recurring issue with my left Achilles I did not attempt running this bit! Every two miles there is a refreshment stop with bananas, dried fruit, gels etc. and of course little samples of the various wines produced on the Denbies estate. Portable loos are provided at every stop and there were several bands to encourage runners along the way.
The emphasis is on fun and fancy dress is encouraged so I met several Where’s Wally’s, numerous assorted Superheroes, sang along with a group of nuns, chased an octopus and picked blackberries with Little Red riding Hood on route. The atmosphere was excellent with encouragement from the marathoners as they overtook on their second lap. (The marathon sets off an hour before the half and is two laps of the course) I can’t remember the last time I had such fun. The miles slipped by.
Not a course for PBs but it is easy to run it faster than I did at 3.43.14 which included 3 long queues for a portable loo, a wee in the woods, listening to bands, talking, sampling wine and eating more fruit jellies than I have ever eaten in my life. My friends who did the marathon used the first lap as a training run and wine tasted on the second time round.
Entry fee includes a glass of wine at the end (rose, white and red available) and a hog roast (more of a pork in gravy than the full pig on a spit experience we’re used to at Lakeland Trails) with salad and coleslaw and apple sauce. Technical Tee-shirt and medal at the finish line along with the biggest display of lovely fresh fruit I have seen.
Accommodation at The Dorking Travel Lodge is close to the estate and has a handy Tesco Express just the other side of the car park.
Definitely one to do and I will be back again next year injury free.
On Saturday September 19th Kevin Scott was a parkrun tourist at Workington. Kev finished with a time of 18:30 and took the first place finisher plaudits in the process. This was also a parkrun PB for Kev.
Sunday September 20th was a veritable bounty of events DH Runners wise.
I headed over to Warrington to take part in my fourth English Half Marathon. Having knocked on the door of a sub 1:45 half marathon a few times over the past couple of years I was finally rewarded with a time of 1:44.00 on the nose. There’ll be more on that on my blog very soon if you fancy taking a look.
Locally we had Lucy Lamb taking part in the Penrith Triathlon finishing with an impressive overall time of 1:30.17.
Over at Huddersfield a large contingent of the ladies of DH Runners were taking part in a Wineathlon. By all accounts everyone had an amazing day. The ladies turned up with the theme for the day being ‘a day at the races’. So most were turned out in dresses and fascinators along with the obligatory running shoes.
While over at Sherburn in Elmet another group of DH Runners were taking part in the second annual Vale of York Half Marathon. Results for that can be found at http://racebest.com/results/vale-of-york-half-marathon
Notable mentions go to Stephen Weston, Olly Ewbank, Lindsay Mechie, Ian Mair, Anni Stumpf and Andrew Graham who all recorded PB’s and Paul Graves who finished fifth overall.
Upcoming we have the Stoneybeck 10k on 27th September and The Cumbrian Run on 4th October.
Also, hot off the press, we have another Magic Mile taking place at The Sheepmount on October 17th from Midday to 1pm.
Another reminder to please remember to sign up to races as a DH Runner. If we do not come up in the options when you sign up then please contact me so we can look into it. Also if you are signing up via a third party site then please ensure that you have DH Runners as your club on your profile otherwise you’ll come up as unattached. If you need any help with this then don’t hesitate to give me a shout.
Until next time,
GO HARD OR GO HOME
Saturday September 12th 2015.
Welcome one and all to another round-up of results and events. A whole two weeks to catch up on this time around so let’s get on with it.
Over at Carlisle parkrun on August 29th PB’s for Jon Haymes and Karl Douglas and on September 5th PB’s for Dion Crozier, Richard Henry, Simon Dolman, Clair Stockdale, Natalie Kay and Michael Storey. Congratulations to you all. The league table is certainly filling up now.
A whopping 37 DH Runners took part in the Sport in Action 10k on August 30th. The results can be found at:
Notable mentions go to all of the beginners who took part (for some it was their first 10k).
PB’s go to Emma Richardson (1:10:02), Gordon Beattie (1:06:43) and Andy ‘The Spewer’ Shannan (41:36) who immediately emptied his guts, twice, on crossing the finish line.
A group of DH Runners headed out to Derwentwater for a 10k trail run as part of the Lakeland Trail Series on September 5th. By all accounts everyone had a really lovely time hitting the trails on what was a sunny day.
At this point I’d like to take a minute to mention the inaugural ‘You Can Run’ course which started on Thursday 10th September. A group of 34 newbies took to the streets for the first session of their six week course. The course is the brainchild of Lindsay Graham as an offshoot to the beginners group and is a six week session which is aimed at total beginners to running. We hope that everyone who attends the six week course gets what they want out of it and welcome them to the ever expanding DH Runners family.
Upcoming we have participants in The Great North Run and The Bacchus Half Marathon both on September 13th and The English Half Marathon in Warrington, The Wineathlon in Huddersfield and the Vale of York Half Marathon in Sherburn In Elmet all on September 20th. We wish everyone all the best in these races and hope all the training pays off for you on the day.
We’d also like to give a shout out to the Stoneybeck 10k held by Eden Runners which is taking place on September 27th. The route is a brand new flat 10k and is limited to 200 entrants so if you want to take part then get entered asap.
More details can be found here: http://www.edenrunners.co.uk/stoneybeck%2010k/stoneybeck10k.html
Until next time,
Happy Running, Steve
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