Wednesday 17th February 2016.
Just one event to catch up on this time around. Big congratulations go to Lucy Lamb who competed in the Grizedale Trail Half Marathon on Sunday 7th February. Lucy finished in position 18 with a time of 1:47.51 finishing first place in her age category.
This weekend saw some DH Runners join Ben Smith on runs 167 and 168 of his 401 Marathon challenge.
Ben is running 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days raising funds for Kidscape and Stonewall. You can find more details about his challenge over at www.the401challenge.co.uk you can also donate to Ben’s charities by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/the401challenge
Day one with DH Runners (Sunday 14th February) saw Andrew Graham and Andy Baker run the full route while Kathryn Holliday, Jill Glencross, Andrea Young, Matt Begg and Kate Whalen all ran the furthest they had ever ran. Ben also visited Ian Harkness for some therapy after run 167.
Ben noted the following on his facebook page (The 401 Challenge):
“What an amazing day with DH Runners in Carlisle. Day 167 which is one of two days in the city, great course thanks to Andrew and great support from all at DH Runners especially Lyndsey and Andrew who planned it all. Had loads out today, got to see some of the devastated areas due to flooding, spirits were high today with one new marathon runner and plenty of PBs for distance. I love Carlisle!”
Day two (Monday 15th February) saw Glenda Blakey and Kev Scott run the full route with Ben while Natalie Kay ran the furthest she had ever ran to that point as she passed half marathon territory to continue on for another few miles.
Ben said the following after day two in Carlisle:
“An epic second day in Carlisle with DH Runners, it was a little warmer today but lots of icy roads. Amazing sunshine all day, great people and we had 2 new PBs! Thanks everyone for such a lovely time in Carlisle can't wait for the 29th March!”
Having ran with Ben on day two it was great to see what a down to earth guy he was. I’m sure he gets asked some of the same questions time and again but he was always willing to speak to people and answer questions. Having looked at some of the comments from our runners from both days one word kept popping up time and again:
Now that Ben is well into his challenge there are plenty of reports online about his challenge. If you google Ben Smith 401 it’s worth reading some of the reports to get a fuller insight into the challenge and the reasons behind it.
If you can make it Ben will be visiting Carlisle three more times on Tuesday 29th March, Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July.
This weekend sees some runners return to The Great North West Half Marathon in Blackpool. This is definitely one for the more hardcore runner as the weather can often be a mixed bag. Currently this weekend sees a forecast of light rain, 9 degrees and 54 mph winds. I can honestly say I’m looking forward to it.
Upcoming in March have Lorton 10k, Carlisle Duathlon and Trimpell 20.
If you’re taking part in any other events then give me a shout.
Until next time, happy running.
Saturday 6th February 2016
Welcome again to the round-up of results and events.
As we close out January there’s just one event to round-up and that was the Reverse X Border 10k.
A popular 10k which sees runners cross the border from Scotland to England was turned on its head this time round with runners starting in Carlisle and finishing in Gretna.
Notable mentions go to:
In position 6 and first female home we had Philipa Wakefield with a time of 38:39
In position 8 and first male vet 40 home was Kevin Scott with a time of 39:16
And a mention to those who emailed in their times:
In position 46 with a PB time of 44:02 we had David MacGilivray
In position 60 with a time of 45:17 we had Steve Viney who finished 1st in his age category.
At position 245 we had Nina Errington with a PB of 57:53
Lucy Jackson recorded a PB time of 59:42 in position 281
In position 288 with a PB of 1:00.24 was Nicola Jackson
Sara Milburn at position 312 with a PB time of 1:02.17.
From what I’ve heard there were quite a few more PB’s kicking around as well. Well done everyone some amazing times and great efforts. Keep it up. The rest of the results can be found at: http://www.ukresults.net/2016/xborder.html
Thanks to everyone who voted to pick the club charity for 2016. We can now announce that we will be fundraising for Eden Valley Hospice and The Kenyan Schools Project and we'll be updating more about fundraising throughout the year.
Upcoming we have everyone’s favourite half marathon The Great North West half marathon in Blackpool on February 21st.
Until next time - Happy Running
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