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27-12-13
After the rains on Saturday, a muddy Stebbing was only ever going to get even more ridiculously hard.
I dug out the longest spikes that I had and chanced the ligaments in my feet.
This race had everything except class – waste deep river crossings, deep deep mud, uphill finish and even a minced pie!
I came 13th again (following a lengthy run the day before). (See photos)
Lee
PS I just pipped Paul Jego (Super vet)
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27-12-13
I also ran it and have the cuts and bruises as a souvenir to prove it. Managed also to have a nice cup of gluvine afterwards. Finished in 10th,but I only had a very light week of training.
It is the most popular race in the series for some strange reason.
Simon LeMare
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17-12-13
Bolsover 10k
Was hoping not to have to drag out the book of excuses, but here goes....
It was windy. Very windy. 20mph+ winds. First 5k was superb, wind really help push me, under 18 mins to halfway. Got to about 6.5k and then it all started to go wrong - combination of headwind and stomach cramps had me almost stop in my tracks. Got slower and slower, although did not lose many places. Finished completely drained in 38:33. A little disappointed, although general feeling was that times were 45-60 secs slower than normal due to weather. So that's the excuses, no more 10k;s on the horizon.
Rupert Holden
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17-12-13
Rupert – that doesn’t sound so bad. As for myself, I have been trying to get some hard sessions in (after my injury lay off) and no better way than turning up at some low key cross country races. There has been no taper – in fact, I had a hard session on my own on Saturday morning first. Last week was Gosfield XC (53-12 league) – managed 28th – definitely not feeling too sprightly. Yesterday was Rivenhall XC (Mid Essex league) - started slowly and just managed to keep going, slowly overtaking throughout. Managed to get past a sprightly young Braintree AC guy who had lost a shoe in the mud in the final 1 mile. The course setters for this league struggled to find hills at this location but made use of ditches where there was plenty of gloopy mud. Am led to believe that next weeks race at Stebbing involves large bogs! Hopefully, I can make it.
Lee Martin
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17-12-13
I ran the SEAA Masters xc Champs on Saturday at Biggleswade. Course was about 10.5k over rolling grassland, 3 and a half laps with a couple of steady hills on each lap, no mud. The good news was that this is my third race back from the calf injury and everything was ok, the bad news is that I am still not as fit as I was and I struggled in the middle of the race, at least I felt strong on the last lap. Despite all of the above I came 3rd in the M55 age group, but it was a race I could have won.
Mick Bridgeland
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17-12-13
Our third Mob Match of the season was away at South London Harriers on Saturday. We lost the first one at home to Orion by a very slim margin, and won the second one away at TH&H by a similar slim margin. The SLH course is a 7.9 mile figure of eight, with two laps of the top of the 8 through the inappropriately named “Happy Valley”. Tough course (more in terms of the terrain rather than steep hills, although there are hills too) with lots of mud, tree roots, stony paths and slippery cambers. We turned out 48 to their 33, and won by a comfortable margin – the first time we had won both away mobs in living memory. I had a good run – the first time I felt good for some months. I had a very strong last two miles, overtook and held off four SLH’s, and beat three Ranelagh’s that normally beat me. Felt like I was flying for the last mile (ok – downhill with the wind behind, but felt good!). One mob to go this season - bring on Blackheath!
Andrew Hayward
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17-12-13
I did something called “The Swimmer” on Saturday morning - an event that takes place on the second Saturday of every month. For those of you with masochistic tendencies, please read on... Essentially it started at Starbucks in Hampstead at 7am, but that’s where the pleasantries ended. The event basically consisted of swims in:
- Hampstead Men’s Pond (and yes ladies were granted special access rights for this!)
- Hampstead Lido
- The Serpentine
- Tooting Lido
- Brockwell Lido
But here’s the best bit – you have to run from one to the next, so you get a good 15 miles or so on foot. If any of you ever fancy it, it is run all year round. Obviously this time of year the water is cold (it was only 3 degrees C in the Serpentine, up to 6 degrees C at the other places). Summer would be different obviously but, before you ask, the “dress code” is the same all year i.e. no wetsuits so that’s the bit that hurts. Even just a few minutes in water as cold as it was on Saturday is a bit of a test believe me! As I say, it’s not a race, more a meeting of like-minded lunatics of which there must have been about 20. It turned out to be great hangover cure after my Office Christmas Party the night before and by the time I finished I was buzzing, so I can highly recommend it! Next one’s 11/01/14...
Dave Meller
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6-12-13
I ran the Basler Stadtlauf at the weekend - a race I have run many times before. Having lost approximately 5 stone in the last few months I was quietly confident of powering around this undulating 5.5k course faster than a rabbit in an avalanche as we say here in Switzerland. I had some excellent advice from Phil Hernon about controlling the blood flow to the frontal lobes and was thus able to keep my energy and momentum up the last of the many hills. The results are here: http://services.datasport.com/2013/lauf/basel/RANG022.HTM and for live action video of a raven in flight click on the Video link (a first I think for you technological cavemen !). I am now looking for a new mentor now that Keith ("that's a bit ungrateful Dom") Skilling can no longer keep up with me - anyone have Mo Farah's email ?
32. Jeker Dominique GB-London 20.47,8
Schönes Weihnachtsfest,
Dominique Jeker
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2-12-13
Essex Vets CC
After I strained my calf at the International xc it took until Thurs before I could walk without pain. I trained from Sat through to Weds and the calf seemed ok so I decided to rest until the weekend and then run the Essex Vets XC. Race went ok, I kept waiting for the calf to hurt but it was ok, but unfortunately lack of training and lack of confidence meant I could not push as much as was needed. Came 10th overall, 9th Vet 50 (second vet 55 but medals are for 10yr age group) - worst position as an over 50. Glad I ran as the calf seems ok, went out and did 11 miles this morning with no issues. Great win by Dave, he never won it as a vet 50 but then wins the whole race in his first year as a vet 60, and a great turn out - 103 over 50 men, 86 women and 76 over 40 men.
Mick Bridgeland
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2-12-13
Disappointing race at the weekend!. Throughout the past fortnight I have been nursing sciatica and it has been difficult because it is not a running injury. So rest would not cure it, a better posture would. I have been undergoing treatment and was hoping that Saturday would be a good day. Anyone who has had it in the past will appreciate you have good days and bad days. Saturday was a bad one.. I pulled out after a lap and a half . Above my hips was perfect but I hit the first hill and could not run up it on one leg. Thereafter, I jogged in stopped to chat to those watching etc .. . Disappointing as it has been my target for 12 months!. Fantastic run by Dave.
Phil Hernon.
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2-12-13
I also ran the Vets XC. Never run in XC spikes before. I clearly need to work out how to run in them! Overtook people on the flat/uphill, but people streaming past me on steep downhills as I tiptoed down! Beaten by a few people I normally beat on the road, but pleased to come about halfway. As predicted by Phil, feet and legs are crippled. 10k training run yesterday was agony!
Robin McCoy
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2-12-13
Well done to all those who raced in the Essex Vets xc on Saturday. Pity you had to drop out Phil but your support thereafter greatly helped me to push on! Great run from Mick so soon after his calf injury which has affected his training for several weeks now and Rob running in spikes for first time as well as not being a xc regular (understatement I think). I started steadily in about 6th place but quite quickly got to the front with Paul Spowage, Colin Ridley and Mick. After the first lap I started to pull away from Paul and the others and somehow managed to get into a good lead of about 150m. Found the 3rd lap (of 3) pretty tough but with all the encouragement kept going and even increased my lead a bit further to finish 37 secs ahead of Paul in 2nd place. Well happy to win the race outright after several years of trying unsuccessfully as a V50!
Dave Butler
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2-12-13
Grim Run
For my sins, I had the fun of the Grim Run yesterday, 8 miles of mud, brown muddy ponds of unpredictable and varying depths, hillocks, rope nets and minor obstacles. I've done it a few times and don't remember really falling before .... this time I couldn't stop falling in the ponds in the second half of the race. The first time was in front of a big crowd who enjoyed it tremendously, and when I went over again soon after getting up they couldn't have been more delighted :-)
One of the ponds had sharp rocks which left their impression on me. I'd started back in the pack a bit, so spent the race passing people, until my pond floundering antics, letting about a dozen pass me, only half of whom I managed to catch back, finishing 30th (out of 1,600) in a time of 54:40.
Having spent so long being cold and wet, I bought a cup of tea to warm up but the lid didn't fit and my hands were so shaky, most of it failed to reach my mouth! All very enjoyable though, only complaint is that it could do with being longer. No more ponds though.
Simon Phillips
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2-12-13
IFSAA XC
A thoroughly enjoyable event yesterday - lovely setting, good conditions and great atmosphere. I finished XXX with a time of YYY - I was really pleased with the way I ran and managed to finish 2nd Raven - thanks to Arif and Stu F for running for other teams and Andy T for spewing up half way round ! Sausage roll, chips and beans washed down with a few pints rounded the day of nicely. Well done all those who turned up.
Keith Skilling
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2-12-13
I was just pleased to be racing again for the Ravens (not having done so since the same race last year) and had no real expectations other than to get round in one piece and hopefully continue the recovery from injury (touch wood, tis is going well). Running in the 'B' team along with Peter, Andy H and Stormin' Norm, the only person I thought I might be able to keep vaguely in touch with was Peter, but he passed me early on, as did Martyn and Keith. I did not see any of the other Ravens until after the race. Peter looked very strong and I never got anywhere near him afterwards. Good run Peter. I came in in 40.44 on the Garmin, no idea what placing and think I was 6th Raven home after Stu L, Keith, Tucks, Peter and Martyn (who was poorly). I was surprised to see Chris finish just behind me, until I remembered that he had of course run the Norwich half on Sunday. Norm came in ahead of Andy H in their particular battle. All in all very happy. I was faster than last year by some bit, but the conditions were simply incomparable. It was actually perfect XC racing conditions yesterday. The best news was that the Achilles barely registered during the race and there was minimal discomfort afterwards, which I was so pleased about. Good event again, thanks Andy H for organising.
Marcus Elwes
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2-12-13
Good report Marcus. Very enjoyable XC in lovely conditions and surroundings. I was pleased to get around having been in bed with a virus the day before and still running a temperature on the day. Hope to be there next year to be a bit more competitive.
Martyn Starkey
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2-12-13
Yes, a good day for a race, and thoroughly deserved after what we endured last year. An enjoyable run on a testing but not too tough course, in perfect conditions. I was with Stormin’ at the halfway point, but he pulled away in the second half and I couldn’t respond. I finished probably a minute behind him in the end, but still haven’t received the results. Thanks to all who made the effort to turn up and race – it was well worth the effort.
Andrew Hayward
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2-12-13
I was in touching distance of Marcus for the first half but he got away on the hills on the second lap, my legs felt too heavy. I tried to catch him on the last half a mile as it was all downhill and someone was trying to pass me. Finished about 5 seconds behind and the person did eventually pass. Booooooo.
Chris Meadows
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2-12-13
Went off pretty quick at the start to get clear of trouble, right up to the woods, then settled down a bit and a few (maybe 10) came past me. By the time we got on the long drag up the positions had settled and no-one else passed me all race, I think I managed to overtake about 10 throughout the course so probably ended up in the same position I had been after 400m, something which always amazes me. Ran hard all through the race, thought I was overcooking it a bit on the first lap but actually carried on without slowing - knowing the course from last year certainly helped a lot. Always had Stuart Fraser in sight but never got that close, possibly finishing about a minute behind which was pleasing after being over 2 minutes behind at the Brighton 10k last week.
Stuart Lenton
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26-11-13
Clowne Half
Ok, so was a bit apprehensive about this half (last of the 4 I have jammed in over the past couple of months) given its notoriety for not being the easiest of events ...
Tough undulating course, tough conditions, but well organised and very good competitive race.
1:23:45, 17th overall out of 700, having a final 2 mile tussle against winning lady, ending in sprint for line (I won, was not going to be 'chicked' this time) .
(and before I get asked, no big feet, or red noses other than those suffering from the cold - it was freezing)
Rupert Holden
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26-11-13
Norwich Half
Met with Mike McGeown and Chris Meadows, who were in Ravens’ colours, but for some reason in a long sleeve top and t-shirt respectively. Someone should have told them this was a race! Miserable weather, but went through the first 5 in 30.30. slowed down markedly for the next 5 to 62 and change, and then fell to pieces to finish in 83.02. After such a strong finish in the Stebbing 10 2 weeks previously, not sure what happened. Pretty disappointed, but a PB nonetheless.
Robin McCoy
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26-11-13
Further to Robin' report below, I concur with the wether for the race as there was a very biting wind on the higher and less sheltered ground. I started well and ran within myself for the first 6 miles averaging around 6.30s but not quite sure why but bonked mid way through race. Gritted my teeth to grind out the rest of it and heard Robin shouting from the sidelines for me to put more effort in the final straight. I achieved a pb of around 1:29:30 but need to check official result.
Mike McGeown
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26-11-13
Wearing a tshirt I may have been, but I wasn't wearing a fleece hat and gloves was I Robin!! I didn't expect much, and didn't get much. Despite the weather being much better than in previous years I didn't have previous years fitness and finished 1:33 something. Must try harder.
Chris Meadows
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26-11-13
As for me I did the Mob Match v Blackheath which was a target but as BB only showed with 25 the vast majority who looked like they were pulling their pension (sorry Andy) I decided I would do a hard training run as we would win the match easy , as it proved. I started well back (as can be seen by the photo’s) and worked my way through. I was passed by two, but passed 20. I even walked the top of the last very tough Yardley hill to protect my hamstrings, all in all I achieved my target of a hard training run. This week is the Essex Vet’s and I intend to give it everything I have so there will be no tempo training run next Saturday… After Saturday I have decided I will be taking a rest . My left hamstring is in tatters and I really need to give it time but think it will be a hip issue again. I will have exceeded 550 so I am happy.. over 500 more than originally planned.
Phil Hernon
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26-11-13
It was a good old fashioned cross country race. The course, which used to be one of the toughest, has been 'improved' over recent years with the addition of more footpaths etc. The last couple of races I have done there have been dry. Not Saturday. The course was ok to start off with but quickly became boggy and rutted. Worse are the numerous roots and divots which are hidden under the blanket of fallen leaves - beautiful but deadly. I had a steady run where I spent more time trying to avoid serious damage to my already battered Achilles. I also shadowed one of our youngsters who found both the course and the distance a struggle but managed to keep him going to a very good finish. Unfortunately my Achilles are very bad now - I have probably set my recovery back by a couple of months. So much so that I didn't do my long Sunday run which is a shame.
Andy Tucker
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26-11-13
Wolverton 5
Race : Nice fast 5 miler around Willen Lake in Milton Keynes - (won in 23:49!) Excuses : Had a bout of labyrinthitis followed by a sore throat /virus the week leading up to the race. Race : 300 or so mainly club runners who shot off very quick, felt good for the for the first 3 miles doing 6.12, 6.12, 6.06. Tiredness/excuses kicked in going up a short sharp ramp on the 4th mile and only managed 7.00 pulling myself back together for 6.16 for the last mile, coming in 94th with 31:46. Pros : achieved my aim of sub 32 (and doing a 5k Pb in the process) and knowing on a good day I could get close to 31.
Martyn Starkey
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19-11-13
The conditions for the Brighton 10k were near perfect. I really enjoyed it. I had intended just trotting round (you know me too well), but the conditions were perfect and I felt good though still a bit stiff from my race last week. I started steady, picked up a bit at 4k and then again at the 6.5k turning point and finished steadily as well. I wish now that I'd gone all out, as I might have got a PB. Hindsight is an optimistic tool I know, but I did feel strong throughout and fine on finishing (I usually collapse). Must work harder!
Serena Stracey
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18-11-13
Masters International xc race in Cardiff
The course was 4 x 2k laps and was fast and flat, a mixture of playing fields and woods - it was in Bute Park along the side of the river Taff. I had a mixed race, I started well but after 2 laps by calf went again but I managed to carry on to the finish albeit slightly slower than I wanted. I was the third scorer in the English team which won the M55 team Gold (4 in the team first 3 to score) as I managed to beat the guy who won the BMAF xc Champs back in March. After the race I could hardly walk but it was worth it to get the England vest and the team medal. Overall a good result and a fun weekend, I am now going to rest the calf until it fully heals, so no more races for a while means I will miss the Chelmsford 10k this weekend and mostly likely the Essex Vets xc Champs the week after
Mick Bridgeland
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18-11-13
I started slower than intended partly as I got boxed in at the fairly narrow start and lost ground against Martin Rees, which meant I probably lost my (slim) chance to beat him. Then worked my way through the field to be 2nd M60 and with a fast last couple of miles was closing on Rees which was encouraging but was never close enough to be in contention. Finished as 2nd M60 and like Mick with a team gold medal as well. Not seen the official results as yet which will be interesting to see. Feel slightly more optimistic of my chances should I race Martin Rees again over the country.
Dave Butler
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18-11-13
Brighton 10k
It was a day out for the Stuarts yesterday as I raced the Brighton 10k with Mr Fraser. Given the year I've had couldn't really expect too much. Would have been disappointed with over 38 but couldn't expect much under. Felt quite bouncy wearing racing shoes for the first time this year but got a couple of massive twinges through my knee between 2 and 3k which forced me to steady myself and concentrate on style. As a result, went through 5k in 18-50. Felt reasonably strong in the second half, overtaking loads with a big negative split (18-13 back) for 37-03 (115th overall, 11th v40). Disappointed not to get 36-something but very pleased to be making good progress after a rubbish year.
Thanks for the shout Serena (who posted another good time and no doubt just 'jogged' with a friend!).
Stuart Lenton
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18-11-13
I went into the race feeling I needed a couple more weeks of quality training under my belt to have a really good race and my aim was try and not go over 36 mins. The conditions were near perfect, so I thought I’d just go for it and see what happens. I was fortunate to have a group around me which helped me keep up a fast pace. At 5k, my time was 17:34 so I decided to adjust my target to just over 35 mins which would be a seasonal best for me. The guys around me seemed to keep picking up the pace (however my GPS doesn’t back this up!) and I dug in to stay with them. To my surprise I finished with a PB by 1 second, with a time of 34.50. After having 3 poor races in the past 4 weeks, it was nice feeling to have a good run. Since the 19th October, I’ve run a 50m XC, a 5k parkrun, 5.5m Surrey League XC and a 10k road – a good bit of variety.
Stuart Fraser
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11-11-13
I managed a PB at our local Park Run of 19:32 (3 sec. improvement) on Sat. I'm consistently about 30 sec. slower over this course than the Raven's one quite pleased with the result.
Keith Skilling
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11-11-13
Essex road running championships
Yesterday was the last in the series, the Essex road running championship has been my main aim for the year. I was only in OK shape having been on a plane coming back from China 36 hours previously, and was suffering from jet lag. Did a warm up with Dave Miller and Robin. Was OK for the first 7 miles then started to feel tired. Finished 4th V50 which was fine as it meant that overall I was the championship winner. My first and probably only proper trophy, so very pleased.
Simon Le Mare
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11-11-13
Ball Buster - 40 miles (8/24/8) Saturday 09.11.13
It was tough, especially once the heavens opened. When I reached the top on the final lap and couldn't see the finish line, I apparently said out loud what I was thinking - "where's the f***ing finish?!!" and that just about sums it up. I did subsequently make my apologies to the poor fella who had pointed me in the right direction with a grin on his face (the finish was about 15m away round the corner!). Very embarrassed (then). Very sore (now).
I think I could have done better on the bike section, but I couldn't see properly on the third lap and the roads were swimming with water by that point - a bit dangerous. I was also boxed in for about half the second bike lap by a couple of absolute idiots. Not happy at the time, but maybe it saved my legs for the last run? It didn't feel like it, but I'm trying to be positive.
Disregarding the team entry that finished ahead of me, I was 5th woman and apparently 1st in my age category. Very surprised and quite pleased.
Times were:
1st lap (run): 56:04
T1: 2:04 (it was so cold I couldn't undo my shoe laces - I did not take the time to straighten my hair!)
2nd - 4th laps (bike): 1:23:26
T2: 1:53 (even colder by this point).
5th lap (run): 1:00:45
Total: 3:24:12
Serena Stracey
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11-11-13
A bit like you, found it hard to find some space on the bike. I've done it before so know I can do the bike section faster so long as the idiots don't turn up. They were out in force on Saturday though weren't they?! My times were:
Run 1 - 51:17
T1 - 43
Bike - 1:19:42
T2 - 49
Run 2 - 55:12
Total - 3:07:43
37th, 5th in Age Group - I can only salute your 1st in Age Group place!!
Dave Meller
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11-11-13
I ran the Chelmsford ParkRun on Saturday, did a PW in 17:54, I felt tired after a couple of weeks hard training and my neck and calf were still not 100% - I am going to take it easy this week building up to the International on Saturday. My son ran a ParkRun pb of 20:07 (a minute off of his previous PB 8 months ago and a good build up run for this weekends Essex League)
Mick Bridgeland
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6-11-13
After a week of lying on a beach and drinking cocktails, I returned to the cold and wet UK and ran the Capesthorne Half Marathon in Cheshire yesterday. I have been to the venue previously for triathlons, but this was the first half marathon that they had held. The rain varied between heavy and very heavy and warm up was cold and windy. As the field of 700+ started, the rain ceased briefly and I managed to get myself in with a group of about 5 or 6 runners for the first few miles. I later found that in front of this group there were only 4 other runners. I held on until mile 5 but then could not keep to the pace (about 6:10), but dropped back slightly and kept them in my sight, getting to half distance in about 40:30. The course undulated gently around country lanes and I held a good pace for the second half, catching a few a being caught by a few but overall keeping a fairly steady pace. By about mile 10 the rain was torrential and it was a big relief to get to the final mile and then the sight of the finish. A final push brought me in at 1:22:53, a time I was very happy with, 12th place overall. I beat all the V40 and V50 entries but was 3rd fastest V45, the winner also V45 in a time of 1:16:41. A good but soggy day out and a fine way to celebrate my birthday which was on Saturday.
Rupert Holden
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6-11-13
Ran the Hog Hill 5K last night. As in the past it was ran in the pitch black, very hilly and yesterday very windy.. the wind seemed to be in your face most of the time. I ran 14 secs quicker than October in 20 34 and over 1min quicker than last year. Sorry it’s not War and Peace but easily read.
Phil Hernon
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2-11-13
Ranelagh/Orion mob match
Ran the Ranelagh v Orion Mob Match on Saturday. I had jogged around Greenwich in the morning but that is no excuse for my lack lustre performance. Finished two mins behind Brocky (7 secs last week over 5 and closing so over 7 ½ fancied my chances). At the end of first lap I was 26 33 .. so thought about 52 ½ was on as planned to push on second lap but had zero in my legs absolutely nothing and finished in 55 37. One of those days but I will be back… Great thing is I spent the day with Boniface Kongin one of Peter’s Run Fast team. He wanted to run an English XC race before heading back to Kenya yesterday. I took him along and he ran as a guest .. not knowing the course he stayed with the field for a considerable time and then pushed on lost his way at least twice and waited for a Ranelagh runner to show him the way (it was confusing as there was another race at the same time). He still won by 4 mins – oh how great it must be to be that talented … and such a nice man.
Phil Hernon
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2-11-13
Also ran the mob, but struggled round in 64 minutes. Yes, Boniface seemed like a nice chap what little I saw of him (for the record he also won the Cabbage Patch last week in 48 minutes).
It was always going to be a course record on Saturday as we had to tweak the course slightly at the request of the Royal Parks to avoid a skylark nesting area and this was the first running on it, but it was a shame that someone had removed about eight flags and clustered them together, thus making it difficult if you did not know the course. He would certainly have won by more if the flags had been left in place. (Sadly,also at the request of the parks we are no longer allowed to mark the course in sawdust, and have to now use these flags).
Andrew Hayward
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2-11-13
On Saturday I ran for my club at the Kent League cross country at Somerhill School in Tonbridge. Ran 10k on 4 laps of a surprisingly dry hilly course - good conditions. Finished mid table in an average 44 minutes. All felt good although i didn't push it. Great to be back doing what I love best. Saw Luke although he wasn't racing.
Andy Tucker
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2-11-13
I ran in the South Essex xc match at Hadleigh. This was a new course at or close to the Olympic mountain biking course. Short - 3.7 miles by my watch but extremely hilly and uneven ground. Started slowly well down the field and while never feeling great managed to work my through to finish 7th. Happy with that and the match was won by my club, Billericay Striders so we are off to a winning start. Just got to try and stay ahead of the others now!
Dave Butler
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22-10-13
Leigh-on-Sea 10K
It was the 5th running of the Leigh-on-Sea 10k this morning and my 4th year in a row. A rather challenging course with two very nasty hills in the first 5k. The race began in a downpour but fortunately it stopped after the first kilometre or so. I started off relatively conservatively and managed to pick up the pace after about 2k. I felt pretty strong until about 8k at which point we turned right in to the wind for the final push home along the seafront. I managed 5th overall and was lucky enough to retain my vet 40 crown for a 4th year in a row. My time was a little disappointing at 37.30 ish! It was the first mile at 6.17 and last mile at 6.15 that killed the time. All other miles were around the 5.55 mark!
Ian George
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22-10-13
I also ran the Leigh 10k. Ian and I had a good chat for the first half mile then we had to concentrate on the running as the hills had started. We ran together then After 3 miles Ian pulled away. I came 7th in about 37.55 and retained the V50 prize.
Simon LeMare
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22-10-13
Caesar 50m Endurance
Having just got back from a very unhealthy 2 week US biz trip where I put on 6lbs and with minimal distance training (just one 21m run), I ran the Caesars 50m endurance race at Aldershot's military training base on Saturday, purely as a qualification run for the Thames Path 100 next May. I didn't find out if I had a place until the night before because the cheque I sent off 3 weeks ago got lost in the post and the organiser only replied to my emails at 9pm Friday night. Saturday morning I really wasn't sure if I should run as felt very unprepared and had also run 11m the previous day but thought to myself what the hell, I should be able to complete within the 15 hour cut off time and I've got the qualification run out the way. After the first of 5 laps, I was regretting racing because it was the most difficult course I'd ever encountered and to make things worse it started raining! The course was impossible to run in places because it was too steep and rocky. I had to adopt the strategy of many and walked up and down the steepest hills ( total ascent for 50m is 7,600ft). The race started at noon, so fortunately had the foresight to take a head lamp which made the last 2 laps possible. I got a little lost on the last lap and did an extra half mile which at this stage in a race seems like 10m! The official results aren't out yet but was told I finished 4th in 9 hrs 40 mins. I was third at 45m, so assume my little detour at the end cost me a place but no too bothered as my aim was to complete and secure qualification for the TP100. My admiration goes out to those who completed the 100m which was taking place at the same time. I know even if I walked the whole way I wouldn't have finished. Apparently only a handful of runners have completed the 100m in 24 hours in the 8 years the race has been going. Stuart Fraser
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22-10-13
I did the Croydon 10k – felt very heavy legged after about 4k and hated every minute thereafter until the finish. Managed 38m 37 secs.
Steve Glackin
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22-10-13
Essex League Cross Country – Gt Notley – Race #1#
After my first full week of a revamped training regime, I treated this race as merely just race practice – it didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to run pretty hard, but it did mean that I was not too bothered with the results. Started on tired legs, so I knew to keep my pace reasonable if I wasn’t to suffer to hugely in my first XC race of the season. Mick stormed 20+ ahead before two laps around the lake – a bit painful in spikes on the stony paths. Dave B behind me. Dave & I were steadily overtaking people, and then he went past at around the 2 mile mark. Then Mick came back in to view – as I passed him he seemed to be limping. I kept it steady and kept my place during the first climb of the one big hill, then on the second lap was buoyed to see people tiring fast and probably managed to overtake another 5 runners. With a bigger push up the hill I got past another. However, I managed to control my tired legs down the steep, long decline. With 100m to go, a young whippersnapper managed to get past me, but I fought back and jointly we passed another runner just ahead. Finishing in 61st Dave B – 41st ? Mick DNF (he had taken a tumble and had strained a calf) Andy C ? (not first Vet 60!)
Lee Martin
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22-10-13
Disaster of a xc race !! On Friday I tweaked my back when I bent down to pick something up off of the floor, old age !! After plenty of Deep Heat and a good warm up on Saturday I decided to give the xc a go.
As Lee said I started well, not too fast but not as slow as Dave and Lee. I made the decision to run in shorter spikes which were better on the paths but as I would find out not so good on some of the mud.
On the first lap of the lake I slipped and took a tumble but got back up quickly and rejoined the group I was running with. However after the second lap of the lake and back on the main loop my right calf started to hurt, I tried relaxing more but it steadily got worse, just after Dave came past me I started limping and by the time Lee caught me up it was really bad, I tried running on but had to limp to even move at a walking pace so had to pull out. What is really annoying is that you have to do 4 out of 5 races to be in the overall individual results for the league and as I will miss the next match due to the international I can only end up with 3 races, so I am out of the overall individual competition - I have won the M50 trophy for the last 5 years !! Anyway the calf strain is getting better, as well as the back, so I hope to be running again by the end of the week, giving me three weeks of training before the international
Mick Bridgeland
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22-10-13
The course was as testing as usual and with a record number in the field. Started very conservative and worked my way through and felt strong all way to finish. Brocky was 10 seconds in front. I closed him down big time on the last big hill and would have got him in another couple of hundred metres. Well in front of my other +60 rivals (Bumstead & Binns). The novice upstart (Dave) was a mere 4 minutes in front ! Andy Catton
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22-10-13
I ran the Essex League XC at Great Notley and came 41st and first over 60 (& over 50). After a slow start, I found myself quite a long way back. Got going after a while though trying to stay on the grass verge rather than running on the fairly hard paths in spikes wasted some effort! Picked up a lot of places during the middle part of the race as others seemed to slow and was happy to finish in a respectable position versus the youngsters towards the head of the field. All in all a good run out as part of my prep for Cardiff. Nothing like the exploits of Mr Rees though!
Dave Butler
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22-10-13
I ran Surrey league Div 2 XC at Richmond Park on Saturday, my first league XC for about 12 years, it was a tougher course than I expected, I started off feeling strong but struggled a bit on the hills with my Achilles during the 2nd lap finished in 35:14 (just over 5 miles). I hobbled about yesterday but the Achilles feels a lot better today so a couple of days rest should sort it out.
Andy Morcombe
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15-10-13
Wirral Half.
Having had a good weather forecast all week, Sunday morning saw miserable conditions. Cold and wet at the start line.
This had a separate finish area to the start and miles 2 to 5 went from Birkenhead Park out to New Brighton. promenade. Unfortunately this was all into a strong headwind. Got to the official halfway point in 41:56 but the drag had taken it out of me. Second half was up and down the promenade and the wind was biting. Mile 9 saw approx 600 yards of running on a sandy beach with the sand soft in places - not ideal conditions. Slowed badly over the later stages but I was not alone - looking at the final results, almost all had a large positive split. Much of the race was run alone as runners were sparse and very spread out.
Finished in 1:26:04 and the first half marathon I can remember where I have finished cold and shivering, chilled to the bone rather than my usual sweaty mess.
On positive side, I was happy with my run and feel I could come close to 1:24 given more favourable conditions.
Was very surprised to later find out that I had come first in M45 category (despite one M50 and one M55 being ahead of me), approx 43rd out of nearly 2000.
Also enjoyed reminiscing - both the start and finish areas being the site of bike races I took part in in the early eighties
Rupert Holden
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15-10-13
Ran the Petts Wood 10k yesterday.
To say the going was heavy would be an understatement. Most of the race is off road, so it felt like I was running through a stream most of the way and if it wasn’t watery it was muddy. But very enjoyable. Started off and after the 1st k there were about 20 people ahead of me, but within the next k soon reeled in about 5 of them, who were all puffing too heavily for that point in the race. Clearly they’d gone off too quickly. After 3k you climb a hill for about 400 metres and it was here I overtook the next 3. From then on I was chasing a Dartford road runner – at each hill I gained on him and at one point I overtook him. But going back down again he sped past me. It stayed like that till the end and with about 200 metres to go sprinted away – I just didn’t have it to stick with him. Pleased to finish in 39m and 32 secs given how heavy the going was.
Steve Glackin
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15-10-13
Great Easter Half Marathon (Peterborough)
This race has been a long term target to get 80:xx. Plan B 81:45 (pb).
I've been struggling since the Ravens 5k. Ran just 10 miles last week in attempt to speed recovery.
Until halfway each mile was a little slower than the last, dug out a couple of 6:05 miles but by mile 9 I had quads of lead and it was mind vs. matter till the bitter end.
Fell over the line in 83:02. Mineralisation of my muscles continued as my calf turned to rock by the time I reached the baggage area.
Could've been worse and got a decent Ron Hill T shirt out of it.
Simon Phillips
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15-10-13
I did complete my 100th parkrun on Saturday and ran with my son who was running his 10th. We both finished together in a gentle 22.50.
Marcus Elwes
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15-10-13
I ran the Chingford League at Loughton on Saturdayafter running around Greenwich in the morning . Oddly, for a course that is normally wet there were only a couple of sticky patches (despite Friday’s rain) so I decided to run in flats. There are a couple of hills but nothing I would class as a hill. I finished the 5m course in 31 48 (a few metres short I guess) and seconds behind Brock but took the scalps of Daguirda, Frost, Stockings, (all over 50’s) and Colley so was well pleased as these guys have all been nearly a minute in front of me recently. I have not seen the results yet, but on the face of it I am happy as must be third or fourth over 50 and most will not be 55 in November like me . In truth I am now feeling faster , stronger and more confident and improving they are not!..
Phil Hernon
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15-10-13
5 months ago I did my local 10 miler in 'hurricane' conditions (well it felt like it!)Disappointed with my time, I set my sights on the Tiptree 10. To be honest, apart from the windy patches (which were awful), the rain and cool air were 'heaven' for me. I was 6th or 7th female overall, managed 70.12 pb by 1 min 23 secs. Was surprised to discover I did the first 10k 30 seconds faster than my 10k pb i did at battersea in September!
Lisa Wright
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7-10-13
Chester Marathon.
Didn't sleep at all on Saturday and was drenched in sweat. I don't know if this was anxiety, the remnants of a cold I had in the week, or the DTs from not drinking! Was close to DNR. Then I thought of what the RR, particularly Phil, Peter and Ricky would say. Time to MTFU. One last large coffee and off to the Chester Marathon, which is run by a bunch of really nice people and all keen runners. I could not believe how heavy my legs felt for the 1st 8 miles - is this a side effect of the cab depletion/load, Peter? Then it was like a switch was flicked and I felt much better and spent the rest of the race pretty much running by myself, picking off other runners, and looking at my splits no sign of any real slow down. Is this the carb loading, or the 80 mile weeks- who knows! 2.55.12. A bit disappointed not to break 2.55, but a hot day, and undulating course with very little support. That being said, a PB by over 4 minutes, and all together "You can't knock a PB!" Running shoes having a rest this week, see you all next week. Thanks to everyone for such supportive emails and texts before and after the race, and lovely to hear Phil's dulcet tones after the race, when he called me to give Hernon lecture #1. You know the one, have a break from marathons, concentrate on the short stuff etc.!
Robin McCoy
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7-10-13
As for me did our 5 mile club handicap and came 10th course was muddy but I had a good run. I beat one runner by 16 secs who beat me by 40 seconds on the road on Tuesday over 5K. So happy… I hope it is a sign of what is to come!
Phil Hernon
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7-10-13
Southend 10K
Ran the Southend 10K along with a few other Ravens. I came about 27th at 37.02 an equal PB. Very disappointed as the weather was good not to break 37. Was first M50 but only because there is a new M60 prize, won by guess you know who.
Simon LeMare
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7-10-13
Also run the Southend 10k, I crossed in line in around 39.25 so that is a pb by 2 secs. Well happy as was not feeling that great.
Dave Miller
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7-10-13
As you probably guessed, I also ran the Southend 10k yesterday. Came about 10th in a time of 35:31 although I had hoped to do sub 35. Gained places throughout but pace not quite quick enough in miles 3 to 5. Still happy enough with my first road race for about 5 months. Need to work on the speed endurance though after the shorter track races I've been doing. Lovely weather for racing if a bit warm!
Dave Butler
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7-10-13
Dulwich 10k
I made a last minute decision to run this event, as I have been training a bit better over the last couple of weeks (some of it with you guys, thanks) and thought this would be a good opportunity to test the achilles in a race, particularly one that promised to be pretty flat and fast. This was the first race I have done since July and the longest distance since Andy's Ted Pepper in May, so I had little expectation, other than to get through it, but also felt that if all went well something around the 45 minute mark should be achievable. As it happens, on a lovely morning in and around picturesque Dulwich Park and Village, the foot felt fine and I ran a very steady pace to finish in 43.29, which I was very happy with. I was placed 42nd in a field of 213 mostly club runners, 15th in my age group. This is clearly a PB course and I think, if fully fit, I should be a lot closer to 40 mins, but I am happy enough with this as a start back.
Marcus Elwes
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7-10-13
It was the Great Notley Duathlon for me this Sunday. This consisted of a 4k run a 21k bike and another 4k run around Great Notley Country park. The run was fairly flat mostly along grass and shale paths, however for those of you who are familiar with this venue you will know that there is a rather lastly little man-made hill which the organisers very kindly made us run up on each run. The race consisted of two waves and I was in the second “old gits” wave. Anyway I was third after the first run and managed to make up one place on the bike but could never catch the leader so ended up second vet and ninth overall. For any of you runners who fancy trying something a bit different then I would thoroughly recommend giving this a go. They do two races a year in April and October and it is all fairly low key with only about 250 competitors.
Ian George
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7-10-13
I got round the Royal Parks Half yesterday. My furthest run since the Ranelagh Richmomd Half in May, so I was really treating it as more of a long training run than a race. Hopefully on the back of four good mileage weeks, it will be a springboard to improving times again. A lovely course and perfect conditions, and quite an enjoyable run. I got to 10 miles in 1:24:25, which I mentally calculated would give me a big PW of around 1:50:30! (Previous PW was 1:48:48, which was with a roaring hang over the morning after spending the day at the Cup Final at Wembley in 2010, having consumed vast amounts of beer and champagne!). That mentally kicked me up the backside and I knuckled down and pushed between 10 and 12, and then really pushed on for the last mile. Happy in the circumstances to finish in 1:48:28 (and keep my PW intact by 20 seconds!). Also happy that despite the lack of long runs I was able to step it up for those last three. And the real bonus is that the legs feel great today.
Andrew Hayward
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3-10-13
Ran the first Chingford League of the season last night. A 5K ish run around Hog Hill Cycle Track in the pitch black. The only light being from the clubhouse and you have to go up a tough hill four times. I am not sure the distance is accurate as a number of faster runners were all 30 sec slower than their normal 5K time. Nevertheless, it was the same course as last year and I finished 45 secs quicker than last year in 20 46 . I cannot explain how hard it is running in the pitch black! It was a pleasing run and those in Essex will appreciate the improvement when I tell them I was 12 secs behind David Brock. If I had seen him I would have gone for him! It was also after a run in the morning with Peter that was not slow!. Very pleased with the result. One thing was noticeable was how much easier it was to go up the hills – hill work at last seems to coming thru’ … no wonder Luke tried to nick our hill last Saturday!
Phil Hernon
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3-10-13
As you may have heard, despite lack of running following return from Oz, cough and chest infection and niggle at side of the knee after last week’s fartlek session I went ahead and raced the last of our local road race series on Sunday morn (5k in Valentines Park, Ilford). I don’t get any more sensible the older I get !! Started easy and then got slower but finished ok (20.20) and kept my unbeaten M60 record going. But at a price !
Andy Catton
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1-10-13
Barns Green Half Marathon
After a pretty junkish few months of running from May to August, I managed to get myself into a position where I thought I could give the Barns Green HM another whirl. Whilst my lack of running definitely shone through, meaning that my beginning of the year target of a top 100 finish was never on the cards, I am pleased to say that I managed to defend my silver medal finish of the last few years, finishing 191st out of around 1200 runners. Of vague interest to me was that my chip time of 1.38.12 was exactly the same (to the second!) as my time in 2009. Also, somewhat ironically, if I'd been able to run my 2012 time in this years race, I'd have finished 97th and secured the elusive gold medal that still haunts me! As it is, my time of 1.38.12 represents my slowest HM for a number of races and having run 1.28 at Paddock Wood in April (albeit on a faster course) has really shown me how quickly things can go wrong when you pick up injuries. That said, I ran the race, retained my silver position and can now hopefully push on to getting back to where I was at the beginning of the year.
Kevin Cockram
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1-10-13
Along with Mick I ran the Essex cross country relay championships on Saturday. I ran the race having taken my new superfood I was pleased with the run averaging just under 6.20 pace for a 5k average hilly and woody cross country course Our team came 9th in the senior mens competition Before the race I had no beetroot no caffeine, just the day before a curry for lunch and a curry for dinner.
Simon LeMare
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1-10-13
Like Simon I also ran the Essex xc Relay Champs on Saturday. I don't know where by team (Chelmsford C team) came as the results are not out yet. It was totally wrong for xc, a sunny, warm day and the ground was so dry I wore my road racing shoes - I am sure that will change later in the season. The course was shorter than the 5k advertised, just under 3 miles, was a good mixture of hills, ploughed field and woods, great fun. My wife and son also ran so it was a family afternoon out.
Mick Bridgeland
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1-10-13
Ran the Berlin marathon yesterday. Perfect conditions for it and a very flat, fast course (as evidenced by the ludicrously fast world record on the day). A slightly more disappointing performance for me though as my concerns beforehand about not really having put in the mileage, and in particular not enough long runs, were somewhat realised. Went along ok for the first 15k or so and was through halfway in about 1:26 or so but it already felt like I had been running a long way. Really started to pay the price for skipping those weekend long runs (and the 2nd calvados after dinner) from mile 19 onwards as realised I just did not have the range or endurance. Slowed right up and about the best that can be said for miles 21-25 is that I got through them. But then figured was not really running against the clock any more so enjoyed the last mile or so down Unter den Linden and through the Brandenburg gate to finish in 3:07:something and to get round and get the medal. So no PB (and I am afraid a way off your 2:58 prediction Andy) but a very enjoyable weekend spent seeing Berlin nonetheless.
James Oram
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25-09-13
Ran the "for Crohn's Disease 10k" in Hyde park yesterday, nice flat figure of 8 course. James Oram also ran. Had not run a 10k race for about 5 years so little idea of what to expect but thought I would aim for 6:30 mileing (10-15 secs per mile slower than my recent 5k) and was pleasantly surprised to be right on at that pace for the first half and just about kept it together for second half, but had to turn on the afterburners for the last 1k to sneak under 40 minutes, finishing in 10th overall (out of about 300 finishers) in 39:50, which I was really happy with as it's my best 10k finish for at least a decade! Not a premier event but a well marshalled relaxed race. Needless to say James did a bit better than me (not exactly tapering for his marathon in Berlin next weekend..........).
Andrew Chamberlain
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25-09-13
As he said we both ran the 10k for Crohn’s in Hyde Park on Sunday. It is a really nice event – a flat and not very twisty course and you get a free picnic lunch afterwards thrown in. Was pleasantly surprised to be in the leading group of 5 or so as the first few kms unfolded. Was not feeling particularly great but figured I would try and hold on to the pace (about 6.05-6.10) for at least a few more km and see how it went. Came down to 3 of us then 2 of us and I started to settle a bit. As we got to the 8km mark I thought I might actually have a shot at this. Tucked in behind the guy who had been leading from the gun till about 600m to go then thought I would have a go at picking up the pace as we approached the last corner. Happy to say that he did not respond and I had a clear run to the finish in 37:07 (albeit with a few nervous peeks back over the shoulder) and a very surprising 2nd ever win (to go alongside the extremely prestigious Victoria Park 5k Santa Fun Run 2012). Berlin marathon this weekend so looking to make it a hat trick!
James Oram
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25-09-13
It was the Tonbridge half-marathon for me yesterday - a lovely course, through my home village, but a tough undulating one. In the last two years I've gone to Peterborough a few weeks later and run over 3 minutes quicker. For the first couple of miles or so I'd pass several runners, only for them to pass me going uphill, which is normal but increasingly annoying so I started attacking the hills more to put an end to such undesirable behaviour. I worked my past several runners, although some tucked in behind me. The route goes through Leigh twice, where I not only had the support of my family but also an mystery Ravens cheerleader and on the return pass-through he said Phil Hernon would be proud! (I asked his name, David Willis or Williams I think he said?). There's a steep hill as you leave Leigh and with a cluster of about half-a-dozen behind me I ran it particularly hard because it would've been horrible for them all to pass me. None did, but as I recovered on the descent two sneaked passed me and by the time I'd stopped swearing (an essential part of recovery I find) I'd lost them, bit annoyed at myself because I should've stuck with them but at least I saw off the others and no-one else passed me in the last 4 miles. Finished in 1:24:12 which was 17th/1000+. Happy enough with that, hopefully it suggests that 80:59 is a realistic target for Peterborough.
Simon Philips
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25-09-13
I finished 2nd at the Wimbledon Common Parkrun, just 2 seconds off my course PB of 4 years ago. I led for the first 1k but struggled with the pace and dropped down to 5th by 3k. Encouraged by the other guys in front starting to slow a bit, I got a second wind and passed a few and had the leader (Raj from HHH) in sight who had a lead of about 5 seconds with around 500m to go. I know Raj quite well and although he is usually quicker than me, I have beat him on a few occasions with a sprint finish but it wasn’t to be this Saturday and he won by a second.
Stuart Fraser
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25-09-13
I did my first ever park run on Saturday which was the Bromley Park run (also running were Mr Glackin & Mr Tucker), it was also a mob match between Croydon Striders v Blackheath & Bromley AC. I woke up to find my Garmin battery flat so I ran “blind” I finished 31st out of 388. Felt I had a good run shaving 30 secs of my 5k time this year so going in the right direction. Blackheath & Bromley narrowly won the mob match.
Andy Morcombe
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25-09-13
As Andy mentions, we ran the Bromley parkrun as a mob match between Blackheath Harriers and Croydon Striders. It was good to see Andy racing in his Striders vest whilst I competed against him in my Blackheath colours. I had a poor run running about a minute slower than average on the course. I plan to limit my 'racing' to longer distances now until my Achilles clears up.
Andy Tucker
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25-09-13
A new role at work, potential house move and the standard aches and pains have been combining to somewhat curtail my running in recent weeks. However, a quick update - having sat it out on the weekend of the 14th, I again ran the Tilgate Park Run on Saturday - went for it a little more than I did a couple of weeks ago and finished 18th in a time of 21.02 - vaguely happy with that as I jumped about 18 places and took around 1.22 off my time from earlier in September. As several of you may recall, my burning desire is to one day get into the top 100 finishers at the Barns Green Half Marathon and I had hoped that 2013 would be the year that I finally achieved my aim. However, role on eight months and at the beginning of September, I didn't even think I'd be running the race let alone looking for a course PB to secure a "Gold" placed finish. However, over the last three weeks things have improved for me and I have managed "long" runs of 10, 12 and 10 miles on consecutive weekends without too much difficulty, so believe I am entitled to take my place on the start line for the race this Sunday. However, having to forget racing for gold is going to be quite tough and I'm not sure that I'll even be able to defend the silver medal position (top 300) that I have achieved over the last few years. This is however, one of my favourite half marathons and I really want to be there so I intend to turn up, give it a whirl and hope for the best. I'm actually contemplating doing what I did the first time I ran this race in 2006 - crossing the start line in last place in order to have the satisfaction of knowing that I had physically passed everyone who subsequently finished behind me.........then again, I'm sure I see a glint of silver reflecting in the Autumn sunlight!
Kevin Cockram
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25-09-13
On Sunday I ran the Pleshey Half marathon It was the 5 th of 6 races in the Essex road running series which is my main running event of the year. My aim was to be in the top 3 overall There were 5 decent V50's in the race At the beginning I followed Paul Mingay who is approaching Mick's ability, but after a mile he was still doing sub 6 minute pace so I let him go ( he finished in 79.32) At mile 2 the other remaining decent v50's were all side by side At mile 3 Clive Thomas who is 2nd overall in championship went off at a faster pace We caught him at mile 5 Then Nick Rankin went off faster. We caught him at mile 9. I stuck to 6.15 pacing and Nick dropped back a little Then he started catching me and so I went to 6.00 mile pace and dropped him Stuck to 6.15 for the rest of the race and managed to come 27th 2 V50 in 82.04 which was 3 seconds outside a pb Nick Rankin was 20 seconds behind I was very pleased as I am now guaranteed at least 2nd in the championship with just the 10 miler to go
Simon LeMare
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25-09-13
I have not been to any training sessions for ages but I have been training! I’ve been preparing for the Bristol Half Marathon which took place on Sunday, and I had a training plan that I have been following for 12 weeks. Race Report: My previous PB was 1:29:49 (Run to the Beat in Oct 2012), and I was trying to just beat that time. Ended up running in 1:28:09, so was very pleased with the result! The mild and cool weather did help, however this is not the flattest of the courses. There were 10,000 runners, I came in 395th overall, and 33rd among women.
Olga Goffin
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19-09-13
BMAF T&F Champs
It was very tough on the M55's in the 5000m to have no decent notice but it was good for me as I tucked in behind 2 M55s (George Thompson and Andy Wetherall (spelt wrongly I think!) from the start and they provided very good pacing and shelter from the wind! Andy W then dropped off with approx 5 laps to go so I ran with George T (even giving him a bit of verbal encouragement (Simon Le Mare style) with 3 laps to go. Despite that he put in a very strong last lap and finished 3.5 secs in front of me. As Mick mentioned, I finished in a time of 16:48. This was a M60 championship record and my best time since May 2011. Very happy! Decided not to do the 1500m on Saturday which probably helped on Sunday.
Dave Butler
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16-09-13
Ran the Chelmsford Parkrun in Saturday. A bit slippy underfoot so a little off my best, but still first V45, but Beaten by a dog – who ran a PB, even though his owner didn’t. Beaten by a 13 year old boy!! The Essex Athletics vest was a pointer that he might have some talent, but the shame of it!
Robin McCoy
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16-09-13
I also did the Parkrun and raced against a 13 year old. I managed to beat him but Adam Hickey just pipped me at the end but only by 2 1/2 minutes. Am tapering now for Pleshey Half.
Simon LeMare
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16-09-13
My race report is for the Ashbourne Half which I ran yesterday - an 'undulating' run through the peak district, some climbs had me almost at walking pace at times.
Had no expectations for this low key event with a few hundred entrants, still finding race fitness and my first half for a long while. Set off at comfortable pace and as we settled into the race found myself in 14th place, with the 4 ahead within sight. Gained on the climbs but lost them of the flats and descents and could not quite reel them in. Last mile saw 2 pass me but fought back as we hit the final run around the rugby pitch and managed 15th place, which I was more than happy with. Came in just under 90 minutes, my mile splits between 5:45 and 8:00 showing just how undulating the route was. All in all a very enjoyable event despite the wintery conditions.
Rupert Holden
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16-09-13
Surrey Relays
I ran in Hercules V40 relay team Saturday and we finished 3rd. It was my 3rd speed session in 4 days and was pleased to get through it without injury. Finished 9th V40, so happy with that and the way I ran. It was great to see Dave Moore competing again. Doctor gave him the all clear on Monday after nearly a year off and he goes straight into a 3m race! He ran very well considering his time out and I think I only beat him my about a second. I saw Andy Haywood finish strongly but I had to leave early so didn’t get a chance to chat afterwards to see how his race went.
Stuart Fraser
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16-09-13
I ended up running two legs to close the M50 B Team out as we were a man short, leg A and leg D. A tough little three mile circuit with Wimbledon Hill starting at around the 1 mile point. Felt ok on the first leg, but dropped 50 seconds the 2nd time around.
Andrew Hayward
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16-09-13
I also ran two legs of our Will Bolton relays on Saturday afternoon on a similar sounding course. Same reasons as Andy. I took it steady so nothing remarkable to report other than that both laps were only 1 second difference in time - 17.22 and 17.23. Consistent. Consistently slow. Put me 98th and 99th in the overall positioning. So good to be back into the cross country season again.
Andy Tucker
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16-09-13
BMAF T&F Champs
Unfortunately I finished 4th in both by races at the BMAF T&F Champs. The 1500m was the first race on Sat morning, conditions were still and damp but a bit chilly. Four of us broke away after one lap and despite all my efforts we were still together with 200m to go, they then gradually pulled away from me, I ended up with 4:43ish - seeing as it was only a month ago that I started racing again I was very pleased with the result. In contrast the 5000m on Sun afternoon was a joke ! For the last couple of years the organisers have published a timetable for Sun afternoon with no times - the idea is that all 5000m and 800m racers declare by 1pm and then depending on confirmed entries races are combined/moved etc and a new timetable published. Dave and I worked out that his race, the M60/M65 races being first up would be at about 2:15 and mine would be at about 3 - 3:15. When they finally published the final timetable at 1:50pm they had decided to combine my race with Dave's and run it at 2:20 - which means the M55s had 30mins to prepare for the new time. Given we had to report 15mins before the race and be led out 10mins before it meant we really only had 15 mins to warm up, stretch and get our racing gear on. The result of the above in the race was that after the initial adrenaline had worn off all the M55 runners started to slow, one guy even stepped off the track at about half way. After getting dropped by the leading runners after 4 laps are had a battle with Tony Pamphilon, I thought I had shaken him off with 800m to go back he came back past me with 300m to go and I could not respond - I ended up with 17:26.33 he was about 3 secs ahead. Not too bad a time all things considered but still annoying. Despite the wet and slightly windy conditions Dave Butler had a great race to come 1st M60 and second in the race overall in 16:48.
Mick Bridgeland
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16-09-13
Race Report from Winner of Britains Slowest Park Run Course
After a v heavy night, I turned up full of Anadin to the Harrow Lodge Park Run which has the record as slowest park run course in Britain (2nd slowest in the world!). I ran 18:21 and finished first. I was about 11 seconds off of the record (a minute + ahead of 2nd). Perhaps on a dry day with less of a hangover I might give it a go!
Lee Martin
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12-09-13
IAA 10k road race
Many thanks for the various race reports which I have plagiarised into the following. Sorry it's so short Phil. Any errors and inconsistencies are clearly of my making but I will blame anyone I can find.
Race report
Last night saw the Ravens once again racing, both as Team Ravens and on behalf of their respective employers, in the IAA 10k road race at Battersea Park, a 3 lap course both inside the park and around the surrounding bridges and roads. And what a successful night it was for them too.
Conditions were fairly good although a light rain kept them company during the race. An expected record turnout did not materialise and a number of late runners started after everyone else making the race interesting as the fast late starters made their way through the field.
Running for Team Ravens were Steve Glackin and Simon Phillips. Beforehand they had decided to run it together, knowing their pace and times are very similar. And that’s how it started out with Robin joining them. Robin had set off with the intention of running around 40, mainly because of his recent high mileage. However having no willpower, he quickly caught up with Simon and Stevie G. and promptly overtook them. They clearly weren’t having this. After about 3k Robin eased off and Simon and Steve pulled away, jockeying positions until the final 1.5 k. Simon eased past Steve and went after the lady in front. Steve managed to stay fairly close to Simon and was gaining ground with only a few hundred to go – however the ‘sprint’ finish saw Simon win that battle although he failed to catch the lady. Probably best for her that he didn’t... To soften the blow Steve was at least consoled with the knowledge that he ran a 10k pb -37m and 22 secs... (by his watch). Well done Steve. Simon was 1-minute-20 quicker than last year and about 6 seconds off his June pb. Looks like these two have some interesting battles between them in the future. Robin ran the rest of the race picking off the occasional runner, but largely running by himself. He finished (on his watch) in 38.00 which is also a big PB by about a minute and forty seconds. Well done Robin.
An extremely thin Rupert turned up for his first 10k since 2010 with very low expectations, still on antibiotics for a bad chest. He struggled with the pace as Robin, Steve and Simon pulled away over the first couple of km. Luckily he had Mike McGeown, still recovering from last week’s 3 day ultra, to keep him company until he slightly pulled away in second half. He kept a consistent pace but was unable to really push on but was pleased to finish in under 40 mins. Mike, having initially nearly collided with a bollard (is he taking lessons from Dave Miller?) ran a pleasingly steady race finishing around the 40 minute mark.
Pete Osborne arrived with very little running in his legs but a renewed determination to get his lazy backside in to gear. In accordance with the pre race planning with Phil they set off together at the back and watched the fellow ravens disappear into the distance. Having done the track on Tuesday and really not feeling like he could run hard with a cold etc etc Phil wanted to run round in 44 mins. Starting at a very steady pace, then picking it up, they began to pick off runners at will. They passed several on the large loop in the middle of the race including a runner in a bright yellow vest who Phil managed to tread all over his heels, nearly bringing him down. The reason for his loss of concentration was because he was telling off some small kids for cycling on the pavement. Even the young ones aren’t safe!! As they re-entered the park Arif, running for his employers Zurich, popped up from nowhere, which was a bit of a surprise as they had been running with him earlier.
Apparently he managed to get lost. Feeling strong on the last lap, Pete kicked on a bit and picked off a few more runners. He finished in 43.30 after a very enjoyable run, and good banter with Phil, who finished just behind him, all the way round. Surely that is a contradiction in terms. That race means that Phil has run all the assembly leagues and the 10k so gets the award for most proficient Raven flag bearer. And all in such a demure way too.
Running for their employers, Millers, were Lisa, Andy Morecombe and Stuart Fraser. Lisa ran an excellent race, shadowing another lady runner, putting in a strong finish to run 42.54, a pb by 22 seconds. Well done Lisa. Andy started off feeling OK but got a stitch as he came in the park on lap 2 which finally shifted during the last lap, He also missed the turn as he came into the park on that 2nd lap and luckily got a shout from a marshal so managed to double back without losing much time. Finishing strongly and managing to pick off a couple of runners in the last 1K he also sensed that Lisa wasn’t far behind him which kept him going. Is that Ravens rivalry, Millers rivalry or just good old ‘not wanting to be chicked’?
Star of the day was Stuart Fraser. He was part of a pack of a dozen or so at the end of the first lap and in a trio at the end of the second. Come the finishing straight he had pulled a 20 meter lead and sprinted in to win the race. The way the race went also suited him - a comfortable first 5k and then a fast tactical last 5k. His finishing time is unclear because he collapsed at the end and didn’t stop his watch. He thinks it was mid 35’s, with a negative split of around 1 minute. At the start he wasn’t up for it but by 7k, realised he had a chance of winning and was then prepared to go through the pain barrier to beat the 2 guys he was racing. He picked up the pace at the front about 4 times and they responded each time with ease, so he decided to give it his last shot and sprinted away with about 1K to go. Silverware to the (Millers) Ravens. Well done Stuart.
Final official results are still awaited so times are to be confirmed as are team finishing positions.
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As things have felt slightly better over the last couple of weeks, I decided to venture out and ran my first Park Run since March 30th on Saturday morning. Decided not to go mad but also wanted to give it a reasonable whirl to see how things went. Anyway, finished 35th (3rd in my age category) in 22.24 (last time out I got a PB, finishing 10th in 20.28) so am unsurprisingly well off my best, however it was just good to be there again and this will hopefully give me something to aim at over the next few weeks.....body allowing. Returned home and (Phil, close your eyes!) was persuaded by a neighbour to go for a 15 mile bike ride, then this afternoon, after the rain finally cleared up, I went for an easy 10 mile run, sticking mainly to footpaths and bridleways - my longest run in weeks.
Kevin Cockram
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10-09-13
I ran the Eridge 10 mile cross country as a run rather than a race yesterday. I had entered some time ago but had been in two minds about running in view of ongoing Achilles problems.
The course is a fairly brutal off road course with some serious hills, mud and obstacles - their tag line is 'It's muddy hard and deeply steep'. My favourite kind of race. Conditions were excellent and I started off nice and easy and grew into the race as my Achilles warmed up. I finished 6 minutes slower than last time (1.22) but had a very enjoyable run and the Achilles felt good. It's an excellent event hosted by the Tunbridge Wells Harriers on private land that is only open to the public for this event. I can thoroughly recommend it to all.
Andy Tucker
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10-09-13
In the spirit of Kevin and Andy's non race reports, I will add that I too ran my local Parkrun on Saturday to test my injury further. Without wanting to tempt fate, there have been small signs that the achilles may finally be improving, so I decided to push myself a little bit harder, to see how it responded (I have generally been deliberately running the parkrun at 24-25 min pace recently). I started slowly from the back of the field (of just under 400) and worked my way through to get behind the 22 minute pacer. I overtook him with about 200 metres to go and finished 64th in 21.51. Again, nothing special, but I was hugely encouraged by the (non) reaction from the injury. I then played 18 holes of golf with no further reaction, so pleased.
Saturday's parkrun was Steve Glackin's 100th. Well done Steve. I have 4 to go for my 100.
Marcus Elwes
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10-09-13
Good to see Kevin returning to fitness.
Yesterday Dave, Mick and myself ran at Bedford for the EVAC finals. I was entered for the 800, 3000 and 1500 but my aim was to get a decent PB in the 800 as i had never run one hard. First was the 800. I was in lane 8 and when we broke at 150m I was about last and realised i had gone off too slowly. First lap was in a disappointing 73 seconds. Last lap I slowly caught the others and nearly reached the leaders at the end. Ran the second lap in 69.5 seconds and finished 3rd in 2.22.5 a PB by 14 seconds so really chuffed. 3,000 was 1 1/2 hours later, my legs were still a bit tight from the 800 so i ran it fairly gently in 10.53 and was 6th. The 1,500 was 1 1/2 later and ran it as hard as i could, but my legs were still a little tight. Finished 3rd in 4.50 so happy with that. Lastly was the 400m relay but i could not catch Dave on the last lap. It was a good fun day, but i was knackered at the end.
Simon LeMare
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10-09-13
I ran the 3000m followed by the 1500m (and the the relay) at the EVAC Finals. Came 2nd M50 in 9:54.5 in the 3000m and 2nd M50 in 4:46.2 in the 1500m. In both case I lost to James McMahon who I have races a few times before, the gap was 0.5secs in the 3000m and 0.6secs in the 1500m, he just had too much in the finishing straight. In the 3000m there was 28 runners which made for an interesting first 100m as the race sorted itself out. Overall I was very pleased with both races, it was good to feel competitive again and it is always good fun to be in an actual race rather than just a time trial. This weekend is the BMAF Champs in Birmingham where I have entered both the 1500m on Sat and the 5000m on Sun
Mick Bridgeland
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10-09-13
And I ran the 800m, 3000m and the relay. I was 1st M60 in the 800 in a PB of 2:20.0 and 1st M60 in the 3000 in 9:55.8 after a horrible start towards the back of the 28 runners! Happy then to closely track Mick and James after I worked my way through the field and finish just behind them. Very happy to get a good PB in the 800 but would have liked a slightly quicker time in the 3000 but overall a good day and an enjoyable event. Made even better by holding off an 800m WR holder in the final 400 leg in the relay! Birmingham looms for me as well - also entered 1500 & 5000.
Dave Butler
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10-09-13
Some good runs, and some good runs under the circumstances!
Flew back in to Heathrow Saturday morning, just in time for the Ranelagh 133rd Season Opening Run. Ran a PB (and a PW) as it was a new course – we have had to slightly alter the decades old route of our mob match at the request of Richmond Park authorities, so as to avoid a skylark nesting area (even though they finished nesting ages ago). A four mile course and I started off brightly, but the jet lag and lack of sleep kicked in around half way, and I slowed in the second half. Disappointing 32 minutes, but a good marker for going forward!
Andrew Hayward
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6-09-13
Mel Batty 10k
I raced at the above event on sunday, I was targeting a sub 39 mins but did not have the best build up to the race managed to pick up a cold on Friday night and felt really rough on saturday but decided to run. Started off near to the front and managed to do the 1st mile in around 6.45 managed to pick that up to around 6.25 at mile 3 but then started to feel very rough, managed to the next 3.2 miles in around 6.25 - 6.30 not my best race but managed to beat my time at felstead 10k in July. Crossed the line in about 40.15.
Dave Miller
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6-09-13
Brighton Park Run
Having been away and missed yet another full week of training I ran the above to assess my current level of fitness. I started off knowing that I would be pleased with a sub-20 and couldn’t realistically expect much better – so tracked a friend who I know runs around that time for the first 2k. Managed to pass him and keep it steady finishing in 19-16, shaving a massive 11-04 off my previous best, which you have to be pleased with. Less pleased on Sunday when I went out and struggled to jog 3 miles, but a clear illustration of where I’m currently at.
Stuart Lenton
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6-09-13
Barking Park 5k
19.40 – felt faster, felt tough and it hurt ! Another glorious M60 victory though !!
Andy Catton
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6-09-13
Reykjavik Marathon
On Saturday I ran the Reykjavik Marathon in cold and wet conditions. Iceland is, in my opinion at least, a very appropriately named country. I got off to a good start avoiding numerous lake sized puddles on the start line and set off at a comfortable pace. After few miles I was feeling great but I was perturbed to learn from my garmin that I was running at 6.40 per mile pace and went through 5 km in under 22 minutes, I think. I then corrected this to hover between 7.00 and 7.20 per mile. The wind whipping off the North Atlantic as we ran along the coastline and the frequent cold showers made for hard going. I hadn't appreciated that I was racing among half marathon runners and was surprised as they all turned off at 12 miles but was encouraged by how well I'd been running comparitively. I think I went through half way at under 1hr 34 and the second half of the marathon was an isolated energy sapping affair. At around 19 miles (in what I though was the middle of nowhere I was surprised to hear a spectator call my name and ask me to smile! I now know that this was Andy Bickerstaff whom I've not met before. I felt a great boost from this, Andy B, thank you! As I went through 20 miles, the time was around 2hrs 25 and I started to wonder about my finish time. The last 6 miles were very exposed and rounded a promontory out into Reykjavik bay and I found my pace slipping to 7.50s per mile and was unable to readjust. I ground out the last few miles and was very pleased with the result.
It was my 6th marathon this year and my best result at 3:14:14 and a PB.
Mike McGeown
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6-09-13
As part of my "race myself fit again" approach to recovering from my recent injury I did the Tucker two races in a weekend trick. Chelmsford ParkRun on Saturday in 17:31 - overall I was pleased, I suffered between 2 and 3k (this includes a small hill, but then pulled it together again for the last 2 k. On Sunday I raced a 3000m on the track in the East Anglian League - 9:50.5 - the last time I raced in this league there were only two of us in the race this time there were 13 so a lot more people to run with. I was pleased to get back under 10mins again and this was my fastest outdoor 3000 this year also it should put be back at no 1 in the M55 rankings for the year. This is the start of a busy Sept that will hopefully consist of a 3000m and 1500m next weekend, EVAC League Finals, followed by a 1500m and 5000m the following weekend, BMAF Champs, followed by maybe the Swansea 10k. As I said this is the "race yourself fit" approach
Mick Bridgeland
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6-09-13
Did the Sevenoaks 7 on Sunday morn. A glorious little race in Knowle Park (a mini Richmond Park). Half path & half grassland and VERY hilly. Really well organised and very enjoyable race. Finished 17th out of 200+. Nice being “competitive” and first M60 again. As you can tell not the greatest quality field ! 48.19. Pretty much 7 minute miling all the way but 6.20 for last mile.
Andy Catton
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6-09-13
Assembly League 6 - a warm, humid evening in Beckenham that brought both the Assembly League and the British summer to a close.
Overall it was another big 200+ turnout (and a growing number of female competitors) but Team Ravens were down to bare bones, stalwarts Cats and Arif were out due to Australia/Achilles respectively and with no replacements there were just the magnificent seven of us - Phil, Lee, Stuart, Lisa, locals Steve & Tucks plus me. Lisa was competing despite the prospect of an even longer than usual journey home to Sheppey after yesterday's carnage, and Andy had concerns over his Achilles.
Lee returned after missing the last two meets …. could he continue his excellent series of races? Mais oui! If overall league results are based on best 4 performances then Lee will certainly have earned an age-category prize, as well may Stuart. Meanwhile, Corvus Supremus Phil was the only Raven to make it an impressive six out of six races - at least he didn't have to hot-foot it from a long-haul flight this time! Although Wednesday morning, he did have to a get a cab back to the office halfway through his long run, due to feeling 'unwell'.
The distance appears to be 2.97 miles and, as Steve said, it's not the best of courses for a busy race, eschewing as it does the far too obvious attractions of running in the park, preferring instead to twist and wind round the leafy lanes of Glackenham. It does at least finish in the park, albeit at a point higher than the start which is reached by a most unwelcome hill, where Serena was strategically placed for cheerleading.
As seems to be normal now, we were started without much warning, pelting up the double-parked street, soon turning sharply twice and trying, in vain, to all fit on the pavements. For those starting further back, including Lisa, Phil and Andy it was a particularly congested beginning, at the front however Lee was off to a flyer. A couple of runners passed him up the first hill but he dug deep to pass a few once back on the flat, two went passed again but he got one of them back once the finish line was finally in sight (it did seem very late in appearing!), holding off any further challenges for another top dozen finish, ten seconds quicker than in April. Lee was looking relaxed at the end and far less drenched than some of us.
The first hill comes after apx 1k - taking it comfortably in his stride, Steve passed me on the way up, I returned the favour on the descent. After 2 miles someone said hello as he passed, but to my surprise it wasn't Steve but Stuart, "fresh" from lunchtime reps; I thought I'd try to stay with him …. it was a fairly brief thought! Despite his reps and the heat, Stuart still managed to set a new 2.97 mile pb ….
Steve and I were neck-and-neck up the first half of the final hill but, spurred on by Serena, he defied the ascent to put in a great finish and leave me trailing in his wake.
Andy struggled with his Achilles but picked up some speed as the race wore on and, with effort, managed to pass Phil - the only one to do so he reckons, as his cautious tart was followed by increasing pace. Urged on by Serena, Lisa managed a wave and finished strongly on the killer hill, gaining ground on Phil and Andy and finishing not too far behind them. Despite this being a race on public roads, one guy wore headphones …. he compounded his mistake by getting in Phil's way; he should've kept the headphones on because he duly got an earful at the end!
Approximate finishing times below and, since this was the same course as race 1, previous official times shown in brackets for those who did it.
Lee: 16:28 (16: 38)
Stu: 17:13 (17:26)
Steve: 17:31
Simon: 17:35
Andy: 19:59
Phil: 20:05(19:38)
Lisa: 20:22 (19:47)
PS In addition to the above, thanks to Keith, Pat, Arif, Serena, Mick, Luke, Cats, Harold & various guests for turning out in one or more races, hope I haven't forgotten anyone.
Simon Phillips
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22-08-13
On Saturday I run the Barking Park run, which is a flat course with a couple of turns a bit a wind on part of the course. Went through mile 1 in 6.32, mile 2, in 6.22 and mile 3 in 6.15, went over the line in 19.31 not a pb for me but used it as a nice warm up for the Mel Batty 10k this sunday.
David Miller
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22-08-13
Orion Trail 5K
Last night I did the second of three Forest Trail 5K’s at my club Orion Harriers. The course , as I have said before , is up and down but the trails are firm thou after the warm weather following the wet there are terrible cambers and many stones coming through on the trails. On Tuesday I doubled up a 7 in the morning with the Run Fast guys followed by an easy 3/4 at lunch. During and after the 7 I did not think I was capable of running another step so was not confident of a good time. The humid conditions added to the difficulty but I am pleased to say I ran 20 28 – 8 seconds quicker than last week.. but in truth I had to work hard and it hurt. I believe this augurs well for a time below 19 30 on a good 5K course. Not in the class of some of you but it is progress….
Phil Hernon
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15-08-13
Decided to do the Orion trail race last night good opportunity to catch up with a few of the guys as well. It is a ‘5K’ along forest trails up and down hills in the forest starting at the Plain in Chingford. Low Key run and the majority of runners were over 50!. I had done an unplanned 5 miles in the morning with Ken one of the Kenyan group and of course there is my wretched hernia in my left leg … will find out solution to that tomorrow. Anyway, I ran 18 seconds quicker than last year in 20 35. In truth I finished quite well and felt I should have (and could have) given it a little more during the race but did not have the confidence to go after a couple I wanted to beat and who wanted to beat me . This is the first in a series of three so I will hopefully have the chance to get at them next time.
Phil Hernon
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15-08-13
Well, Serena was scary last night – on scary form that is! Considering she has not been training much lately, and by her own admission, she doesn’t race much, doesn’t run in the rain, and doesn’t do cross country, she did bloomin’ well at all three last night. She doesn’t do race reports either, and whilst I am reluctant to do them myself these days as my running is so poor, I feel I should cover this one. Andy Bickerstaff’s first attempt at organising an official race through his Good Run Guide website (excellent site, and good value: http://www.goodrunguide.co.uk ) was a four mile cross country over the best bits of Wimbledon Common. Well marked and well marshalled, it started at the Thames Hare & Hounds club house at Kingston Vale. It began with an easy first mile along Beverley Brook, before turning up through the woods, and into the “toast rack”, which is a three quarters of a mile uphill climb on a stony path. Then across the golf course and along the top of the common to the windmill, and a crashing downhill to come out at the lovely Queensmere. Rounding that, it is then a climb up into the infamous “rifle butts” before another fast downhill to the war memorial, and back across the fields to the TH&H club house. There were 39 finishers, and Serena came 7th overall, first lady, and first W35 in 26:56. So for someone who doesn’t often race, she came away with two medals. (I came 19th in 32:22 and no medals!).
Andrew Hayward
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15-08-13
I couldn't have described the course as well as Andy has, so glad he did do the report. It was quite tough and not too short / long - a good cross country course. Definitely one for the racing Ravens to do in the future. It hurt, I was covered in mud and we were rained on, but there was a really cute dog there and we drank lots of beer and wine afterwards - good incentives if you ask me. It helped that there were not many over 35 ladies!! I still hurt.
Serena Stracey
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15-08-13
Victoria Park Assembly League. No race report from me either – as usual. But cannot help but point out my first victory in M60 category last Thursday ! Not exactly a close run thing as 2nd guy over 2 mins back but at my age a wins a win.
Andy Catton
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12-08-13
Bit of a disappointing run on Saturday. The plan had been to ‘race’ Daguirda of Eton Manor who was my competitor for the over 50 prize (I always beat him in the mud and he seems to be better on road/firm terrains). I forgot about Pepper of Enfield!. I went off with Dave Daguirda and was in front of him after one mile and two mile. Nevertheless, the legs were heavy (amazingly still suffering from Tuesday’s session and had a bad sleep week – real bad!) and he got in front of me and I had to let him go he was too strong (I later found out he is training for a marathon in Sept). Made tougher by the wind that seemed to be in our face all-round the course. Oddly, my fourth mile in the forest was my quickest; but once I realised I had lost the battle I ‘jogged in’ the final half mile because the next lot were way behind but looking at the photo it hurt up the final hill. I finished in 34th in 34 40 and 3rd overall 50 in the competition for the three races and Saturday’s time was 27 seconds quicker than July’s. I must admit I did expect to go under 34 … now done 435 on the trot but felt like I had a poor run in the second half of Saturday’s race but I have the Assembly League to make amends….Pepper won the overall 50 prize with Daguirda second..
Phil Hernon
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12-08-13
Did the Park Run on Saturday and had powdered beetroot juice for the first time beforehand. It was absolutely disgusting. Even worse than the pint of IPA and Babysham I had last year. Finished 3rd in 18.08 which was disappointing but it was very windy See some of you at Lee Valley on Wednesday evening.
Simon LeMare
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12-08-13
Did my first park run on Saturday in Hove. Struggled round in 30-20 (316th place). To make matters worse I got beat by my 8 year old daughter (315th)!!!
Stuart Lenton
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12-08-13
7am on a gloriously sunny morning and arrived at the brand new Eirias center in Colwyn Bay, adjacent to the newly created man made beach.
Strong breeze and cloudless sky.
Friendly build up to start, getting into water at 7:50 for deep water start at 8am. Water felt lovely and warm (was 17 degrees). Course was two laps and outward portion was directly into sunlight, making sighting tricky but this was aided by massive marker buoys every 100m or so. Managed to get into a very comfortable rhythm and hate to admit that I actually quite enjoyed the swim. Swell from sea was quite minor and only got a few mouthfuls of seawater! Luckily avoided the jellyfish, few were seen on the shore. Finish time for 1900m including getting up to transition area was 41 mins so very happy with that.
And then 82 seconds later it was on bike (this allowed me time to get out of wetsuit, load up with energy bars in back pockets and even allowed myself luxury of putting some socks on given the length I had to face).
When I first entered the race I had impression that the bike route was moderate and had gentle inclines and the elevation map seemed to indicate this. However, before the start there was discussion from a few who had ridden the route and talk of a category 3 climb. Route consisted of 2 laps of 33 miles, Basically, the first 8 miles of the lap went inland directly up the steepest hills that North Wales could offer. Then once up high in the hills there was a nice strong headwind to face. To counter this, there were a few nice long downhill sections, and plenty of undulation rolling countryside before heading back to the coast, Worst part of first lap was knowing that I had to face that 8 miles of climbing again - every time I reached a summit, I could then see the next climb ahead. Positive side was that there were other riders out there to chase down and was picking riders off every mile or so. After about 3 hours of riding I did start to feel tired and was counting down the last 10 miles,'looking forward' to the run.
Target had been to beat 6 hours and started run after being out for 4hrs 20. Took the first mile to get my legs into running mode as a super quick runner who I had passed towards end of bike leg stormed past me - he did 1:21 for the 20km. Run course was two out and back laps, 5km each way, along the coast. So generally nice and flat although few inclines over railway, etc which really broke the stride. Had tailwind on outward portion and settled into steady pace - I am guessing just slower than 7 min miling.
After first lap, I had been out for just over 5 hours and 10km to go. I could only mentally think of the 20 mile point in a marathon. Difference was that my legs were not 'running' tired', it was more of a general overall tiredness. Early on 2nd lap I passed the guy who turned out to be 2nd in my age group, remember seeing him but not realising the significance of passing him at the time. Final turn into last 5km was a real psychological boost, despite having to face headwind. Held on and maintained steady pace, my run splits being fairly even. Sense of relief at getting to finish was amazing and even managed sprint for final 50m to the line.
After finish, took a lot of liquid on, had not been able to drink during run and had only taken on gels - had taken 1.5 ltr during bike and felt stitch at start of run.
Facilities at Eirias center were excellent - brand new showers were very welcome, then sat in the blazing sun by the sea.
Got to say that 6 hours passed remarkably quickly very strange perception of time when racing.
Very enjoyable, would like to try a more normal middle distance race next time, still harbouring thoughts of full iron man once day, not quiet ready yet!
Splits:
Swim: 41:39
T1: 1:22
Bike: 3:37:12
T2 1:01
Run 1:29:33
Total 5:50:49
Rupert Holden
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12-08-13
EVAC race report
Along with Dave, Lee and Mick I ran at Lee Valley for the EVAC last round last night Along with Dave and Mick I ran the 800m, 3000m and the relay running the 400m leg. Lee saving himself for the 3,000 I decided to run the 800m very easily and save myself to try to get under 10 minutes for the 3,000m, but knew It would be difficult as have been down to 20 miles a week training for the last month Ran 800 in 2.36 which was a PB by 1/2 second but I know I could take upto 10 seconds off that time if I ran it flat out Unfortunately missed sub 10 and ran 10.06 Relay was fun but could not catch Dave on the last leg.
Simon LeMare
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12-08-13
As Simon mentioned I also raced at Lee Valley last night in the 800, 3000 and 400 last leg of the relay. Both the 800 and 3000 were run as one race for all age groups (the 3000 also included the ladies). Very good conditions for track racing - nice temperature and not windy (Simon's beetroot juice was watered down!). In the 800, I came 2nd in the overall race in a time of around 2:24 (not seen actual times). In the 3000, which was not long after, I came 3rd overall to the youngsters in a time of 9:41.7 (a new age group BR if it is ratified and an outdoors track pb) due to some great pacing by Lee who also did a great time and pb. Finally, came the relay where the adrenalin was still going strong after the 3000 so I pushed hard and managed to keep in front of Simon. I'll leave it to Lee and Mick (who is in the early days of training after his injury) to update on their races.
Dave Butler
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12-08-13
Mick ran the 800m too in a respectable time of 2:30 I think. But coming back from injury, the 3000 was just for the points and race fitness. His time was over 10. I ran the 3000 first. Was hoping the Ken Hoy (Vet 35) would pace me round but he and I swapped pacing duties a couple of times and then I took over for the remainder. He closely followed me for the last 3 laps and then sped up markedly on the last lap. Although it felt tough at first, I managed to chase him hard all the way to the line pushing him to 9:36.0 and me in 9:36.6. Ran the opening leg of the relay 400,200,200,400. Was immensely put off by the big guy in the lane outside of me who was starting in blocks! I got past him with about 50 metres to go …. Only to find a chap speeding up on my shoulder from lane 6. Handed over in joint first. Ended up 2nd by a whisker. Lee Martin
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12-08-13
I ran the 800m in 2:27ish for 1st M50 and then a too short while later the 3000m in 10:27ish for 2nd M50 behind Simon, followed by the first 400m of the relay, we won the M50. Both races hurt, just unfit, but the leg held up OK. Overall Chelmsford came 2nd on the night and we have won the League so are through to the finals in Sept
Mick Bridgeland
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12-08-13
Assembly League 5
It was back to Vicky Park for the slightly excessive distance of 3.5 miles, which was at least mitigated by finishing on a downward slope - the course is a short loop, a big loop, then finally - because 5k is never enough - half the short loop again.
Some of us did the same race in May (results from then in brackets below), so there were some pbs to be had. The number of runners in these races seems to be increasing each time and there were probably over 300 last night, on another good evening for running. Before we got going, Tucks showed off his severe sunburn from a day at Camber Sands without suncream, hopefully he's remembered it today because he's there again. It looked like Phil had shin splints, his left leg unpleasantly swollen - old Peter told him his warm-up looked awful!
Some of the Ravens were a little bit tardy in sauntering over to the starting line and soon after we got there it was moved back about twenty yards, then Dennis said yep there's good … GO!
Which took everyone by surprise a bit.
Phil stormed round his first mile in 6:15 but got a sharp pain in his leg, so pulled up for some treatment from one of his acolytes. Being determined to finish all the league races, he resumed at a jog but soon felt better and started to race again - threading his way through the field he got Lisa back in his sights but couldn't manage to catch her, finishing in 23:05 (22:55). Lisa firmly held off his attentions to finish in 22:45 (23:15) but couldn't gain on Andy C who finished strongly in 22:15 (22:31). Phil was suffering with his leg a bit afterwards.
Arif, Pat and I started near the front, with Andy T a few rows back. As is my wont, I went off too fast for a while followed by Arif then Pat. A very good Eton Manor lady called Alex passed Pat, ran with Arif for a bit then drew level with me towards the end of the first loop. I tried a series of surges to break away, to no avail though and on the return leg of the big loop she built a little gap from me instead. After that I wasn't too sure how I was doing, it didn't feel great and I was expecting to see Arif or Pat pass me, both of whom were running well, Arif was much happier than last time and is getting some good speed back. He never let me get far in front and Pat put in a strong finish to make sure he finished in under 21 minutes again. By his own admission Andy didn't have the best of races but was less than a minute behind, perhaps it shows the value of his bowel-assisted finish last time! I was surprised by my time (almost my best WAVA) finishing in 20:10 (20:30), Arif in 20:25 (21:10), Pat in 20:57 (20:57) and Andy in 21:40 (21:18)
The absence of Lee, Stu, Mick & Luke meant we had no regulars in the top twenty this time, but some of you will know Harold from reps and he ran for us, finishing 4th in apx 17:30. Matt Woodman is about to start running with us and came 7th apx 18:00. The winner, also running for us, was a pleasant young Run Fast chap called Peter Huck winning comfortably in 16:48, possibly a course record.
It was a good race and a really good evening, next month's is the last chance for anyone who wanted to represent the Ravens this year - plus, keep it under your hat, you may well get to run in a team containing several top Kenyans …. Peter's course record may be short lived!
Simon Phillips
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12-08-13
Hadleigh 10K
This was the 4th in the 5 race Essex Cross Country Series (and my 2nd); 2 laps of an undulating course through Hadleigh Country Park. My target was around 40 mins, with hopes of a top 5 finish.
Getting dizzy spells during warm up was a bad omen (probably not helped by my giving blood 36 hours earlier), and with only 1km gone following the downhill start I couldn't manage more than a jog. My race was over, but as i'd paid my entry fee i decided to jog round and take in the delightful views over Coryton and the Southend rail line, rather than quit and give up my free tat at the finish.
In the end i managed to duck in front of the rear of a pantomime horse to just scrape under 50 minutes - unfortunately the front end of the horse beat me.
Not a race to remember.
And I made up the bit about the horse.
Nigel Cairns
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30-07-13
London Tri 10k leg
Miller entered 2 teams for the Olympic distance at the London Tri this weekend. Both teams finished in very respectable positions - 6th & 82nd out of 450+ entries. My time was a PW of 38.32 but was still 10th fastest in the team event. I was around 3 minutes slower than the 10k race I did the previous Sunday. Not sure why I was so much slower – I gave it my all. Possibly because the course didn’t suit me. It was 4 very twisty laps and I couldn’t build up a good speed/find a rhythm and it was also very hot 2pm Saturday. Not sure these reasons add up to being 3 minutes slower. Maybe the old body needs a rest?
Stuart Fraser
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30-07-13
RPC entered some teams too. I was 3 minutes slower than my PB for the 10K (43:40), although my training stats predicted I'd get around the PB. I think you're right about the twisty course! It was a good day out though.
Peter Rudd-Clarke
On sunday I did the Bushy Park 10K racing against my eldest 2 sons, both in their early twenties,it was multi terrain 2 laps but flat, I struggled a bit in the heat and it seemed fairly windy. I came 23rd out of 258 finishers in 42:58. And yes I beat both sons!
Andy Morcombe
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30-07-13
I ran the BMAF 10,000m track champs on sunday. Despite my reason injury/lack of fitness when I saw the standard of the entries in the M55 age group I figured I could win it in about 37mins. As it turned out I won the M55 age group in 37:29.99 - it was a nice warm day but with a bit of a head wind in the home straight but 25laps of the track is always a fun experience
Mick Bridgeland
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30-07-13
I too did the BMAF 10000m track champs on Sunday and managed first place but in the M60 age group in a time of 35:46. Second was David Oxland about a minute behind with Dave Cox (just turned 60 this month) in 3rd place. Great to do 25 laps once a year although probably wouldn't describe it as fun! It does do your head in a bit!
Dave Butler
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24-07-13
Surrey League 10k
This race is normally full, I sent an email to the organisers to see if they had any drop outs. Didn't get a reply so assumed no. I checked my emails just after midnight Saturday to find out I had a reply and they had places if I got there early to register etc. Didn't fancy setting the alarm for 6 Sunday morning to make race, so decided not to but if I woke up naturally early, I'd race. Frustratingly had a broken nights sleep and was awake at 5 30, so thought might as well do it.
Conditions were good and course fast on the way out but slower along the towpath on the way back. I ran most of the race alone but could see a group 20/30 secs ahead me which helped me to dig in. Also shouts of encouragement from Serena as she sped past on her bike helped (Thank you Serena!). I finished in 16th (1st V40) in 35:25. Talking to other runners afterwards, most said their time was slower than they expected - no one sure why because conditions were ok. I have another 10k next Saturday (running leg of the London tri) and then I'm looking forward to a 3 or 4 week running break.
Stuart Fraser
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24-07-13
Stu - great run.
On Saturday ran the Ipswich Park Run which was a tough cross country course. Had a high mileage week of 58 so had not held back. Managed to do 2032 second lap 28 seconds quicker than first. Can't say I was pacing anyone , nor did I cut corners but I was fine at the end. The venue was Chantry Park where Essex Leagues use to be held and Tim Hutchings won the National ...recommend it to anyone bored of the Essex Runs..
Phil Hernon
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23-07-13
A long race report especially for Phil.
Ran the Southend Park run and was aiming for sub 17.30 There are 3 laps and this week were about 7 time pacers including Dave Miller who was doing one of the faster groups.
Ran the first lap but was not sure if I had cut a corner as there are a few twists and turns which you cannot see from afar as they are hidden from view by a large amount of concrete and the Marshall did not say anything as i ran past the first one. Adam Hickey was way ahead and the other 2 infront of me had already run past the corner.
On the 2nd lap I lapped 2 large ladies who amazingly shouted out "cheat" when i ran the hidden corner and was quite shocked and so I turned back and ran round the corner again as I was not going to be called a cheat by 2 lapped lardies.
It probably cost me 5 seconds
Finished in 17.40 a bit disappointed but my 2nd fastest 5k time I jogged the 2 miles home and saw Adam Hickey run past me, so I caught him up and had another chat with him to find he was doing a training run 15 minutes after finishing a 14 1/2 minute 87% age related time park run!
He asked if I wanted to join him but i only did for 5 minutes as I had to get back to take my daughter to tennis I thought I should have stayed with him for the training run as it is rare someone like that asks you to join them.
His post race training was 10 minutes hard 5 minute recovery 10 minutes hard then recovery jog
Simon Le Mare
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23-07-13
National Lottery Anniversary Run 5 Miles
Is this really a race? Anyway, nervously lined up at the start knowing that I really haven't run enough recently but secure in the knowledge that sometimes on a Monday I am running 7 minute miles (even if it is just to hang on round the park!). .
Although there was cloud cover for the start it was still hot and I was running in a National Lottery T Shirt! As is the norm for this type of race some people had seriously over-estimated their finishing time (especially the guy who stopped to walk after a mile!). So first mile or two was spent ducking in and out and getting frustrated as people slowed and the course got really narrow at times causing everyone to slow up. Mile 3 to 4 seemed to take ages and then it was into the underneath of the stadium with Chariots of Fire playing through the speakers with the final 300 metres on the track where just last year I had seen legends like Usain, Mo, Jessica and Dave (Moore) run. Managed to see Mrs Priest in the crowd and sprinted down the home straight for a 34:50 finishing time and 690th overall (both of which I was happy with, considering).
Phil Priest
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23-07-13
Well done Simon (and a pity we didn't have you and Mick at the below match yesterday), Phil (must have felt strange running in a tee shirt!) and Dave on the pacing.
I ran in the Vets Inter Area T & F match at Solihull (Tudor Grange Track) yesterday.
Came 2nd to David Oxland in the 800m in a time of 2:21.9. He finished a couple of secs ahead due to his trademark strong finish. I was boxed in during the middle of the race when the pace slowed and I could otherwise have taken it on.
I then ran the 3000m some 90mins after the 800m so reasonable recovery time. This was run with all age groups together, a total of 20 runners so very busy for a track race! I finished in 7th place overall and first M60 in a time of 9:57.68 with David Oxland in 2nd place this time.
Not my best time this season but good enough for a British M60 record (at this match they have all the electronic stuff necessary for ratification of a record).
So very happy with that - my first BR!
Dave Butler
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23-07-13
Managed a pb in the Bromley Park run of 17m and 47 secs, so was delighted with that. Some youngster led the race running with his top off and showing off his tanned six pack, yeuuugh (at least that’s how Serena reacted ;>0) so I thought I’d try to get to him – and eventually overtook him with about 500m to go but I was then overtaken by another kid* on the run in.
The conditions were perfect – nice and cool and the ground was bone dry and fast.
Saw Serena who also ran and Marcus, who didn’t but has decided to rest up for a few weeks until the injury / niggles totally clear up.
*Anyone under 30 yrs of age
Steve Glackin
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18-07-13
Felsted 10k
Hot Hot Hot! Nearly all the times well down from where they should be. Sweltering heat got the better of Dave Miller (40:??) and I (36:20). Simon came home well as 3rd Vet 50 and tops out the Essex Grand Prix table – well done Simon!
Not my favourite race of the year!
Lee Martin
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18-07-13
Yesterday ran the Felsted 10k which for me was race 4 in the 6 race Essex Road running championship which is my main race series for the year The aim was to try to gain some more points against my 2 main competitors. Was very anxious about the heat and so decided to run about 5 seconds per mile slower than PB pace. After 600 yards saw Lee was in front of me we exchanged a few words of encouragement but no long chat. Decided to stay 20 yards behind the guy who won the M50 category in the 5 miler in an earlier race. There were 3 of us M50's together all the way. I had a lot in me towards to end and so went for it with 1 k to go and beat the other 2. Disappointingly was 3rd M50 but increased my lead at the top of the leader board so overall very happy Was not very tired at the end so I should have run faster.
Simon le Mare
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18-07-13
Well done to Simon and Lee yesterday. Had a real nightmare the heat got to me a 5k and really had to dug in the last 1 mile. Back to some more training before my next 10k at the end of August.
Dave Miller
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18-07-13
Southern Counties Veterans' League Kent Division 2 Meeting @ Dartford
This was my local club's last meet of the summer and my main event was as the B string runner in the over 35's 800m. This was the second time I had run the 800m in competition, having done it a month ago at Norman Park Bromley, so I had at least something to aim for.
Once again, I was quickly left by the better (younger!) runners from the off with only one rather more 'experienced' gent (63) behind, so I simply concentrated on maintaining a good pace and not blowing up too early, as I had done slightly last time. I came round in 77 seconds which was marginally ahead of my previous time (1 second in fact) and finished in 4th place in a time of 2.40.4, a PB of exactly 3 seconds!
I have to say of all the distances I have run, 800m is really one of the toughest, so I was pleased with the time. I was, however, completely spent, which would explain my shocking display in the discuss, where I only managed to register one legal throw, which was a truly ugly thing.
I then ran the 1st 200m leg of a medley relay (800/200/200/400m). My leg was unofficially timed at 30.6 and our team came a very comfortable 2nd in a total time of 4.21.7. The relay is always an excellent way to finish off the evening.
To cap it all off, for the first time since I joined, our team won the evening - by one point (so my couple picked up in the Discuss were crucial in the end!)!
Achilles very sore today but worth it.
Marcus Elwes
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18-07-13
Phoenix Strides Summer Series 5k
I run the above race last night, it was a very humid evening.
Started right at the front and decided to really go for pace was around at around 6.55 pace, managed to keep this going for first 2 miles but at this stage the heat really started to get to me. However managed to hang in and finished in around 20.55 4 pace I think, awaiting final results. Very good race and will be doing it again next month.
Dave Miller
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12-07-13
Last night I ran Striders of Croydon’s last in the series 5 mile handicap, it’s a hilly 2 lap course. Last month I ran almost dead on 35 minutes, so feeling that my running is going Ok at the moment I wanted to run quicker. I went off a bit too quick and suffered on the hills in the 2nd lap but was pleased with a finish time of 33:40.
Andy Morcombe
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12-07-13
I ran the Great City Race last night (5k) and came 447 out of around 6000 who ran in a time of 20.19 which is mu fastest of the year so far but still 30 seconds or so off what I was doing 6 months ago.
Nice race very well organised and good fun. Splendid medal as well.
Marcus Elwes
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12-07-13
Did the JP Morgan Run last night. Ludicrously crowed. Could only have gone faster by punching a few people – should have done. Beat Pete – that’ll do (22.42 v 23.32)
Robin McCoy
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12-07-13
What Robin failed to mention was that he was beaten by someone else within our organisation. He did have a bright future, although unfortunately received his P45 this morning… The run was far too crowded, although we expected that, however the post race beer and tapas was very pleasant..
Peter Osborne
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12-07-13
I even managed to do the race. Never seen a start so crowded so quickly, usually at front, but this year behind a zebra ! 18:40. Lots of pushing and shoving for first half of race, then thinned out
Pat Young
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10-07-13
I ran the 200m and the 3000m and then 200m in the relay for Ilford in the SCVAC league on Monday night.
A surprising third place (and close to 2nd!) in the M60 200m in a time of 30.3 (better than expected!). Then 9:48.7 (a season's best by a second) in the 3000 to finish 3rd overall and 1st M60. Malcolm Muir of Ilford won the 3000 in around 9:35.
A good nights racing followed by a long and late drive home due to the M25 being closed at the M11 junction for road works!
Dave Butler
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10-07-13
On Friday i raced at the great Bentley 5 à lovely course no wind à fast and flat course would recommend it!!
The plain was to run it in about 31.30 started by doing the 1st 2 miles in 6.17 started working through the field Which is always à good feeling in my eyes, then did mile 3 in 6.12 however mile 4 was not good. However decided to give the last mile all i had à managed to run it in 6 min miling.
Crossed the line in 31.20 so à good nights work, next up for me is felstead10 à week today!!
Dave Miller
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10-07-13
On a lovely Friday evening at the picturesque Julie Rose stadium in Ashford I competed in the SCVAC Kent Division 2 event, running over 35 B string in the 400m and 3000m.
Due to my ongoing injury, I am having to pick my races very carefully at the moment, hence not running at Battersea on Thursday, so that I could concentrate on this event. Once more, these were both distances I have not run on track before, so was unsure what to expect.
I came 2nd in the 400m in 68.7 and 3rd in the 3000m in 12.01.6, both times I was happy enough with, although I had hoped to get under 12 minutes for the 3000m. I was drawn in the outside lane for the 400m, so it is strange sensation not knowing where other runners are in the race - apparently the 3rd placed runner from Bexley did get close to me at one stage but I managed to hold him off in the last 100m or so!.
I also threw the hammer, as a last minute replacement for a club mate who pulled his back and again, never having done it before, was happy enough to get a legal throw in and 3rd place. The chap who won the hammer was a 11 time Welsh champion. Fair to say, he threw it a tad further than me!
My club came third on the evening and remain 3rd place overall in the league.
Marcus Elwes
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5-07-13
I ran the 3000m at the Eastern Vets track & field champs on Saturday. Came 3rd in the overall race (and 1st in my age group - was the only M60!) in a time of 9:50.5 (a second off my best this year).
Ran a steady race, picked up a couple of places during it and was gaining ground on 2nd (an M35 who finished in 9.42) towards the end. Winner (M40) did 9.05. Decided no point in hanging around to do the 1500m 90 mins later which I'd also entered.
Dave Butler
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5-07-13
Last night Lee, Dave and myself ran at the Eastern Vets, Mick was in charge of cheer leading. First was the 1500. I have only run one before in 5.01. My 15 year old son ran 4.59 last month so wanted to re take the lead in the Le Mare household probably for the last time. The race was quite lonely as Dave and Lee were at the sharp end of the race with 2 others, I was in the middle and about 10 were behind me. There was no one to chat to whilst running apart from Mick every 80 seconds Came 5th in 4.45.3 so really pleased. 30 minutes later was the 400m. I have run this distance once before when I was in the Lower Sixth at school. There was lots of encouragement and advice from the crowd, which was mainly "use your arms!" Finished in 66 seconds so pleasantly surprised. 10 minutes later was the 4 X 100m which was interesting as 3 of us had never done it before. Disappointingly we did not break the magical 40 second barrier.
Simon LeMare
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5-07-13
Yes Lee had a great run and another PB in 4:32.0. No doubt he'll do a quick report later. I ran 4:39.7. Was pleased to keep below 4:40 again had hoped to do sub 4:35 but didn't feel strong enough during the race to challenge Lee this time! Excellent run from Simon as he reported. So not having a chat during the race is clearly having some benefit!
Dave Butler
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5-07-13
Last night Dave Butler, Simon Le Mare and I all turned out for the race. Conditions were perfect but sadly, my preparation was ruined by work commitments keeping me here til late. I managed about a 600 m warm up before the start! Zipped off with the Vet 35 guy who works for Saucony in a first lap of 71, followed by a 2nd at 75, brining back in at 74 secs in the 3rd. Managed a good effort for the last 300 in 52 secs. 4:32.0
This is a PB by 0.6 secs (the all count!) Dave managed to keep all his 1500s this year below 4:40 with a 4:39. Simon came in a bit later (cant remember is time).
Simon later flew round a 400 in 65 I think? - great run!
Lee Martin
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5-07-13
Assembly League
Lovely evening in Battersea. Due to niggle, only jogged 4 times in last 12 days, hoped (in vain) this might leave me refreshed. Wasn't feeling confident so decided to compensate by setting off extra fast, Luke then Stuart (very good runs both) passed me around 1k (3:23), second km was quite fast too (3:32) but couldn't keep it going and struggled, couldn't even muster anything for the last km, last 3k each 3:45 to finish in 18:10. Would have been pleased with that a month ago, less so now; time to get back into training and try to get faster for the next Assembly League race. The Raven gold star goes to Phil for keeping his form going despite having been on a long haul flight today! Very impressive.
Simon Phillips
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5-07-13
I did 16.52 just holding off a fast finishing Stu F. I ran for a bit with a very young looking Raven with a beard who I just managed to beat.
Luke Armitage
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5-07-13
Thanks to those that supported the Ravens last night. It was predominantly the old die hards me (just got off a plane from Singapore), Simon (nursing an abdomen twinge) , Stu F , Tucks(feeling under the weather), Arif (with bad knees)….Keith (as he promised showed as well) Jamie from Run Fast’s shop and I was asked to add a couple of guests to our team. I do not think I have forgotten anyone (apologies if I have) . For the record I ran easy last night and oddly did 20 22 fast than Dulwich and I really felt good at the end …
Phil Hernon
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5-07-13
Well done all, especially Keith who broke 19 minutes again. And I'm pretty sure he had a bit left in the tank so could have gone even quicker. It's good to see him running well. Mine wasn't the best of races as I have an Achilles problem now which has meant I have had to pull out of the Bewl 15 on Sunday - shame because it's one of my favourites. Managed about 19.14 last night. Some rest/rehab/treatment is on the cards for me unfortunately.
Andy Tucker
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5-07-13
As hard as I tried, I couldn’t quite catch Luke last night but managed to pip Jamie on the line. Pleased to run sub 17 but disappointed I haven’t been able to keep up my tough training regime and healthy lifestyle the last the past fortnight. Good fast course and enjoyable evening.
Stuart Fraser
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1-07-13
Yesterday Robin and I ran the Horndon on the Hill 10k. It was the warmest temperature I had ever run a race in (excluding running the London marathon in a golf jumper), so I was not sure what pace to do. I decided to run a PB pace, even though it is not a PB course and see what happened. After the first mile I was in 11th and was shocked to see all of those infront of me take a cup of water at the first water stop, so I thought I should do the same. After 2 ½ miles I started to slow a little, the guy in 7th dropped out. After 4 miles a guy caught me and overtook me. He looked about 50 so I knew I had to hang onto him as the V50 was now between us 2. I asked him if he was over 50, and he did not reply, so I asked him again and he did not reply, so I asked him again and he said yes. He asked me and I said I was too. We knew we had a race on. We stayed together for the next mile. I knew I had a bit left in me. For the first time ever I had to decide on specific race tactics during a race. I have never had to do this before, as I have always run against the clock or the race has dictated itself. So I had to consciously decide what to do. I thought to go off with a mile to go may be too early, if I went for a 400 yard sprint it may be too late, so decided at ¾ mile left to go. I ran 45 seconds a mile pace faster than we had done for the last mile and I dropped him, and beat him by 18 seconds. Came 8th and first V50 (the results on the website were wrong and I emailed the organisers and they agreed). I felt terrible after the finish and was the most tired I have ever been after a race apart from after a marathon.
The winner collapsed after the finish as did a few others. The ambulances were always going to the finish to pick up some one else.
Simon Le Mare
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1-07-13
Bumped into Ricky, who predicted that the heat would mean that I would need the services of St Johns Ambulance, and Eamon Brown who was hoping that the race was sold out so he wouldn’t have to run (unfortunately for Eamon it wasn’t). Sensibly sat in the nice cool Methodist Hall. With my new found enthusiasm for 5Ks set off my 5k pace, which meant after running down the hill in H-o-t-Hill, and up again I was in 20th place but drenched in sweat. Hung on for dear life, and about half way round was thinking about stopping. Decided I’d rather kill myself running that put with the abuse that would follow a DNF. With 40 metres to go ran past 2 blokes, who took exception to that, and beat me to the line. Should have done what I normally do – waited until 10 metres from the line to go past them.
My colleague Natalie passed me a pint of Pimms as I came out of the finishing area, which made me feel different, if not better! Yesterday took more out of me than this years marathon – it was brutal out there – the 11 o’clock start was particularly unkind.
Me 19th in 39.36. Simon, 8th in 37.58, although sounds like he is currently trying to fix the results.
Robin McCoy
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1-07-13
On Saturday I did the Southend Park run and finished in 18.56 which was a 52 sec pb, really pleased as I had a really hard training week.
Dave Miller
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1-07-13
Did the Llandudno Sea Triathlon on Saturday afternoon.
Despite good prep and taper, I was not helped by a bout of food poisoning last week - fate is challenging me this season with my tri events.
Survived the sea swim, very different experience, great challenge and good to get out in one piece (just) despite the waves, and fists and kicks encountered on the way (+ several large mouthfuls of salt water).
Came out of the water around 2/3 down the field and passed about 5 in transition, Cycle was 4 laps and attacked first lap very aggressively, taking around 15 riders. A lot of tough climbing against stunning views. Towards end of the lap there was a very steep descent around a mile in length, all on closed roads. I attacked this very aggressively, passing more riders who were coasting. Was passing one rider at about 40mph and hit a huge pothole, making a massive jolt through the bike, quite a big impact. Thought I had got away with it, but few minutes later my rear tyre was completely flat. The dreaded mechanics again, I dithered a bit trying to work out if I could fix the damage and eventually did manage to get up and going again, although lost around 15 mins. Next 3 laps again very aggressive riding, passing a lot of others.
Relief to get started on the run and took off quick, covering first 5 km in under 20 mins. Got to turn point and realised why it was so fast as I hit the headwind. Finished the 10k in just over 42 mins, very pleased given the hilly course (and the fact that the run was proceeded by 2 hours effort!) - was 10th fastest run of the day.
Total time was 2:50, so not far off my target of 2:45, although without that 15mins of puncture time I would have been firmly in the top section of finishers so all round very pleased with my performance.
Fantastic event, great scenery, well organised, amazing to watch the earlier sprint races (this was a qualifier for London) and some very fast competitors.
Next up, my first middle distance event at start of August.
Rupert Holden
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28-06-13
Started a bit fast (again) in the hope that I could hang on – sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t… This time, I didn’t.
End result was 2nd Vet 40
6th overall
K splits:
3.09
3.19
3.10 (gives a good 3000m time!)
3.33
3.38
+ random 7 secs from around the course.
Coming home in 16:55
Might try going at a steady pace next time – but I did used to get abuse from Ricky Goad etal for running so safely
Lee
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26-06-13
Ran the Crystal Palace park run on Saturday and managed a course PB of 18.45 – fairly pleased considering it’s a tough 5k. Did the Beckenham Summer 10k yesterday and came 10th overall with a time of 38.08. Not a pb but again it was a tough course – with 4 hills. Steve Glackin
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26-06-13
Yesterday I ran a 10k in 42.33, which on the face of it isn’t great, but it did follow a 32 minute 1500 swim and 1:23 40k cycle at the Dartford Olympic Triathlon. Was happy with the swim and run but really struggled with the cycle into a serious headwind for half of the distance. Total time 2:41:55 for 75th place.
Peter Osborne
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26-06-13
I couldn't face doing the Beckenham 10k again yesterday and all those hills. A wise choice in the event as ran Serena's local parkrun on Saturday (Lloyd Park) which is way way tougher than Bromley and really aggravated the achilles injury!
Marcus Elwes
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26-06-13
I did the South Longest Park Run yesterday. Reason? Trying to be "supportive" - what a fool!
It started at 9am and finished at approximately 6.30pm. It took in Nonsuch Park, Riddlesdown, Bromley, Dulwich, Brockwell, Roundshaw and Lloyd park runs, in that order. My plan, not having done any long stuff of late and having been at a wedding until 1am that morning, was to try to do them all under 25 mins, with an eye on actually finishing. It was good fun, though I didn't expect it to be quite so hard, so soon; by the end of the third one, I was already fantasising of a hot bath and a sleep and by the end of run 4, it was gutting to think that technically speaking, it had taken me 5 hours to do less than a half marathon!
Some cycled between them and one bloke ran between them, which is crazy when you think that the runs added together totalled 35km, that we all did around 5km extra with all the trotting around in between and that the distance between some of the runs was considerable - between Bromley and Dulwich it was 8 miles! Mad fool!
There was a fair crowd of us, which was unexpected (by me) and the first post-run beer was consumed swiftly and followed by a "few" more.
My times were not great, but I was pleased:
22:38;
21:46;
21:47;
21:16;
22:33;
22:54 (I think); and
28:54; (my friends turned up to do the last one and we ran together).
Serena Stracey
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20-06-13
So to Battersea Park last night for the Veterans AC 5 miler.
With zero expectations for how I would do and with extremely heavy legs from my longest and hardest training week in 2 years, I warmed up with Simon P. Even the warm up lap nearly finished me given the heat and my tired body.
We lined up at the start line and gauged the 'competition', Simon desperately looking for 'youngsters' to help pace him, looking for another of his PB's. We were definitely at the 'youthful' end of the entrants as runners and race walkers prepared. A pre-race discussion about where the precise start line was located was abruptly terminated when the starter quietly announced 'go'.
I managed to keep Simon in my sights for the first of the 3 laps but gradually let him drift away, leaving me in my own personal time trial, trying to avoid the cyclists, dogs, rollerbladers, and joggers around the park. Found it tough going and did not push myself too hard and content with my 31:21 finish, slow but completing in one piece and taking 4th place. (I'll let Simon give his result)
So back to Battersea tonight for the 5000 track, where I hope I can keep up with Andy C.
Rupert Holden
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20-06-13
Vets AC 5 Mile race at Battersea
Coming two days after a 10k race and the day before Andy's IAA event, which I had hoped to run in, the timing was not convenient, but having done 5 miles in 30:08 last month I had unfinished business. So I took the opportunity to run this race with Rupert, who is continuing his return to form.
The start command came out of the blue and I immediately tucked in behind the guy who took the lead but it was soon clear that he was going to be clear of me soon. Another runner appeared on my shoulder and I asked him what he was hoping for and, to my brief delight, he said
sub-29 - that meant someone to keep in my sights and maybe drag me round faster. Unfortunately he promptly went with (and eventually past) the other guy, too fast for me - sub-29 turned out to be 28:04 - and I was left to run a solo race with no hope of someone to chase down.
First half was fine, averaging 5:56 - but it then got tough and I progressively slowed over the next 2 miles so that 4.5 miles was exactly
27 minutes and it looked like I was going to blow it. Luckily I managed to rally and eek 13 seconds out of the last half mile to finish in 29:47. Phew, mission accomplished and another pb.
Rupert was next over the line giving the Ravens 3rd and 4th places. It was a muggy night, my race number "sweated" off during the race, and everyone was sweating profusely at the end. I'd forgotten to bring a towel so Rupert kindly let me have second dibs on his towel ... around which a 500 metre exclusion zone was soon established.
Simon Phillips
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20-06-13
My second race report !.
I and a couple of others took to Langdon for a 5K trail race around Plotlands nature reserve, two lap course organised by Phoenix Striders.
A certain Mr Bloomfield turned up. I wanted to use this as training/tempo run, but in my usual style went off in race mode. Went with Bloomfield.
He scurried up first hill. Hanged in at second place for first lap, but had heavy breathing down my neck for most of the lap. Came home in third which reasonably Ok with, on the back of 42miles cycle/5 Mile run Monday then 5 miles lunch time. Next target Simon !
Pat Young
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20-06-13
Insurance AA Track & Field Champs 2013
Good fun last night at the IAA Championships !
I'd entered the 400 and as a second event the 1500 so I wouldn't be just turning up for a single race. Unfortunately the 1500 was first which I'd have preferred to have done after the 400 - I mentioned this to Lee who just scoffed and said he ran 63 seconds after doing 1500 a few weeks ago.
Anyway, encouraged by the size of the field (i.e. very small) I set off toe-to-toe with Stuart Fraser - that lasted for the first 3/4 of a lap then his spikes pulled him away from me and I cruised round to a fairly-happy-with 4th place.
The 400 was down to a single run as there were only 7 of us - so my carefully planned race strategy for the heats and the final went out the window. Drawn in the 7th lane (not good) and made a slow start; Alex (who runs with us sometimes) went off like a train in the lane next to me but was seriously tying up down the home straight. Unfortunately, I ran out of track and finished a fraction behind him in 3rd place (the guy in the inside lane having come storming through to win by a couple of seconds).
I wasn't sure of my time but as I was leaving they announced the results ... 62.1s - which was exactly my (unspoken) target once Lee had told me of his race ! Job done.
Heard from Rupert about the 5k - looking forward to the race reports.
Keith Skilling
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20-06-13
There was a very good showing from the Ravens in the 5000. Including the championship record holder still looking young at 60. I was pleased that Stu had tired himself out doing 4.42 in the 1500m earlier then also doing 4x100 about 5 mins before the start. Lee and I had a plan of running together going for 16.40 at steady 80’s. This went out the window on the first lap as we were pulled round by a Legal and General guy in 76. We soon slowed and failed to keep to 80’s pace. I managed to pick it up again with a k to go and open up a small gap. I finished 2nd in 16.52, Lee was 3rd 16.59, Stu had a good race after his earlier efforts and I think was 4th not sure of his time. The others in the race will have to give their reports.
Luke Armitage
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20-06-13
Indeed a fun evening, good to do something different - ok, I was still running 5000m rather than a shorter distance but it was on a track setting.
A very warm and muggy evening, with a slight breeze.
As I arrived, I realised that my watch battery was dead so would have no means of knowing my pace. Took this as a mixed blessing and decided it would allow me to concentrate on the run. Knew I was going to be midfield so it was always a case of seeing how long it was before the leaders lapped me.Without spoiling the others' race reports, I started into a steady pace and got to about lap 8 before the leader passed, with 3 more passing me over the next 4 laps (4th place just finishing as I started my final lap). Ahead of me I had a new guy from Miller at about 10 metres ahead and we kept even pace until about lap 9 when I reeled him in and passed him. Next up was Andy Morcombe, who I managed to lap with a couple of laps to go. Andy C was in my close sighs as I neared the finish but did not quite manage to catch and lap him. Had no idea of my time, my only target had been to go sub 19, which I managed to do with 18:39. Very happy with that, my previous 2 outings at this event in 2010 and 2011 had given me 18:31 and 18:30.
Rupert Holden
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20-06-13
Alternating every 2 laps with Luke seemed like the way ahead given the expected finishing time of the eventual winner. Started getting v tired when I thought there were 3 laps to go and let Luke pull ahead slightly. Sadly, when I discovered that it was only 2 laps it was too late and the damage was done.
Glad to be under 17 (by 1 second) but clearly my track report will say: Count your own laps, Stick with Luke, Don’t lose the plot And try harder!
Lee Martin
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20-06-13
Thought the lap counter (Lisa Wright) did an excellent job. Not only that after nearly 2 ½ hours of helping officiated she stripped off and ran the highlight race of the night. A titanic battle stride for stride over 800m to just lose out down the home straight sprint – but in an excellent 2:37. Not bad for an old girl.
Some good Ravens runs as reported on a very hot and humid night, not conducive for anything but sprinting. No report from Mr Morcombe but he had a great evenings “training” of 4 x 100 leg, 1500, 5000 and 200 in medley relay.
My plod round in 5k was pretty dreadful – but build up last few days and warm up were not exactly ideal.
Andy Catton
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18-06-13
I ran the Staplehurst 10k on Sunday, which has been promoted this year as being "flat and ideal for pbs" - it's a good course but gently undulating would be more accurate. However the marketing worked going by results at the sharp end, eg. last years winning time would only have been 6th. It was a nice enough breezy morning as we lined up, then a minute (if that) before the start three Tonbridge lads suddenly appeared on the start line and some wag said it was like the Kenyans turning up! They took the first two places.
Anyway we set off and about 30 people surged ahead of me at the start, even though the first km was my fastest (3:30). I overtook about half of them by the time we past the 2km marker, then things settled down and it got a bit strung out as we ran down the pleasant country lanes. It took me four more kilometres to catch and overtake the guy in front and I past the next guy in the seventh km, I thought that was him dealt with however he sprinted back past me with 300m to go, beating me by 10 seconds.
I finished in 37:14, a pb by 40 seconds despite pb'ing twice at this distance last month, it is bang on 6 minute miling so I'm happy with that .... it keeps the pb run going and keeps me WAVAring in the low 80s.
I chatted to Mr Sprint-Finish and he ran London in 2:43 this year and wants to go sub 2:30 next year so I wasn't in bad company. The sub-37 10k can wait till next time :-)
Simon Phillips
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18-06-13
It was the Windsor triathlon for me this weekend. One of the oldest races in the UK and it always attracts a high quality field. Anyway 9 years after my first attempt at this race and 6 attempts later I manage a PB coming home in 2 hours and 16 minutes. A little slower on the run which is hardly surprising considering I went as hard as I could on the bike! 29th place in all which is a big improvement so very pleased. Even better considering the race started at 6.40 which meant I was up and out at 4.00 am!
Ian George
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18-06-13
I was competing in the Berlin 70.3 Ironman yesterday and managed to set a PB in 5:00:45. The 13.1 mile run was a little slower than planned in 1:38 but having pushed the 56 mile bike in 2hrs40 it was never going to be easy.
Wes Absalom
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11-06-13
St Albans Half Marathon
Talk about low or no expectations. My first race of any kind since London last year and only my second in the last 3 years. Training has been intermittent or non existent, longest run 10m and only 3 of 8m or more in the last 6 months, weekly mileage of 15-20m max but often zero due to recurring injury and niggles.
And yet very much inspired by various Ravens recent tales of derring do, I thought I'd give it a go and you know what, somehow my body remembered how to run. The first mile was congested and slow so after a steady and nervous start, I began to relax and enjoy myself and also to motor (relatively) from about 4m, really pushed from 8m onwards and finished with 1:36:36 chip time to finish 242 overall (out of maybe 3500) and 64 M40, I even ran a negative split and smoked (relatively) the last mile in 6:45.
So all in all really chuffed to bits and beyond surprised, I honestly expected no better than 1:45 maybe 1:40 at best on what is a hilly course. Winning time was "only" 1:16 odd.
I would recommend this event to anyone - well organised and fun, a bit hilly but scenic with lots of encouragement, and spectators and marshalls, drinks and even gu's.
Andrew Chamberlain
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11-06-13
Southend Half Marathon
I ran SHM yesterday and it is my first race report, so here goes . This is my third road race, having only started running in any serious way last year. I saw a Raven shirt before the start and thought it was Simon Le Mare as I have seen his Parkrun times and know he is about Southend way, but turned out to be Simon Phillips - sorry Simon I hope I didn't unsettle you too much before the off. I also met up with some runners I'd met at Colchester HM back in March and then through my own fault cocked up the start of the race - see the split times. Phil H had talked me through a hydration strategy for the day as the sun was out in the week leading up, but on the day the cloud and the wind made for a chilly start. Also, the race was put back 15 mins as there were problems with cars getting into the car park, so off we set at 10.15. However, I was way at the back and didn't cross the line for something like two minutes. After that I made my way through the pack until things settled down and got into a good rhythm. My recorded splits taken from my app were 8:39, 6.37, 6.57, 6.51, 6.48, 7.04, 6.51, 7.05, 7.00, 7.07, 7.09, 70.6 and 7.22. I had hoped to run 7.05 pace all the way round and as it turned out the average wasn't far off this. By the end of the race at mile eleven or twelve I was really digging in hard not to let race go away from me, my one and only previous HM being 1:34:27. So was happy with a chip time of 1:32:21 and a gun time of 1:34:04. I was 11th out of 116 in the v50 category and 164th on chip or 184 on gun out of a field of approx 2,000. Really must listen to Stuart, Martin and Phil to get along to the rep sessions and do some more running with the Ravens.
Thanks for all your tips and banter at the time trials or the emails. The bits of information you learn from these are really very helpful.
Peter Chapman
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11-06-13
Peter
You may have been right earlier as both Simon Philips and I were each wearing Ravens tops. Simon past me at about 2 miles he was running very well and was usually between 20 and 200 yards ahead of me
I was passed by 2 V50's at 1 mile and 2 miles but they were never more than 50 yards ahead of me. I over took one at 4 miles and the other at 8 miles. Finished in 82.02 a PB by 55 seconds and first v50
My son was 2nd in the fun run and my daughter was 3rd girl so a good family day out.
Simon LM
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11-06-13
I went to Southend with a half pb of 1:24:20 and my original target was to take 1min 20 off that. However having done that to my 5k pb in the Assembly League, I had to aim higher.
After negotiating a traffic jam and huge queue for the inept baggage handlers (took them quarter of an hour to find my bag at the end!) I had a chat with Peter who almost managed to mask his disappointment on realising I was the other Simon, he even had the grace to give me a shout out during the race. I did the first mile "to feel" and that was 6:08 so decided to try to run the race at 6:10 pace. Caught up with Simon in another mile, had a chat and we mentioned maybe taking turns to shield each other in the wind, however I wasn't happy with the number on my watch and rudely pushed on a little!
There was great support from Wes and Ian en route - 3 times each, as we ploughed up and down the sea-front, that really helped make it an enjoyable race. Also exchanged greetings with Simon again around one of the turns, and somebody from work in the main group recognised me and gave me a shout too. I felt that the guy who was on my heels a lot of the time must have got a heavily inflated idea of my popularity. I kept an eye out for Dave but didn't spot him.
The fist 9 miles were at 6:10 pace, but my legs felt heavy in the latter stages - I felt like I was digging in and keeping the pace up and I shook off my running partner - I wasn't though and the last 4 miles were at 6:20 pace. My chip time was 1:21:44, so a pb of 2:36 which rounded off a nice few days running. Simon was next but one, we had a little chat and with Ian who greeted us at the finishing line - Ian's daughter made me steal a banana for her.
A really enjoyable run thanks particularly to Wes and Ian for their en route support - and taking the time to do so.
Simon Phillips
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11-06-13
Hylands House 10 K race result
All - my first race in 15 months (due to apathy rather than injury) was the Hylands House 10 k in Chelmsford - part of the Essex X Country series. Two laps of the grounds, on multi-terrain course which was pretty flat but with a few small undulations.
Did first 5 k in bang on 20 mins, and the second 5 k in just under 21 mins - overall I'm disappointed with going over 40 mins, but if I don't put in the training, what can I expect?
Came in 6th in 40:59.
Nigel W Cairns
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11-06-13
Race report from me for what I felt was a very badly organised triathlon yesterday at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire
Having had a major tyre blowout last year, I was very keen to get a decent finish time on this course this year and improve in all 3 disciplines. This was not to be since a critical mechanical failure meant that my bike did not even make it to the start line (this is why I love running so much, you are exposed to issues such as punctures and mechanicals, it is down to just you)
I decided to carry on with the swim and run sections regardless, despite not being in the chirpiest of moods by this point.
The swim course was meant to be the same as last year but the turn point was quite a long distance further out (I was checking photos from last year and this was definitely the case). So what was supposed to be a 1500m swim was more like 2000m. Very pleased with how much my swim has improved in last year and happy at end but definitely tired. Then whilst all the others went off on their bikes, I went solo on the run. Was quite tough doing 4 laps of an undulating off-road course all on my own, picking up the final remnants of the earlier sprint race, whizzing past a few plodders. Completed the run - a very long 10k - in around 42 mins, best part of 10 mins quicker than I did last year (although no bike ride in my legs could be part of the reason!). Was remarkably tired at the end despite not doing the bike - could be partially due to the heat - high teens / early 20's. Glad to have taken part, not impressed by the organisation. Have now got 3 weeks now until a sea swim triathlon which will hopefully go a bit smoother!
Rupert Holden
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11-06-13
Very well done to Simons and Peter get times by you guys.
I Also run the above event, my plain was to run the 1st 2 miles in 6.55 which I kept to, then pushed on getting my splits down to 6.35 - 6.40 all the way around, great support from Wes and I an really appreciated it. Managed to cross the line in 1.28.35 which I beleive is a pb of about 1 min so really pleased.
Dave Miller
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11-06-13
I took part in my second SCVAC Kent Division 2 Track and Field event on Friday evening. After the last trek down to Canterbury, this event was rather more conveniently held at Norman Park in Bromley, at the end of my road!
My main race was the 800m and, similar to last time, this was entirely new to me. Again, they ran the A and B strings together and I was running as the over 35 B. The race went off slightly slower than I expected and I found myself in the front group early on, which was a concern. Needless to say, I had gone off too fast and having done 78 seconds for the first lap (thanks Dave for the tip on that, otherwise I would not have had a clue what the official was going on about!), I rather limped home in 2.43.4, being taken on the line as well, to finish fourth. Not the best run but, as with the 1500m, it gives me something to work on - pacing amongst other things.
The highlight of the evening for me was the 4x200m relay, where I ran the second leg. I took the baton off our first leg runner way out in 5th (and last), but managed to close the gap sufficiently to enable our third leg runner to move into fourth just after I passed over and then our final runner stormed the last leg to finish second in 1.58.7.
I also competed in the discus for the first time ever, but the less said about that the better (this is after all a running club!), however I registered 2 legal throws and did not come last!
Our Club tied second for the evening.
Marcus Elwes
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11-06-13
Think I managed 18.06 / or 18.05 at the Assembly League race on Thursday night. I was a bit disappointed not to dip under 18 but that will come with some more work. I tried to stay with Simon P – for the 1st 2 laps he was about 30 / 40 yards ahead ... but by the third lap he was pulling further clear and looking very strong.
It was good to see a big Ravens turnout... Thanks to Serena and Damian for the lift home too!
Ran the Crystal Palace park run on Saturday and managed a pb of (18m 53 secs) – only by a second! But what made the difference for me was that after the 1st uphill, there were about 7 people ahead of me, and I decided I would chase the 3 nearest – and going back uphill for the 2nd time I overtook the 3 of them. Then I could see the guy in 4th place overall who had dropped back from the leading group, so I thought I’ll try to get him too. And I managed it with about 400 yards to go and finished going away from him.
Hopefully the sub 18 will come soon!
Steve Glackin
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11-06-13
I did Bedford Park run for the third consecutive week and finished 9th for the third consecutive week. Also did exactly the same time as 2 weeks ago (19:35, Age graded 72.94%.) which is a course PB. Hopefully, I will continue on this U shaped curve and start to get closer to my overall PB over the next few weeks.
Keith Skilling
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11-06-13
Battersea 5K
Another night of good conditions (slightly windier than Thursday but good nonetheless). Stuart F and I headed to Battersea. I intended to start fast but it felt much tougher than the prev week right from the gun, So managed 3:16, 3:20, 3:26, 3:28, before Stuart caught me up at the 4 k mark. I let him pass but he didn’t get far enough ahead so I battled back, hung on for a while and then pushed for the line. Turns out that I went way too early. Legs turned to jelly for a while as Stuart caught up again and overtook. I recovered and then we ran in together before a 200m sprint for the line. I pipped him in 16:42, he will be 16:43 I imagine.
Good race but very painful.
Lee Martin
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11-06-13
I ran for Ilford last night in the SCVAC league at Lee Valley. Running again for the M50's (good to be under 60 again!). As Lee said great running conditions last night - no wind and cool temp. I first ran the 1500 winning the M50 race in 4:38.9 - holding back a bit with the 5000 to come. Then ran the 5000, again managing to win the age group in a time of 17:01.1, which was a sec or so quicker than my best time from last year which was good but disappointed not to get under the 17 min barrier. Then ran the first 200 leg in the Medley relay (bit short for me!).
And then off to the pub and home at midnight. A solid if not spectacular night's racing so pretty happy.
Dave Butler
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8-06-13
Assembly League 5k - Dulwich Park 6.6.13
Quite a few of us turned out last night and by the sound of it those who never missed out!. On a measured 5K a number of our guys did fantastic times - the Assembly League reporter (Simon Phillips ) is out today but he recorded a PB of 17 40 and is well on the way to proving my build up on him right - great run Simon. I will leave the others to report on their runs but there were some good ones.
As for me - how two runs can differ... I had nothing and spent most of the time watching people pass me.. runners who I had smashed on saturday smashed me. I really had zip in my legs and cannot remember when I last felt like that. I finished in 20 20 ish .. I thought I would do about a minute quicker. I was sandwiched in between Lisa and Serena ....and when Lisa went pass me on the run in I just never had it in me to respond... maybe I need a holiday! Well done Lisa and Serena...
Sorry 'when Lisa went past me' I forgot to point out she is a heavy breather!
Phil Hernon
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8-06-13
78 second pb for me last night, I knew I had run well but was thinking 18:05-18:10, I was dumbstruck when after getting the time displayed on my watch it said 17:40! Think I stood still too long and a couple of guys passed me in the funnel so might've messed the results a teeny bit. Stuart said he'd done full-on reps at lunchtime so wasn't going to repeat his great Monday performance so I thought I'd see how close I could stay to him - not that close really he was about 10 seconds a lap quicker than me, but that helped to pace me for the first lap and set me up nicely. Was impressed with Stuart's performance post-reps - and Arif who also did reps and still has the Sierra Leone marathon in his legs. Don't know how everyone else got on, but Lisa, Andy C and Steve certainly all did well, star of the night though was Lee, hopefully they'll all report later.
It was a lovely sunny evening in the park, thought there might be more of us but it was a nice group of Ravens out.
Simon Phillips
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8-06-13
As Phil said, last night was a good night for a lot of us Ravens - for once me included!!
I managed a pb of 20.15 (unofficial time) - pipped 8 seconds off my best, helped by the fast course and Serena running with me, shouting words of encouragement despite her breathing problems (thanks Serena)
Rounded the evening off nicely stopping off with Andy C for a cheeky drink at that really nice pub on the way to North dulwich station- Quite handy really as when we got to the station we found out the trains were up the swanny due to signal failure!
Lisa Wright
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8-06-13
Yep – Really enjoyed the great conditions last night – warm with negligible wind. The course was 3 laps with no sharp turns and good grip underfoot (and only 10 to 15 mins from London Bridge). After a busy start which involved plenty of elbows and craziness, I managed to get into my race strategy of keeping out of Lukes way by doing my best to keep up with Tony Tuohy (super vet 50) who is always in the next group ahead of us. 1st K was lightning quick in 3:08, followed by 3:16. (Got to 3k in 9:48). I stuck like glue to him whilst thinking that the wheels may fall off at any time and certainly felt tired in the 4th k – I was thankful that he slowed down to 3:30. In the final run in at around 400metres ( about where I like to speed up), he sped up and I found that I had not enough to respond. Managed 3:16 final KM to finish in' Finished in 16:34 (10th place overall) and just behind Tony. My previous PB was 16:56
An enjoyable evening – I hope to be back down this way for the Dulwich Mid Summer 5k (not quite the same route) on 27th June.
Lee Martin
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8-06-13
Yes, well done for some excellent performances last night. As Lee said, it was a bit hectic at the start (and chaotic at the finish) so some fine runs last night. Well done to Lee, Simon and Lisa on their PB's.
I had another poor run with a few ongoing issues holding me back. Don't know what my time was and, in view of the chaos when I finished, not sure if they will get my place and time correct in any event.
It is a lovely series of races. They are well organised (the chaotic finish was a momentary blip) and well attended with some excellent standards. I would encourage as many of you to run as possible. It's almost as good as racing gets. I didn't realise the curry was still on afterwards otherwise I would have attended that as well.
Good luck to all those running/racing at the weekend.
Andy Tucker
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8-06-13
As everyone who supported Ravens in running last has been saying, an excellent little series of races, well organised, with good courses and good depth of fields (150 > 200 runners). And the travelling to from City has been remarkably easy (apart from Phil’s 2 hour drive to Beckenham !).
Congrats to all those with yet more PB’s last night and in last couple of weeks. The benefits of Ravens squad training all paying off.
I’m just pleased to avoid a PW each time out ! Struggled round to a sub 20 finish last night (19.50 on my watch) but felt pretty heavy. At least managed a decent sprint finish – only because the guy I was battling with over last 1,000 looked about 70 and he had to be beaten ! Just need to keep plugging on during my hay fever season and should be flying by August. Been teaching Lisa my heavy breathing technique.
Andy Catton
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6-06-13
Yesterday I ran the Eastern Vets 3000m. My first track race of the year The aim was to run a PB which was 10.14 Mike Mansfield was running as a guest and he wanted to run sub 10.00 Michael Whittaker who is Paul's father has joined Southend AC along with Paul was also there last night. Michael was running and I thought Paul was going to run as a guest, but am assuming as soon as he saw Dave Butler was running was frightened he may get beaten so he just watched.
I ran at 81 seconds a lap pace, Dave was doing 78's and Mike 80's and i was on for 10.08 at half way, the 5th lap was hard, the last 2 laps went OK and had a good last lap Finished in 10.03.9 so a PB by 10 seconds Am really pleased as it is my first PB since Gardening Leave. (Mike did 9.56). I was 4th in the race and 2nd v50, I am always 3rd V50 behind Dave and Mick but Mick did not run. The race men and women v35's 40's 50's and 60's probably 20 people in the race.
Simon Le Mare
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6-06-13
I ran the 800m first without a proper warm up as I was delayed by an accident on the A127. Came second in 2:24.9 so nothing to write home about but good points for the team. Then my main race the 3000 about 20mins later nicely warmed up by the 800m!
Took the lead from the off, running consistent 78/79 pace with Mike M just behind. Dropped him with a couple to go and finished strongly to win in 9:49.6. A best so far this year so pretty happy.
Dave Butler
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6-06-13
Last night I ran the Striders of Croydon 5 mile handicap. It was my first time running this event (so a course PB!) I was given a handicap of 19. I felt good and soon pulled away from the 2 guys who started with me. On the 2nd lap I few others in front of me and slowly picked some of them off. I was only caught by some of the faster runners in the last 400meters. My schoolboy error was not looking at the course map, I presumed the finish was where the race started but the finish line came a lot earlier so I was a little bemused as to why everyone around me was starting to sprint, it took me a while to realise that the finish line was in sight and I could kick for the line too! I was very pleased with my run, I am not sure of my exact time because I forgot to stop my watch! but it was under 35 minutes, the 2 lap course had a few sharp hills too.
Andy Morcombe
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6-06-13
All - I ran the Orion Forest 5 at the weekend. This year the first was also part of the Elvis series. Elvis is five races for East London clubs and last year the last of the Orion 5 was the Elvis race. The Orion 5 series are races on the first saturday of June July and August around the same five mile course. Anyone who knows the course or Orion runs will appreciate it is bound to be tough with lots of hills. The rain over the few days before the race had made a couple of bits quite boggy including the downhill bit thru' the forest..I was not expecting huge returns as I am still running everyday thou friday was easy. I finished 43 rd overall in a time of 34 22 an improvement of 3 mins and 16 secs on 2012 and a pb for the course. The Elvis series clearly helped the race entry as I was 10 places further back in the field with a time over 3 mins quicker. Like all Orion races great organisation , great banter and pleasing to improve that much.. may not mean much to the faster ones in our group but I reckon it puts me on for a 31 ish road 5 which should give me a sub 39 10K by year end.
Phil Hernon
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6-06-13
Set the bar low...
...then crash into it with your shins !
Bedford Park Run 5k 01/06/13 19:51 Age-graded 71.96%.
Keith Skilling
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6-06-13
I ran an 11.25 mile (mainly off road race) on Sunday in a time of 1;27;39 (19th/167 on the run). This was after swimming 1.2miles and cycling 56. Total time 5:01:47 and finished 31st/167.
Wesley Absolom
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30-05-13
Sierra Leone Marathon
and here is mine:
At the start I felt knackered due to the crazy schedule Mike mentions below but as we got started i felt the excitement and the adrenaline started to pump and i felt great. I have just checked the splits and Michael is right - we went off far faster than 9 min miling (4hr pace). However it felt very comfortable doing 8s for the first 6 miles or so. We were running with a young doctor who was out there in the villages doing some pregnancy clinic work. she had picked up a bit of lingo and was a 'save the world type' so was really friendly with the locals and i enjoyed the atmosphere/ bantering with the crowd etc. At about 6/7 Mike dropped back a bit (he didn't seem to be breathing properly in the heat) but me and the medic continued and it got a little hilly and dropped to 8.45/ 9ish until 14 when she dropped and i was left alone. So i picked it up a bit to 8ish for about 7 miles which was great as i slowly started to pick off runners who were flagging. However it was hard to sustain considering the pretty hilly terrain and detours through the utterly deserted bush. For the last 3/ 4 miles i picked up a train of 3 or 4 runners on their last legs and tried to run them home. They dropped off one by one in a particularly difficult finish which made one question the difficulties we subject ourselves to but the finish came eventually and i was happy with my 3.39 (and my post race plate of rice!).
I was actually in far better shape after the race (disregarding the picture (busy) Simon found) and me, Tom and Mike even managed to go for a blissful recovery run on the beach the next day (in a tropical thunderstorm!)
Notwithstanding the minging hotels, shite food, basil fawlty organisation and tough race conditions this was one of the best races i've done and comes thoroughly recommended.i've come back with west african lurgy so will see you all next week.
Arif
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30-05-13
Sierra Leone Marathon
Further to Tom's report below, here is mine:
The day before race prep involved a 7 hour flight, 4 hour coach ride and 2.5 hours sleep. 4am to head to the start.
It was hot and very humid even in the dark. With no experience of the country in daylight, Arif and I met Tom pre race who warned us conditions would be challenging. So Arif and I decided to run at 4 hour hour pace. As it turned out we set off faster.
Personally I found the humidity very hard to deal with. Despite running at a pace well within my ability, the heat and humidity were taking their toll in the early stages and my body was giving me warning signs of over heating. So by mile 7, I dropped off Arif and ran alot slower to cool down and drenched myself in water at the next opportunity.
At around mile 8, I met a Sierra Leonean guy who was running his first marathon and was already walking in places and was concerned about finishing. So I got chatting to him and encouraged him and we ran the rest of the way together. I finished the race and enjoyed the exeperience immensely. My time of 4:23 is nothing to write home about but i had a fantastic time.
Mike McGeown
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30-05-13
B&BHAC track 10K championship.
I ran our club 10K championship race on the track last night. I didn't have the best of races, due to lack of quality training recently - both distance and speedwork. The race was poorly attended again and conditions were damp and quite windy. I ran 38.45, about 10 seconds slower than the same race last year. I had hoped to break 38 minutes, I should be doing low 37's. Wake up call (again) to put some effort in.
Poor effort, must try harder, needs to concentrate on his work, must stop chatting in class. See me afterwards. D Minus.
Andy Tucker
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30-05-13
Folkestone 10k
I run the above 10k race yesterday - an out and back course along the seafront from Folkestone to sandgate, it was a rather overcasted morning with a nice head wind..
I managed to start near the front and managed to keep the second group of runners, I managed to do the 1st mile in at about 6.30 and decided from this point on to try and run it as a progession race this worked until about mile 5 when the last mile went down to 6.27.
However managed to cross the finishing line in 39.27 secs a pb of 2 mins really pleased as I wanted to run it in about 40 mins so to under this was a good result.
Dave Miller
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30-05-13
I ran the 365 th day yesterday all by myself! I did a 90 minute run up and down hills in Epping Forest. It followed an hour on saturday with Orion. This morning did the Hatfield Broad Oak 10K . I truthfully did not expect much (I thought arounf 43) as I ran twice on three days in the past week and have been suffering with leg/back problems. Nevertheless, I ran 41 45 which is much quicker than I could run last year over shorter distances. Unlike David this is nowhere near my PB. I did see Andy C in front but did not feel like a scrap nor did I have confidence in taking him on . Confident I will go well under 40 with taper and no leg worries.
Phil Hernon
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30-05-13
Wondered where you were Phil. You must have started slower than me ! Went off easy and picked it up best I could. Actually pretty pleased with run in view of lack of recent training and fitness. 41.01.
Andy Catton
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30-05-13
I ran the Vets 1500 in the Essex County Champs on Sunday and finished 5th of 7 in a new PB of 4:32.48 (3 secs improvement). Very happy with the time.
I was in with a chance of bronze but Paul Spowage had a strong finish to come 3rd in 4:29. I was .36 of a sec behind 4th. The winner David Allworthy won comfortably in 4:11 (he is only 36 though!).
I'm happy as it got me much closer to the British M60 record of 4:30.53 held by Mike Hager. Looking in reach now as long as Martin Rees doesn't get there first!
Dave Butler
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30-05-13
I think they call this "setting the bar at a low level" in high jumping:
Bedford ParkRun 5k 19:35 Age Graded 72.94%.
Although it was a PB around that course by 5s it was way above what I was hoping to run. Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe it was the pressure of competition !
Keith Skilling
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30-05-13
Sierra Leone Marathon
Here's a race report from Sunday - I'll save the full 'experience' piece for Thurs 20th June. Needless to say - it was hot. We had cloud cover the whole time but the temp and humidity built pretty quickly after the start. Reckon it was in the mid 20s to start then easily up into the 30s by the finish but I found it was the humidity that really hammered you. My plan was to take the opportunity to 'enjoy' a marathon and not go for a time or position. I was also running with a mini camcorder so wanted to make sure I got as many decent clips as possible. I started with another guy from Chaucer and a chap from Novae. Right from the start it became apparent that the course was far from flat - it was undulating the whole way with a few punchy little hills. Underfoot it was predominantly dirt tracks with a few short sections of tarmac. I ran the first 11ish miles together before their pace dropped and I decided to see what it would be like to run at something like race pace - did about 3miles at about 6.10 min/mile pace and could feel my core temp rocketing - felt ok but that was enough of an experiment and by that time I had caught up with another UK runner so slowed and had a chat with him. When he slowed a bit I decided to crack on, went past another UK runner who was looking good earlier in the race but had knackered his knee. That was the last I saw of anyone else in the race. The last few miles were pretty tough with the complete lack of marathon training and the heat taking its toll. My quads and hip flexors were pretty shot as well - think it was the result of spending hours crammed into Land Rovers for the 3 days prior. Finished in 3.16 which turned out to be 2nd 'international' runner (1st international did 3.15). Overall I think it was just out of the top ten with the winner doing 2.30 something.
Tom Robertson
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24-05-13
I did another 10k race last night, the BBC Running Club 10k - 3 laps, fairly flat. There were only 90 runners on what was a lovely, if chilly, sunny evening in a bustly Regent's Park - there was a game of cricket on, some rugby training sessions and you get to run past camels three times!
It was effectively a solo run for me unfortunately as two guys stormed ahead of me, finishing 3 minutes quicker than I did, and I finished a minute ahead of the next runner. Also, along with others, my watch had the course long, nearly 10.1k - partly because I went slightly wrong on the second lap (no sign or person to follow) which meant an extra 40m or so. There was a shower for the last lap which meant I was welcomed at the finish line by a nice rainbow, in a time of 37:52 - a pb by 44 seconds, but I'd been hoping for 37:30. At least I'm confident of a pb again next time if it's a bigger event.
It was a good event, well marshalled & organised (apart from one missing sign!), started at 6:30 which is good for me. I think it's the first time they've had a spring one which might explain the low turnout, they do a regular August one where they normally have about 200, which I'll keep an eye out for.
Simon Phillips
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21-05-13
I ran for Ilford in the SCVAC T&F league last night.
Ran for the 50's age group in Andy C's absence due to injury. First race for me was the 800 in which I was pleased to come a comfortable second (easing up in the final 200) to David Wilcock in 2:26. He won in 2:18.
Second race for me was the 3000. Legs felt tired in the last 2/3 laps so I was pleased to finish first in the age group and keep just under 10mins in 9:59.2.
Overall a good night's work after the exertions of the Baddow 10 on Sunday. Then it was off to the Pub for a beer or 2 with Mr Muir & others.
Dave Butler
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21-05-13
I also ran for my local club (Bromley Vets) in SCVAC T&F league (Kent Division 2) in Canterbury. This is the first time since school I have done any T&F, so had no idea what to expect. I ran in the over 35's 1500m as our B runner and think (A&B's ran together so it was hard to tell) I came third, with a time on my Garmin of 5.32 (might be a bit less official time).
Before the race, I was thinking I would be happy with anything under 6 minutes, so my time was a pleasant surprise. I had no-one around me after about 300m (fast ones way out in front, slow ones way behind), so ran the race at my own pace and felt reasonably comfortable, even though my road shoes were not ideal for a slightly damp track surface - suggestions for more suitable track footwear welcome.
I also ran the 4x100m relay 2nd leg and managed to collect and pass on the baton successfully, and our team came third, just being pipped for second on the line. No idea how quick I ran for that.
All in all, another enjoyable experience, with little reaction from my achilles, which was good, although a 100 mile round trip for less than 6 minutes of running is not perhaps the most economical use of one's evening!
Marcus ElwesI ran the Myra Garrett 10k in Danson Park (Bexley) yesterday - an undulating, mainly off-road course, lots of grass and some woodland paths.
Realising the course wasn't conducive to a great time I set off at more like 5k pace too see how long I could maintain it and rather confusingly found myself in the lead for the 1st quarter of the race! Two guys sat on my shoulder (well two Toms actually - one of whom was the pride of all the marshals, must've been odd for the other Tom), both seemed reluctant to take the lead, once they did the gap grew quickly and in 5 minutes later a group of 4 gradually passed me. On a subsequent bend I could see the next guy about 100m behind, it wasn't halfway yet and I knew he'd catch me because I'd burnt all my matches - I just tried to delay the inevitable as long as possible and in that at least I succeeded, holding him off till halfway up the grassy hill leading to the finish line.
I finished 8th in 38:36, a pb by 4 seconds but I'd hoped for more. The winning Tom said he was 2 minutes slower than his last 10k so hopefully I can go a bit faster next time (Thursday as it happens).
Simon Phillips
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20-05-13
Well done Simon. It’s a pb !
I did the park run on Saturday – and came in 9th in 18mins and 31 secs, I felt tired and sluggish and was disappointed with the run.
On a brighter note Fay Fullerton ran it in 16.55 and looked great.
Steve Glackin
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20-05-13
I also ran a 10k yesterday, my first since 2010
It was within the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and consisted of a combination of gravel track / trail, cross country and fell race. The first km of flat gravel was the warm up for the 2nd km of sharp uphill on soggy grass, enough to completely drain the legs and lungs. I found myself in the top 20 places out of the field of 500+ runners. Km 3,4,5 we all steady uphill and hard work. Joy to be had at the 5km sign where finally we started to drop again. I had held my place well and had a few runners in my sights ahead, but none immediately behind. Over the next 4 km of downhill (some steady, some extremely steep through woods) I passed one guy and caught up with 2 others. The 3 of us paced each other rapidly over the last km, but I was drained and the final 50m of uphill sprint over wet grass to the finish saw them drop me as they tussled for the place. I came in 17th place, in just under 41 mins, a time I was very happy with given the course (not often I do a negative split, esp when 2nd half is 3 mins quicker than the first!). Enjoyable day out, still find the 10 km distance a challenge, requiring the speed of the 5k and the stamina of the half marathon!
Rupert Holden
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20-05-13
It was the Crystal Palace Triathlon for me yesterday. I managed to come home in 15th place which is an improvement of 2 places from last year. I was quicker in the swim, bike and run but made a right mess of both transitions and was about 15 seconds slower than last year.
This is only a sprit with a 750 m swim a 20 k bike and a 5 run. It all takes place with the park and is very hilly and technical. The last 600 meters is in the stadium!
Ian George
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20-05-13
I ran the BMAF National Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham on Saturday. A 3 mile undulating route mainly on tarmac. Nice course and good conditions. I was 6th and last leg of the M45-55 category. Had a reasonable run - about 18.27 - and enjoyed the experience. The M35, M45 and M55 teams all ran at the same time leading to some major variations in pace out on the course. We (Blackheath & Bromley) finished 5th in the M55 category and somewhere mid table in the M45 category. Official results still awaited but the course record was broken by the Thames Hare & Hounds M35 team (Dave Moore's club). We worked out that each of the 8 runners in that M35 team ran sub 16 minutes.
Andy Tucker
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20-05-13
As mentioned, I ran the 5k leg of this on Friday at Eton Dorney. It was quite some event with over a 1000 individual competitors and over 300 relay teams (of 3). The hustle and bustle of a triathlon event is quite fascinating and I can see the attraction of doing one, but for the swim leg. Nothing on earth would have enticed me into that water on Friday, it looked soooo cold!
Anyway, our company entered 3 teams and my only aim on the day was to be in the one that came first out of the 3 (small minded I know, but we have to have our targets!). Unfortunately, our swimmer was very slow (never have done anything like this before) and came out in just inder 17 mins (750k), nearly 4 minutes behind the lead team. We were in 163rd position, the other two teams 110th and 37th respectively. I knew I had the beating of their two runners, but clearly over 5k I could not afford for them to have too big a lead.
Our cyclist made good time (just over 37 minutes for 21 and half kms) and raised our placing from 163 to 85. Unfortunately, the leading team of our 3 also had a good cyclist who did a similar time to get them up to 26th place. I estimated that their runner went off about 4/5 minutes ahead of me.
I had no idea whether I could catch him, but set off as best I could down the side of Dorney lake (it is a loop of 1250 metres which you do twice). He seemed a long way ahead (you pass on either side), but on the plus side he looked like he was struggling. I was running at just over 4 minute per km pace but couldn't go any faster. I was passing plenty of runners and was slowly closing the gap, but never felt as though I was going to get him. However, on the last bend I saw that he was about 250/300 metres ahead and by the last 200 metres I thought I had him as he was only 10-15 meteres ahead. Assuming he was dead on his feet, I pushed top overtake, only for the b*stard to sprint off and pip me - he had only been keeping something in reserve all along! Poor form. He then rubbed salt into the injury by lighting up a fag once he had recovered!
My time on my watch was 20:35 for the 5k and I had made up 25 places to get us in 59th out of over 300 teams. It was a bit slower than I hoped, as it is a flat straight course (apart form the turnaround points), however, didn't quite have enough on the day. Fun event though and a new experience.
Marcus Elwes
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20-05-13
I did the Great Baddow 10 mile race.
The race starts with one lap of the recreation ground then out on to the roads. I started steadily in about 5:35/5:40 pace for the first 2 miles not far behind Lee who went off pretty quickly. First 2 miles are pretty boring - through a housing estate and then it gets more exciting with a 2 mile stretch which is mostly a gradual uphill.
Caught Lee at the top of that hill with Gary Chandler not far behind. Next 2 miles were downhill followed by the last 4 miles which are undulating and which ends in an uphill stretch to the finish. Ran most of this in the company of Lee and Gary which was great as it helped us keep the pace going - my 5 mile split was only a few secs positive.
Great run by Lee (a PB?) who got away from me just before the finish to beat me by a few secs with Gary a few secs behind me. Not seen the final results yet but my time was about 58:22, which I was pleased with as long road races have not been my recent focus. I was also first Supervet (50+). I guess that we probably sneaked into the top 10 finishers.
Off to Lee Valley tonight to race for Ilford in the vets league!
Dave Butler
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20-05-13
Some of you may have noticed my lack of appearance at Raven lunchtime sessions over the last few weeks - unfortunately I continue to have to nurse a few "issues" and am therefore trying to be a little cautious with my running.
That said, as I'd already booked myself in and it literally starts up the road from home, yesterday morning I donned my Ravens vest and headed up to run the Horsham 10k.
Not being overly confident with how things would go, I decided not to go all out and just see where I ended up.............which was 59th out of 346 finishers with a new 10k PB by 53 seconds of 42.37.
The disappointment is that had I the confidence in how my body would cope, I know there was a faster time there and it's obvious that the faster times are as a result of running with The Ravens; something that at present I can't necessarily do with the frequency I'd like.
Anyway, hopefully I can at least maintain my fitness over the next few weeks whilst I try to sort out exactly what is wrong and before my plans for the autumn (which don't include a marathon Phil!) are jeopardised.
Well done all the weekend racers and I hope to join you for at least some sessions in the next week or so.
Kevin Cockram
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17-05-13
Beckenham Team Relay
Simon Phillips, Steve Glackin and myself ran the Beckenham Team Relay last night as Team Ravens. This is a 3 lap relay of 2.6 miles, around parkland and roads with a couple of nasty hills - the last of which is a hard climb up the final 400 meters. Final results have yet to be published but I believe there were 62 teams participating, many who we ran against at the Assembly league last week.
I ran the first leg and had a reasonable race. This distance is a little short for me so was at a pace that I found difficult although I enjoyed the hills. I finished the first leg in about 15.40 in about 13th position. I handed over to Steve Glackin who had a stormer of a run. He sprinted up the last hill in 7th position with a run time of about 15.10. Steve handed over to Simon who ran an excellent 15.15 (approx) to bring the team home in 7th position overall. It was a good race with some fine performances. Conditions were good and the course is an interesting one. This might be a good one to do next year - we can enter as many teams on the day as we want and I am sure that the Ravens could put out a winning team.
Also running was Marcus for his local club (Bromley Veterans) who also had a good run. Sorry Marcus, but I'm not sure of what your time was.
Will circulate the final results when available.
Andy Tucker
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17-05-13
It was very good plus very close to a couple of stations. Some very good runners, but like Andy says we could definitely compete for the top places.
I caught two early on but got taken by two others, I wanted a gain and thought I might pip someone at the end but he put on a good finishing sprint.
Simon Phillips
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17-05-13
Very enjoyable run last night – it’s a short but tough course, especially the last 400m.
No doubt about it the Ravens could put a team together to challenge for top spot.
Steve Glackin
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17-05-13
Thanks Andy. You guys did very well, very strong. Still no official results, so don't know if you were the top vets team or not. Hope so.
As Andy said, I ran for my local club in the first leg in 17.17 on my Garmin, which was 25 seconds faster than last year, so I was pretty pleased with that in the circumstances. Not sure where our team was placed, probably around 25th/30th something like that I would have thought.
I am running in another team event tomorrow, this time for my company, doing the 5k running leg of the Jones Lang Property Triathlon at Eton Dorney. On Monday at the grand old age of 48 I will be making my track debut, running the 1500m in the SVAC meet at Invicata club in Canterbury! Should be interesting.
Marcus Elwes
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14-05-13
Yesterday I ran my local 10 mile race on the Isle of Sheppey. As well as the 10 mile race there was also a 2 mile race and a 10 mile walk – all to raise money for local disadvantaged children. It’s a very low key event in relation to the races you all run – the 2 mile race attracts about 250 – 300 people, the 10 mile only @ 150.
The race starts at one end of the island and finishes at the other. There are a number of hills on this course, two of which are killers - Donkey Hill is an unmade road which has to be prepped in time for the run in order that it is passable. It is a long steep incline up, then down (only) a bit and then up again. Plough Lane is a slow ¾ mile incline with only a short downhill stretch after. The last 2 1/2 miles is flat along the beach (nice).
I really wanted to beat my time of 71.35 - done on same course last year. Nigh on a year running with the Ravens – I know I’m better than I was albeit my times have been going in the wrong direction lately.
I felt ok on the day, the only negative was the very strong head wind…..
Miles 1 and 2 (including Donkey Hill) surprisingly ‘no sweat’… the field of runners had now spread out, hopeful the wind will be behind me soon
Mile 3 and 4 – felt ok still, passed some runners (big boost). Still windy (where’s the fat people???).
Mile 5 – Plough Lane. again hill fine, still feel ok….. but am starting to get the hump with this wind. Thirsty now, note to self – water will be @ mile 6.
Mile 6 – still running ok, but really thirsty. Can’t see the water lady just lots of 10 mile walkers swinging water bottles…
Mile 7 – open hilly field which heads to the beach, really thirsty now, quietly try to ask a walker if I can have their water (yes, I know, disgusting but desperate!!) – they don’t hear me….feel so stupid (and disgusting). Bit despondent now – only too clear this wind is with me to the end.
Mile 7.5 hit the beach…..water everywhere - but none I can drink! …I try to ignore my thirst and swing my arms as much as possible to cut through the wind …..(seriously considering stealing some water from another walker….)
Mile 8 – water lady! – but she’s not looking she’s chatting to her mate L ….adopting desperate measures – I shout ‘water’ and run with my arm outstretched….
Mile 9 and 10 refreshed! trying to do what I can to fight through the wind and clip off some extra seconds, know I’m not going to better my time but know I’ve put on the best fight I have.
Final time 72.30 - 25th position, 1st Vet Lady, 2nd Lady overall. Nothing to set the world on fire but I am actually happy with that.
Lisa! Wrig
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13-05-13
Halstead marathon race report
Ran Halstead yesterday. The training went well, but all of last week’s tapering had to be done on treadmills in the Middle East as too hot to run outside. I arrived home 36 hours before the race which was cutting it a bit fine. The course is hilly, but I had trained for it, but was quite windy and warm. My main aim was to come top 3 V50 as I am running the Essex Road Running Championships and run sub 3
After 2 miles I was dripping in sweat which was not good. My main V50 competition was 50 yards ahead and the other (Terry Knightley) was drafting behind me. At mile 6 after we had done a mile into the wind, I said we need to get closer to the other guy and it was his turn to take the wind and I would drop in behind. He said he did not want to and was happy at this pace. During the next ½ there was a steep hill so I made sure I was enough ahead of him so he could not draft. He eventually finished 7 minutes behind me. We were allowed to put drinks and gells attached to them on 3 of the 10 drinks tables so I did not need to carry any energy gells. It worked very well until I found out my middle one was not there, so I had no energy gells or energy drinks from 15 miles to 23 miles.
At 22 miles my competitor was still 50 yards ahead and we were both on for sub 3. Lee said the last 3 miles would be hard, he was right. 23 was hard, 24 OK’ish and 25 was a nightmare. It was up a hill on unmowed grass, through a mud track and then across about 5 roads. The other guy got away from me at 24 ½ miles. I finished in 13th place which was good, 2nd V50 so pleased, 3.00.33 and was gutted.
Simon Le Mare
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13-05-13
Well run Simon. Exactly my time in London last year – I know how you feel!! Ran my first parkrun in Chelmsford on Saturday. Mick’s title not in any real danger (!), but really enjoyed it. Ran 19.06, so will be interested to hopefully see this come down as I concentrate on some shorter races. Despite having just run a marathon, I could not believe how much 5k hurt!
Robin McCoy
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10-05-13
Assembly League May 9th : Vicky Park 3.5 miles : course was a short loop followed by a long figure of 8
It was a really enjoyable event and great to see plenty Ravens vests out last night, they really stand out from the crowd.
The conditions turned a little chilly & rather blustery for the race. It looked like there could be a downpour - and also Tucks wanted us to have a team-cry of crows cawing; fortunately neither of these events materialised.
Despite his disappointment at a cawless start, Andy T, coming back from injuries & illness, had a very good race, saving the best to last with a bowel-assisted 700m sprint, which started just 300m before the finish line, carrying on past it, all the way to the loos! If the finish line was nearer the loos, Andy reckons he'd've caught Arif ….. either way his rehab continues. And he seemed to know everyone there.
Personally I hoped to compete in a corvine quartet with Andy, Arif and Pat, who in his first race in ages, decided against his usual strategy of start like a hare, finish like a tortoise - instead starting mid-pack alongside Arif and Andy. Conversely I decided to start a couple of rows ahead of them, go off "too fast" and then hopefully settle into 6' mile pace - first 2k were well under but I flagged a little on the third. Meanwhile the other three had some congestion to escape, especially Arif who, once free, burst past Pat and Andy on a corner, trying to make up for valuable lost time. Pat went after him and they closed in on me as we headed in to the wind on the long loop to the top of the park, Andy was behind but keeping in touch. Although I picked up to 6' pace and passed new Ravens lady Livvi, Pat continued closing in …. not that I knew where they were, I was expecting any or all three to pass me at any time, but I managed a good finish which kept them at bay and in the end our differing starts proved too much to overcome. Pat and Livvi both finished strong, seeing off a challenge from Arif who faded at the death as he paid the price for his earlier burst. Simon 20:30, Livvi 20:36, Pat 20:57, Arif 21:09, Andy 21:18.
Livvi's was a great performance, she was the third lady, with Raven bedecked Salem storming home in 19:27 as the first lady - despite having done a tough tempo run earlier in the day! Completing a very successful Ravens Ladies showing was Lisa, who had a good run helping the Ravens to win the Ladies team event, finishing 16th lady in 23:15, despite not knowing how to use her watch, thinking the race had an extra km and being mindful of a 10 mile race on the weekend!
Phil was 20 seconds ahead of Lisa and ran well when he could, but was unfortunately hampered by back agony which twice caused him to slow down and take 20 seconds out - this at least enabled him to annoy a couple of people by overtaking them several times as he stormed back to somehow finish in less than 23 minutes! One of those people was not though Andy C - who kept himself clear of Phil, despite being blown to a standstill a couple of times by the ferocious wind (hopefully nothing to do with the other Andy) and not quite catching Mike who ran strongly & consistently to the end in 22:30. Andy did manage to achieve his top target of keeping his dodgy hamstring & sore knee ahead of the challenge from Phil’s bad back, finishing in 22:31 …. almost the same time he once raced 5 miles (yes five) in Vicky Park!
Andy has also done a sub 2:20 marathon and now Tom is hoping to do a sub 2:15 marathon this year … for the moment though he'll have to settle for the prestige of winning last night's race for the Ravens in his shiny new vest and a time too fast to mention ... (okay then, 17:15).
Tom may have left the field for dead, but far closer to him than most was Lee who had a fantastic race last night, setting off at a blistering pace with the leading group before consolidating and falling in with Mick and Luke (not running as Raven - boo!) for five minutes. Luke tried to breakaway to catch a Kent AC team mate but Lee, carrying the Ravens flag, was having none of it. A couple of runners zoomed past them which is odd in the middle of the race so near the front, unfortunately one of them soon collapsed. They used a Beckenham runner as pacer to take them in to the wind to the top end of the park, Lee then lead them back to the middle of the park section before stepping up a gear to leave them behind, and I think the Beckenham runner was caught by Mick. Lee didn't need to see if he had a sprint finish available and was rewarded for his efforts with a splendid 13th place finish and a really impressive time of 19:03. Try as he might, Luke could not quite catch him and finished 15th in 19:08, Mick had been keeping in touch and was the last of the unchicked men, coming home 20th (3 seconds ahead of Salem) in a time of 19:24 and somehow still looking as relaxed as ever.
Hopefully numbers will grow again next time as more of us take the opportunity to represent the Ravens, whether we're used to racing often or rarely (note to Mr Priest: Pat really enjoyed it, your turn next!). Even allowing for our elite winners, the team performed amazingly well when you consider that we probably have less members than any of the other clubs.
Please note that the times above are not accurate, a couple of them are guesstimates. Full details and results will be made available once Phil has received them.
PS Thanks to others for their reports which I have freely plagiarised.
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8-05-13
Milton Keynes Marathon
First off apologies for being churlish and not doing a race report yesterday - given the great support that you lot have given me over the last months its the least I should have done. Even yesterday your comments helped me get over some of the (mental) pain - and at the end of the day nobody died ! (although we very nearly did all die leaving the course - but that's a different story).
Everything, went to plan up to the start line, where two things were wrong:
1) The sun was out - 21deg according to my car. Where is the traditional bank holiday weather when you need it !
2) The 3:15 pacer didn't turn up.
There wasn't much I could do about 1), but given that all my training runs had been done at an av. temp of about 5deg this was always going to be a problem.
I got chatting to the guy next to me who was also looking for the 3:15 guy - his last race was 3:15:04 and he wanted to break 3:15 this time, so we ran together for the first 7/8 miles. I was planning on running at 7:26 av. (my race planning at 7:30 /mi had of course not taken account of the last .2 of a mile. Duh !) but he had set his watch at 7:20 to build up a buffer so he wouldn't just miss out again. This seemed like a sensible strategy and as most of my training runs take this shape I ran along with him. I was 1 min ahead of schedule at around the 10 mile mark (can't remember exactly) and I was telling myself to back off and had let him pull away from me, but I felt that I was running ok and thought this would give me some breathing space for the second half of the race. Of course I was (stupidly) at this point entertaining thoughts of 3:13 despite my previous comments about discipline and race strategy.
Sadly at around the 11/12 mile point I started to feel really drained and the legs just went, it wasn't long before I was walking. Ironically the 3:15 pacer and his group then appeared (at this point I was still 15 s. ahead of target) - I tried to respond and managed to stay with them (cursing him all the while) for about 1/2 mile but the next incline blew me away and I knew then it was all over.
Sharon and the kids were at the 15 mile marker (bit further as it turned out) so my quickest way to get back was to run to there and then get a lift.
I could of course have carried on at 10:30 pace but this would have got me around in about 4 hours. With all due respect to other runners if you had asked my in December to do 4 1/2 months training for a 4hour marathon time I would have said "no thanks" - its not an adequate reward for all that effort.
Here are my split times:
1 - 7:18
2 - 7:19
3 - 7:15
4 - 7:25
5 - 7:18
6 - 7:14
7 - 7:22
8 - 7:16
9 - 7:30
10 - 7:38
11 - 7:15
12 - 7:45
13 - 8:16 [Already stopped to walk at this point]
14 - 10:16
15 - 10:33
16 - 10:46
I don't know where this leaves me. If I can't learn to run when its hot (drinking just makes me gag when running) then spring marathons are always going to be a risk. Autumn marathons will have opposite problem of having to train in the heat of summer.
It looks like its going to be the Iceland marathon or nothing.
Looking again at the above times I was probably too fast - but if that was the only issue I think I would have burned out much later than I did (and not so dramatically).
I may be out tomorrow (although I guess a lot of you will be saving yourselves for the assembly league - good luck to all).
Thanks again for the support before and after the race.
Keith ("2-and-0") Skilling
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7-05-13
I did the Southern Mens League 5000m on Saturday. I just managed to miss the hail storm and downpour but the wind was very strong. We even had to hurdle cones that had been blown into the track at the start of the race. I was very pleased to get 16.53, my fastest 5k since 2010. I was pleased to beat Keith Newton who did 17.05. What were the other Ravens race reports over the weekend?
Luke Armitage
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7-05-13
Ted Pepper 10k
This is a local annual off road race organised by the Bromley & Blackheath club and, more specifically, our own Mr Tucker. I have to say (and not just because it is organised by Andy), it is one of my favourite races even though it is a distance (and terrain) I struggle with generally. The organisation, the kids fun fun, the prizes, everything about the race is first class. And all for a tenner! Well done on organising another great event Andy. This year, we even had a guest appearance (after an notable absence last year) of the sun! Starting at 10 this was never going to be as big a problem for some of the other racers doing longer distances over the weekend.
Also in attendance in Ravens shirt was Stevie G (see photo) and Serena, although she was taking it easy running with a friend after participating in the Richmond half marathon yesterday (good time BTW). I did not race flat out, but still found it quite hard going, especially the undulating terrain which was aggravating my achilles towads the end, and finished 79th in just over 46 minutes. Stevie G was comfortably in the top 20 with a time of around 39 minutes. I think we were both a minute slower than we expected to be before the race.
Marcus Elwes
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7-05-13
Theres not much more I can add to that! Tough course but really enjoyable and brilliantly organised.
Steve Glackin
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7-05-13
Great photo! It was a fab morning. Thanks heaps Andy and well done Marcus and Steve.
Richmond Half Marathon
I did the above race on Sunday and as usual, it was brilliantly organised and marshalled. I ran with a mate, with a plan of getting between 1:35-1:40 and did 1:36:11 gross, so fairly pleased given I've not been putting in the mileage. It's not chip-started and I was gassing away towards the back of the pack when it started. Had I not been, perhaps I might have dipped further towards 1:35 - who knows. I saw Andy H and Robert there - all of us finished fairly closely, though I have to say - they looked far fresher than I did at the end. Highlight of the day was the 30 minute massage on a table in the sun afterwards. Great hands! All I needed was a cocktail and it would have been perfect.
Serena Stracey
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7-05-13
Richmond Half Marathon
Great race on Sunday, albeit too hot. Started off with a 7:30 first (slightly uphill) mile, and then dropped down to 7:45’s – 7:50’s fairly consistently. I pushed hard all the way, but it was a pace I knew I could maintain for a half (probably could have gone further, but not a full marathon) and I knew by mile four what my finishing time would be. Having gone through the half at London in 1:46, I was hoping to get under 1:40, but I couldn’t push any harder. Overtook a lot of runners in the second half (including our own Rob Wray at mile 12). I finished in 1:42:03 on my watch. Very humbling to see the winner of the race (Ranelagh’s own Phil Killingly) marshalling the final turn before the finish line and cheering in the 2:30 runners when he should have been collecting his award!
Andrew Hayward
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7-05-13
It was the Hildenborough Road Races yesterday mid-afternoon down lovely country lanes - choice of 5 or 10 miles - it's not so long since marathon so I took the shorter option.
Kelly Holmes counted us down and sounded the hooter - I went out in front, hoping to choose someone to hang on to! Pretty soon two lads went passed me and at the 1k mark, a slip of a lady passed me (you could put a bicycle clip round her waist) and I realised the course was probably too undulating for me to get my target time. Around the 1 mile mark somebody shouted out that I wasn't doing too bad for an old bloke! Now and again I could hear some breathing behind but kept them at bay and when my shoelace came undone I picked up the pace to give me some leeway to do it back up, but I didn't bother. I wondered if the three in front were doing the 10 miles but reckoned they were probably too fast for that (the winner doing 26mins). Towards the end I got lots of support ("Go on Mr Phillips!") from kids because my wife teaches at the local school.
I ran home 4th in 30:08, pb by over 2 minutes but 9 seconds more than I wanted - there seems to be an unwanted theme developing. I was 3rd male and 1st vet - they gave the vet prize to someone else though because I'd already got one, a shame because I might never get another chance to have something that says 1st!
Kelly Holmes gave out the prizes - now it's not often you get to kiss a desirable sporting hero, so it's no wonder Kells couldn't stop smiling Simon Phillips
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1-05-13
Morning All,
As most of you know Sunday I did the Madrid marathon, my main concern had been the temperature, but in the end it was much cooler than London was, three degrees at the start (Oooooooohhh-Ahhhhhhhhh precious moments) and never higher than eight degrees.
I arrived at the start a little late, it had pens but they were not policed. I got into my start 5mins before the start and looked 5metres ahead and I saw the 4:15.00 pacer and I thought I better pass him or I will never be able to show my face down Shadwell Basin again. I squeezed my way further forward and when the gun went I had 3:45 in my sights. There was a little delay at the begining when they wanted to know where Keith Skilling was as he hadn't picked up his number. I told them he was under the thumb and his wife had changed her mind and wouldn't let him out to run. The race started with a steady climb and I was boxed in until about 5km and couldn't really get quicker than 5min/km. I slowly moved forwards and passed the 3:30 pace maker around 15km and tried to stick as close to 4:30min/km as I could but also easing off as and when the climbs struck and then taking advantage when it dropped again.
The course was very up and down, never really any flat sections with 3 or 4 big climbs and big drops. One of the big climbs was around 36km and another around 39km. Which caused a drop in pace to around 5:20min/km. All in all I'm quite pleased with 3:27 considering the course, not a PB but adequate.
I shall be out for a steady few at lunchtime to loosen up.
Thanks
Chris
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20-04-13
Assembly League Race Report - Race 1
It was a 3 mile course with a tough hill at the start and another tough hill finish. Most of the rest seemed to be downhill! I relaxed up the first hill and watched as the masses passed me. Overtook Mick around 10 minutes in. Started overtaking everyone else in the last mile. Finished in around 16:45 – there were around 6 people standing around at the top – so I may have been 6th? It was good fun. Missing the train –gave Mick and I a chance for a swift pint in HSBC Social Club on the way home.
Lee Martin
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20-04-13
After a painfully long car journey we (Andy C, Lisa and myself - yes I felt like a gooseberry) arrived at the Beckenham Cricket Club to be greeted by Dennis Williams and an envelope with Orion Harriers on. I noticed Lee had taken his number but Mick had not. I thought to myself ' Mick's got an issue with running for Orion ! ' it was Dennis 's error.. I found Mick and explained as I was right- he had an issue (ha ha)!
As for the race a tough hill to start and then it flattened off a little but was through the twisty roads of Beckenham and the Downham Estate..I fell into a group that included Andy and Lisa but made the decision to push on after 1 mile. I opened up a gap but then my back muscle really became painful and I pulled up to a jog. All those that I had passed the previous mile went pass me ... I got going again and worked my way to Lisa and Andy going past them with half a mile to go. The finish in the park up another hill took its toll on my back and Lisa and Andy got within 7 seconds of me. I finished in 19 37 Lisa 19 44 Andy 19 45 ( what a gentleman) ... good to finish as I was in some pain pulling up again in the latter stages ..great little course and brought memories back! The one bonus to me is that it is the first time in my entire running life I have beaten Andy . For that I feel honoured, to beat someone I was in awe of in my younger running days and still have the utmost respect for.
The others Lee Mick and Stu clearly had good runs. Lee in particular had a great run ...I wrapped up the scoring team ....
Phil Hernon
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20-04-13
Really good event and I'm pleased Phil got me to run. I'll be trying to do as many of the races as I can. Last night I felt strong but my legs were too heavy for a fast one but enjoyed it all the same.
Stuart Fraser
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20-04-13
Initially I was disappointed that it was not a standard 5k, but after having a tough run I was pleased !!
Overall it was good fun and I will be back for more, plus my piriformis did not hurt that much and I think it is finally on the mend which should allow me to train more
Mick Bridgeland
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16-04-13
Brighton Marathon 2013
Yesterday I run the above event and as most of you know wanted to break 3 hours 15 mins good for age and all that.
Started the race in the red pen which was an estimated finish time between 3.15 hours and 4 hours managed to get near the front which was good, managed to start slowly going off at 7.40 min pace for mile managed to hold this for the 1st miles 10 miles.
Then the next 10 miles the plan was to push up to 7.20 per mile which was looking good until until about 16 miles but the sun then decided to came out out got very hot, managed to hold onto 7.30 for the miles 16 - 20, at this point we turned around and the wind was in the face then. I wanted to do the last 6 miles in 7 min per miling but because if the wind is went down to about 7.30 - 7.53. At this point I could hear Phil saying to me dig in dave which kept me going.
I t was very nice to see Serena at about 25 miles which really pushed me on, managed to cross the line in 3 hours 16 a pb of 6 mins so really pleased.
This time would of not be possible without the great support of the group.
Dave Miller
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8-04-13
Ran the Braintree 5 miles on Sunday which is part of the Essex road race series. I was still smarting from the Essex 20 when 1 was 4th V50 but unknowlingly was 1 minute behind the V50 winner. Decided to aim for 29.35 as I knew I was not upto last year's Gardening Leave form. First part was downhill and ran a little fast in 5.40. Someone tried to overtake me and looked about 50 and i asked him if he was in the V50 category. He was and he introduced himself and we recognised each other's names and he pointed out the guy infront of us was also a V50. The 3 of us ran within 5 yards of each other from 1 mile to 4 1/4 miles. I did not look at my watch during this time as it was now a race. At 4 miles i was tired and assumed i would be 4th again as there was a guy that looked 50 about 10 yards ahead. at 4 1/4 miles there was a downhill so i hit it hard and was ahead of the other 3, then there was a tough uphill and the guy who was prevously 10 yards ahead over took me. At 4 3/4 miles i realised i was 20 yards ahead of the other 2 and made sure no one behind overtook me. Finished in 33rd place in 29.04 which astonished me, i was really chuffed. Found out the guy who was a head of me was 49 1/2 when the results were out i was 2nd V50 so really pleased. The first V50 was 3 places ahead, then later i found out he was 1 second in front ! So was a bit annoyed but overall very pleased. Spoke to the V50 winner afterwards, he looked 35 from behind and 50 from the front. School boy error from me
Simon LeMare
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8-04-13
I travelled to Aintree on Thursday for the National Festival. I entered the Park Run in Princess Park. For those who do not know the park is in Toxteth the scene of the riots in the 80's. Like Brixton it has had some money spent on the infrastructure and is now more upmarket.
The race was organised well and the other runners were very friendly towards the invader from the smoke. There were 136 runners and after two very late nights, I decided to start at the back of the field and see what happens. It was 2 1/2 times round the park and I loved it... I worked my way through to 7th (first over 50) in 20 14 a time I was struggling to run six months ago. I had worked hard but inevitably I was a bit flat and the time was better than I expected. It was cold and windy but I loved it and my opinion on Liverpool has changed with my two runs there. There are a lot of lovely people there and the city has turned itself around brilliantly and the runners are a friendly bunch!.
Phil Hernon
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8-04-13
I run the Southend Park Run on Saturday and finished in a time of 19.59. Not my best time.
David Miller
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8-04-13
Ran the Croydon Half yesterday and managed 15th place with a chip time of 1.22.51 (a pb). Unusually it was a lovely morning, quite cool but bright and most importantly no cold wind.
It starts at the Sandilands club and the first 3 miles or so winds around the local suburban (and hilly) roads. Passing the 3 mile marker at 18.55 I felt fairly comfortable though I knew the next mile would be mostly a gentle but noticeable uphill. And on the second lap it becomes much more noticeable! One of my park run competitors passed me at the 5 mile marker, so I decided not to let him get too far ahead and planned to take him on the hill the second time round. Sure enough I gradually edged closer and passed him where I’d planned to, and I could hear his breathing was very heavy - he looked like this hill was very hard work for him. I kept the pace up going up the hill and knew I had put a good few yards between us. Along the top of the hill, it is flat-ish for a mile and a half and I kicked on a bit there.
I finished about a minute ahead of him in the end and that was particularly pleasing as I’m about 25years older than him! It’s a really good half, brilliantly organised, marshals at all the right places and plenty of water stations.
Steve Glackin
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8-04-13
I did the Orpington parkrun on Saturday and managed to finish in 3rd place with a time of 19.48. Not a great time but the course is undulating although noticeably drier this week than the parks have been for some time. Maybe summer is on it's way...
Andy Tucker
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8-04-13
Raced in a club 3 mile hilly handicap race on Saturday. Felt a lot harder than the time reflected. Michele held up the family honour though by winning the (h/c) race, and we now have a lovely old (103 years old) silver cup on the mantelpiece. Did a 14 yesterday, but my quads felt trashed, which is a worry after such a short race the day before.
Andrew Hayward
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8-04-13
I ran in the Vets Inter Area Indoor Champs yesterday, I was running for EVAC against 5 other vet area teams. Unfortunately it was only 10year age groups so I was running as a m50 rather than m55. 1500m - 4:37.0 - I came 3rd M50 and beat Dave Butler, Mike Hagar and David Oxland. 3000m - 9:50.5 - I came 2nd M50 and again beat the M60 trio above. The 4:37.0 is my best time this year and puts be back at the top of the M55 rankings
Both races were good races with a number of close battles taking place, all good fun.
Mick Bridgeland
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8-04-13
As Mick mentions I also ran in the Inter Area champs yesterday but in the M60's. I was pleased to win the M60 1500 in a time 4:38.3 some 5 secs ahead of David Oxland and close behind Mike Hager (4:38.0) who was running for the M50's and 1.3 secs behind Mick who with his 3000 as well had two excellent races yesterday. Felt rather heavy legged when it came to the 3000 several hours later but managed to win the M60's in a rather slow 10.01.9 behind Mick and Mike and some 20 secs ahead of David O. I would mention that David also did the 800 and 60m between the 1500 and 3000! Felt better when running the 800m first leg of the medley relay which was only half an hour later. Coming home in the lead in about 2:23 or 2:24 and the sprinters completed the job in the 400 and 2 x 200 legs.
All in all a very good day's racing. Knackered now thou!
Dave Butler
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8-04-13
I have been shy of posting race reports but it seems Mr Meadows has shamed me into posting my first. Yes, I ran Paris yesterday. My prep was going well until 3 weeks ago when I was laid low with flu and spent 5 days in bed. Consequently, during my three week taper I only ran three times and no further than 6 miles, so not ideal. Plus I went to Paris my wife and we spent the three days prior to the marathon walking through the Parisian tourist trail and shuffling slowly through the louvre and other vast museums. So all in all I was knackered! I had been aiming for sub 3.15.
The race itself was blessed with beautiful sunny weather and a blue sky, if not a little chilly. The pre race logistics were a bit hectic as baggae must be dropped at the finish area before proceeding to the start about 1km away. Plus, it's an early mass start at 8.45am! Elite men and women leave together and then timing pens are released at intervals which makes a poor start because even in the sub 3.15 pen it took 8 mins to get to the start line and to honest I hadn't a clue the race had even started!
The route is very pleasant and begins down the Champs-Elysees, through the Place del la Concorde and out east towards a very large park and past the Chateau de Vincennes before turning back west and following the river Seine and past the major monuments of Notre Dame, Musee d'Orsay, eiffel tower etc before winding back to finish with the Ac de Triomphe as a background.
My own personal race began well but by about half way the lack of miles in my legs in recent weeks was beginning to show. I was still running well until about 18 miles when the wheels fell off my race and I confess I had to stop and stretch my calves on more than one occasion. Despite finding the last 5 miles torture, I am pleased with my time of 03:36:48 and gives me a good target to improve upon later in the year. I know Robin will tell me that I need to do more tempo runs and I'll work on this.
As for Paris, I'll be glad not to hear constant shouts of 'allez, allez' again and not to have Parisian spectators daring each other to run across the route from one side to the other dodging through the runners!
Mike McGeown
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8-04-13
Paddock Wood Half Marathon
Well done all the weekend racers - Spring is in the air and performances are on the up! As for me, yesterday I ran the Paddock Wood Half Marathon in pretty much ideal conditions. People may remember that I ran a HM PB on this course last year, only to find that my chip didn't record my efforts. With this in mind I decided to head back this year and was delighted to achieve a new HM PB by 11 seconds with a time of 1.28.30. What wasn't so pleasing (in fact I'm gutted) is that yet again my timing chip didn't work; although at least this year, I do have my own Garmin record to back my time up.
I've emailed the timing company and no doubt they'll put me into the results later this week but I do feel a bit cheated. Anyway, not much I can do about it so onwards towards the attempted "Gold" at Barns Green in September, with the caveat that I need to learn to run quicker myself and hope that a few of the local “fasties” stay in bed that day!
Kevin Cockram
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26-03-13
Hastings Half Marathon – a slightly late report!
I too joined Simon and around 3,300 others in Hastings yesterday for their Half Marathon. This is one of my favourite races and again, despite the cold weather, did not disappoint. At present I unfortunately still have a few aches and pains that need to be managed, so those combined with the recent weather has meant my running over the past two weeks has not gone as well as I’d hoped – I was actually wondering if I’d struggle to run the distance! As it was, I finished in 206th place in a time of 1.31.56 – 8 seconds slower than last year. I actually felt quite strong at the end and it was commented that with about a mile to go, I looked pretty comfortable compared to several runners in front of me. This somewhat backed what I’ve been thinking for a while as I think I need to learn to have the courage to push myself a bit more in races. Hopefully a flat(ish) Paddock Wood in two weeks may give me the opportunity to run harder with more consistency to my mile splits.
Kevin Cockram
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26-03-13
Brentwood Half Marathon
Well done to all the Ravens who ran at the Brentwood Half this morning - some great performances all round. The conditions were better than expected and the course not as hilly as I was lead to believe. For the record I came home in 21st place in 1.20.52. I had a pretty strong race and applied my usual tactics of not going off too fast and then picking my way through the field. For a change I felt pretty good most of the way round and actually really enjoyed the race. There must be something wrong with me!
Ian George
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26-03-13
I think getting out of bed was half the battle yesterday – horrible conditions! I ran pretty much to plan yesterday - 6.30s for the first 10 and then turned it up a little to finish in 1.24. Happy to run that pace as part of an 80 mile week, and also happy to give Wes’s friend Marco a PB! As Phil says good runs from Ian, Dave B, Lee & Wes. Didn’t see Pat.
Robin McCoy
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26-03-13
I went with my race plan of running hard down the first big hill (miles 1 and 2) and trying to hang on. Managed a 5:37 first mile and 5:40 second. After that was steady until mile12 where a marshal sent me up the wrong side road – I was so angry! Anyway, I came away in 8th or 2nd Vet (1st was Scott Rice). In a new PB of 1:17:48. Clearly still room for improvement. So, listening to coach Phil with regards to sharpening up my shorter races before having any more cracks at marathons, it looks like I am heading in the right direction.
Lee Martin
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26-03-13
It was a PB for me in 1:27:41. I seemed to really struggle with the last 3/4's of a mile which I've put down to a lack of long distance training.
Wesley Absolom
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26-03-13
I also ran the Brentwood half. Felt fairly relaxed after recent exertions indoors and in Sunderland! Had a good steady race but in the absence of training geared towards the longer distance the old legs wouldn't seem to go any faster! Started just behind Lee but gradually lost touch. The first couple of miles are always fast there as its downhill but then undulating and overall uphill for the next few miles.Managed to stay sub 6 min miles for the first half of the race but lack of endurance saw me gradually slip to a few seconds over 6mins to finish in 79:35 and 13th place. Some way off my best but still happy!
Dave Butler
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26-03-13
Last weekend I did the Fleet Half M, 10th place in 1.14.26 in very cold weather, I ran in a pack of 7 for 11 miles that covered positions to 4 to 10 and finished 10th so you can draw your own conclusions on my lack of speed work.
This weekend, it was colder and I did the Cranleigh 15/21, a choice of either distance (including the right to choose on route) and by mile 14 I had a sudden change of plan and opted for the 15. I was third on the road and as the two guys in front of me turned off to finish the 15 I opted for 3rd place in the 15 rather than leader on the road in the 21! It was a pretty miserable run in freezing conditions, my time was 1.32 ish.
I've been travelling with work recently so haven't been down for Ravens sessions and have a nagging groin injury so considering bailing on London now as I think I am close to PB shape but not quite there. I think it would be the right decision to let the groin recover and also keep me motivated with a late spring or autumn marathon which wouldn't be the case if I did do London....we'll see!
Jon Fairs
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26-03-13
Just to be different, I did the Hastings Half yesterday, I was hoping for 1:24 but seemed to struggle and halfway was 45 (hoped for 43) and still never really got going till the downhill section finishing in 1:26:04 - at least the last two (flat) miles were at 6'09 pace and I wasn't tired at the end, did a mile cool down and regretted persuading family to come along since I could have done plenty more to get a good long run in.
It rounded off my second biggest ever weekly mileage (63 but had hoped to be in 70s by now) and after 4 MLRs I rested Fri/Sat so not an issue - no speedwork since Jan and only one tempo in the last month won't have helped.
Don't know about Brentwood but conditions at Hastings were fine, not too windy and no precipitation. The Run-Fast Kenyans did very well but were split by a great performance by a Cambridge Harrier who came 2nd. I was 72nd overall and, more importantly, 1st Raven.
Simon Phillips
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26-03-13
I ran the Crystal Palace park run on Saturday and for the 1st time since my school days I actually won it in an ok 19mins and 12 secs. It is a very tough 5k – probably 1 minute slower than a flat one, and the conditions were blizzard-like! I can hear you all thinking, excuses excuses...and you’d be right. ;>)
Most of the quick runners didn’t turn up!
Steve Glackin
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21-03-13
As Mick says I came second in the M60's. Would have been happier with first place but Mike Hager had a brilliant race and I couldn't hang on to him. Tough this M60 age group!
Felt I had a good consistent run and overtook quite a few others in the race. Only 3 M50's finished in front of me so pleased with that and an overall 26th place out of 121 which included all the men age groups from 35-64.
Dave Butler
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19-03-13
SLH/Orion mob match
Last saturday I ran my first race since December. Our annual mob match v SLH held at Coulsdon came at the end of Cheltenham week . A week of loads of food, late nights , lots of excitement and hundred of miles of driving (I cannot wait for 2014's Festival). As for the race I had intended to give the run a right shot . The race is two laps and was horrendously muddy. Each lap consists of a climb then a drop into a valley along the valley, up a hill through some woods , across a cabbage field , through some woods , across the ridge of the valley you ran along earlier and around again. The downside for me is the majority is on some sort of camber the one thing my hip cannot handle. The wind was in your face for the first two miles and I struggled handling this and my calfs were killing me. I had to stop and stretch the calfs three times on the first lap (probably hurt due to the first use of spikes since December and 300 miles of driving the night before) ...I fell back on the first lap but got going on the second lap and took a minimum of 2 1/2 mins out of those I was running with on the first lap. I was catching runner after runner and finished 27th overall and pleased with my second half as I was very strong..calfs okay but could do no more than 6 yesterday at 9 min miling!.
Phil Hernon
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19-03-13
I run the Colchester half marathon yesterday had not been feelimng very well all week managed to pick up another cold and Sore throat. Anything gave it a go went off at 7 min miling for the 1st 4 miles, then the next 4 miles pushed up the pace to 6.50, the plain was to run the last 5 in 6.30 pace but was going ok until about mile 11 but then the cold got the better of me. Crossed the line in around 89 mins so very pleased.
Dave Miller
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19-03-13
I finished 1st in this saturdays wimbledon common parkrun in my second ever slowest time of 18 04. I went off hard and led for the first 500m but then got overtaken by a couple of runners who built up a 10 second lead but by 3k both started to slow and I overtook then with about 1k to go. It was a cold wet and windy morning and the course was very muddy in places. I decided to wear spikes and it gave me a big advantage because the 2 guys I raced struggled through the muddy patches.
Stuart Fraser
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19-03-13
I did the BMAF xc Champs in Sunderland on Saturday. I came 3rd M55 - very pleased, it is my first BMAF xc medal. My wife, who only ran because I did, won the W40 age group. Dave Butler came 2nd in the M60 age group. A great days racing, weather was quite mild, singlet and gloves weather. The race was four laps round a fairly flat course (one steep small hill and one longer steady hill) but it was quite muddy in places, the kind of sticky mud that saps your energy. I got over taken during the first lap by three M55 runners but manages to battle back into 3rd place on lap 2 and the gap to the other two runners in front of me stayed about the same to the finish. I also beat a few rivals in other age groups so overall a good race.
Mick Bridgeland
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19-03-13
Did my first Park run for 4 months.
The conditions were horrendous as it was extremely windy and the race was at times 20 yards from the seafront. The course is a square and when running into the wind i could not get under 6.15 pace.
Came second in about 18.30, was about 10 seconds behind the winner, but i was relatively pleased as the winner is running races at about the same times i did last year.
My mileage is now up to about 35 a week, and am still increasing it and pushing harder with the reps.
Simon LeMare
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11-03-13
BMAF indoor track champs
Certain Ravens bagged medals aplenty this weekend at the BMAF indoor track champs - Mick and Daves' glowing reports to follow I'm sure (great runs both by way). I returned without decoration but can boast a fourth place in the M40 800m with a season's best of 2.08.68, running pretty much to form and taking a couple of seconds off my previous season's best. I was a little bit disappointed to miss out on third by .5 sec but nonetheless enjoyed a very well organised event in what I thought was a decent field. I've also never run with one of those adhesive numbers on the side of my leg (the ones which always fall off international sprinters on account of their explosive starts). Suffice to say mine was still firmly attached when I got home two hours later!
Peter Clinch
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11-03-13
Fantastic run Peter - great race to watch - with one lap to go I thought you were going to be overtaken and pushed into fifth place, but then you rallied and as you say nearly got third - a great time
On Saturday I ran the M55 1500m - I was up against three guys who had similar times to me but also had fast finishes, being 800m runners as well. I decided to push the pace from the start and make them work for it, the first few laps were a bit frantic as they tried to get past me on the straights but I managed to speed up and hold them off, keeping the inside lane
Unfortunately around about half way Dave Wilcock got past me (he has the fastest finish) but I managed to hold on to him. On the last lap I had thoughts of trying to get past him but he managed to hold me off and beat me by less that a second - he did 4:38.42, I did 4:39.25, third was 4:41.01 and forth 4:45.44. Very pleased with my first medal, silver, at 1500m
On Sunday my legs still felt tired, only improving slightly during the warm up
On paper I had the 3000m won, we were also running with M50s so that usually helps to pull the pace along. My nearest rival was 20secs slower that me on paper but you can never tell in a race.
I decided to push the pace from the start by going off with one of the M50 runners and I managed to open up a gap on my rivals which killed off any ideas that they had of beating me.
I gradually got dropped by my M50 pace maker but still had a healthy lead over my rivals, with 1000m to go my legs started to wobble as the 1500m race from the day before caught up with me, but I managed to painfully hold on to the end to take the gold with 9:51.75
Overall a great weekend of racing
Dave had two great runs but was also unlucky - but I will leave him to report in detail
Mick Bridgeland
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11-03-13
I made by debut in the M60 age group at the BMAF Indoors on Saturday in the 1500m and was up against Mike Hager and David Oxland. Decided I had to go hard from the gun due to David O's strong finish and I didn't know whether he could still run sub 4:40. Then there was Mike to worry about as well!
Went straight into the lead running 36's (though my first 2 laps were a bit quicker apparently!). I built a handy lead of up to 15m but with 2 laps to go Mike H started to make inroads first getting past David O which motivated him. David then realised he had a chance with 100m to go as I was beginning to tense up and got past me off the final bend to win in WR time of 4:35.52. I managed to hold off Mike who came strong off the bend as well to finish second in 4:36.04 (also under the old WR by half a second) with Mike a second behind me!
Sunday I ran the 3000m which was me & Mike head to head. David decided enough was enough and did the 800 instead!
Much slower race after Saturday's exertions. I was happy to sit behind Mike for the first 10/11 laps lapping at approx 40secs - had to hold myself back at times. Then Mike slowed further and looked tired so I went past but despite several attempts down the back straight I could not drop him. So it was not my weekend as Mike sprinted past me off the final corner banking (and I could not hold him off this time) to win in 9:57.74 with me exactly 1 sec behind.
Mentally exhausted now! Need to go for a run!
Dave Butler
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11-03-13
Saturday I did the Croydon parkrun - 5k of slippery mud with some hills. This was also a friendly 'mob match' between Blackheath & Bromley and Serena's Croydon Striders. They raced us at our local Bromley parkrun in January and this was the return fixture.
I enjoyed the course - it's got more hills and turns than our Bromley one - and ran a reasonable 20.13 to finish in 7th. I also improved on my previous time on this course by about 20 seconds. Sadly we lost to the Striders (it was close) who put out a good team of 40 or so to our 20 runners. Serena ran really well. After our first season of the interclub mob match It's now 1 match all.
Andy Tucker
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11-03-13
It was bloody freezing and I fell on my face too. 22:36 and 27th place.
Serena Stracey
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6-03-13
I did the Greenwich 10k on Sunday and was really pleased with my run. I did 35.09 to come 7th first M40. It was a tough course 3x up the hill in Greenwich Park. Ideal conditions and I felt fantastic. The best run I have done in over a year.
Luke Armitage
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6-03-13
I thought i was relatively pleased with the Essex 20 time, and thought i was the 2nd V50. However when i saw the results i found i was 4th V50 and beaten by 1 minute by the first 3. I was very annoyed with myself as I did not know they were so close to me, and was very frustrated as I had beaten them most of last year over all distances and also during this winter's cross country season.
So it was a big reality check early in the year. My weekly mileage since returning to work is only half of my Gardening Leave mileage, so I do not deserve to run well.
Having thought for 48 hours, I somehow have to find another 4 hours a week to run to return to last years level. This will be very hard as my priority has to be to build up the business with my new employer and because my wife does not like me running so much.
Simon LeMare
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4-03-13
Essex 20
Yesterday I entered the Essex 20 (paid my money did not join in and take the pi$$) to pace my daughters boyfriend to around 11 ish . He is in the London but just wants to get round under 4 . His furthest run prior to yesterday was 15! We set out at 8 min mile pace and kept that up until I left him (thou he was breathing heavy) at 11 1/2 my mile and half run back to the race hq was run at 6 30 pace. In all my longest run on the road since my marathon four years ago .. but quite pleased as I had loads of energy left and confident if I did a half of being close to or under 1 30. Despite feeling good everyone I knew at the finish said I looked rough and pale ,as did others who saw the photo that will be on the website later! Paul finished in 2 46 so he dropped 6 mins over the last 8 1/2 miles but seems to have ran into problems at 17!. So it looks ok for sub 4 but he needs to do some work to guarantee it !. He carries a few pounds as well.....
As for other Ravens - Simon looking exceedingly' fat' did a 2 10 and Robin did a 2 13 at the end of an 80 mile week and one min faster than last year. So both had good runs ... I am sure they will report later... and their photo's will also be on the website .
Phil Hernon
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4-03-13
The Essex 20 was my first race for 8 months and first over 10 miles for nearly 11. Possibly ill advised, particularly as part of an 80 mile week! Anyway had a nice chat with Phil who had clearly had bullied an unwilling potential son in law into a race he didn’t want to do. I then hooked up with Simon LeMare, checking that his beetroot levels were at their optimum and set off with the aim of running 2.10 (ish).
SLM clearly running too slowly, so ran ahead of him til about 8 when he ran past me, and I didn’t see him again until the end! The course is 3 laps with 2 hills and is frankly not very enjoyable! Someone overtook me at mile 18 which made me cross and spurred me onto running the last 2 at 6.20s to finish in 2.13.59 well beaten by SLM in 2.12.12.
Robin McCoy
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4-03-13
Thames Riverside 20 Miler
Well done Phil on a strong "half marathon" yesterday - by the way I saw that Martin Rees from South Wales took over 3 minutes off the V60 half-marathon WR at Bath yesterday - 71.5 mins.
Well done Simon and Robin in the Essex 20 - 2'13 is excellent, sounds well on course for sub 3.
It was also the Thames Riverside 20 Miler (Race or Pace) yesterday - along the slightly uneven tow-path from Putney Bridge to Richmond and back. After struggling on my legs last week I could have been tempted to give it a swerve, but after desperate pleading from Arif and Marcus I was bullied into it, Marcus even threatened not to shave until VLM …... the mere thought of which will chill the bones of anyone who remembers Movember.
Marcus ran with the 8' pacing group. Arif and I ran with the 7' group till the turnaround, then built a little gap as he chatted-up the leading lady. I high-fived with Marcus, who was looking slightly more sprightly than he did at the finish line.
With 4 miles to go I was thinking that 16 miles would be a nice distance for a race. At this point Arif gambolled off into the distance like a spring lamb, whilst I was more concerned with calves than lambs, since mine were threatening to implode (as they had been earlier in the week). I laboured round to finish in 2:19:17. I just about managed some stretches but said calves barely let me walk, let alone have a cool-down jog - meanwhile Arif looked like he could've carried on all day. I need a couple of days off but need to get my training back on track by the end of the week.
Afterwards Marcus used his extensive local knowledge to take us on a pub crawl of Wimbledon, unfortunately none of them would let him in.
Simon Phillips
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4-03-13
Riverside 20. I ran very comfortably at 7.45 pace until 14 miles when the uneven terrain underfoot took its toll badly on my achilles, which flared up very painfully. I then struggled badly for 4 miles, until we got back on tarmac and evntually hobbled home at just over 2:38, which puts me oon course for a 3:30 marathon. However, this morning I can barely walk, so actually starting a marathon, let alone finishing it, feels a very long way off...
I had stupidly ran parkrun on the Saturday, so really only have myself to blame. Last week had been so busy at work that I was desperate just to get out and run and as a result ran too fast.
Rest/cross training for me for all this week in all liklihood.
Couple of photos attached from yesterday. If it looks like Arif and Simon are holding me up, it is because they were!
Marcus Elwes
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4-03-13
I've run this clapham chasers 20 miler for the last 3 years now. i've always run with the 7.30 group and have done 2.30, 2.30 & 2.22 previously. This year i ran with the 7 min group and to be honest was plain sailing throughout. I intended to stick with the pacing group throughout but its a little annoying constantly watching your step so got to the front to give myself a clear view. Simon soon joined with aforementioned 'bird' who was nice and clearly quite talented (she didn't seem experienced at long distance). Simon being Simon wouldn't let us relax and kept on trying to breakaway - obviously i had to cover his breaks and after 16 they both dropped off after which i cruised in at approx 6.50 pace (forgot my watch!).
Pretty happy with the run considering i didn't get a chance to have a proper breakfast (snickers) / didn't bother with gels & hardly got a chance to drink anything on the course but really should be matching Robin at this stage.
Arif Merali
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4-03-13
Wymondham 20m
I did the above race at the weekend in 2:29, quicker than last year but still too slow. Conditions were perfect so I can't even blame that.
I was planning to run around at 7:10s which I did for the first half ( about 1:11) but when I got to half way I slowed on a hill and then never got back upto speed again. Still 8 weeks to go until Madrid so all is not lost. I just need to work on maintaining the pace when into double digits.
Chris Meadows
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4-03-13
Spitfire 20
I did the Surrey Spitfire at the weekend, 20mile pre-London race, joining the masses of Ravens experiencing something similar this weekend! I wanted to do 6 min/mile and hit each one bang on, 2nd place in 1.59.26.
Jon Fairs
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4-03-13
Paris Half Marathon
I ran yesterday the half marathon of Paris, a tradition for a French guy...
I am very happy with the result as I managed to run it in just below 1h25mn in exactly 1h24mn51, 1mn30 improvement from last year. Conditions were excellent, clear sky, sunny, cold but not windy at all. I managed to keep up with a pace of 4mn01 (+/-5%) for the whole race and for the first time ever, I finished in very good condition and accelerated at the end although I just in fact kept the same pace...
It was packed, more than 35 000 runners... and with this time my ranking is 559. Just to wanted to share it with you as part of my improvement comes from the nice but tough reps session every Thursday...!!!
Stephen Jullien
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4-03-13
Abu Dhabi Triathlon
I was lucky enough to have another crack at the Abu Dhabi Triathlon on Saturday. I was up against no other than our very own Olympic champion Alastair Bronwlee. The two words I can use to best describe this race are hot and windy. The swim was great but the 100k bike was just a battle with the wind. By the time I started the 10k run the temperature was up to 30 degrees and my lack of warm weather training took it's toll. I hit the run hard but wilted in the heat. Very glad to finish.
I eventually finished in a time if 4.13.22 with 24.54 swim, a 3.02.24 bike and. 39.37 run.
Alastair Brownlee's splits were 16.29, 2.26.55 and 32.47.
Ian George
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4-03-13
Eastbourne Half Marathon.
Well done all the racers over the past two weeks - once again some great times and placings and it really is great to be able to "mix" with such talented athletes!
As for me, after a week in Cornwall (cream teas are not an ideal race preparation!) I yesterday pitched up in Eastbourne for their half marathon.
My race went relatively well, although there was a degree of headwind for all to deal with and I suffered my first stitch in years (bizarrely around the nine mile mark??) but managed to cross the line in a time of 1.31.55 (knocking 1 minute 37 seconds off my course PB) and placing 81st out of 1,585 finishers.
The time is roughly (possibly slightly better) than I expected - the course takes in the foot hills of Beachy Head so I wouldn't personally expect to run this quicker than say Brighton; however, looking at how things have panned out in previous years, given the right conditions and health allowing, Hastings and Paddock Wood half marathons in the next few weeks look like they could be interesting!
Kevin Cockram
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4-03-13
The Nicholls Cup - (South London Harriers -v- Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC mob match)
First run in the 1890's (I didn't run in that one) this is one of the oldest athletics trophies around still being competed for. It was the usual 7.5m cross country route at SLH's course in Coulsdon. A poor turnout by both teams (34SLH, 30 Blackheath) saw a fairly close race which SLH won. The route was considerably drier than it has been recently so the mud wasn't an issue. Out and back with a two lap loop, I had a poor first lap but finished ok. Unfortunately I think I tore a muscle in my chest during the run as I finished in some pain. 55 minutes put me in 18th place. Sun was shining and it should have been a nice run but it wasn't.
Andy Tucker
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25-02-13
Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon
I ran this race today, which was won by Tom Payn of Run-Fast (fresh from his course record at the Ravens handicap 5k on Thursday) in 67 minutes, 11 seconds - photo attached. Trailing in just a little bit behind Tom (ahem), I came in in 97 minutes, 46 seconds. This was my first race back since aggravating my Achilles in January so, on sound advice from various fellow Ravens, I did not race it, but tried to maintain a steady pace of around 7.30 a mile, which is what I hope to do at London in April. The Achilles bore up ok, so from that point of view, the race was a success, although the time is some way off where I would hope to be for a half right now, but for the injury, albeit it was my second best time for a half and 6 minutes or so faster than I did last year at this race (pre Ravens). Both Dave and Kevin have shown me recently where I need to be for a half, and hopefully when I am 100% I can look at knocking 7 or 9 minutes off this time. Oh yes, and it was bloody cold - there had even been a possibility the previous day of cancellation, after heavy snow fell in the region overnight Friday/Saturday!
Marcus Elwes
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25-02-13
3000m Indoors
I ran indoors yesterday which was especially lovely in the current cold weather. I ran 9:42.23 which I was very pleased with, to go top of the M55 rankings for the year so far. This is all prep for the BMAF National Indoors in two weeks time. The above time should hold up well in the rankings for the year as I can only think of a couple of M55s who will attack it, whereas my 1500m 4:42.94 will come under attack from a few guys at the BMAF Indoors.
Mick Bridgeland
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25-02-13
Well done Mick. You must have a metronome on board as that's exactly the time you said you were going to run pre race. I can't claim to be the best in my age category ( or near it) but I did run indoors at the same meeting as Mick yesterday in the 40's 800m. First time indoors and lacking some (alot) of speed training I managed 2.10.47 for third spot. Will be doing the BMAF in two weeks and should be able to knock off 3 seconds or so and hopefully make the final.
Peter Clinch
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18-02-13
Chelmsford ParkRun
Lee and I ran the Chelmsford Park Run on Saturday
The course is mainly on tarmac paths within Chelmsford Central Park but there is a stretch of 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile that is on grass, or in the case of Saturday mud !! This is race 5 for this ParkRun so it is a very new one I came 3rd in 17:13 and Lee came 4th in 18:00 (I will let Lee do his own race report) - setting a M55 record and the overall age graded record for the course with 89.25%. Overall I was very pleased having done a full rep session on Thurs and a run on Friday.
I intend to run this ParkRun occasionally without resting up (full rep session on the Thurs before and a long run the Sunday after) as a bit of fun, I shall also marshal if I have a race on the Sunday, or pace my son round, as it is only a mile or so from my house
Mick Bridgeland
Yep Chelmsford Park run. 18min dead. Nothing in the legs – Mick powered away in fine fettle – I had nothing to respond with. His time is one to target for the future – an excellent achievement.
Lee Martin
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18-02-13
London Ultra 50k (or for me 54k!)
Well done Mick on a good time and the M55 record. I ran my first Ultra yesterday off little training. A great route and perfect weather; however the course was poorly marked and many of the running ended up going wrong in places. I went off course around 7 or 8 times, the worst was over mile at the end of the race (see link with my run and the extra loop around Brentford lock - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/274623229#.USFImBQtq8g.email ) I’d recommend the race but if you want to do a good time, you’ll need to cycle it a few times to get used to the route. Not sure where I finished but it will be quite low down the field because of the extra miles. I ran 32.5m in an average of 7.36 pm and there were plenty of hills and it was very slippery in places through the commons, so overall I’m pleased with the run.
Stuart Fraser
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18-02-13
Saturday was the annual mob match between my Blackheath & Bromley Harriers and Andy Hayward/Chris Read/Andy Bickerstaff's Ranelagh. It was on our Hayes course over 7.5 miles of treacherous mud and hills. I had a reasonable run and finished 17th in 58 minutes. Slow but the conditions were tough. Andy, Andy and Chris had good runs and were rewarded with a rare away win for Ranelagh on our course. Sadly a good many of our top runners were at Parliament Hill for the Southerns.
Pictures of the mob match here for those interested: http://www.bandbhac.org.uk/ranelagh%2016-02-13.html
Andy Tucker
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18-02-13
Yes, it was a tough run. Great photos, and the ones at the top of the hill showing the climb through the thick mud are really good. My quads are still aching today! Ranelagh’s first victory at B&BH home course for over forty years, and only the second ever apparently, so it was all worth it (sorry Andy!).
Andy Hayward
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18-02-13
Southerns - Parliament Hill
Parly was a great day and Luke's boy got a silver looks a very good level headed runner. Not sure how Simon's little one got on but I did give her a pep talk before the race- 'Just enjoy it and ignore your dad' ...The course looked very tough and not sure how long it will take runners to get over it.
Phil Hernon
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18-02-13
Juliette came about a 100th and Dominic about 200th. They were each in the younger of the 2 year age group so they are looking forward to the same race next year.
I ran the 15k race. Went off slowly as knew it would be hard. As usual I over took 3 or 4 people on every down hill and 1 or 2 of them overtook me on the next up hill. Probably went too slowly at the beginning and did a Dave Butler and overtook about 20 people on the last of the 3 laps.
Felt good afterwards and pleased the legs were fine throughout. No idea where I came, probably in the middle.
Simon LeMare
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18-02-13
Brighton Half Marathon
I ran this yesterday in pretty much perfect weather – only a very slight headwind for two of the last three miles. I posted a time of 1.30.24, my second fastest time for a HM and 1 minute and 7 seconds quicker than my “adjusted” Brighton time from last year (long course). Relatively happy with the time – on a course like Brighton I was looking to duck under 1.30 and I’m not 100% certain why it didn’t happen – my Garmin had me running an average pace of 6.50 minute miles which by my calculation (maybe that’s the problem!) should have bought me over the line around 1.29. However, one possible explanation was that it also recorded I ran a little further than the 13.1 miles I was expecting – must learn to run “as the crow flies”……….or should that be Raven?!
Anyway, a couple more opportunities to get back into the swing of things before having a proper crack once again at a sub 1.30 HM at Paddock Wood in April – weather and body allowing.
Kevin Cockram
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11-02-13
Dear all
I run the above event and decided to give it a crack at getting under 90 mins for a half marathon. However the weather was very cold and windy.
I set off planning to do the 1st 4 miles in 7 min miling, then the next 4 in 6.50 pace, then the next 4 in 6.40 with the final mile in 6.30. However that went out of the window and did the following splits:
Mile 1 6.57.24
Mile 2 6.49.32
Mile 3 6.38.89
Mile 4 6.49.84
Mile 5 6.43.44
Mile 6 6.57.74
Mile 7 6.58.97
Mile 8. 6.51.63
Mile 9 6.40.93
Mile 10 6.46.06
Mile 11 6.46.71
Mile 12 6.46.93
Mile 13 6.49.52
.10 1.03.20
Managed to cross the finishing line in 1 hour 29 mins and 38 secs a pb of over 2 mins, finished in 92 place 16th Vet 40 so really pleased with the result.
Dave Miller
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11-02-13
Well done Dave that’s a great run, you must be delighted and smashed your PB. I did the Wokingham Half in equally horrible conditions and having had about 2 hours sleep, it probably would have made sense to adjust my race plan but I didn’t! I managed to stay on target pace of 5.35 miles for about 7 or 8 miles and then started to fade at which point I decided to use it as a hard training run and not get too worried about times, it was still a respectable 1.15 but not a lot of fun getting continually overtaken for the second half. I am now going to try and get back to some longer runs as the recent races are in theory all part of the plan for a crack at the London Marathon.
Jon Fairs
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11-02-13
I had a much better run in the final Surrey League XC race on Saturday; however immediately after the race I thought I’d had a poor one because I really struggled the last couple of miles. It wasn’t until I saw the results and saw that I finished close to quite a few very good local runners that I realised I had a good race and the reason I struggled so much was because I was running so hard! I finished 59th, nearly 50 places better than my last Surrey XC, 3 places and 12 seconds behind Luke. I followed Luke round virtually the whole course but wasn’t strong enough to catch him. Congratulations to Kent AC who snatched the Surrey title at the last. I’m not sure I totally agree with Kent being in the Surrey League: however it will certainly increase the quality of races. Hope THH & HHH take up the challenge next year.
Stuart Fraser
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11-02-13
Like Dave I also ran the Great Bentley 1/2. Unlike Dave I had a really bad run - 1:20:03. I know the weather was not good but I struggled from 5 miles onwards. Because of the wind I set off slower than planned, running just under 6min/m for the first 5, but in hindsight this obviously took more out of me than planned. The training has been going well so I can only put it down to a "bad day at the office" and also the fact that it was my first half for 3 years
Mick Bridgeland
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11-02-13
Phil - if there had been a podium I would have been on it with Adam Hickey on Saturday. He did the Southend Park Run in 15:34. I was third in 19:33.
Wesley Absolom
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5-02-13
I ran the Chichester 10K yesterday, I was hoping for PB as I had come to close to my previous 10k PB (34.02) in the first half of a half marathon at the end of last year so felt I could improve on it. The benefit of this race is that it attracts an unbelievably strong field so I knew I would have lots of people to run with, I went through 5K in 16.47 and then was able to push on and gradually overtook a few people in the second half, which I ran in 16.43. Overall time of 33.30 and 48th place so pretty pleased with that result. Definitely a race I would recommend and pretty astounding to see so many people running 31 and 32 minute 10k’s.
Jon Fairs
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5-02-13
Back before Christmas, I promised not to bore you with my Parkrun efforts unless anything of vague worth occurred - well this week it did - a new PB of 20.44, knocking 23 seconds off my previous PB to gain 11th place. I'd love to get a time on this course under 20 minutes but know I'm still some way off - however, a step in the right direction.
Kevin Cockram
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3-02-13
I ran the 800m at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley on Sunday. A grand title but its actually an open meeting.
There were 74 entrants for the mens 800 so with it being rather a short distance for me really and not being the youngest there, I was in the last race of 12!
Still it was great to be back indoors and have a run out on the track.
I was 3rd of 4 in the race in a time of 2:23.41. I had hoped to get under 2:20 but it was not to be! I ran a consistently paced race with a David Shortridge on my shoulder until he got past me off the last bend pushing me back into 3rd.
The winner was some way ahead and won in 2:12.
Looking at the results I see that David's coach is a certain Peter McHugh!
Dave Butler
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3-02-13
Unexpected race report
I flew to Los Angeles on Thursday for a Friday business meeting so found myself staying the weekend ahead of further meetings next week. Rather than fly on up to Chicago (snow and -10 degrees) i opted for a weekend at Santa Monica (sunshine and 15 degrees), LA’s coastal neighbour. Whilst out for a run on Saturday morning along the beach i noticed a load of runners wearing numbers. Turns out they were running a half marathon/marathon/ultra along the beach. I met up with one of the organisers who mentioned that they were running a series of races the following morning.
So at 6.30 this morning, following an evening of live music, Newcastle Brown Ale and Jagermeister, I found myself jogging 500 meters from my hotel to the start area to pick up my number. I wasn’t feeling particularly lively but the morning was cool which helped. Santa Monica is a beautiful beach resort. Home of the famous ‘Muscle Beach’ (a place where I would look ridiculously out of place), the beautiful sand and palm trees stretch for miles and the sun is usually warm. Today is cold by local standards and as I stand at the start chatting with some of the other competitors, I am considerably underdressed compared to the others. Some of the other competitors had travelled for over 150 miles to come to this event.
There are a series of races today – 5K, 10k, 15k and a half marathon – organised by the excellent Rocket Racing Productions. The team are extremely warm and welcoming and efficiently organise a series of excellent races. Check out their website.
All the races started together at 7am. I opted for the 5k as I wasn’t sure my stomach and head could cope with much more. It was fairly confusing as to who was racing what event but I chased after a young lad who lead at the start. Got into my stride and passed him after about 500 meters. The course is along tarmac pedestrian and cycle paths along the beach front. It is flat and fast and at that time of the morning, quiet. The course was an out and back loop with chalk markings which were easy enough to follow. I put in some effort on the way out and was leading at the turnaround. The young lad was about 75m behind me when i turned. Not used to leading a race I just put my head down and worked hard on the way back but still able to high 5 some of the others coming the other way – well, when in Rome....
I finished strong and felt good all the way finished in first place in 18.17 (i think). Will check their website, which is excellent, for results. The young lad was probably doing the half as he came in a few places down and looked like he was cruising. Again, great friendliness from the organisers. If ever you are in California and fancy a run/race look these guys up.
Andy Tucker
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23-01-13
I ran the Benfleet 15, for the first time. Despite snowing from start to finish it wasn't that cold. The course was quite hilly for the first 4 miles and the last mile and a half, but the sections in between were flat and took us around the sea wall from Leigh to Benfleet and onto Canvey Island. Apart from a few large icy puddles and some sections of hard/frozen mud the ground was fine with just snow on grass. The course distance was spot on and well organised with plenty of marshals. My target time was 2 hours so I was delighted to finish in 1hr 54:12.
Wesley Absolom
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16-01-13
I ran a very poor surrey league XC (104th) Saturday. I have a hatful of excuses for the bad performance but primarily I’m just not fit enough at the moment. The race was made more entertaining by the Thames overflowing it’s banks which meant the first lap round we had to navigate about thirty foot of knee high water; however that was just a taster for the second lap some 15 minutes later. By then the water was up to our wastes and it was like running across a 60ft river. All good fun!
Stuart Fraser
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16-01-13
Saturday saw my usual 5k park run as a warm up for the main event. Useful speed session too. As I was racing in the afternoon I agreed to run as a pacer and ran 20 minutes. Usually this is well within my comfort zone but Saturday was a real slog. Most of the surface water has drained, although the ground is still very wet, but the mud was very slippery and the surface churned up. I managed just over 20 minute but had to work at it.
The afternoon was our club cross country 10K. It's around the majority of our mob match course and is now a mob match against Beckenham Running Club. I know many of the Beckenham runners and often compete against them in the park run. Conditions were cold and very muddy. Lots of slipping and sliding meant it was a grueling race. Although I didn't run as well as I ought to, it was a notable improvement on my recent poor form. Finished in 21st place (45.22), ahead of some of my peers but behind others. Blackheath won the mob match although we should do as Beckenham is a much smaller club. They do have some excellent runners. Notable in the overall performance was that I was beaten by five M50 runners and still finished third V40. We seem to be lacking many good runners in my age bracket. It was good to see that 3 of the first 4 runners were our 15/16 year olds who are really starting to mature into excellent runners. Winning time was 39.27 which is excellent on that course.
Andy Tucker
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16-01-13
I only ran the same Parkrun on Saturday as Andy and found it dreadful. The wet has been replaced by sticky mud which cakes your shoes (no spikes) and makes traction of any kind practically impossible. Hated it and time as woeful, especially after Thursday's race. Curry on Friday night may not have helped!
Marcus Elwes
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16-01-13
The last few races have been for mud lovers and the Essex league on Saturday at Orion most certainly did not disappoint in that respect. I was very pleased with my run as Phil mentioned, 29th place(compared to my previous 57th at Chelmsford) which I can attribute to a slightly diminished field but also my appreciation for slow, attritional courses which this slog in the mud most certainly was. I got away quickly and held on, it proved very tough to pass on the deep mud and slippery uphills whch meant I didn't lose many places and managed to keep a reasonable pace going. If I am in a position to give tips, sprint downhill! I was amazed how much time some runners seemed to lose on the downhill bits which I see as "free" running.
Peter Clinch
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8-01-13
Essex Cross Country Champs
I watched Saturday and was so pleased I did the 'Mchugh hill session' in the morning , rather than the county championships in the afternoon. It looked a very tough race and those that finished deserve a pat on the back. The course was full of that clingy thick mud and was mostly on a camber. Both things I hate!. Tom Payn of Run Fast was the winner, he said 40% of the course was good running; but the challenge on the rest was to stay on your feet. I understand the course was slightly over distance , so Tom's time of under 47 mins for nearly 8 miles, in those conditions, was awesome.
Tom really gave the rest of the field a bashing. He looked majestic . After the race whilst everyone else was collapsing over the line (including the second) he was running round the field looking like he had not raced!. Tom was unable to pick the trophy up so I did on his behalf. Looking at the previous winners (including Andy Catton) it dawned on me how the county's are neglected by so called good runners. On saturday nobody was in Tom's class but we do have runners ie Adam Hickey, Whittaker, etc that should be there. Somehow the EA need to ensure that this race is a qualification race again so the better runners have to attend. If it was good enough for Eamon Martin , Rob Denmark, Keith Cullen, all proven internationals, it should be good enough for those who are still not as good as them!. Also not being elitist, they need to limit the number attending and the quality. You had lady runners finishing just in front of Tom and their race started 30 mins plus before the mens!. That is not right !.
Phil Hernon
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8-01-13
Got over to Hadleigh resonable early and watched the finish of a couple of the earlier races. Had a little walk round the course and could see and feel that it was really boggy. Had a good meal in the morning and so felt comfortable as the start time approached. Had a chat with Mick, Simon and Dave and then took up my position as the gun went off.
Watched as Mick, Dave, Simon Ian and Peter came round three times and can only reiterate what Phil said regarding all the finishers. A fantastic effort in those conditions. Well done guys.
Also agree with Phil regarding Tom. He looked so strong and was just pounding along all the way round. It was very impressive.
Phil Priest
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8-01-13
I ran the Essex Cross Country Champs. As Phil said it was mud, hills, mud and brambles. Started in about 100th position and chatted to Ian for a while. Mick disappeared out of sight after a mile.
Overtook 2 or 3 people during every down hill leg. 2nd of 3 laps was quite hard. Was feeling quite pleased with myself as no one had overtaken me since the first mile, when after 6 miles Dave shot past me at about 3K pace. The wake nearly made me fall over he was running so fast. Finished in 59th so quite pleased. Hope Dave's thigh is OK as he had a nasty bramble cut.
Adam Hickey was running for England at the weekend. Paul Whittaker said he was not feeling well, but that is no excuse. Frith did well in 3rd considering he also ran in the under 20's an hour beforehand.
Simon LeMare
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8-01-13
As Ian’s photos show, I too ran the Essex Cross Country Champs on Saturday. It seemed a very good idea when I entered! Having run over there during the week, I knew the conditions that awaited. Preparation was not helped by twisting my ankle when jogging over there (round the corner from where I live), but seeing Phil over there in his willies realised I had to run for fear of abuse! The higher ground was unusually the wettest with the slightly lower being the real sticky stuff that weighed your feet down, with the lowest ground being fine. I set off at the back of the field, and was surprised to be running along aside Dave Butler for the first quarter of a mile. I surged past him and gave him a quick pep talk (!) which obviously worked as he hit the first hill never to be seen again, by me at any rate. My choice of studded fell shoes proved to be one of my better decisions as I was strong (able to stand up) over the treacherous ground and overtake quite regularly over the hilly stretches. Found the whole thing very tough but think I enjoyed it really. My time of about 68 minutes was ok, although have not seen any results so no idea where I came. Thanks to the 2 Phils for their support, much needed I can assure you. Don’t think I’ll be out today as ankle still sore, hopefully ok for later in the week.
Peter Osborne
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8-01-13
Like Peter, entering the Essex county xc race seemed a good idea at the time! Not so keen on race day (don't like my spikes to get muddy) I decided to start slowly and see how it went. A bit too slowly I think as I then had a lot of work to do. So was pleased to finish 47th in 57:04.
I actually enjoyed the race as I felt good all the way (for a change!).
Thanks Simon the leg is now healing up. I had to bandage it until last night as it was a bit bloody!
Dave Butler
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1-01-13
Chingford League Saturday 29th December 2012 - my clubs home fixture thru' Epping Forest..my god it was wet!. The mud was calf high in more than one patch and throughout the race you did not get relief from the thick conditions. The two lap race saw the conditions throughout the second lap deteriorate into soup like but my result was pleasing. A couple of weeks ago I was 'cheated' out of a county gold and one of the main perpetrators in allowing me to be cheated out of the medal was David Brock. I have set him as my target ...in the vets he was 2 mins 18 secs ahead of me on the 8 Km course this Saturday he was 1 min 1 sec as I finished in 48th position on the 9K course, My previous placing in the league was 76th and in Saturday's race I took a number of scalps of those who regularly beat me . The training seems to be paying dividends!.
Phil Hernon
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1-01-13
Did the Stansted Stagger LDWA Challenge event on Sunday - 23.8 miles - was 2nd runner home in 3:48 in very boggy conditions.
Nigel W Cairns
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1-01-13
Myself, Andy Tucker and Steve Glackin all ran the New Years Day parkrun at Bromley. Once again, the course was exceptionally wet and boggy, although it was, for a change, a pleasant sunny morning. As in previous weeks, times were poor due to the conditions, but the Ravens positioned well, coming 3rd (Steve), 5th (Andy) and 6th (myself) out of the 142 runners.
Marcus Elwes
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1-01-13
A rarity these days, but I have a race report. On New Years Eve I ran (floundered) the Hadleigh “Fell” Race organised by Springfield Striders. The course was a beast with over 1200 ft of climbing (sliding) over a 4.8 mile course. For those of you running the Essex Cross Country this Saturday, the course is a horrid mess, as the ground is completely sodden, so don’t expect and quick times, and tie your footwars on tightly!. Having said all that it was great fun, and I felt as if I had earned my evening festivities come the end. My time was about 46 minutes, although no idea of positions.
Peter Osborne
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1-01-13
Run the Park run in southend yesterday not the best time in the world! Things can only get better!! Happy new year to you.
Dave Miller
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1-01-13
I did the Lloyd Park and Roundshaw Park Runs yesterday (one at 9 and the other at 10), followed by my club's annual "Addington 4m" handicap. Am in pieces today.
The weather was fab, but the terrain on the first two courses made it hard work. Wish I'd worn spikes! Times were appalling, but it was good fun, especially the second one, where I saw Norman Hemming, who did a better job of staying on his feet than I did!
Serena Stracey
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1-01-13
Henty Relay, Richmond Park, 29/12. Names put into hat at clubhouse before the start, and 1 “fast”, 1 medium and 1 slow runner assigned to each team. The fast runner does 3 x 1.4 mile laps of the wood, the medium two, and the slow one (any order). Our team didn’t really have a fast or slow runner – all three were medium. I got to run two laps. However, my times were the fastest, so in hindsight I should have run the three (which is a good sign for me as I wasn’t expected to be the fastest). Team came 4th of six, but would have come third if I had done the three.
Andy Hayward
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