Spinkhill

South Yorkshire Cross Country Series – #1 – Spinkhill

Stamp! Crackle! Crunch! Crispy orange-brown leaves blowing about in the strong autumunal gusts of wind, scarfs and hats and gloves wrapped around big body warmers, long johns and muddy shoes. Oh yes the mud let’s not forget the mud, the icky brown stuff that cross country lovers stampeed through, rich, smelly, wet, manure-like, mucky – it must be Cross Country season – right?

Of course. So take Spinkhill playing fields in the middle of October. … Full Report

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Redbull Steeplechase

Redbull Steeplechase

The Red Bull Steeplechase is a 21.4 mile knock-out event that starts and finishes in the charming village of Castleton in the heart of the Peak District. The event is unique, with four knock-out stages, runners are competing right from the word go. And it goes something like this:

Knockout Stage 1, 8 miles:

  • 125 of the 375 male entrants are knocked out
  • 40 of the 130 female entrants are knocked out.

Knockout Stage 2,

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Yorkshire Vets’s Cross Country – 2014

2.6 miles I say, 2.6 not 26.2 but 2.6. The weekend that most people were about to run a marathon I decide to do the complete opposite, mix up the numbers a bit and run 2.6 miles.  

The Yorkshire Vet’s Cross Country event was taking place just outside of Leeds at Nunroyd Park. It took longer than my marathon time to drive up to Leeds due to the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run taking place the … Full Report

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Round Sheffield Way Relay – 2014

 
A year ago I had signed up to complete my first 50 miler ‘Round Sheffield Way’ a ‘relay’ organised by Steel City Striders that has been going since 1997 with the Ultra being a soloist event for the first time that year. However 2 weeks before and after reccie’ing every single leg twice, three times, four times and more I caught the dreaded ‘I’ is for Injury which put my foot under a great … Full Report

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Chesterfield Half Marathon – 2014

Two weeks previous to the Chesterfield Half I ran the Ring O’ Fire Ultra-marathon, I promised myself I wouldn’t ‘race’ in September and let my body recover, even though I was actually feeling much better than I thought I would after running 135 miles.

So I managed to get hold of an entry for the event only a few days before thanks to injured fellow club member Sarah (but still boo hiss to injury) … Full Report

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Salt Cellar Fell Race

Friday night there was a fell race on only 20 minutes from home around the stunning Derwent Edge in the Peak District. Now I am no fell runner, I will never be a fell runner so this was ‘just for fun’ taking myself outside of my comfort zone and just having a go. But for a fiver, near on 7 miles and 1500 feet of climb it gives a runner something to do on a … Full Report

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Thunder Run 2014

This was my second year at Thunder Run. After the 2013 episode of Thunder Run, in which it really did lead up to its name; caked in mud throughout the 10km course, thunder, lightening, torrential downpours you name it we had it. This year we had the complete opposite, as temperatures hit a near scorching 30 degrees, the dry heat, solid ground and most importantly ample amounts of cake with the ability to eat it … Full Report

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Crich Monument Race

Crich Momument Race

Saturday midday and I set off frantically to reach Crich to run up a big hill to the Crich monument overlooking the little village of Crich – Christ why not?. Why you ask? Why not I ask.

With only 10 minutes to spare when I arrived, I forgot my Garmin and ran to the start to register and stick a wonky number on my tee-shirt. The village fate green was in full swing with tempting … Full Report

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Chesterfield Spire 10

Chesterfield Spire 10

This race had always been held at the end of August and always clashed with other events, so when it came up that it was the first Sunday in July myself and friend Becky jumped in to register.

As it clashed with the Tour De France coming to Sheffield the field would be a little small this year, but that didn’t stop us. Far from it, in fact I had a plan, a plan that … Full Report

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Dam Flask Relays 2014

This was my nemesis, after having an awesomely terrible run x2 years ago I avoided it last year but this year has been the year of conquering my fears, so this time I decided to make up for last year and run twice if I was needed.

Low Bradfield is always quintessentially English at its best and worst come rain or shine, summer or winter. A beautiful ‘village’ setting nested between the lush greenness of … Full Report

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Ramathon Half Marathon

Ramathon Half Marathon

The Ramathon was back after 18 years, Derby’s half marathon. I wasn’t even down to do this race as it was road and I was in the midst of holidayness. However a place came up through a friend of a friend and I snatched it up and seamlessly was able to swap names for the entry with just a 2 pound surcharge.

Of course I was running this as best friend Becky was running too … Full Report

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Sheffield Castle Parkrun #42

Its Parkrun time. I am not a massive lover of Parkrun, some people live and breath them, there are even Parkrun tourists who go round all the Parkruns in the country, the live and breath that 9am start on a Saturday morning.

I on the other hand would probably prefer to have a trot on the trails near to home. However sometimes there is a time and a place for a Parkrun especially if there … Full Report

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West Highland Way

West Highland Way Holiday

West Highland Way – 96 miles over 5 days in other words Scotland's Great Trails-Slighe na Gàidhealtachd an Iar.

So when telling people I was off on holiday to run 96 miles over 5 days instant Scottish response was: Yer aff yer heid – yeah probably.

Setting the Context

When the opportunity came up to run the West Highland Way with some of the guys from Sheffield Running Club I was somewhat disappointed that it … Full Report

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London Marathon

Cue 18 months ago; I qualified for a ‘club championship’ entry place in London. Even back then I wasn’t sure if I wanted to enter it or not but hell it was a guaranteed entry in one of the most famous marathons in the world, with the privilege of starting just behind the elite men – was I stupid to not take the opportunity? Most people told me so.… Full Report

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Grindleford Gallop

Grindleford Gallop

Third time lucky for me, the Grindleford Gallop, a 21 mile off road event around the Peak District. I have always wanted to do this but having either been injured or too late to apply I have failed for the past few years. The good news this year was that due to a leak through twitter I was one of the near 100 who entered 5 days before entries were open. You gotta love twitter, … Full Report

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