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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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National Cross Country Championships Nottingham

National Cross Country Championships 2014

You can't get better than this - the National Cross Country Championships. This year slightly more local in Nottingham so why not give it a go, 5 miles over cross country terrain running in the biggest cross country pack in the UK, from elites to non-elites - an amazing experience with nearly 8000 runners in total.

A minibus of Sheffield Running Club guys and girls made their way down the motorway to Wollaton Park in … Full Report

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Darley Abbey ParkRun #42

I have renamed this run the Darley Abbey Cross Country Run for it was not your average Parkrun. I was down in Derby for my best friends' birthday so what better way to celebrate it than to run around a park, a proper park with proper grass and proper mud and proper squelch. This was all in derby and I want one of these in Sheffield, a cross country Parkrun

9am over 100 runners lined … Full Report

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Tiger Tor Fell Race

It was an exciting typical sunday at the end of January. It was raining. It was exciting. It was time for the Tigger Tor, a 9.something fell race in the heart of the dark peak organised by the lovely Totley AC. Number one rule when doing a race, always check the weather and go prepared regardless of kit checks. Number two rule always check the start time of the race.

Well I got the first … Full Report

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Northern Cross Country Championships 2014

It's taken me three years to get to the Northern Cross Country event. Third year lucky? Third year mucky! Struck with flu or injury in previous years I was just glad to bag a seat on the minibus all the way to knowsley Safari Park in cheshire. Such Fun.

The journey there over the pennines to the dark side made me appreciate my love for off road running. The sun gleamed over the hills as … Full Report

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Bolsover 10km

Bolsover 10km

So at the very last minute, that was actually 59 seconds not a minute because every second counts when you are running of course, a flat course, whatever the cause a friend gave a friend of a friend of a friend of a colleague of a friend a spare place for Bolsover 10 km. What you hear me saying? (do you hear me?) I am going to run a 10 km? I am going to … Full Report

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Percy Pud 2013

Once again the Percy Pud had arrived. I gave my PB to Mr Percy Pud x2 years ago and since then never got anywhere near it. Last year I got my PW (personal worse) but had such a fun time pacing a friend around the course. This year I was aiming to enjoy as much as possible armed with a 7 mile run before hand and a rucksack supporting a laptop due to being ‘on … Full Report

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Silkstone Shuffle Race 4 2013

This was the last of the 4 shuffles at Silkstone. Although I had registered for all four throughout the year I only had managed to make one other – the first one, typically off the back of another injury at the beginning of the year – see the pattern here? The other two I missed were due to having ‘better things to do’ like running 69 miles over 2 days in the summer at the … Full Report

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Heanor Christmas Pudding Run 2013

This was my third Heanor Christmas Pudding run, having only decided to do it 6 days previous after managing to complete a 9 mile fell race I was sure I had it in me to run a 10km. I said ‘run a 10km’ not ‘PB on a 10km’. I entered because Becky my lovely inspiring friend from Derby was doing it and it is a lovely route having done this race twice before in 2011 … Full Report

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Sheffield Castle ParkRun #16

There is no castle in castle parkrun believe it or not, so that means we don’t run around a castle three times, instead we run

around a park three times, up and down and round and round and repeat three times. I wasn’t going to be king of the castle today or queen of the castle or queen of the hills.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;

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Hope Moors & Tors Fell Race

It was an bright autumunal Sunday morning and in the little village of Hope in the Peak District a lovely fell race was about to take place: The 15th Hope Moors & Tors Fell Race. 2 options, the 8.5 mile route with 1500′ of climb. ‘for wimps’ (that I overheard two people saying) or a 20 miler for the hardcore with over 3500′ of climb (wimps). I am afraid to admit that I took the … Full Report

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South Yorkshire Cross Country League Race 2 2013

After doing Parkrun the day before, I decided then to take part in the second South Yorkshire Cross Country at Graves Park in Sheffield. It was local, and I had got such good company from little Emily only a few months old, and the only baby I know to have run 50 miles, Laura – the very inspiring mummy and Natalie the tea lady supporting the dreaded PF. (Platar Fascitis).

Little did anyone know that … Full Report

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Hillsborough Parkrun #40

Round and round and round and round we go, round and round and round we go. Well only three times but today I decided to delve back into Parkrun really as a favour to introduce fellow club member Debs to a free 5km run.

This was my first proper run back after getting clearance from the hosptial for a stress fracture that has seen me out for near on 3 months. Needless to say that … Full Report

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South Yorkshire Road Relays 2013

Today I ran for the very last time around Don Valley. Shed a tear or two for this iconic Stadium. Bye bye Don Valley.

I had no expectations of what I would achieve with this little event; the Yorkshire road relays which actually involved no real road but should be named the Yorkshire concrete path relays. It was only two miles, 2 miles, not 20 just 2 not 22 just 2. So why was I … Full Report

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