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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Darley Abbey Parkrun #18

It was that time again, the park run time. I don’t do many park runs because I am too lazy to like my chest on fire and my breathing go beyond infinity and to ever smash that 20 minute 5km. So one Saturday morning I thought I would be lazy and do a park run with my best friend Becky and fellow friend Dean. So down to Darley Abbey I trained, (as in not drove),… Full Report

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Thunder Run 2013

Thunder Run 2013

Inspired by fellow club member Laura who made this event last year told us how delicious it was, I quite fancied a piece of the cake too being a greedy cake lover. Also being in love with longer slower distances this event would be right up my trail path. This would challenge me in all the right directions if I could get together a team of 3, more so if they could all be girls.… Full Report

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Man V Horse 2013

This event is ever so slightly addictive, I would seriously recommend it to anyone whether you like hills, horses and off road running or not. Don’t be afraid to get muddy and it is not even optional to keep your feet dry. Even if you don’t think you are up for the full 20 miles plus you can run a leg or two as part of a relay team. A fantastic weekend of camping, eating, … Full Report

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London to Cardiff Relays

London to Cardiff Relay

It's the longest point to point non stop relay in the UK. Running from Twickenham Stadium in London to the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The idea is to try and run 160 miles in 24 hours, in a team of 12. So we did.

Our team were what you called unsupported; with 10 runners, the two girls doubling up for safety which gave us 9 runners in total. So we ran drove and navigated for over … Full Report

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12 Labours

The 12 labours of Hercules

The 12 labours of Hercules; one of the best known Greek legends of how Hercales had to perform twelve labours as part of his punishment for the murder of his wife and children. These feats were so hard they were deemed impossible except by runners nothing is a seemingly impossible task. Runners will merely grab their trainers, their kit and go forth to conquer the world. So the 12 Labours of Hercules Ultra marathon was … Full Report

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The Wall Ultramarathon

The Wall Ultramarathon

The day before

In its the second year and billed as the UK's most iconic ultra, the Wall [Ultra] looked accessibly appealing for yet another challenge in my running calendar and there were still places available at late decision making. The marketing behind it was top notch. A shiny website with all the right photos and marketing spiel. The route followed Hadrian's Wall disappointingly not next to the wall but on adjacent paths and roads … Full Report

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Hairy Helmet Relays

Hairy Helmet Relays 2013

The Hairy Helmet relays was great fun in 2012 despite the rain so I was back this year for more of the same thing, rain? Teams of 4 running round Darley Abbey Park for two and a bit miles (that bit is very important you know!) whilst baked in gorgeous british summer weather - rain! Luckily this year despite downpours in the afternoon it stayed dry for us all evening. That afternoon I received a … Full Report

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