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