Running

Another tentacle creeps out of the bucket, this time in the form of physical punishment.  I joined the gym in March 14 as the inevitable worry of age creeps up and you begin to think that you really should start moving your body a bit, at least a bit more than the elbow bending required to successfully drink a beer.  A few months of cycling staring into a wall, running on the spot and some huffing and puffing with some miniscule weights I realised I needed to take this into the open air so began running “outside” in July 2014. I started going up and down the local canals and the Irwell; out to Media City, the Bridgewater way out to Altrincham, the Rochdale canal out through Ancoats and the Ashton canal out towards the City ground.  What a variety of life you see!  I’ve had cans hurled at me from The Navigation, quad bikes buzzing around, undesirable characters lurking suspiciously, city dwelling sun-bathers, hissing geese as I dare tread near their own personal space and several other runners/cyclists dishing out their of form of personal torture to shed a few pounds.

As with many things I do, I can’t just take it easy so have inevitably ended up increasing the distances and running on more challenging terrain, I love trail running!! Being out in the Peak District hills and barely seeing any other humans is a fantastic experience.  2016 is currently an incredible year for running for me – at the end of 2015 I had never run a marathon but, all being well, by the end of 2016 I’ll have completed 1 x 50 mile, 2 x 50km, 2 x Marathons and a “quick” 20 miler over Snowdon.

I’m going to use this page to keep a track of my best times, so at the moments its…… *electronic drum roll* …..

5km – 19:01 ran on 23rd April 2016
10km – 40:23  ran on 22nd May 2016
Half-Marathon – 1:28:32 ran on 16th October 2016
Marathon – 3:27:37 ran on 10th April 2016
Furthest Distance – 82.1km – 11:02:15 ran on 26th November 2016 (Wendover Woods 50 mile)

Events:

All new races are now logged over at my running site www.allhailthetrail.co.uk
26th November 2016 – Wendover Woods 50 (Men’s Running Project Trail) – 50 miles (80.5km). Time: 11:02:15 Link to Official Results …. Link to Split Times
16th October 2016 – Manchester Half Marathon 21.1km. Time: 1:28:32 Link to Results
3rd September 2016 – Man vs Mountain 22miles over Snowdon.  Overall Time (71st of 1,319) : 4:08:58 Link to results Vertical Kilometre (8th of 1,319): 13:02 Link to results
20th August 2016 – Peak District Challenge 50km (as a duo) – ended up over 55km. Time: 7:28:54 Link to Results we would have been in 2nd place but went the wrong way around the route – report here
13th August 2016 – (wo)man vs Barge 8km. 1st Place!! Time: 42:38 Link to Results
5th June 2016 – Coniston Marathon 42.2km (25 degrees!) Time: 4:42:21 Link to Results
25th May 2016 – Dovestones (Greenfield) Trail 10km. Time: 49:23 Link to Results
22nd May 2016 – Great Manchester Run 10km. Time: 40:23 Link to Results
17th April 2016 – Radcliffe 10km Multi Terrain Race. Time: 44:06 Link to Results
10th April 2016 – Manchester Marathon 42.2km. Time: 3:27:37 Link to Results
27th March 2016 – Canalathon 50km. (15th of 166) Time: 4:26:35 Link to Results
28th February 2016 – Terry Nortley 10 Mile (16.1km) Multi Terrain.  Time: 1:14:36 Link to Results
23rd January 2016 – Lyme Park Trail Night Run 6km. Time: 32:46 Link to Results
6th December 2015 – Hoka One Stockport 10 mile (16.1km).  Time: 1:11:19 Link to Results
7th November 2015 – Helvellyn Trail 15km. Time: 1:15:42 Link to results
18th October 2015 – Birmingham Half Marathon 21.1km. Time: 1:36:26 Link to results
25th/26th July 2015 – Adidas Thunder Run (Catton Park). 24 hour trail relay run as part of the Men’s Running team. Times: Lap 1: 49:47, Lap 2: 49:03, Lap 3: 52:12 (Team 80th overall with 25 laps of 10km) Link to Results Link to Magazine Article
28th June 2015 – Wigan Trail 10km. Time: 44:59 Link to results
10th May 2015 – Great Manchester Run 10km. Time: 44:07 Link to results
18th April 2015 – Moon Rise 5km Run Fun Run with Viktoria. Time: 39:25 (slow fun-run!) 
12th April 2015 – Radcliffe 10km Multi Terrain Race. Time: 47:05 Link to Results
22nd March 2015 – Stafford Half Marathon 21.1km. Time: 1:41:28 Link to Results
9th November 2014 – Heaton Park Movember 10km. Time: 48:57 Link to Results

I also occasionally run at Heaton Parkrun which is a weekly 5km, all abilities run.  Here is my personal Parkrun page as a record of any parkruns I do – LINK  I also more regularly run with the Sweatshop Running Community from the Arndale Centre.

Running
Surprised I’m not just a blur considering the speed I was going (my first ever Parkrun)

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Moon Rise Run

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Movember (Heaton Park)

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Stafford Half Marathon

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Great Manchester Run

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Radcliffe 10km

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Adidas Thunder Run

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Birmingham Half Marathon

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Helvellyn Trail Race

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Stockport Hoka One

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Lyme Park Night run (with Ladies winner Michelle)

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Lyme Park Night Run (wet but finished)

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Radcliffe 10 mile (very close to the end!)

Canalathon 27 March 2016

Canalathon 27 March 2016

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50km Canalathon

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Manchester Marathon (with Michelle)

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Team Stinton pre-Manchester 10km

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Manchester 10km (23 seconds over the 40 min target – boo)

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Viktoria – drenched

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Coniston Marathon – tough going

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(wo)man vs barge – WINNERS!!!

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Peak District Challenge

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Project Trail

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Man vs Mountain – the vertical kilometer

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Manchester Half Marathon

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