Lotfus Poultry Run 2015
Picture courtesy Katie Lunn
Another cracker of a race in the 32nd running of the Loftus Poultry Run.
New Marske Harriers lead the way again in the men’s race with Dom Shaw coming out on top with Russ Best 2nd and Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Grey Jayasuriya 3rd. New Marske packed the top 11, with Hassan Ben-Tiba 6th, Harry Allan 7th, Shaun O’Grady (1st vet) 8th, Aidan Rigby 10th and Martin Murray (2nd Vet) 11th.
In the ladies race there was a great battle between American based Kirsty Legg and Great Britain Orienteer and World Number 5 Cat Taylor. More used to running on her own through forests with a map and compass, Cat made a rare road outing and was tested by Kirsty’s race craft. Having dropped behind with a couple of miles to go, Kirsty used her strength to pull back in the last mile into a strong headwind to pip Cat for the win. Alison Matthews of Darlington Harriers was 3rd with New Marske’s Sharon Bulman 4th.
In the team race, New Marske picked up both the Men’s and Ladies prizes and there were Turkey’s all round for, Dom Shaw, Russ Best, Hassan Ben-Tiba, Harry Allan, Sharon Bulman, Alice Rigby & Kath Aspin.
43 New Marske Harriers took part out of the 453 runners and there were plenty of Category Prizes won including Shelli Gordon 3rd vet35, Kath Aspin 3rd vet45, Lorraine Allamby 2nd vet65 and Darren Bell vet40. New Marske also dominated the vet70 category with Ronnie Sherwood 1st, Brian Allen 2nd, Phil Miles 3rd and Jim Conaghan 4th.
Yorkshire Marathon - 11/10/15
Blog by Lauren Pennock
Seeing as people keep asking me how the marathon went, I thought I'd write you a running commentary! Enjoy and thanks again for all your support :)
Mile 1- OMG I'm running a marathon whose stupid idea was this?!
Mile 2- Ooh look the Minster isn't it pretty?! Now slow down you moron you've still got 24 miles to run - CAMERA better speed up!
Mile 3 - This marathon malarkey is easy. I've ran a parkrun already.
Mile 4 - Do I carry this water or fling it? It's kind of annoying but I also want water. I'll keep it
Mile 5 - Is that a vicar giving high 5s to runner or am I hallucinating?! No it definitely is - we're only 5 miles in I can't be delusional just yet
Mile 6 - Wow that's 10k down. Maybe I can do this!
Mile 7 - I've just been overtaken by batman and a guy dressed as Elsa from frozen playing all the songs. I wanna stay with them and sing along but they're too fast
Mile 8 - Gees no one wants to talk to me. I keep trying to make friends but no one is going for it. I also can't feel my feet. Brilliant.
Mile 9 - Next water station. Now do I go for the water or the energy drink? I can't decide so grab both. Energy drink is disgusting so that gets shot at a bin pretty quickly, although I miss and nearly take a woman out - oops.
Mile 10 - I like 10, it's a nice round number. Only a Parkrun till half way.
Mile 11 - My feet are back with me and man I wish they weren't - it feels funny!
Mile 12 - ooh nearly half way and my legs feel fab although I really need the loo - time to brave the queues!
Mile 13 - HALF WAY! Although that toilet queue really cost me some time, best get a shimmy on
Mile 14 - Perhaps that mile was a bit fast, although I can see the 4:30 pacer and I'm right on track for a half decent time. I'm also pretty sure I just saw Elvis...
Mile 15 - I'm ridiculously bored now. I ask the person next to me if they're bored too but just get a hard stare back. Time to make friends with the headphones again... I'm sorry I got angry at you, can we please be pals again? My feet have once again gone on vacation..,,
Mile 16 - Now I remember why I meant to sort out my iPod, new tunes desperately needed. On the plus side 10 miles to go! Yahoo!
Mile 17 - oh god. This is that out and back but Stewart warned me about this morning. Oh dear we're running down, which can only mean we need to go back up. Slow down!!!
Mile 18 - Slowing down really isn't an issue anymore as my legs have decided they wanna pack in now. The tops of my thighs are hurting so much I managed to convince myself ive got trochanteric bursitis. Commence in head revision of orthopaedic conditions... Man I'm seriously going mad now!
Mile 19 - Awkward number. Almost 20 but not. Enough said
Mile 20 - Yipppeee 10k to go! I can do a 10k right? I'm sure ive ran 10k with my legs more tired than they are now?! I can do this...
Mile 21 - I wanna go home. I hate this marathon. Why didn't any sane people stop me?! On the plus side ive now caught up to Elsa and have commenced a frozen sing along - much to the dismay of those around me!
Mile 22 - everywhere hurts. I can't do this I'm gonna drop out. My feet have also come back to say hello - WHY NOW?! MUST KEEP RUNNING.
Mile 23 - Only a parkrun to go. I can do a parkrun right? Now the mind has gone as well as the legs, I think this is what they mean by hitting the wall. I've also lost Elsa again so back out the headphones come luckily I've found my S Club 7 songs although they aren't really helping.
Mile 24 - 2 to go. Not that far. Keep going. 21 minutes and it's over. Nearly there
Mile 25 - I'm sure that mile was longer than the first 24. Elsa seems to have put a bit of effort in and has caught me up. I am not been beaten by a man in a dress. LAUREN GET YOURSELF TOGETHER!
Mile 26 - Nearly there... Nearly there- Where is this finish line! OMG LOOK AT THAT HILL!!!! What cruel person finishes a marathon up a massive hill???!!!
Mile 26.2 - I DID IT!!! I actually completed a marathon! Nice decent hill sprint to finish, seems like all those sprints up Whiteladies have paid off and the bling is awesome!
Six runners took on the popular and picturesque Yorkshire Marathon in York. Trish Speedie managed a 12 minute PB finishing in 3:35 with David Hodgson 3:29, Stewart Hart 4:22, Cheryl Hepples 4:21, Lauren Pennock 4:35 and Julie Hodgson 5:36 also having good runs.
Kielder Marathon - 04/010/15
Report by Ian Hague
On 4th October Lisa Bennett and I took part in the Kielder Marathon. I had some longer duration triathlon training under my belt by the time I started following a training program from a book by Don Fink - ‘Mastering the Marathon, Time Efficient Training Secrets for the 40-plus Athlete’ and Lisa followed a plan from Rob. Both plans were very similar in many ways, with many training sessions based on heart rate zones and time spent in ‘that zone’. This enabled us to share some of the longer run sessions which helped pass the time more quickly.
The day of the race was ideal with cool dry conditions and little breeze. The event was pretty well organized except that the transfer busses from the remote car parking had difficulty turning at the drop off point near the start, and as a consequence, the start was delayed by some 20 or so minutes, leaving the more punctual participants standing around getting cold.
The field consisted of 6-700 athletes. The route was undulating on a mixture of tarmac and smooth trails and the training we had done on the Guisborough Hills put us in good stead. We ran separately. I used my heart rate monitor to pace myself and found the technique very effective, finding myself gradually picking off those who had gone out too fast. This was very satisfying! I felt strong and confident of a good time. Despite having been plagued with left hip and hamstring problems in the few months leading up the race, my leg felt as good as it had been.
I had, however, prepared myself mentally for the risk of failure and felt hints of problems developing from around 20 miles. Low and behold at just after mile 24 my chronic hip/glute problem acutely manifested itself with excruciating pain on the outside of my left knee (IT band pain?) and I had to sit down to absorb it or fall over. After a time I managed to start hobbling the remaining distance, periodically crying out as the pain welled up. Several runners who I had overtaken began to trickle past. After a sit and a stretch I managed to walk with a least a little fluidity and Lisa who was running strongly caught me up and slowed down to enquire if I was ok. I urged her to keep on going, she was in line to finish second woman. Desperate to get a time of under 3hrs 30 minutes, I managed to run the last few hundred meters to cross the line in a time of 3:26:56. Not bad for a 1st attempt on an undulating route with injury thrown in. I can’t really grumble.
So is it worth getting your Snickers in a twist over a Marathon (sorry!) where you feel you might not have reached your potential? No is the answer, for me it was a mental as well as a physical test and I had prepared myself for both. It is about more than the 1st few steps, it is about the ‘longer run’, not just this marathon but hopefully the challenges of the ones to come. I plan to revisit Kielder next year!
Lisa finished as 2nd woman with a cracking time of 3:26:29, not bad considering she was only hoping to get just under 4 hours. Reflecting on a catch phrase from the Hong Kong Phooey cartoons of my youth, “I was proud to be ‘run over’ by the very humble, very well respected and excellent athlete that Lisa Bennett is! Well done Lisa, you are having a great season, and well deserved!
Chester Marathon 2015 - My Secret Marathon
Report by Diane Hall
Back in March I ran the Locke Park 20 miler and finished comfortably after the disaster the year before. Running for 20+ years I have always thought about running a marathon but it just didn't happen, the 20 miler now made me think it was more achievable. The next thing I knew in April Graham put my entry in for Chester Marathon, it was far enough away and also had been entered by a fair few people we knew that hopefully no one would notice my entry, Dave Aspin being the only one who would dig enough. Michelle knew but was sworn to secrecy, Beth couldn't keep a secret so she was definitely kept out of the loop, Cheryl Hepples was training for York so we did our long runs together. Keeping it from Terry Saffin was hard, I thought she might cotton on when I said I was running 18 miles with Cheryl but she didn't, must have been having one of her "blond moments". Anyway it looked like my secret was safe. At least if something happened and I had to pull out nobody would know.
The morning of the marathon couldn't have been better, overcast with hardly any wind. I lined up with everyone else behind the 5hr start, the start was on the Roodee (race course), the grass was wet so we had all been offered plastic over shoes to keep our feet dry before the start, great idea. I got talking to a few ladies who were also doing their first marathon so we set off together, gossiping as we went, trying to run slow enough to hopefully keep going to the end. Near to 10 miles there was only 3 of us together, Patsy from Norwich and Ray, a guy we caught and ran with. Patsy decided to walk a bit at 14 miles and told us both to carry on, I ended up running on my own after about 15miles, when I checked the results later Ray DNF. I did find it quite difficult to keep my pace slow, Grahams saying going around in my head "you can't put the toothpaste back in the tube". The aim was to finish, even if I had to crawl, I wasn't giving up now. The course was supposed to be flat, if you're a plodder it’s not, those slight drags are.........a bit of a nuisance.
Graham had brought his bike to catch me on different parts of the course, taking wonderful photos of me along the way, everyone who knows me knows I hate having them taken, I was too tired in places to object, he also gave me great encouragement till I finally at 23 miles told him nicely I would see him at the finish.
There were a couple of steep downhills for me, my quads were screaming, there were also a couple of nasty hills, I didn't even attempt to run them. They say a marathon is made up of 2 races 20 and 6, my goodness that 6 was blooming hard. My watch died on mile 22 so I was running blind. I was struggling for the last couple of miles so ran and walked using lampposts, bins and cones as run/ walk guides. I got to the last 500m to go and my legs were crying for me to stop so I ran and walked to 400m, then I kept repeating to myself "a lap of the track, a lap of the track", finishing on the Roodee the last 200m was the longest 200m I have ever ran, my leg kept knotting and cramping, just run, just keep going I was saying, I didn't hear or see Graham, the crowds were amazing just willing you on to the finish, the clock was showing 5.03 I wasn't sure about my time but was really pleased to finish so close to 5hrs. I picked up my medal and goody bag and almost cried, I'd done it, I had nothing to prove to myself anymore. Chester Marathon is one I would recommend, the setup, co urse, officials and the marshals were brilliant, water stations with gels, energy drinks and water, the crowds on the course, for all the races I have ran this is one of the best, I couldn't find fault with any of it, maybe the official pictures when they come out though.