Category: Races

Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Challenge 10k 2007

By , Sunday 16th December 2007 11:00 am

I’d been looking forward to this race for a good couple of months! The Christmas Pudding challenge promised a big sand dune and a spell of stream running. I was not disappointed. My first race at Merthyr Mawr, before this race I didn’t even know that the highest sand dune in Europe was almost in my back yard. After parking the car a couple of miles away and running up to the start I saw the monster in front of me *gulp* much bigger than I was expecting.

The Big Dipper, Merthyr Mawr, South Wales Here’s a picture of the sand dune from near the top as you can see its a big one at about 300ft! The way up was tough and with lots of people I couldn’t go any faster even if I’d wanted to. Anyway there was a bit of congestion at the top of the dune so there was a few minutes of waiting around (good time for everyone to catch their breath). The next thing I know I’m plummeting straight down the other side at full speed, half worried I’m going to bowl over at any moment, but my its good fun ;)

From there we head out across a flat wind swept area before what I heard to refer as the ‘orrible hill, and it was just that. A long steep hill up to the golf course (at least it wasn’t covered in sand too). So did the usual trick, drop the arms, reduce the stride length and switch into “Disney’s Little Engine that Could” mode….

“I know I can, I’m sure I can, I know I can, I’m sure I can”

…which slowly became, “I’m not sure I can, I know my legs hurt” :( Slowly but surely I got to the top of the hill and had some nice views down to the sea.

I figured the mid-point couldn’t be far away at this time and upon approaching not only were we offered water but mulled wine and mince pies. Now being the highly professional athlete I am of course I opted for the mulled wine, vitamins, water, warmth it all made sense…..surely? A good cup of hot mulled wine it was and with the long slow decent I started flying along – alcohol fueled possibly ;)

Around back to the dunes which again made the running a little tough and in the back of my mind the stream was coming. Next thing I know we’re running through a shallow bit of water, some tried to skirt around the outside but for a laugh I headed through the middle :) Got out of that one when a marshall mentioned there was another couple to go. Lets say the third one was pretty deep and cold, almost got up to places I don’t wish to have frozen off, but fortunately the crowd was spared me shreaking like a girl had that happened!

Post race I collected my soup and bread roll and Christmas Pudding and ran back to a warm car for the drive home accompanied by some loud JayZ courtesy of Radio 1.

Cardiff Santa Dash 2007

By , Sunday 9th December 2007 12:30 pm

 This was to be a quick 5km race around Bute Park in Cardiff, however the weather over the past week meant that a last minute change of course was required reducing the course length to around 3km (best guess!). The announcement system was terrible (being polite) so I don’t think many people actually had much of an idea what was going on.

The race went ok, nothing much to report except although things in the gym has been going well it doesn’t make up for a lack of running in the outdoors! I have the Merthyr Mawr Christmas pudding next weekend which I’m really looking forward to although the weather has prevented much running outside. This will need to fixed over the next week :)

Cardiff Santa Dash 2007 Photos

Tour of Torfaen Half Marathon

By , Sunday 28th October 2007 10:00 am

What am I doing? I’ve been in bed all week with a bad cold, I’ve managed one run since the Cardiff Half where I pulled my left calf, and now I’m stood out in the freezing driving rain about to run another one!!! Standing at the start line, soaked to the bones already, the hooter goes…. here we go again :) Continue reading 'Tour of Torfaen Half Marathon'»

Cardiff Half Marathon 2007

By , Sunday 14th October 2007 9:00 am

So today was it, my first half marathon. Training had gone fairly well, I’d managed to do my over the mountain half training several times my best time on that being 1 hour 57 mins roughly. A few days of tapering, which generally meant I felt rubbish and there I was standing on the start line at 8:30am. I finished in 1 hour 48 mins 44 seconds. Continue reading 'Cardiff Half Marathon 2007'»

BUPA Great Wales Run 2007

By , Sunday 29th July 2007 2:13 pm

Today I ran in the BUPA Great Wales 10k run around Cardiff Bay. It’s the first year the event has happened and must say it all seemed to run pretty smoothly. Before the day I was hoping to get around in 54’ish but I’ve been training hard with lots of climbs on my route so when I was 4km in and realised I was putting in 5 minute kilometers I figured I was going to get in under 50′. Unfortunately towards the end I started to slow and crossed the line in 50’24”. Still did better than expected so I can’t complain! Continue reading 'BUPA Great Wales Run 2007'»

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