To say I’ve been a bit rubbish in keeping this blog going over the last few months is a bit of an understatement. Since my last blog I’ve run 4 marathons and two ultra marathons plus a two hour stints round a track for charity. In order to catch up before a detailed blog about last weekends 100km Race to the Stones I thought I’d attempt to review each race in one sentence and record the times so I have them for posterity.
My calfs have become a bit of an obsession for me since injuring them in December so apologies if I bang on about them during the reviews. As ever, thanks to Poppy Bowler, (www.poppybowleracupuncture.co.uk) who seems to have become my personal masseuse over the last 6 months, for patching me up enough to get through each race.
Paris Marathon 13th April
The most architecturally beautiful marathon I’ve run – due to injury took it slow and took in the sights, the laid back atmosphere and the great weather; I’ll definitely be back.
3hours 48 minutes 15 seconds
Oxon 40/20 Ultra 2nd May (40 miles)
1st 20 tough, 2nd 20 harder but with great company and as a result became a BOSHer- undulating but beautiful countryside and amazing checkpoints that probably added half an hour to my time!
7 hours 43 minutes
Milton Keynes Marathon 4th May
Hated last year so back to try again, loved it this time, beat previous time by 3 minutes – even after ultra two days before
3 hours 48 minutes 12 seconds
Liverpool Marathon 14th Jun
PB’d by 9 minutes so all positive, although crowds were smaller than I expected – final 3 miles into headwind was a bit brutal and 3.30 pacer was all over the place but can’t complain as I smashed my Abingdon previous PB
3 hours 26 minutes 59 seconds
Cheltenham Challenge Marathon 21st June
Brutal two lap trail marathon with huge hill (twice); ran with full race pack and trying to keep to 9.30-10 minute miles in preparation for Race to the Stones 100km and felt pretty good throughout.
4 hours 15 minutes 15 seconds