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    Out for a paddle to clean my Walshes.

    Splashed along the footpaths to Buck Hill, not certain how far I was going to go. At the first path junction I turned right towards Beacon Hill, rather than the shorter option back to the Outwoods. After crossing the Woodbrook on the bridge, I decided that I didn't fancy having to cross back over on the fence by the (submerged) stepping stones (see my post on 2nd January), so turned right on the other branch of the permissive path, up to Whittle Hill. This path is used much less than the route up to Beacon Hill; I need to go back with secateurs to deal with the holly on the path through the wood on Whittle Hill.

    Across the road and down into Longcliffe Quarry, then across Longcliffe golf course. I was a bit surprised to see some people out on the course in the rain, but they turned out to be tree surgeons, not golfers. Then back home via Burleigh Wood.

    I was out for 84 minutes, the longest run so far this year, but rather slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    first fell run of the year. A not very ambitious recce paced effort around the Royal Rumble Route up Darwen Moor.
    5 mile/1090ft/69 minutes
    I'll take that especially after a 9 mile/1200ft walk yesterday.

    Aim is to get fit enough to have a go at the Stan Bradshaw and see if I can get a personal worst

    Been doing lots of walking, now moving to running carefully.
    Saturday - Same again - 2 minutes quicker, but felt a fair bit easier.
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    A struggle this week.

    Finished off on 56 miles, but its been a case of fitting in what i could and trying to preserve my ankle/foot for yesterday's race.

    Now at a stage where i need to take a week off. So i'll be confined to the gym until next weekend, plenty of strength work, and will do some easy stuff on the treadmill as and when i feel able.

    Final XC fixture (the National) in a fortnight, and open up the fell/mountain season in three weeks.

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    [QUOTE=Travs;686989 and open up the fell/mountain season in three weeks.[/QUOTE]

    I didn't know that the fell/mountain season closed Travs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    I didn't know that the fell/mountain season closed Travs
    Sadly it did for me!

    The frequency with which the XC fixtures come around meant no time to also race on the fells.

    The days when i'd race XC on Saturday then go and do Roaches or the Trigger the day after are a thing of the past....!

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    Yesterday, another Sunday run with Joanne but this time with a bit of elevation. From the car park at the bottom of The Street in the Goyt Valley and along the forest bridleway to Overton Hall Farm. Up to Windgather Rocks and along the ridge to Oldgate Nick. Up to Cats Tor where the weather suddenly changed and on went the waterproof jackets for protection against the horizontal freezing rain.

    Along the slippery slabs in the clag to Shining Tor where there was a couple with two young children who were crying. One was around 7 years old and the other a bit younger and being carried by the male, presumably the father. They were all wet and cold. I asked them if they were OK but they did not want to engage with me but appeared to be arguing in what sounded like an eastern European language.

    I looked at Joanne, shrugged my shoulders, and we set off down into the valley. Once off the ridge it was sheltered and the rain had stopped so we had a lovely run down to the ruins of Errwod Hall. After a nosey about we ran along the side of Erwood Resevoir back to the car.

    I had heard that the nearby Shady Oak had got a new landlord so we called in and had a decent pint of Landlord 4.3% from Timothy Taylor. It was really cold inside so we plugged in an electric fire that was next to where we were sat and huddled around it! Looking out of the window I could see that the sun had come out and the Windgather/Shining Tor ridge was clear which eased the concern I still had for those young children.

    An enjoyable afternoon of 10 miles, 1,700 feet in 1hr 40 min.
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    Last Thursdays RATRun was from Carriages Bar and Restaurant at Newhaven. Only 3 of us on a damp and drizzly evening but too mild to wear a waterproof. Over the 515, behind Standedge Grange and through Horseshoe Plantation to the Tissington Trail. Along the trail for half a mile before back across the 515 at Cardle View and up to the TP at Aleck Low. Down through muddy, recently ploughed fields where the cloying soil made our shoes four times heavier and us 3" taller!
    Onto the High Peak Trail and then a bridleway to Pikehall. Across the road and down Gratton Dale on a lovely grassy path to its junction with Long Dale. Along the full length of Long Dale to the road at Bolderstone Plantation and then half a mile of tarmac past Friden Brickworks to Carriages.

    Inside the refurbished and very welcoming Carriages excellent chips were washed down with, one of my favourites, Arbor Light, 3.6% from the nearby Hartington Brewery.

    Another steady and enjoyable outing of 7 miles, 590 feet in 1hr 4min.
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    I had no expectations of this week.... simply a case of recovering as much as possible from my tendonitis woes.

    It was thursday morning before i was able to resume easy running.... yesterday morning i ran easy for an hour on the treadmill. This morning i felt confident enough to attempt my staple hill session of 40mins continuous at 15% gradient.

    Upping the pace a couple of tenths of a km/hr from last time.... despite sweating so profusely that i had to wipe down my own treadmill at the end, as well as the two treadmills either side of me, i completed the session.

    Next time however, i feel that the next slight increase in pace is bringing me out of the "pitter-patter away up the hill" zone, and closer to "purposeful attacking of the hill" zone... and 40mins of that is a daunting prospect.

    I'm not 100% free of tendonitis, however much improved. But this week, being the build-up to the National XC next weekend, is a scheduled easy week for the club group. I may throw in my next hill session on wednesday if still feeling ok.

    Will make a decision about the National XC midweek, but i'd say there's a 60/40 chance i'll be ok for it.

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    Following my Bolsover 10K fiasco in December and my quest to get a sub 40 minutes, yesterday I found myself at Ashley Hall on the start line for the Hale 10K. Hale is a village to the SW of Manchester whose residents include Footballers, Coronation Street actors and a lot of Ladies that Lunch. Apparently, they like to think they live in Cheshire when in fact they are located in the borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester

    It was a cool and breezy morning, especially so when I was stood for the second time in the portaloo queue, but I managed to get warmed up nicely on the half mile run to the start. Once there I joined the other 1,139 runners, many of whom were involved in the usual hugging and high fiving that tends to go on at these events. I found the pacer with the 40 min flag and my plan was to stick to him like glue.

    Off we went through the village and then on to undulating country lanes that were closed to traffic. I ran alongside the pacer and at the the first KM marker a glance at my watch showed that we were at 4.15 min pace which I thought was a bit slow but put it down to perhaps a little congestion at the start. However at markers 2 and 3 were still over 4 min pace. Even whilst running, the simple maths of 10 x 4 = 40 and 6 x 4 = 24 was easy to work out so when we got to the 6KM marker and my watch showed 25.05 I was concerned. I felt reasonably comfortable so decided to push on as I knew that the last KM was slightly uphill and into the wind. I also started to slowly overtake folk which is always good.

    As I usually deal in Miles it was quite pleasing as the KM markers seemed to appear very quickly. I managed to slowly pull back time so that by the 9KM marker I was at 36.09. I kept up the pace saving a little for the last few hundred meters but was unable to use it to full effect as there was a section of slippery mossy cobblestones followed by two sharp muddy bends to the finish line, the clock showing 39.59 as I passed underneath it.

    As I leaned against a barrier getting my breath back I saw the 40min pacer finishing at 40.40! There were a few unhappy runners in his vicinity. My official chip time was 39.53 and 1st M60, mission accomplished. I won a £30 prize and free entry to next years event. Travs will have probably have come across the race winner who was Kadar Omar of Birchfield Harriers in 30.01. The first lady was Sophie Wood of Sale Harriers, 12th overall in 34.26.

    I quite enjoyed the event and hopefully my time is quick enough for me to be selected for a Welsh age group vest at the Great Birmingham 10k. My road shoes have still got plenty of miles in them!
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    Yesterday evening my friend Joanne wanted me to join her for a run on the trail. She promised it would be steady so off we went. Along the Monsal Trail from Millers Dale. The only thing of note to report is that in one of the longer tunnels the lights went out as we were half way through. There are signs saying that they go off at dusk but it is still a shock when it happens. It is even worse when cycling. The two dangers are either crashing into someone coming the other way or dropping off the central 8 feet wide tarmac strip onto the sleeper ballast either side.

    We just slowed our pace and eventually our eyes got used to the gloom and as we rounded the bend saw the light at the end of the tunnel!

    A steady 4 miles, 96 feet in 35 minutes. Surprisingly my legs felt OK after my earlier 10K efforts
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