A few squirrels pounded round the roads and redways of Milton Keynes today in various races, 5k 10K half making up the MK Festival of Running. There was a 20 miler but not sure any squirrels were in that.
I was pleased with my effort resulting in a time of 1.01.30- a 6.5 minutes improvement on my debut 10K at Sandy last week.
Jim Marvell and I (Ali Mottram) ran the half at the MK Festival of running.
It was my first half and I’m absolutely chuffed with my time of 2:35:24. (I’d been hoping for 2:45 or so!)
The course was more scenic and a little more undulating than I’d expected. The last couple of miles were particularly tough but we found a small reserve of energy for the all important sprint finish.
Chip times for everybody running at the MK festival of running under North Herts entries are as below:
Lorna Chambers 01:01:30
Clare Hooley 01:11:34
John Rayner 01:21:28
James Keogh 01:33:41
Sophie Thrussell 01:40:23
Ali Mottram 02:35:24
Jim Marvell 02:35:25
Adam Wilson 03:25:05
We (James Keogh, Clare Hooley) also ran in the MK festival of running today (results above). This was a nice event with lots of options for distance and a fair sized crowd overall. Between the howling winds yesterday and the hail storms after the race it definitely caught the best of the weekend weather. Not to say that there weren’t some blustery headwinds at points. The courses for 10k and 1/2, are generally downhill from the start and more uphill towards the finish with a short sharp hill in the last mile. After that you know you’re near the finish though.
Owing to injury I’m only just getting back to this kind of distance so was pretty pleased with my time all things considered. Clare’s effort was a PB by a few seconds. Also an entire 9 mins faster than at the same event last year. She says that’s probably as a result of actually being able to do some training.
Generally haven’t put the placings above, but congratulations to John Rayner for coming 11th. I understand he was planning to do a half in Paris but had to change plans at the last moment. I’m sure this was just as glamorous really!
Fleet for me also today, a 50 second pb & 14th place finishing in 1:12:36
Results i found for other squirrels:
NAME BIB CATEGORY GUN TIME CHIP TIME
Adam Bowller 1070 M35 01:12:36 01:12:36
Edward Price 895 M40 01:17:58 01:17:55
Darren Matussa 1606 M40 01:25:14 01:25:09
Katie Harbon 3072 FSEN 01:28:56 01:28:28
Astrid McKeown 3373 F45 01:29:43 01:29:20
Paula Adams 3052 F45 01:30:48 01:30:20
Caroline Thrussell 3317 F55 01:37:00 01:36:28
Helen Cairns 3050 F40 01:41:10 01:40:38
Jane Clarke 3051 F40 01:50:07 01:49:36
I ran the Reading half marathon today. It was a deferral from last year (snow cancellation). Loads of support on the course, couple of steep climbs, but nice race, well marshalled and well organised (with free massages at the end!). I was very apprehensive and a little scared about trying to race after all my time off with surgery etc, but once I started was so happy to be out actually racing and trying to push the pace. I was 10 mins off my PB, but it's all relative and with the circumstances I'm immensely happy with a 1:36:17 and I actually ran it sensibly and negative split the race, so a big lesson learned here! More than anything it has given me a confidence boost that I will get back to where I was (and hopefully faster!!)
Just completed the Welwyn half marathon in a PBof 2 hours 10 mins and 26 seconds very muddy