A World Team Bronze

On Saturday, 3 September, I participated in the World Masters Mountain Running Championship in Clonmel, Ireland. I took part because I wanted to experience a World Masters event, and I wanted to find out if I was good enough to take part in events at this level. I have been to Ireland before, but every previous trip has been to Dublin, so this was a great chance to see more of the country. The event was quite a big affair. On Saturday, there was the World Masters race and an open race on Sunday. In the World Masters event, there were over 400 runners from a wide range of countries, including Japan and the USA. Because I made my mind up to take part quite late, the local accommodation was booked, and I ended up staying about 30 minutes away from the event (by car).

Running the Dream

I have just had a great weekend. The weekend was focused on running but I also managed to include some culture and history. For the foreseeable future, this sort of weekend is part of what ‘the dream’ means to me (my dream might be quite different to your dream). The British Master Trail Running Championships On Saturday morning, I took part in a trail race in the Forest of Bowland, in Lancashire. The race was the English Masters Trail Running Championships for 2022. BTW, ‘Masters’ just means for people over 35 years of age. There are categories for every five years, which means I run in the MV65 group, male veteran aged 65 to 69 years.

Running an eight-hour challenge

Two days ago, I set out to see how far I could run in eight hours. The conditions were not great. In the UK, we are having a heat wave, and it is less than three weeks since I finished the 268-mile Spine Race. But Friday was the day I had picked, so I gave it my best shot. The background to this challenge is that it is my own challenge. It is completely unofficial, it is based on trust, and there are no fees and no prizes. The rules are simple, pick a day, start running (or walking) and see how far you can get in eight hours. You can stop as often as you like, but the clock keeps ticking.

Learning about Outdoor First Aid

Wow, that was an intense weekend. I have just finished a two-day (two 8-hour days) Outdoor First Aid course run by Will 4 Adventure. I feel much better prepared now for being able to help people if needed. The skills the course included: CPR, tackling wounds and breaks, and in particular dealing unresponsive patients (i.e. unconscious).

Three-day Recce on the Pennine Way

Last weekend I did a three day recce of the Pennine Way, from Hawes to Dufton, as part of my preparation for the Spine Race - which starts two weeks from now. On the Friday I took trains from Nottingham to Garsdale, a bus to Hawes, and started running.  I didn't start running until about 1pm, so it was a shorter day, covering 27KM and climbing 1229 metres. I spent the night outside the Tan Hill Inn (the highest pub in the UK). I had a bivvy bag, sleeping bag and mat with me - you can see my green bag in front of the green tent. It was fun sleeping in the bivvy bag, but it was not a great night's sleep. Dinner was in the pub :-)

An ordinary person, doing something extraordinary

A few days ago I ran 270KM (168 miles) in just under 3 days. I consider that extraordinary – but I don't consider myself extraordinary. Here is a post about what I did, and what I learned about ordinary people and extraordinary goals. The event was the inaugural running of the Pennine Bridleway Trail Challenge (you can read about next year’s race here). Because it was the inaugural race and because of a few dropouts, we started the race with seven competitors. The start was at Middleton Top in Derbyshire, which is the start of the Pennine Bridleway. (In the UK, a bridleway is a route that is permitted for people, cycles, and horses.)

Britain’s Most Brutal Sprint Race

This post is about taking part in the 2022 Montane Spine Sprint Race. If you already know about the Spine Race, you can skip this paragraph. The Spine Race is held twice a year (January and June) and currently comes in four versions. The full race is 268 miles (about 431KM) along the Pennine Way, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. The runners do their own navigation, the route is a hiking path (with some scrambling) and is hilly. In the Winter the runners have seven days to complete the course, this drops to six-and-a-half days in the Summer. There are also: the Challenger Race (108 miles/ 174KM) which I ran last Summer, the Challenger North Race (160 miles / 257 KM) and the ‘Sprint’ which is ‘just’ 46 miles (74 KM). The winter version of the Spine Race is referred to as ‘Britain’s most brutal race’.

Today is my comma day!

Among people who have a running streak, your comma day is when you have run everyday for 1,000 days. For me, that was today. My current streak (there have been other, shorter, steaks before) started on 31 December 2018. During the last 1000 days I have run every day, always 2 kilometres or more. My total distance over the 1000 days is 9,692km (6,022 miles), that is an average of 9.7km a day (or 6 miles a day). The longest single run was 108 miles in Junes of this year (but that took 38 hours, so it was two days’ worth of running).

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