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Running in 2015

2015 was a fantastic year for running events with Adam.  At the beginning of the year, we were going to take part in the 3 events of the Yorkshire Season Ticket with Run for All events (Hull, Leeds and York), as well as the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.  We then added the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the York 10 Mile which was added to the Yorkshire Marathon during the Summer.

First was the Hull 10K in June.  The day was wonderful for running, overcast with a little drizzle 🙂 and, for a change the course was flat-ish with no big hill or flyover to run up near the end.  We finished in a personal best time of 1:07:21.

Next up was Leeds 10K in July.  The day was warm and sunny.  The course was almost the same as the Leeds Abbey Dash in November so nice and flat down the dual carriageway and back until you have to go back towards the city centre and run up the exit slip-road!  We started at the back, literally, because after needing to stop for the toilet at the Great Yorkshire Run last year I kept going to the toilet as often as possible until we started moving towards the start line 😉  Still, it was a good run and we finished in 1:09:52.

The last run of the Yorkshire Season Ticket was the York 10K.  I have run every York 10K event since they started in 2009 so this was my 7th.  I love this event, not least because I get to run through my home city which, of course, is beautiful.  A lovely run and I think Adam and I have got our pacing sorted – 3 minutes run, 1 minute walk.

Yorkshire Season Ticket.jpg

After the York 10K we had a little bit of a break until the Great Yorkshire Run at the end of September.  I had actually started a post about this and then never finished it so I’ll copy and paste what I wrote about that one here:

This year’s Great Yorkshire Run was much better than last year’s, not least because although we were in the Green Wave and due to start at 10:14am I decided that it was more important to go to the toilet right at the last minute so we started from the back 🙂  I also entered the run earlier than last year so that we could stay overnight in Sheffield – a much better option than getting the train on a Sunday morning.  I also paid for a late check-out so that we could go back to the hotel for a shower afterwards before getting the train home.

So, what about the run itself?  Well, the start is all downhill and we completed the first km in 6:49.  I didn’t want to go out too fast and then find that my legs wanted to give up after 2.5km as they have been doing at parkrun and during training.  After the downhill, it is then flat along the A61 to Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield Wednesday), where we turned around to come back.  The hills came back at 8km although they were quite short and you then went down again until about
9.5km when it is all uphill to the finish.  Well, it might as well be, I think it flattens out about 30m before the finish line but there was no way I could get my legs to go any faster to the finish.  Adam made me laugh though, he asked where the big hill was (we wereGreat Yorkshire Run Collage on it) and as there was a sign over the other side of the road saying “What Hill?”, I pointed it out and said “That sign says ‘What Hill?'” so he
asked me again when we were nearly at the top.  I told him that we’d just been up it.  Oh, to be like Adam and not realise that the hill we’ve just pushed up was the “big” hill to the finish, lol.

We finished in 1:08:17.  I’ll take that 😀

That’s it for the 10K runs.  We also took part in 2 other events but as this is a long post already, I’ll save those for another day.


Adam’s First 10K

It’s that time of year again, the Run for All team rolled in to York for the last 10K of their calendar for 2014.  I have taken part in every one of them since they started in 2009 and this year my son, Adam, decided that he would like to run it with me.

Adam has only been running since last August/September when he started doing parkrun with me.  Earlier this year we took part in the Royal Family 5K at Disney World and he completed the R U Taking the P? 5K in June.  His best time for the parkrun is 32:21 but he has been consistently finishing at around 33 minutes so I thought he’d easily do about 1:10:00 as we always run intervals rather than the whole 5K.  My PB for 10K is 1:09:50 which I set at the Great Yorkshire Run last September and I have gone under 31 minutes for a 5K but that was hard work so I don’t think I’d be able to finish a 10K much faster than my PB if I ran it on my own.

Anyway, we went with a friend of mine to the racecourse for the start of the York 10K this morning with a goal of running 4:1 minute intervals and aiming to finish anywhere between 1:10:00 and 1:15:00.  The queue for the toilet, as usual, was really long and we were still standing waiting for a toilet to come free when they started the run.  That was fine, it takes about 20 minutes for all of the runners to cross the start line anyway so we knew we had time to get there before they told us it was too late.  As it happened, we joined the masses with plenty of time to spare and crossed the start line with lots of people behind us at 13 minutes after the gun.

This year my friend, who I ran with last year, hasn’t done any training and was carrying a back injury so she was aiming for a much slower time of 1:30:00 but she wanted to start with us and see how far she could get.  We started out relatively slow, for us, and completed the first km in 7:20 with the 2nd km taking 7:30.  After we left my friend, Adam picked up the pace considerably with the next 3 km being completed in just over 21 minutes.  The km splits for 6 and 7 got even faster with the fasted split of 6:23 coming at the 7 km mark.  Adam decided he wanted more of a walking break in the 8th km and consequently the time went down a bit.  It also didn’t help that the course had an “out and back” part to it, you know where you run up a road and then have to turn round and run back down it while other runners are going the other way.  As we could only run on half of the road, it was harder to get round slower runners/walkers so I am blaming that for the slower split too.  Adam came home strong though with a final split of 6:26 😀

Avg Pace
Summary 1:08:39.1 9.97 6:53
1 7:19.5 1.00 7:20
2 7:29.8 1.00 7:30
3 7:04.3 1.00 7:04
4 7:01.3 1.00 7:01
5 7:00.6 1.00 7:01
6 6:41.4 1.00 6:41
7 6:23.5 1.00 6:23
8 6:51.0 1.00 6:51
9 6:33.8 1.00 6:34
10 6:13.9 0.97 6:26

The official time from Run for All was 1:08:34.  I have a PB 😀

I am so proud of my boy.  I wish I could persuade him to run longer splits because he has the potential to go so much faster and run away from me one day.  The splits from 2 km were his pace, not mine, and when he gets the confidence to keep running rather than rely on the interval timings I won’t be able to keep up.  His pace is so much quicker than mine but, at the moment, I have the endurance which is why my 5K PB is faster than his.  I would also like to point out that Adam only runs/trains at York parkrun so the furthest he has ever run before today was 5 km and he only ran once in July due to parkrun being cancelled for the Tour de France and horse racing.

Adam is now asking if we can do the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield in September.  Well, I was going to run it anyway, so sure.  He is also looking up the dates for the Yorkshire based Run for All 10Ks for next year with a view to taking part in Hull, Leeds and York 10Ks in 2015.  Well, we need a challenge and if it will keep him going to parkrun, I’m all for it.

York 10K collage


Great Yorkshire Run 2013

This is my 300th post!

It seems fitting that I am writing about the Great Yorkshire Run as my 300th post.  I wanted my 300th post to be something special but this will do as a substitute.

I took part in the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield yesterday and, knowing that Sheffield is quite hilly, was a little worried about whether or not I’d get round as quickly as I got round York with my friend in August.  As it happens I didn’t need to worry about any of it until the last 200 m!

We were up at 6.15 am to get ready to drive to Sheffield.  Why did I think this was a good idea?  I don’t get up at 6.15 am on a school/work day let alone a Sunday!  We wanted to leave home by 7 am to ensure that we got to the tram station by 8.30 am.  We were out of the door by 7.03 am and on our way down the A64 when I said “I forgot my croc hat and sunglasses.” The croc hat wasn’t important but sunglasses definitely were, I hate running (or walking or driving) with even the slightest bit of glare from the sun.  Fortunately, we hadn’t got too far down the A64 and were able to turn around at Bilbrough Top.  So we went back home for me to get my hat and sunglasses and were off again by 7.30 am.  The roads were fairly clear and we were at Meadowhall by 8.30 am to get the tram to the city centre where I saw the hill to the finish line!  To say it is steep is an understatement.

We had plenty of time so we walked around a bit and arranged a meeting point for afterwards in case my husband and son didn’t see me cross the finish line and then wander to the end of the packet pick-up bit.  It was then time to queue for the loo.  It was actually a short queue, definitely shorter than any queue I’ve ever seen at York with fewer toilets.  How does that work?  I’m guessing they weren’t the only loos available for use.

As I didn’t have a 10 k time when I signed up for the Great Yorkshire Run, I was in the Pink wave of runners at the back.  That was OK.  I’m happy to start at the back as most people weave their way past me at the beginning rather than the other way around.  I usually catch up with the eager beavers after the field has thinned out a bit and it’s easier to get round them.  As I was in the last wave of starters, and we started 25 minutes after the elite runners, we saw the leaders coming back up the hill as we were going down it.  It could have been very disheartening if we had all started at the same time but knowing that our wave was 25 minutes after them and it took me about 2 minutes to cross the start line I was encouraged rather than discouraged by it.  Apparently the first runner home finished in 29 minutes.

So, we ran down the hill which we would have to run up again after 9.8 km and then made our way on to a lovely long, flat dual carriageway towards Hillsborough.  Well, it felt flat after thinking that it was going to be hilly.  There were singers and bands spread out along the route too to keep us entertained.  There was one guy who was singing songs like “Keep on Running” and “Born to Run” – fab!  The car sales people came out from their showrooms to cheer us on too – they weren’t getting any business while we were running along the road since the road was closed were they?  At about 2.5 km I needed to go wee.  I knew it was a bad idea to not go again before I started!  Anyway, I kept on running (and walking, I’d decided to run/walk 5 min/1 min) until I got to Hillsborough Stadium where we turned around and they had 3 loos.  Of course there was a queue but I didn’t think I’d last until I got back to the finish.  I think I wasted took about 2 minutes to queue and go to the toilet but it was well worth it because I wasn’t thinking about my bladder anymore and some of the runners I had just passed at around 5 k were now back in front of me giving me a target to get passed.

The 4.5 km back were a lot easier without the pressure of my bladder.  Well, they were until 9 km to go when we had a little hill to climb followed by a little hill down and then, of course, the 200 m steep hill right at the end.  Anyway, I made it.


I was aiming to beat 1:15:10, which I ran in York in August. Ideally I wanted to beat 1:13:?? which I ran in York in 2010.  Guess what, I smashed it!  New PB: 1:09:50.  Just think what I could have done if I had gone to the loo immediately before the start instead of having to stop half way round!

Taking part was, of course, mostly about raising money – why else would I be wearing a crocodile hat? – it was a little bit about the prizes, medal and t-shirt.