For 2010 I lined up two Marathons in the first half of the year and deliberately didn't run any in the Autumn to fit in with the 2011 plans and in an effort to properly rest my knee. I went back into fundraising mode a bit more, and having witnessed the devastation in Haiti from the earthquake in the January, decided I'd support Methodist Relief & Development Fund (MRDF)'s Haiti appeal. Thanks to the continued generous support of so many, another £1042.88 was raised, taking my total since 2001 past the £20K mark!
The year began with the Barcelona Marathon in March - which brought about training in the depths of the snowy winter and running a Half Marathon (The Brass Monkey, on the edge of York) in mid January. Barcelona had snow as we left the day after the marathon and was my coldest Marathon until late 2012 (not what I'd expected!)
The year saw no PB's, but I was pleased to get round the Lake Windermere Marathon course slightly faster than Barcelona (despite it being much harder as a course). I did get a faster course time in the Derwentwater 10 in November and recorded my two slowest Half Marathons - breaking the 2 hour mark (the wrong way) on the Humber Bridge half route.
Despite resting my knee for 3 months with hardly a run, I still completed ten Handicap races (gaining a bottle of wine) with the club and made the Knockout Cup Semi Finals (to be beaten by a 70 year old to the final!). My erratic performances paid off elsewhere as I came 3rd in the Beverley AC 10K competition (based on performances against predicted times ("handicap") - for which I was awarded an engraved Tankard. But to top it all, I was awarded the prize for worst dressed runner of the year - an accusation of my varying shorts (including Union jack pair as seen in Barcelona album, Norwich City pair (look for green shorts) and my Bermuda style swim shorts won training so I can carry keys in the pockets!). The prize? - another pair of less than fetching shorts
Receiving my award for "worst dressed runner" at the annual presentation evening