After the eventful 10th anniversary year I had anticipated a quieter year over 2012. Who was I trying to kid?!! I ran more races than ever (I suspect) having completed 15 races in two league series, four more marathons, four half marathons; 4 10K’s (forwards), one backwards 10K as well as 5 Beverley AC nominated races; the East Hull 20, cycled over 600 miles in 7 days and bounced a mile over the Humber Bridge on a space hopper! Oh and in between I was a Games Maker at the Olympics and Paralympics!
Having not quite reached the £10,000 target in 2011, I continued to support Cystic Fibrosis Trust and by the end of the year had reached £11,300 over the two year cycle. Massive thanks to all those who supported and donated in so many ways. You can still read about my time with the Griffins learning about CF and see the videos on the Lucaskeepsrunning YouTube page. I spent some more time with them in the latter part of 2012.
At the start of the year I was flattered to end up with six prizes at my running club’s Presentation Evening. One I knew of as it was my bottle of wine for winning the Thirsk 10 mile handicap race in March 2011. I was 3rd in the club’s 10K series and second in the overall handicap series (A tankard for each and wine) as well as a bottle of wine for running 10 of the 13 nominated races. I received a special award for International Marathon of the year – Skopje (some atlases) along with a bottle of Champagne in recognition of my anniversary year achievements. But my proudest award was for the most improved male club runner.
Excerpts from the evening:
The male most improved category caused even greater discussion but again we settled the argument with the statistics. Names that came up included: Alan Flint, continuing to learn how to run on two legs rather than four and a regular hard-worker at speed-training, Mark Dalton celebrated reaching his half century with his fastest runs for years, Lucas ran all round every corner of Europe and the miles paid huge benefit at all distances, Andy Grainger raced regularly and he’s training hard for London. James ran 3000 miles, apparently the equivalent calories of 450 pizzas (I take his word for it) but his hard work and dedication led to dramatic PBs. However, the statistics hopefully don’t lie…Beverley AC’s most improved male runner is…Lucas Meagor.
International Award. The international award actually had several potential winners but there was only one outstanding candidate (and it isn’t Kay). Anyone who can find their way into running the Skopje Marathon in Macedonia has to be a true Beverley ambassador. The International Award goes to Lucas.
Lucas has had an incredible year. A tenth year of selfless fundraising marked in the most remarkable manner. Cystic Fibrosis was his dedicated charity and his year has been an experience that maybe he doesn’t want to ever repeat but he should be very, very proud of himself. He has run numerous marathons, some in the most obscure far-flung places. At the start of the year he couldn’t swim…he learned and swam across Lake Windermere. He rode from Lands End to John’o’Groats, all uphill. He climbed Kilimanjaro, an epic climb. And at the end of the year, he held two balls.
A fantastic year, an incredible amount of money raised for his chosen charity. Lucas, you have had a year that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Your family must be incredibly proud as we are too.
During my time as a Games Maker I met my sporting hero, Paula Radcliffe
The year was split nicely into two. The first 7 months I was racing once or twice a week from late March to the 21 July. I had also run a personal best in the Snake Lane 10 miles, the second of the Beverley AC handicap series. Every Tuesday I was at one of two local league events – Champagne League (9 out of 10 races completed) and the East Hull Summer League (6 out of 8 completed). I actually won two prizes in the latter and had my best ever positioning in the former. I seemed to be on form with a string of excellent results.
The year started with training for the Hull and London Marathons, running with friend, Alex Cleeland every week as well as others joining us as and when (usually Debs and Helen). I ran the Sleaford Half Marathon in bitter conditions in the February and Alex and I ran East Hull 20 in March in just under two hours thirty – exactly to plan for the target marathon pace. I then ran the Hornsea third marathon dressed as a cowboy in training for the London Marathon.
Alex and I ran PB’s in the Hull Marathon, finally breaking that elusive 3:30 target after 11 years. Alas, it will never stand as a recognised result as the course didn’t followed the correct route so we ran 25.85 miles, around a third of a mile short of a marathon! It would still have been a PB in around 3:24 so I counted it and didn’t beat it again in 2012.
With Alex in the Hull Marathon
In London, friend, Julie Donald, and I ran in fancy dress outfits targeting two World records – Julie as fastest person dressed as a book character to run a marathon and I as a Cowboy. Julie succeeded I failed – but had run my first and only marathon thus far in fancy dress, including a pair of jeans! Massively proud of Julie on her achievement.
I then broke my 10K PB twice in a month – the first at Askern 10K, even more of an achievement as I ran in deck shoes having left my trainers in Swansea! The week before I had won a Beverley AC handicap race. In June I broke the 10K PB again over the Humber Bridge (the third time I have PB’s on the course) in 40:37. The Humber Bridge clearly is my place to do well (we crossed it in the Hull Marathon) and in my sixth Humber Bridge Half Marathon I surprised myself with a PB of 1:34:12 – despite the course being a challenging one. Alas, the PB’s ended there with no records broken for the rest of 2012.
July brought about the first of the two challenges from the auctions at the 2011 charity balls – running a 10K backwards with Steve Hadley. Tony Hunter joined us for this venture, in support of a relative who suffered CF before becoming a casualty of its debilitating effects. We ran the Walkington 10K (near Beverley) and Tony and I were the last to finish. That same week I bounced a mile over the Humber Bridge on a space Hopper. I say bounced – I failed to bounce it all, but my legs knew about it all the same! The month’s last event was the inaugural half marathon in my home town of Frome, Somerset. A boiling hot day saw me beaten by Peppa Pig but I retained pole position ahead of brother, David.
Julie & I running London in fancy dress, attempting to become World record Breakers
In between the above I made four trips to London for training as a Games Maker and the Frome Half Marathon was on the eve of my first shift. My training ground to an almost complete halt for the three weeks of the Olympics and two weeks of the Paralympics as I worked 19 shifts between them at the Olympic Stadium. I was either glued to the TV or travelling to the Park or on shift and trying to drag myself away from a minute of action to run was nigh on impossible. I did achieve a long training run across London one Saturday before the Paralympics to collect my uniform – to be caught on the Embankment in a torrential summer downpour/Typhon! Tourists were taking pictures of me, the lone runner/person daft enough not to be taking shelter. The experience as a Games Maker is another story which I am more than happy to share with anyone (I usually do without asking!)
Not even a week after the Paralympics finished and I was on The UK’s most western border point of Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, near Belleek with Chris Britton and Ali Hall to cycle the 611 miles (approx) to the UK’s most easterly mainland point at Lowestoft – nicknamed “West to East”. 7 days later we had made it – despite my near on nonexistent training (some event in London had distracted me!!) and Ali proving anything’s possible if you put your mind to it.
After finishing the Frome Half Marathon
Running the Walkington 10K Backwards
A soggy arrival at the Uniform & Accreditation Distribution centre for my Paralympics uniform after running 15 miles there in a torrential downpour
Ali, I and Chris at Ness Point
October concluded the year with another two marathons – Kielder in Northumberland and then Lausanne, Switzerland – a first in subzero temperatures and snow! During both of these I had hamstring problems which slowed me. This has initially started in the summer and been notable in a 10K in mid August at Escrick (a slow pace as a result). The outcome was I didn’t even start a pre entered race for the first time since I started running (aside from one as a teenager) and had 5 weeks off running trying to let the injury settle. What had started as my fastest year ever ended frustrated in my first major injury.
However, 2012 had been a fantastic year overall and the continued support ever ceases to surprise me, with many more friends and family coming along for their first event. More importantly, another £2,000 was raised for Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Nearing the end of the Luasanne Marathon
October - Methodist Recorder & DVLA Licence Magazine
16 July - Hull & East Riding Mail
11 July - Hull & East Riding Mail
22 June Beverley Guardian
11 May - Beverley Guardian
3 May - Beverley Advertiser
27 April - Beverley Guardian
18 April - Hull Mail
13 April - Beverley Guardian
9 April - Hull Daily Mail
March - DVLA Licence Magazine
23 March - Beverley Guardian
February - DVLA Licence Magazine
24 February - Beverley Guardian
10 February - Beverley Guardian