Hornsea 1/3rd Marathon - 6 April
Unable to run as running the Manchester Marathon
Humber Bridge 10K - 1 June
Walkington Reverse Handicap 10K – 11 June
Unable to run as organised it as part of my role within the running club
Humber Bridge Half Marathon - 29 June
Unable to run as on organsising team
Escrick 10K - 24 August
My first race after the gold post box cycle, and faired better than on this course two years ago with a time of 43:46 - better than my handicap and earning me 7 points.
South Dalton Reverse Handicap - 3 September
Unable to run as organised race as part of my role within the club
Major Stone Half Marathon - 7 September
Unable to run as working
Haltemprice 10K - 26 October
Not one of my better 10K’s - despite it favoruing a negative split (faster sewcond half than first) due to it’s profile, I seem to loose my pace around 7k too finish slower than my target in 44:57 and get just 4 points.
Guy Fawkes 10 or Derwentwater 10 Nov
Parkrun -East Park, Hull (5K) - 22 March
24 of the club ran what was my 19th Parkrun, but far from my best. I completed the course in 20:53, over a minute slower than my best time. However, on my recent form, this was still 6 seconds quicker than my target and brought me another 6 points!
Mucky Duck 8.5 miles - 25 May
Having cycled over in training for the Gold Post Box Challenge, I didn’t fair so well! The first two mils were quick then I lost pace as we slid through mud and rain. A time of 67:30 was my slowest on this route but still earnt me 4 points.
Beverley AC Handicap Series 2014
Beverley Athletics Club run what's called a handicap league for members. This is usually based on up to 14 races of 10k, 10 miles, Half Marathon and some other distances. For each race run, we're allocated a "handicap" time. This is based on our previous 3 performances. According to the finishing time you then have against your handicap time, you get points. The nearer your handicap, the more points! And if you beat your handicap time, even better! The person who beats their handicap time by the most is deemed the winner of the handicap race (as opposed to the race winner, who is the fastest runner over the distance!). At the end of the year the person with the most points from their best six races, which most include 2 of 10K and 2 over 10K, wins the series. In 2011 I came second.
As the year progresses I'll put an update on each of the races:
Ferriby 10 - 27 January
After 8 months without a short distance race, I entered this after missing the 2013 run. Chris Britton, whom I will cycle the Gold Post Box Challenge with, also joined me on a very wet, windy, near zero degree temperature run with vertical rain/sleet at times. 4 miles in Chris passed me and I had a numb left hand side of my face! I finished just under a minute behind Chris - in 1:13:04 to his 1:12:08 for his first ever 10 mile race. We then shivered for an hour having lost feeling in hands and feet! I gained 6 points for the league having beaten my target time.
East Hull Summer League Sproatley 6 miles - 29 April
Despite my back being a bit touch and go I decided to give this race a go. It was nice to not put myself under any pressure time wise as we headed off and go at a pace I was comfortable with. This seemed to lead me to gradually build momentum so I spent the race passing other runners most of the route. I also was doing under 7 minute miles most of the route. My time of 41:42 was over 2 minutes slower than two years earlier, but a time I was happy with. And 6 points again.