Tag: Lancashire

At the start of March last year (2015), Wendy completed her first Duathlon and she had such a good time that when we were offered free places in any event by Epic Events for marshalling at their Delamere race we both jumped at the chance to have a go at it this year. Before any thoughts of training my first task was to get a bike. I already had a mountain bike but the Duathlon needed a different kind of animal so I was finally going to buy a pure…

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The weekend before The Anna Frost Big Trail Weekend was my last ‘proper’ long run before the gradual tapering down of distance and training intensity before the Trail Marathon Wales. The route followed nearly all the Rivington Marathon with the odd bit cut out making the distance 35.5 km (22½ miles) of fantastic undulating (hilly) countryside. The run went very well with no instances of cramp, no issue with the Torq gels or bars that I’m going to use in the race and a fairly even pace. As well as…

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After the successful long run on Anglesey and a great week of relaxing on our favourite island parkrun day came round or Saturday day as it’s more commonly called. We’d arranged to leave the cottage a bit later than normal giving us time to visit Penryhn parkrun which ran round (literally) Penrhyn Castle, just outside Bangor. With fantastic views of the magnificent castle and the sea, the undulating (parkrun speak for hilly) course was brilliant as were the team that ran the weekly event so we’ll definitely be back during our summer break. The…

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This weekend was always going to be a bit hectic, a lot of things we wanted to do fell on the same dates so rather than cancel any we thought ‘what the hell’, lets do them all. Race: Tri Preston 141 On Saturday it was the first Tri Preston 141 of the year at the UCLAN Sports Arena in Preston, a mini series of four duathlons to generate interest in multi sport events held once a month. The format was to run a mile, cycle four then run a final…

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The training is going well and the weather has been generally kind to us with no extremes to speak of except a bit of wind (more on that later). We didn’t get to do any biking on my ‘rest’ week due to one thing or another although I did manage to get the almost compulsory parkrun in on the Saturday morning. The next long run started once more at White Coppice Cricket Ground but this time the weather was decidedly damp, the sort of weather where you’re not sure if…

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I sometimes forget just how changeable the weather is here in Lancashire, this past couple of weeks has been a classic example, as I ended up on top of Healey Nab, Chorley, for two consecutive weekends. Mid February saw a group of us set off from sweatshop Chorley for a 10mile(ish) trail run which went over the Nab down the side of Anglezarke Reservoir, up to the Wellington Bomber Memorial then back North along the other side of the reservoirs to White Coppice then west back to the shop. Although…

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I’d been looking forward to the Montane Trail 26 Rivington trail run for a while and with it being on my local stomping ground I’d run most of the route before, admittedly not all at once. My training had been going to plan until a few weeks ago, getting out of the car after a parkrun I felt a sharp pain in my heal, I panicked a bit but after seeing Heather at Summit Physiotherapy it was soon sorted with a bit of not so gentle poking at my calves.…

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So it’s just under a month until my first marathon, “Trail Marathon Wales” at Coed-y-Brenin, Snowdonia and I’m starting to get excited and admittedly a little anxious as well. Will my training have been OK? Have my previous injuries fully healed? Have I planned and practiced my fuelling strategy well enough? These and a thousand other questions will no doubt enter and leave my head in the coming month but as each one has surfaced, so far I can confidently say, Yes. I am as ready as I want to…

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The time had finally come, all the Sunday mornings getting up early and going for a long run had come to this. It was just after midday and the weather looked perfect as we arrived at Freckleton Cricket Ground for my first ever half Marathon. Wendy had come along to support me which I was grateful for as I was feeling a bit out of my comfort zone. Everything was very well organised and I had soon collected my race number and chip timer (which was firmly attached to my…

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