Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A Year of Running (in one post!)

Wow, I can't believe it's already March 2017! It's been over a year since my last post. It's been a great year for running, although we've now slowed down in terms of how many runs we've registered for in 2017. It turns out we don't have to register for everything!

I didn't think we'd run much after the X Border run that Andy took part in last year but when I jotted them all down (and I'm sure I've missed a few) the list was quite lengthy! Here is a summary!

February 2016
Andy ran the Montane Trail 13 mile run at Grizedale Forest.

I ran the Rhyl 10 Mile run (and the boys ran the fun run). I did my first sub-30 5k during this although this is mainly due to the huge coastal wind at my back pushing me forward!

I also ran the Dalemain 10k (aka The Marmalade Run) trail run which was freezing but fantastic! The boys took part in the fun run.

March 2016
We all ran the Sport Relief 3 mile run at Barrow Park.

Andy was the cyclist for a relay team in the Ulverston Triathlon.

Andy ran the Jackal's Run (a tough 10k trail run in Darwen)

William reached his 100th parkun!

April 2016
We all took part in the Port Sunlight runs again, with Andy running the 10k, I ran the 5k and the boys ran the fun run. I got my first official race sub-30 5k!

Andy ran the Wray Scarecrow 10k.

Sam reached his 100th parkrun!

May 2016
I ran the Sherriff 10k at Scorton and the boys took part in the fun run in the pouring rain.

Andy ran the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon again!

June 2016
We all took part in the Grasmere Gallop 5.7k Fun Run and had a fab picnic afterwards with the Walney Wind Cheetahs!

Andy ran the Bendrigg 10k and the boys did the fun run (and afterwards had lots of fun trying out the activities at the Bendrigg Trust!

Oh, and Andy raced a steam train from Bury to Rawtenstall. Myself and the boys were on the train and managed to spot him on the trail!

July 2016
I took part in my first (and currently only) obstacle course, the Holme Howler. The boys had a great time tackling the mini-Howler!

August 2016
Andy took part in the Birchwood 10k and William took part in the fun run.

I ran the Blackpool Illuminations 10k.

Andy ran a Fast Four Miler at Great Eccleston and also the Ulverston Summer 10k.

September 2016
I ran the Ulverston Charter 5k and the boys took part in the 1 mile fun run.

We headed to Warrington for a weekend. Andy ran the English Half Marathon then we all took part in the 1 mile fun run.

October 2016
Andy ran Beat the Reaper for the 3rd consecutive year and William took part in the fun run dressed as a vampire!

I took part in the West Coast Half Marathon, from Preston to Lytham. The medal was HUGE!

November 2016
Nothing!! <shock face>

December 2016
I ran the Ulverston Pudding Run with a friend and William ran the fun run.

Andy ran the Grizedale Night Run for the 3rd time and William took part in the fun run.

And now for 2017...
We've only taken part in a couple of events so far in 2017. I ran Mad Dog 007, a fantastic 10k run in Southport with a hugely fabulous goody bag, medal and tech t-shirt. Music on the course and a great atmosphere! William tried out the Crazy Pups fun run. And Andy tried out the Dalemain 10k trail run.

All quiet for the time being but a few things coming up include our first Bubble Rush 5k run in Blackpool, The Coniston to Barrow Walk for myself and William, and a 10 mile road race around Knowsley Safari Park for Andy!

Sam has given up on running for the time being but has been a fabulous marshal at parkrun (he's even hit the 25 milestone for volunteering!). We're hoping he gets back into it, but not to worry if he doesn't, he has a wonderful time watching all the runners with a big grin on his face. Our 'running' time is family time whether running or cheering, the fact we are out together is what matters!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

That One Time Andy Ran to Scotland

Well, that's it really. I was just out on a training run when I remembered I hadn't written about that one time Andy ran to Scotland.

Ok, it wasn't quite as long as it sounds. It was a run from Carlisle to Gretna for the X Border 10k on the 31st of January. (Throw in a nice medal and he'll run anything!) This run was the reverse route of a run which usually takes place in the Summer, but I think it sounds much more exciting running into Scotland than into England.

It was a bit of a windy, wet and very cold morning when we got up extra early to drive up to Carlisle. We drove up in convoy with 2 lovely Wind Cheetah ladies, K and S. Realising we were making very good time and would be too early for registration we pulled over at Tebay services for a coffee break. We arrived at Carlisle refreshed (somewhat) and Andy and the ladies went to register. The idea was that I would drive the boys up to Gretna and see them arrive at the finish line.

So we said good luck and legged it up to Gretna. I could see the route along a road parallel to the motorway and spotted the 7k sign at one point. I gave William my phone so he could be ready to take a photo of the 'Welcome to Scotland' sign. Well, he didn't get a photo of it, but my phone was full of photos like this when I got it back, hmmmm.

We eventually found the Greens of Gretna Hotel where the finish line was. I was using directions Andy had gotten from an internet route finder so of course we ended up lost (but only slightly and for a short while). To be fair, I had a 6 year old navigator using directions that took us around the back of the hotel. Once I figured that out, we went back out the way we came and discovered that we had passed the hotel as soon as we came off the motorway. We parked up directly overlooking the finish line.

I got Sam out for a stretch of the legs in the rain and wind and William preferred to stay inside with his book. Sam started enjoying things much more when the runners began to trickle in, he even clapped the first half dozen or so!

I spied Andy and the ladies heading up the road and into the finish, across the line in 56.28.

Once group hugs, photos, and examining of medals were done we headed back to Carlisle to drop the ladies with their car before heading back home.

The Bling

Monday, 18 January 2016

First Post of 2016!

At last I've sat down to write a long overdue post! Life gets in the way sometimes, but never mind.

We didn't quite reach our family goal of running 2015 miles over the course of the year, in the end we made it to 1841.5 miles which I think is still pretty awesome! It's not a challenge if it's not a bit difficult and we enjoyed every step.

We squeezed in a few more runs over November and December, including the Jingle Bell Jog on the 29th November in Windermere. It was Christmas themed fancy dress so of course, we obliged!

On the 6th of December, both Andy and I took part in the Ulverston Pudding Run 10k and we all did the 1 mile fun run beforehand. I finally managed a PB at this one, with a time of 1.02.55 and Sam blew us all away with a new mile PB of 10.23, knocking at least 2 minutes off his last best time.

On the 12th December, we all headed to Penrith parkrun as our own dear Barrow parkrun was cancelled due to flooding. Andy then took part in the Grizedale Night Run 10k that evening. The boys ran the 1k fun run beforehand!

As the flooding at Barrow parkrun has become a more permanent problem, an alternative course was kindly arranged and we all headed back there again for the 19th of December. We also had special parkruns on Christmas Day and New Years Day as well. Sam must love the new course as he whizzed round and got new PBs on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day and is now at 35.08 which is fantastic.

We are well into January now and Andy has already taken part in the Grand Day Out run at Askham in Cumbria. It was a 10 mile trail race to raise funds for the flood appeal. He said it was tough and I believe him! Having seen photos of the snow they had to run through, I'm glad it wasn't me!

We've got lots of runs planned for this year, many of them brand new and a bit different! Next one is the X Border 10k where Andy will be running from Carlisle to Gretna!