Some members added a bit of variety to their running last weekend with Craig Wallace competing in an off-road duathlon, Craig says:
“Did a duathlon at Glen Nevis, near Fort William on Saturday – 3.7km running, 12.5km bike, then 3.7km run again. A nice route, mostly off-road, narrow paths up by the river, then cycling along forest tracks. Total time 01:19:11, position 40/70. It was my first ever duathlon of any sort, I might have a go at another one sometime.”
Sounds like Simon Dally was short changed for both time and distance at the Boggart Hole Clough XC (though who could resist running a race with a name like that):
“I ran that cross country in Manchester today in about 37:30. The official time has me at 44:00! No idea where I placed. I didn’t run well, feeling tired, also the finish line appeared about a mile sooner than I was expecting! Still, it was nice to run on a different surface (mud), all good strength training hopefully!”
Meanwhile Nik Windle had a go at an orienteering event in Oxford University Parks:
“My first go at a proper Orienteering event was fun. They let me do the ‘green’ course which was the hardest one supposedly for experienced orienteers but just how lost can I get in the park at the end of the road where I work!
I took 46:46 to cover a bit over 4 miles, about 39 minutes actual running time, and came 32nd of 40. Rather odd running wise as over 25 brief stops means it’s really difficult to settle into a pace, the main terrain problem I had were the masses of soft mole hills everywhere. Look forward to having a go at a more serious one with woods and hills and stuff.”
Peter Simpson reports back on Northampton parkrun and looks forward to the 1st round of the Irchester Country Park multi-terrain series in Northamptonshire this coming Sunday:
“Northampton parkrun – in the days leading up to last Sat’s run, we were contacted by a new vegan runner who is keen to run the event regularly and maybe join VRUK. I believe I ran my slowest 5K (24.16) but it seemed just as hard as my fastest. Yasmin Inglis was also present and was ahead of me for about 3K. Currently I prefer to run off-road with the softer surface, harder surfaces seem to have a negative impact on my body! Role on next Sunday and the 1st round of the Irchester Country Park multi-terrain series (5K, 10K or 15K)”
parkrun (yes always a small case ‘p’ to reflect the ethos) seem to be the ‘in thing’ with members at the moment with 12 results including 3 PBs reported from last Saturday.
At the other end of the spectrum congratulations to members Erik Seibold and Anna Finn who I see completed the 45 mile Country to Capital ultra last weekend.