Duathlon, ultra, orienteering, parkrun – there are many ways to run

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.”

Craig Wallace Glen Nevis duathlon 2014

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.