Friday, July 23, 2010

Forthcoming Thames River Relay 5/9/10

Baton relay from Virginia Water to Kingston -along the river. 5/9/10 9a.m. Mixed team of 6 people various stages max approx 7 miles. Stipulation of at least one woman no more than 3 Senior men (under 40). Anyone interested in forming a team?

Take a look at:

PS Is there a way of pasting a working web page or document such as pdf ? Can someone show me how.....

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sweatshop Clapham Branch open Sale now on

Sweatshop have opened a branch in Clapham in the railway arches opposite Balance Arch 643 Voltaire Rd. The current sale is/was good on clothing and shoes last week of sale commences 24th July 10% extra discount.

Running shoe scrappage 20% discount at up and running Dulwich

Shoe Scrappage

Dulwich branch 020 8613 6060

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Belter of an Adventure....

Fancy something with a bit more muck and water?

Saturday 4th September 2010

Check out the website for a picture of me competing in the previous race!!

Sadly we won't be going (still wedding season) but it comes highly recommended, especially as it's shorter than the one we did!

The City Race - London Urban Orienteering

Fancy getting a different outlook on London with a bit of a mental challenge? This is the race for you:
Saturday 18th September 2010

Normally orienteering involves forests and moorland in remote areas of the UK. Not any more! "If the mountain won't come to Mohammed" and all that. This is a race in, out, up, down and through the streets and alleys of central London, finding places you never knew existed!

No experience necessary - I'll be there to give tips and advice (if it is your first go you may wish to pair up with someone else)! Give it a go - you'll enjoy it!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Like Speed, but not.

I tend to pick the bigger races because they usually have a greater range of ability and I am scared of coming last in the smaller races. Lining up at the start at Hyde Park Corner, I realised that even by my strict standards, this race was big. In fact, I suspect that by the time that I reached the start, the elite racers had already finished.

When I finally got to it, I messed up my start a bit. I recently got one of those Garmin things. I wanted to see if this would help me to maintain some sort of pace in the race. It’s helped me a bit with this when I’ve gone out on my own. This might have worked if I had actually managed to hit the timer button at the start. I realised that I hadn’t about half a km in. It was on though and was telling me how fast I was going. Never mind, I thought, I’ll just try and maintain this thoughout. It’ll be a bit like the movie Speed, only ever so slightly less glam and without Keanu Reeves.....

It went quite well for the first few kms. Then we got to the river. The pace I’d set at the start was optimistic. I was disheartened when it dropped. The people coming the other way on the other side of the road who were further along than me weren’t helping my psyche either.

There were a few tunnels in the race. It is amazing how many people started walking in the tunnels where there were no spectators. Going at the pace that I do,I often end up with a lot of walkers in races and it is so tempting to join them when things aren’t going so well. In the half marathons I did earlier in the year, I managed to keep on slogging and jogging for the whole course. Today that didn’t happen and so I walked for a bit.

The other thing that seemed to slow people down was the water stations. I have seen water stations cause bottlenecks in races before. However, in this race each water station I reached had run out of water and this seemed to lead people to slow down, walk and sometime even (quite grimly) stop to see if any of the discarded bottles still had water in them. Having spent the first part of the race getting annoyed with my own water bottle, I suddenly became very grateful that I’d decided to carry it. I may not have been having the best of races, but I wasn’t at the back and so a lot of people won’t have got water.

The race was not my finest hour (and a bit). It involved walking and jogging and I was annoyed by the walking. However, I now have my chip time and, while slow, it actually isn’t as bad as I had thought while I was struggling. So onwards and upwards and next time I might even remember to switch the stopwatch on.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Injury frustration

I'm feeling frustrated, the weather is glorious and rather than being able to make the most of it and partake in sunny evening training sessions, I'm struggling to walk the 200m to the bus stop. I got knocked off my bike a few days ago and had to have stitches in my knee, I'm ok and it could have been a lot worse. I keep hoping each morning when I wake up my leg will miracously feel better!

The injury does mean I will miss out on competing against colleagues and trying to defend my title as the fastest runner in my company! Oh well, I'll just have to try even harder next year.

So if you don't see me for a while you now know why. Good luck to anyone who is competing in the next few weeks.