There’s been a lot to report on in the last 2 months..
The link above is to the ongoing fundraising for Beat Bowel Cancer. The total is over £4000 to date.
Early in September I ran the Warrington half marathon with Wendy Heyes , who comes to a bootcamp class of mine. We were both delighted that Wendy achieved a personal best time of 2.06. The attached photo shows us shortly after the finish line.
Later in September I ran the Robin Hood half marathon in Nottingham with client Natalie Martin. Natalie was well on course to beat 2 hours before injury struck. Amazingly Natalie was still able to achieve a personal best time of 2.07.
In both races I gave my work fee to Beat Bowel Cancer.
Other races have been quite eventful.
6th place at the Holmfirth Triathlon in last of the summer wine country . Congratulations to Race organiser and friend, Dave Armitage , who got married yesterday ( 3rd November) . We had a great turn out from Knutsford Tri Club in what was my first race for them. Jonny Metcalfe was 3rd overall and we won both V40 and V50 categories.
I managed a new trick in the Knutsford Tri Club half marathon….. I went the wrong way !! I don’t know if anyone has ever done that in a half marathon race before. The upside is that it gave me an extra mile in the training diary and provided much amusement for everyone else in the club.
This was followed the next weekend by the gruelling Ennerdale Trail race in the Lake District. It was a 2 lap race of 31 miles and 2000 feet of climb. Too much vegetable soup on the day before the race resulted in a very dodgy race day tummy. I gradually slipped back to 5th place in 4 hours 32 mins.
I’ve had further meetings with Andy Kirkland at British Cycling to keep a focus with the training over the Winter. Bench marks have been set for swimming, cycling and running. These will be constantly reviewed . We are both firm believers in quality over quantity. Andy writes a very interesting blog…. see his latest offering at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Knutsford tri we are also entered in the Staffs and Manchester cross country leagues. These races provide brilliant training benefits. Led home by Mat Rushbrook at Stoke last weekend, our first team finished 4th , not far behind 1st place in the Staffs league Division 2. But for Hamish Shaw failing to keep his shoes on, we would probably have claimed first place. Hamish has promised to practise tying his laces fo r the next race.
Please continue to support the Beat Bowel Cancer campaign.
Also, I did an interview with Mike Dawson of www.wfmradio.org. This was played today on Mike’s show. A link to it will be on my website in the near future. We want to use all publicity to raise awareness of the Beat Bowel cancer campaign.