Run Reports

Snowdonia Half Marathon, July 2019 – Jonathan Jones Waking up at 6am on a Sunday isn’t usually on everyone’s to do list, but when the view greeting you outside the window is as breathtaking as the Snowdonia mountain range it’s a little easier, it's a shame the same can’t be said for what was awaiting an excited crowd waiting for the start of the On Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon. Breakfasts of porridge, yoghurt and muesli, toast and two soft boiled eggs consumed and Adi and I are ready to hit the mountain, it can’t be that hard right? It’s only a half marathon with a bit of an… Continue Reading
Cleethorpes parkrun Cleethorpes parkrun Tourist Trophy, July 2019 – Mark Bower I was in two minds about whether to write a report for this event - lots of runners have done a parkrun (some go every week in fact), as they're free, weekly runs (not races!) and so aren't really anything new or different to most of us.  That being said, Cleethorpes was the July event in the club's parkrun Tourist Trophy, so this particular course was new to all of us and therefore I thought it merited a mention. I picked up Nathaniel and Ben around 7am, which was ridiculously early for a parkrun as they don't start until 9am. … Continue Reading
Doncaster 5k Doncaster Town Centre 5k, July 2019 – Ben Hales A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. —Steve PreFontaine, legendary 5000 metres runner “20 minutes of pain”. That’s how one Harrier described the five kilometre discipline last night. Though it’s easy to take part in regular Parkrun 5Ks, there’s something a bit special about this one. It’s a chance to race through the street of your home town with runners from as far as Salford, Stamford and Sutton-in-Ashfield. There’s prize… Continue Reading
Jose Dias and Simon Rayner Great Hucklow Fell Race, July 2019 – Jose Dias/Simon Rayner No more than 150 runners on the start for my first race in Hucklow, a small and friendly village. Start with an unusual 1 mile down hill, a sharp left and crossing the river to a nice and steady up hill to the summit - legs burning, hot and mosquitos! No roads, no single tracks just farm fields, up and down hills until single track next to a river mud to your knees. Absolutely loved it. More hill on site and a bit of a walk to save the legs to a final downhill for a deserved drink and flapjack… Continue Reading
Caistor 10k Caistor ‘Sting in the tail’ 10k, July 2019 – Adi Tuplin There's probably not a lot left to say about this iconic 10k race that's not already been said a thousand times before but here goes. Set in the historic market town of Caistor high in the Lincolnshire Wolds this race has been on my radar for many years, mainly due to the super cool race vest seen at many an event I've attended over the years. The problem being though is that I hate 10k's, these 'shorter' long distance races are bloody tough and feel more like a sprint to my Ultra accostomed legs nowadays - but up it popped… Continue Reading
KMR 5, Roche Abbey KMR #5 – Roche Abbey Dash, July 2019 – Mick Plant So I arrived at 6pm at Maltby Catholic club, filled in my race form, paid my £5 and was duly handed number '44'. There were a few familiar faces from the Maltby guys who came to our away run and they were friendly as always. My friend Tim from the Kimmy Striders then arrived and our usual banter took place. I then got talking to a KMR newcomer who asked me what Dan-um was, I explained it was pronounced Day-num!! but then told him all about our great club. I was relieved to see David Langford and Ben Hales arrive so… Continue Reading
Danum SL Endure 24 – Danum Scrambled Legs – Anthony Kerrigan So, who knows why we agree to do these things. For me it was all the positive talk from Endure 2018, and the relentless enthusiasm of Nick Hutchinson, Jon Watson and Steve Farrell. So signed up added to the last team, who is going to Captain. Nobody seemed bothered and interested to see if you can lead one of these things from the back, I agreed to step up. To be fair I didn’t really know Kevin Reardon ­­­(He had said some positive words to me about Brad! But 2 week before we all got to share his Ultra experience live on Facebook), Steve Powell… Continue Reading
Danum 6 OC Endure 24 – Danum 6 O’Clock Club – Nick Hutchinson I will firstly explain the name and how the team was formed. Whilst on our Danum Harriers Running holiday in France 2018, five budding Harriers took the chance to get on the bikes in the evening and visit a local hospitality for a pint or two. The concept was born: Myself, Eleanor Bull, John Worthington, Lynn Hutchinson and Paul Wright later that year took part in Endure 24 in different teams. After Endure 2018 the teams disbanded, so we took the opportunity to come together as the 6 o’clock club for 2019. Unfortunately Paul Wright had to withdraw due to… Continue Reading
Danum Five have plenty of fun Endure 24 – Danum Five have plenty of fun – Amanda Lane A small mixed relay team – Jonathan Jones, Mark Bower, Simon Rayner, Paul Lane and myself formed the team ‘Danum Five have plenty of fun’. We’d had numerous online chats preparing for the event, including choosing our name, planning our estimated lap and pace, sharing information on kit preparation and camping arrangements, etc. I was a little apprehensive about running with a predominantly male team but I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive group. Every team member put in a 110% effort. We started Saturday with Paul nursing an injury and I hoped that he’d be able to put… Continue Reading
Danum Grim Sleepers Endure 24 – Danum Grim Sleepers – Jim Holloway My team comprised of Jo Derx, Ruth Medlock, David Langford and Matthew Thomas Burns - a late replacement for Ian Gillings, who unfortunately hadn't recovered from a long term injury in time to compete. The name was simple enough, based purely on the fact that we were unlikely to get much sleep! I took part in Endure 2018 as a late replacement for David, who had become injured whilst running the 2018 Manchester marathon, so it was especially nice for me that he was able to fulfil his role this year and a complete bonus that he and I ended… Continue Reading