2016 so far….

WindyHillFell13 Feb 20106

Windy Hill Fell Race – Feb 2016 – Credit RunningPix

Running and racing for that matter has not really got going this year,niggling injuries, xmas pounds, lost mojo and general lack of motivation are amongst the ever expanding list of excuses to do anything other than run!

I had decided that 2016 was going to be different. I ended 2015 with a spell on the tarmac with the aim of losing a bit of weight and picking up a little speed. It worked. I managed to pick up some PB performances across most distances with 23:22 for 5k and 48:40 for 10k. So i headed into xmas and new year pretty happy… that’s where it all changed.

Like most normal folk, everyone likes to fill there faces with food and booze over the festive period, i am no different, i am still stuffing my face and it’s the middle of Feb! Time to sort it out.

I am going to cross train a little bit more this year and focus on building up my core strength to reduce the amount of niggly injuries i get down to poor position whilst running and my back being the main source of posture support. I have committed to a couple of different events this year already and re-ignited my love for playing Squash, although i am no Nick Matthew by any means!

I have only raced twice this year so far, The Grand Day Out Askham Trail Run in January, which was a brilliant event, born through disaster, produced through fantastic community spirit. It was a pleasure to be involved in the day and i hope it is back next year.


A Grand Day Out Indeed

The second race saw a return to the Windy Hill Fell Race, a 9 mile early season blast with a testing climb up to Blackstone Edge on the bleak Lancashire moors. Considering my lack of meaningful training i was happy overall with 1:36 on a tough day, but nearly 7 minutes down on last year. That said, the conditions on fell races are so varied from year to year that i’m not sure comparing times is even a meaningful progress tracker (unless of course you run quicker).

The event was well put on by Cannonball Events with chip timing, a good route and i even managed to bag a spot prize at the presentation.

Windy 2016

The Pain of the Ascent… – Credit Woodentops

So where next?

Ilkley Moor beckons this weekend, a new race to me and one i am very much looking forward to. I have heard good things and it’ll add some strength to my legs, that’s for sure!

Following Ilkley, some of the events i have booked are:-

Harewood House Trail 1/2 Marathon

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round

Black Coombe Fell Race

Liverpool 1/2 Marathon

Grizedale Offroad Duathlon

Haglofs Open 5 – South Pennines

Anniversary Waltz Fell Race

Lakeland Trails Staveley

The Ben (Entry Pending)

So, it’s time i got some focus to get out and do these events justice.

See you on the fells…..



About waynobfc

Fell Runner, Cyclist, Triathlete - Strive to achieve whatever you can, live with no regrets!
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1 Response to 2016 so far….

  1. marushton says:

    no goals pal just enjoy what you do

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