Race Reports

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

I missed a sub-17 5k by 0.21 seconds (yes, twenty-one hundredths of a second!) at the Wimbledon Hercules track 5k event last August. It was good to finally break the 17 minute barrier at Dulwich park today. It's funny how we all chase round numbers (sub 4 hour marathon, sub 17 minute 5k, etc.) as targets based on an arbitrary time system of 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

A 3 lap circuit on Clapham Common. Mostly gravel & earth paths, but nice and flat. About 430 runners in good weather conditions. Well organised, with the usual bag drop, water point, toilets etc and a nice medal for all finishers. Oh, and the marshals had tambourines. Arranged by RunThrough events.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Gunnersbury Park was feeling autumnal this morning with beech nuts and conkers underfoot.

Race Distance: 1 Mile
Race Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Last Arethusa mile of the year so despite the wind lots of people were gunning for an end of season pb. Sixty one runners today and quite a few achieved their pb goals. Great event, will return next summer in May

Race Distance: Half Marathon
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

The now annual half that starts in Kew Gardens and finishes in Old Deer Park, as part of a festival that stretches over two days. Very flat, decent weather, nice goody bag with tshirt. With practically no training for one reason and another, the last four miles were about as hard as I've ever found running, so age is obviously catching up. Lowri was a brilliant second in her gender/age category; Kate Carter was fifth in hers. Oh, and I was seventh in mine, so not so bad. They don't seem to categorise people by club, sadly, so I've only put in the two other people I know were running (I saw Kate Carter running off into the distance afterwards, while I stumbled back to the car slowly and painfully). Please don't hesitate to insert your name if you took part in this.

I was very happy being first in my age category!!! (Sorry Lowri!) Helped by the fact I was running ahead of Kate for the first 6 miles which kept me motivated. She obviously ran the second half a lot quicker than I did! A lovely course really enjoyed it. Katy Addendum: Astonishingly good time by Laura. Well done. Peter

Race Distance: Other
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

A stiff test of legs and lungs after UTMB. This was in ski country, so the start line was an assemblage of impressive quads. Steep climbing from Chedde to beautiful Lac Vert, and then more ascent to Les Ayères at 1641m. Some technical single-track. Then finally some descent, though that was no respite - full gas down a ski slope to finish, where any mistimed stride forced out all the breath from the body (feeling like being repeatedly punched in the stomach).

Lovely event, very much one for the local community of Chedde and Passy with a shared meal afterwards on the sunny plateau of Plaine Joux, looking across to Mont Blanc.

Race Distance: 5 Miles
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

I'm told that some runners were misdirected and ran further than they should, o it would be a long 5 for them. Welcome to newcomer to MABAC - Nick, Nicola & Catherine. With many other runners off competing elsewhere, you all scored bonus points for being in the first 6 men or first 3 ladies for the club.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

A beautiful and lumpy single lap 10km trail run around Norbury Park (Leatherhead) with all proceeds going to Surrey Wildlife Trust. I couldn't quite throw myself over the finish line quick enough. Still, I managed 1st lady :)

Race Distance: Other
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

10k run, 44k cycle and 5k rum around the gorgeous Richmond Park. Very well organised event with a variety of other events taking place at the same time. Generally, the marshalls were in good spirits giving a fun atmosphere.

Note: I’ve never done a duathlon before so it’s hard to gauge against others

Race Distance: Other - Aquathon
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

This was a swim run event consisting of three swims and three runs: 1.2k swim, 7k run, 1.6k swim, 450m dash, 1k swim, 6k run - this was the ‘full stump’ event with a ‘half stump’ option of just the first swim and run also available. In a swim run, you must keep your kit with you all the way through the event, so you swim with your running shoes on and run around with a swim cap on your head as if that was a perfectly rational thing to do.

The swims started at Eynsham Lock to the west of Oxford and followed the Thames to just short of Godstow Lock. This section of the river has occasional meanders which can complicate navigation when sighting from water level, particularly following a bend to the left when you’re a dedicated right side breather. There were also a number of sand bars, usually to be navigated around, although the first one caught me by surprise, so I opted for a short mid-swim run.

The runs were mostly on trails around the semi ancient woodland of Oxford University’s Wytham Woods and, more pertinently to the swim runners, up and down the sides of Wytham Hill. At the finish there was plentiful cake and tea. An enjoyable well-organised and very friendly and supportive event by the SwimOxford team.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

The second of four Adidas City Runs in 2018. Apart from a long 2km straight drag early on down Wandsworth Road, a very residential route with lots of check backs in the second half. No clubs shown on the results so difficult to identify any Windmilers; especially as we all had to wear matching Tech T-Shirts. However one Windmiler stood out. Nick McKay (and Sophie has confirmed that it was indeed her Nick) finished a superb 5th overall, but even more impressively was 1st overall V40 (only Men U40's ahead of him). If you keep up with Windmiler reports you will know that Nick mentioned he missed out on a 10K V40 first place at Regents Park a fortnight ago on a technicality; he was a day too young! I "know" (familiar with) the man who finished third just ahead of Nick. Bermudian Sean Trott is a regular Chase the Sun runner and often wins those 10K's. Chase The Sun laps are typically 2.5km so I "know" him because he regularly passes me on his third lap! My running this year has been almost exclusively in races, so today I decided to treat it as a training run. Some of you know that (comparative to my level) that I tend to start fast, slowly fade then finish quickly. So I tried to run a negative split; but failed by a few seconds. I still need to work on that.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mic Morris was a police officer and brilliant British international middle distance runner from Pontypool who died aged just 24 years during a training run in 1983. Race profits go to a trust fund which was set up between Gwent Police and Torfaen Council to raise money for Torfaen’s elite young sports people, specifically for young people aged 11 to 21 who live in Torfaen. The race finishes at Pontypool's Active Living Centre. There were 926 finishers. Conditions were 13C, damp and with a lively headwind - so pretty good by Welsh standards! Used to be my favourite race until I discovered they rounded up the times ;-)

Race Distance: Other
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

One of a multiple of Duathlon events held at Richmond Park this Sunday. No clubs shown on the Official Results but aware of Gina, Steph and Maria participating. Gina finished a superb 3rd in gender. This was my first ever Duathlon and Colin not only volunteered to be my pilot, but also provided the Tandem and ran as my guide. After paying and receiving the event package in the post, I was contacted by the organisers to say that the event wasn’t suitable for me. Both Colin and my running coach Steve McCann contacted the organisers to put the case that I wouldn’t be an obstruction to other competitors. As an experienced Triathlete, Colin knew the etiquette and processes; they didn’t mention my inexperience on a bike; just a handful of outings with Colin since my teenage years. I finished with out incident in a competitive time so hopefully there will be no issues next year. Colin did a great job; we’d only run 200m together before the event. Official Splits were (5km Run - Transition 1 – 22km Ride – Transition 2 – 5km Run). Gina (19:13 – 1:58 – 45:38 – 1:01 – 20:15) Steph (26:04 – 2:47 – 54:13 – 1:40 – 26:17) Maria (27:22 – 2:17 – 57:27 – 1:06 – 27:58) Lynn/Colin (34:03 – 3:47 – 48:14 – 1:52 – 33:28)

Race Distance: Half Marathon
Race Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Beautiful sunny day for a flat and friendly half marathon in Copenhagen. Over 20,000 runners with a nice route through the streets of Copenhagen. For me the bet part was the supporters - they were there from the first kilometer right to the finish line and lots of music playing on the way. A very enjoyable race and a great weekend destination so perfect for a tourist half!

Race Distance: Other - Run
Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

The ever popular Surrey Road Relays saw 6 mens' teams entered this year. One senior team of 6, 4 x M40 teams inc M50 & M60 runners running down an age category and 1 x M60 team. Conditions were good although still a little warm, and Church Road hasn't got any shorter or less steep! It was great to see some new faces running for the club in this race. 16 Male senior teams ran and the Windmiler's team came 15th with a time of 1:51:57. Thirteen M40 teams finished and our first M40 team made up of Henry Keighley-Elstub, Nathan Andrews, Gareth Tomlinson, and Nick Mckay came in 3rd place with a time of 1:07:32 and picked up medals, the 2nd M40 team came in 6th with time of 1:12:16 the third came 11th with 1:19:36 and the 4th came in 13th in 1:34:28. The M60 team came 6th out of 8 teams with a time of 1:07:54. Positions refer to overall place in age group. Thanks to Henry who ran two laps, and Norman who had to step in for first leg at the last minute without a proper warm up.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Two big laps and two smaller laps of an undulating course around Penrhyn Castle and as you'd expect in north Wales - plenty of rain.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Park run in Washington DC held on Roosevelt island on the Potomac river. Very well organised and friendly. This was an alternative course due to parts of the regular course being flooded because of hurricane Florence. Felt very similar to Wimbledon common park run, 2 laps and mud and tree roots to look out for.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

A few Windmilers were taking it easier, or missed the parkrun altogether (or volunteered), with the Surrey Road Relays at 12 noon. Not sure who was ahead of Nick as he was the first runner I could see who lapped me. Sandy set the best age graded performance of the day with Geraldine & Volker both over 80% too. It was good to welcome Bernadette and Andy from Hong Kong, albeit briefly as in October they head out to Krakow - at least there is a parkrun there!

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fine conditions for this popular Bristol parkrun, with some glorious views over the city on the way back down the massive hill. Free negative splits for all taking part - I ran the first half in 10:50, the second half in 8:40.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

This was practice for my Clapham 10K on Sunday. Not practice running, but to work out how late I could leave home in order to get to Stockwell in time on Sunday. It was worth doing as I decided I can wake up later than I'd initially calculated.