Race Reports

Race Distance: Half Marathon
Race Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

An undulating, single lap course (well, with a small loop repeated) all on closed roads. Sunny intervals, but quite chilly and a brisk wind at times. Good organisation and marshalling, and plenty of very welcome support around almost the whole route. A total of 2,696 entrants including plenty of servicemen.

Race Distance: Half Marathon
Race Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

My annual Half Marathon, John 'riding shotgun' as part of his London Marathon training. Very well organised given 3,500 runners all descending on Hampton Court Palace at the same time. Beautiful location with weather to match, bar the wind, made for a pleasant trip along the river, over Kingston Bridge down Portsmouth Road, past Giggs Hill Green to the Scilly Isles, back over Hampton Court Bridge, round to Kingston Bridge, into Home Park to the finish at the Palace. Radhika guided Lynn to a PB, though I can't see her in the results. No club affiliation, so please add your result if you were there. My Garmin recorded 13.26 miles! ADDED BY LYNN - Radhika didn't get an official time as she left her chip at home. I've added her with the same time as mine. Nigel was spotted cruising through the 7km marker.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Congrats to Julia on being 1st lady

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Once again paced a friend to her latest pb at this pleasantly undulating parkrun.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

All grass, a bit of mud, lots of marshals and all jolly nice. Crazy wind affected our performances, nothing to do with the 70th birthday party we had attended the night before.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

One of my favorites. Setting off from nearby Ham House, out and back along the Thames, so nice and flat. A few muddy puddles but the towpath looks to have been recently relaid in most places. +427 runners on a windy but dry morning. Organised by The Fix Events, who operate this same event in the summer and autumn.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Billed as the 'Mad March' 10k it was the usual 4 and a bit laps of a circular flat and fast course. There was some significant although fairly short headwind to overcome on each lap. Congratulations to Volker and Anneli who got prizes for third place in their age category. I bizarrely ran one second quicker than I did in the February 2018 version of this event which once again was measured slightly over distance. // Volker: Total participants 137 with Joe Aspinall finishing in 1:04:18 at the age of 80 winning the M Vet80 category.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

The paced week for this parkrun so a big field of 639 runners and ........ WINDY

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Heavy rain through the week left the course slippery and waterlogged in parts. Congrats to Sandy for the best age-graded performance of the day and Julia as the first female across the line.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Not on pastures fortunately! Held at the eponymous country park which is just off the M4 before you hit Reading. Two different circumnavigations of White Swan Lake (the park is mainly water!) make up the course - so mainly flat. On trails, not too muddy this week. The DragonFly cafe has a good range of breakfast and cakes for afterwards.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The possible PB that fell to injury. I decided to see if I was fit enough to run a sub 25 5k. With 1.5k to go I was way inside and just a couple of seconds off my PB pace. Then without warning my left calf tightened. I slowed then pulled-up to rub it. I decided to re-start and run slower and carefully (I was injured for 10 weeks last year when running on when the calf tightened on my other leg, but on other occasions I was running again within days). I was able to partly run it off. Approaching the end I couldn't resist chasing two runners just by increasing the pace and then sprinting for one more. I felt I passed her and the photo finish I've seen since seems to support me, but I wasn't given the place in the official results; I obviously need to work on the positioning of my chip at the end of races! I then headed straight across to the physio table for him to work on the calf before hobbling home. As an expert (through experience!) on calf strains I think this one will be okay in a few days.

Race Distance: 5 Miles
Race Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Random morning. I was supposed to be racing the Velopark Duathlon this morning but bailed at 7:45am as the high wind was not conducive to cycling (the duathlon was later cancelled so fortunately saved myself a wasted return trip across London). It seemed a shame to waste my freshly shaved legs; from a quick search of the interweb for running races I found that the TH&H 5 mile race was on today. So I jogged down to Robin Hood roundabout with a fiver for a last minute entry. Fun race and great to see Noelle there. It was extremely muddy alongside Beverley Brook!

Race Distance: Half Marathon
Race Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

A lovely breezy morning in Woking for this very popular event (about 3,500 runners). Just four Windmilers, but we all seemed to finish within 5 minutes of each other. Well done to Karey and Katie on their PBs.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

I think everybody running in London experienced some of that wind today. Finsbury Park was no different. I knew it wasn't going to be easy when I was struggling to stay upright walking to the start; good core exercise mind. The start is high up and exposed, it was a massive challenge attaching my number between each gust of wind. Reminded me of a Sunday League match when I was at school. Our goalkeeper took a goalkick, caught a huge gust of wind about 25m out that blew it back just outside the goalpost for a corner. It's still a corner if it went in the goal if it ever comes up in a quiz! The finishing gantry had to be taken down before the start for safety reasons. We were advised that the chip timing was working and to do our best to get round the course! I took great delight climbing the steepest hill on the course to see the lead cyclist struggling to pass me. The wind kept changing direction and rather unkindly chose to blow directly at me on my fourth and final ascent of that steepest hill. A bit disappointed that a chap I had targetted to beat after he passed me with 2km to go still beat me. I overtook him with 600m to go and finished 25 seconds ahead of him. However, as he started 30 seconds after me, he beat me by 5 seconds on the chip timing.

Race Distance: Half Marathon
Race Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

A blustery run around the less scenic parts of the London Marathon course in reverse, starting near Tower Bridge we ran underground through the Limehouse Link to Canary Wharf, back to Tower Bridge, then through Rotherhithe and Canada Water on the way to Greenwich. The winds were sufficiently strong that on occasion I almost came to a complete halt or was caught off guard by sudden crosswinds in the first half, then struggled in the second half when the wind was meant to be behind us. Remarkably there were PBs for several Windmilers who clearly coped much better than I did!

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

2 laps of this picturesque park (plenty of water features)in East London. On paths and fairly flat. 283 runners this week.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

A busy field of around 1500 runners across three distances; Half, 10K and 5k all with different starting times. Nice running conditions generally, although by the final lap of the 10K we faced a strong wind down the long back straight. My best time since my first two ever 10K's back at the end of 2017 which both featured fast opening kilometres; something I don't yet have the nerve to repeat!

Race Distance: Half Marathon
Race Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Part of my London Marathon training running with Kevin today (thanks Kevin!). Was actually part of a longer roughly 16 mile run. We did a warm-up and just continued non-stop through the start-line about 2 minutes after the official start. The wind really picked-up in the second half (it was carnage in the event Village as the contents of some stalls shot across the park) so at points the effort required was more like climbing a hill. Certainly a good workout, and another half scheduled in eight days time.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

A mix of London parkrun tourism, compass challenge parkrun bagging (completing parkruns with the four cardinal points of the compass in the name) and just going for a run on a Saturday morning saw ten windmilers gathered in Southwark Park. Due to works on some of the paths, this was an interim course, consisting of three and a long half laps on tarmac and grass, with a mini hill thrown in for good measure.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

The usual three laps, reasonable weather and a newsreader doing the half way timing. 563 finishers.