Jurassic Coast 10k – The Video

22 09 2009

I loved doing this run, and hope to do it again next year.  In the meantime, I’ve found a cracking bit of video of this year’s race. Enjoy!

P.S. The burgers were excellent.


Jurassic 10k

23 08 2009

Had a good day. It was dry and a bit cloudy, so not too warm. Decided to start out near the back, but soon found myself passing slower runners in the first few hundred meters. After that the track got very narrow as we ran up beside the River Otter. A bit frustrating as I felt that I was going slower than I could, but ultimately probably good for me as it stopped me going off too fast!

Started passing a few more as we got to the hilly bit up the coast path. Had to walk the very last bit of the very last hill. Again the path got very narrow on the descent, hard to even keep my footing. After that the field got a bit more spread out and in the last 5k only passed a few and only got passed by a few.

Finished in a respectable 59m 53s. 178th of 253 finishers. Very happy with that given my current level of fitness. I enjoyed the race. Well organised and well marshalled. The course is too narrow to handle a bigger field so I hope they keep it at 250 to 300 in future.

Back to training now. Not sure what the next race might be.

Just Do It!

21 08 2009

Ok, no adverse reaction from the rib to yesterday’s loosener. So I’m going to run the Jurassic 10k tomorrow. Hopelessly unfit after nearly three weeks off, so will be happy to finish it without walking!

Wish me luck. Go #93 !!!

Jurassic 10k update

12 08 2009

Well, the good news is that my number arrived in the post today. I’ll be No. 93. Problem is that my rib is still sore as hell and I’m not sure I’ll be fit in time. If I can, I’ll try and get out for a short run on Thursday next week. If I don’t get any reaction by Friday afternoon, then I might give it a go.

Bottom line is that I’m training for something next July, and there’s no point in doing a race now with a cracked rib when I don’t need to. There’s another 10k two weeks later over at Kingston Maurward, might aim for that instead.

Friday Run – Not

7 08 2009

It’s a beautiful morning. I can see from home that Stonebarrow and Golden Cap are bathed in warm sunshine. There’s even a light breeze to stop the energetic runner from getting too hot. Perfect conditions. But I’m stuck indoors. My cracked rib is stopping me from getting a decent night’s sleep. It hurts when I stand up. It hurts when I sit down. In fact it hurts whenever I move. I’m reminded of Hugh Grant’s opening(?) lines in Four Weddings and a Funeral when he wakes up and looks at his alarm clock. I can’t quote it here as this is a family blog, go look it up for yourselves.

So now what? Well, running’s out of the question. The Jurassic 10k is in 15 days times. Maybe if I take it easy for the next 10 to 12 days I can get out for a loosening run a few days before the race. See how I feel next week. May have to cancel my entry and go for the Cancer Research run at Kingston Maurward a few weeks later.


22 07 2009

Knees seem ok this morning, although leg muscles generally a bit tired. That detour round Westhay Farm’s a bit of a killer. 100 yards of uphill concrete track. Cuts out the big flight of steps that lead up Stonebarrow on the coastal path, but definitely longer so adds a few minutes on to the time.

Bit miffed about not being able to run down Stonebarrow to the school. Clambering through the landslip is definitely a bit dodgy. Means I might not be able to run the full course.

Thinking about entering the Jurassic 10k over at Budleigh Salterton on Aug 22nd. Might be fun to do a race even though I’ll be jogging round. Similar to Challenge course, only don’t think the hills are so severe.

Still damp and grey outside. Supposed to have the Red Arrows here at 18:30 today (Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week), hope it clears up.