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2017: This is the year!

20 Mar

I have to say that even though we are only in to March, I have a good feeling about how my running is going this year. I’ve even entered a few races already to keep me motivated, the first of which will be the Marina 5 Mile at Hartlepool on the 9th April.

I’ve also got the youngest lad Reece who has started running parkrun with me on Saturday mornings at Albert Park, Middlesbrough and has now just started coming for 6 mile runs on Sundays. It’s so much easier with someone else to run with although I don’t think it’s going to last long, as I have spent the last few months trying to get him to keep going and make it to the finish line at parkrun until last Saturday when he stayed with me until the 2k mark and I said if you want to run off ahead feel free! I didn’t see him again until the end when he announced he had got himself a pb of 23 minutes and 2 seconds (just in case anyone is interested mine is 23 minutes and 4 seconds). Although I also got round in a 2017 best time of 24 minutes 39 seconds.


Myself (in red) and Reece (Yellow/black jacket), at Albert Park parkrun although I’m not sure why I’m looking shattered in this picture as It’s only about 100m after the start line!!

I think if Reece keeps running with me I will get some good times this year (good for me anyway), although it will take more than that so I will make more of an effort with cutting down on the food and alcohol intake and get out on more training runs with the Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers to mix it up a bit.

As well as doing a few races this year, I’m also looking at doing a few different parkruns with Reece, this year we have done Albert Park (obviously), Stewart Park (Middlesbrough) and Prudhoe Riverside parkrun. I am looking at doing a parkrun in the lakes later this year while we are away camping and getting the Tees Barrage parkrun done and possibly a couple of others. So if you have any suggestions of great parkruns leave a comment below.

For all you runners out there, I hope whatever you are training for is going great and for all you couch potatoes out there…. Get up, run and enjoy! The benefits are awesome.




My Garmin, My Dad!!!

1 Feb

I’ve been having a few problems with my Garmin Forerunner 410 just lately and it got me thinking about how technology has progressed over the last few years. We can now strap on our watch and head off out the door and our watches will track our mileage, our time and break it all down into segments so we can see how we performed at every moment of our run and then….

We upload it all to various sites, Strava, Facebook, Twitter etc., for the whole World to see.

Let Me take you back twenty-odd years, I used to run in my late teens early twenties and at that time my watch probably had Micky Mouse hands 😂 so how did I know how far I ran and how long it took?

Well that was down to a Special Guy, My Dad! If I wanted to know how far I had run I would ask him to come with Me and He, along with My Mum would jump in their car and drive alongside me. Out the top end off Roseworth, along Blakeston Lane to Thorpe Thewels and then along some Country Roads until we got back home. No poating to social media then either if I wanted to let someone know, I had to actually speak to them lol

Looking back now, I can’t believe My Dad used to do this for Me! Love and miss you loads Pop x 

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