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RR10 Janesmoor pond

Last night I ran another RR1o this one in Janesmoor pond in the new forest with my Club, Lordshill Road Runners,  The RR10 league is a series of races organised by running clubs in south-west Hampshire for their members. The races are held on Wednesday evenings during the spring and summer and are great fun and this one was off road and and quite dry but Very hilly in fact it made the last one look flat as a pancake 🙂

I arrived in good time to have a chat with a few hiller’s before a very small warmup, after yesterdays 16 mile training run I had no intention of running to fast tonight so I did not do my normal 1 mile warm up. We then walked the 500 yards to the start and as soon as we arrived we had a quick briefing and we were off. Tonight I ran with my good pal Chris and we ran at a steady pace keeping our place through the race and had a lovely chat all the way 🙂 clearly not trying hard enough if we can hold a conversation but to be honest that was just what I needed for this one. Almost as soon as we were off we hit hill after hill they were relentless but we battled on and got through it finishing to a massive cheer at the end from our fellow faster hiller’s.  I can only do 1 more RR10 because of race commitments and thats at Hursley so I look forward to that in a couple of weeks.

We finished off the night with a pint in the pub which was a lovely way to end the lovely evening,  Mt running and training is going really well at the moment, I am upping my millage doing 1 longer run every week, Tuesday morning I ran 16 miles which is my longest solo race so far and I loved it, I normally choose a root with a nice mix of flats and hills and next week I am running over the itches bridge 🙂 wish me luck !

If you are thinking of getting into running or already do run bit are not part of a club I would urge you to look into joining one for days like this amongst other benefits, I have made some great friends already and the support is amazing, LRR are known to be a very friendly club so why not check them out, a great bunch of likeminded people, some running 5 minute miles and some 10 minute miles but all runners with a single goal to enjoy running !

Check out the report from my Polar HRM here

Here are a few photos courtesy of Paul A Hammond

 

RR10 Marwell

Last night I ran the Marwell zoo RR10 in Southampton with my Club, Lordshill Road Runners,  The RR10 league is a series of races organised by running clubs in south-west Hampshire for their members. The races are held on Wednesday evenings during the spring and summer and are great fun and this one was off road and and quite dry but quite hilly and very hot so made for an interesting race.

I have another race tomorrow so again tonight I decided that I was not going to “race” but rather treat it as a training/social run and 5 miles is the perfect mid-week distance which brings my total for this week up to 20 miles so far, I saw a post on LRR from one of our member Tim looking for a running buddy tonight, Tim is just back from injury to I offered to run with him at a 10 min mile pace, perfect for me coz I race at 7 min miles. Tonight I never bothered with a warm up run simply because my warm up runs are faster than I intended to run tonight so no point really, We were called to the starting line and before you could shake a cats tail we were off, we ran through Marwell’s #1 carpark and it was like a herd of antelope heading towards the gate 🙂  I have never seen so much dust but on we went through carpark #2 and eventually into the woods and through into the fields, at this point it was single file for a mile or so and I must confess to being glad I was not racing because it would have been frustrating trying to gain places here, we then ran onto a slightly wider path and this went on for a mile or so around another field then back into the enclosure for another lap,  it was hilly, hot but a lot of fun and running at that pace made it very sociable, I chatted to Tim, Tamsyn and Becky for most of the 5.25 course as well as my 2 good buddies Paul and Gary and enjoyed it all,  One of our runners Alice was stung by a wasp and being allergic to wasp stings I started franticly checking my space and at that point tripped and fell over 🙂 plonker!!!!  no harm done tho so off I went again and onto the finish.

Lovely run tonight and I am so pleased that I kept true to my plan and had a gentle run around, it also meant that because I was not racing I could carry a bottle of water 🙂  it will also make tonights race much better and thats an important race for me. Marwell was a great atmosphere as they all are, not my favourite course because of the single file part but local and fun.

If you are thinking of getting into running or already do run bit are not part of a club I would urge you to look into joining one for days like this amongst other benefits, I have made some great friends already and the support is amazing, LRR are known to be a very friendly club so why not check them out, a great bunch of likeminded people, some running 5 minute miles and some 10 minute miles but all runners with a single goal to enjoy running !

Check out the report from my Polar HRM here

Here are a few photos courtesy of Paul A Hammond

RR10 Manor Farm Country Park

This evening I ran the Manor Farm RR10 in Southampton with my Club, Lordshill Road Runners,  The RR10 league is a series of races organised by running clubs in south-west Hampshire for their members. The races are held on Wednesday evenings during the spring and summer and are great fun and this one was off road and and quite dry compared to the last 2 RR10’s that I have done.  This was my third RR10 and I really enjoyed it for a couple of reasons, firstly its my clubs home 10K this weekend and the one and only time I am allowed to run it so I was not going to race this week but I did 🙂  I decided to take it easy tonight and treat it as a training session rather than a race, secondly because I ran with my mate Paul who was just back from injury and I have not seen him for a few weeks, it made perfect sense for me to run with Paul who normally runs at my race pace but this evening was running a very cautious 8.5 min mile.

We were called to the starting line and I must confess it felt very odd starting nearer the back rather than towards the front for me but I kept telling myself that this weekends race was the most important so far so all worth it !  Once we set off I mostly let Paul lead the pace and we had a lovely run through the woods and over a few tiny obstacles, managing to chat to people as we overtook was nice as well as a few hello’s to my friend Paul the photographer. It only seemed like a short while before the marshals were shouting “one last hill” and sure enough the last hill was upon us and up to the open park I was quite happy that I had ran a very sensible race, Paul then got race fever and sprinted to the finish 🙂 cheeky bugger but I loved every minute of running with him again and was very happy to see him back.

Overall a lovely course and a great atmosphere and I am sure everyone enjoyed it, a great turn out for LRR although I am pretty sure my offerings tonight never helped the league table much nor has the fact that I have missed a few this year but next year I will be fully prepared for them.

If you are thinking of getting into running or already do run bit are not part of a club I would urge you to look into joining one for days like this amongst other benefits, I have made some great friends already and the support is amazing, LRR are known to be a very friendly club so why not check them out, a great bunch of likeminded people, some running 5 minute miles and some 10 minute miles but all runners with a single goal to enjoy running !

I finished overall in position 164 which was pretty good considering and in about 42 minutes

Check out the report from my Polar HRM here

Here are a few photos courtesy of Paul A Hammond

 

A quick pre-race photo of me looking very chilled.

RR10 Wilverley Plain

This evening I ran the Wilverley Plain RR10 in Sway the New Forest  with my Club, Lordshill Road Runners,  The RR10 league is a series of races organised by running clubs in south-west Hampshire for their members. The races are held on Wednesday evenings during the spring and summer and are great fun and this one was off road and boggy in places.  This was my second RR10 and I really enjoyed it more in fact than the first.  This time I started with our son Andy which was nice, he is loving his running too.   The course tonight  was undulating and fun, I especially enjoyed the boggy part and jumping over the fallen tree and had a great sprint to the finish.

Overall I averages about 7.30 minute miles which is good for me off road and hilly, my time was much improved over the last one as well so all in all I am very happy.

My ITB thankfully has been ok and I am putting that down to my new regime of exercise and stretching as well as my foam roller and my new running tights which are amazing.

If you are thinking of getting into running or already do run bit are not part of a club I would urge you to look into joining one for days like this amongst other benefits, I have made some great friends already and the support is amazing, LRR are known to be a very friendly club so why not check them out, a great bunch of likeminded people, some running 5 minute miles and some 10 minute miles but all runners with a single goal to enjoy running !

I have no more races for a couple weeks now because of work but I do have 3 or 4 in June which all look to be a lot of fun plus I am moving up training groups within LRR because the run leaders think I should be with a faster group,  as it turns out I run a 45 min 10k and a 22 minute 5k but I am training at a slower pace so need to up my game to get faster and stronger.

This race was measured at 5 miles although my watch came in slightly under and I finishes in 36:47

Check my polar watch results here

Here are a few photos courtesy of Paul A Hammond

Me and Andrew at the start

Me showing off at the finish again 🙂  felt very strong tonight.

 

 

RR10 Stoney Cross

Last night it was the Stony Cross leg of the RR10 league and what a night it was,  wet, windy, sunny we had it all 🙂    Unfortunately I could not run because of my ITBS but its almost healed so should not be much longer now, in fact I have a race on Sunday so I am partially saving myself for that.

So last night I went along to offer my support to my club the amazing Lordshill Road Runners and to take a few photos,  I chose a great spot, well great for me because it was the crest of the last hill and a superb vantage point, of course everybody felt completely Cream Crackered at this point of the race but hey ho it made for interesting photos.

Apparently the course was very wet and muddy and looking at the photos I agree, it was also probably the worst course for my ITB so a good one to miss.

Here are a few photos of some of my fellow Lordshill running mates,  I hope you enjoy them and I hope you will see me running the next RR10 ina  couple weeks

Jules.