So the idea for my running in 2019 is to just enjoy it and see if I can help others with their running.
The last two years I’ve focused on times and distances. In doing so I’ve entered too many races and run too many miles. I need to cut down on both of these in 2019, to save my legs and wallet!
So let’s see how it’s going! ……
The year started with a parkrun double, Stewart parkrun followed by Albert parkrun. Also ran before, between and after the runs to make it over 12 miles for the morning.
A few days later Family Moralee joined some some Eagles to celebrate 2 club members’ 100th parkruns and my son’s 10th parkrun.
Team Tedious travelled to Birmingham for the National Running Show on the weekend of the 19th/20th. Stalls, talks, demos, meeting fellow runners, running and a few beverages made for a great few days away.
What better ways to celebrate your birthday than going for a run!
First race of the year. The No Ego Torch Challenge. A group of us from the Orchard Eagles RC took on the night trail race at Lambton Castle. Team Tedious’ Michael and myself ran this race together again. A new route but another great trail and night challenge.
Half Term Holidays and a family week away to Robin Hood’s Bay. Plenty of chill time but still managed to get out running along the coastal paths and on the trails.
Two great running opportunities were confirmed while I was away on holiday.
Firstly, I was unsuccessful in the Great North Run ballot but my wife Justine got in. The plan was to hopefully both get in through the ballot and then run together. If only one of us got in through the ballot, the plan was to get a charity place with Daisy Chain for the other person.
After a week or so of waiting, my GNR charity place with Daisy Chain was confirmed.
The charity provides a range of support services to children and adults affected by autism, either with a diagnosis or who are undergoing the diagnostic process, their parents/carers and their siblings living in a TS or DL postcode area.
Any donations towards the work of Daisy Chain would be grateful appreciated. It would also be great encouragement and support for Justine and myself through our GNR training and the race.
Secondly, I applied to be an Events Of The North Ambassador for one of their 2019 events. I was offered the role for the Durham 10k, part of the newly formed Durham City Run Festival. Ill be promoting and taking part in the 3 day running festival and it’s events. It will be a great opportunity and I’m very proud to be an EOTN ambassador.
Team Tedious’ Iain did his 100th parkrun at South Shields and we joined him to celebrate the achievement.
Since the start of the year, I’ve been looking at races and planning the year ahead. My current booked races so far are ….
Sunderland 10k – 12th May
RnR Liverpool 5k/Half/1mile – 25/26th May
Endure 24 – 29th June
Durham 10k – 25th July
GNR – 8th September
Trail Outlaws Penshaw 10k – 6th October
Hardmoors Fryupdale – 13th October
South Shields Landmark Challenge – 29th December
So as you can see this year’s plan is going well Well I’m sure I’ll enjoy it all. I have so far.