Taking the Opportunity

I love to enter competitions and giveaways as some of you might know, especially the Team Tedious lads. I’ve been lucky in the past, and on May 1st I won another competition with an amazing prize.

 

The prize, well….. Beer! (Isotonic, non alcoholic) from Erdinger alkoholfrei, along with £200 of their sports clothing. Also free entry into all or any of the ‘Run For All’ running events, everything from 5k runs up to marathons. Potentially about 17 events! It was an amazing prize.

 

I took the opportunity to enter 4 races. Some other race dates clashed with races I’d already entered unfortunately.

I’ve thought about doing a marathon for a while now but never took the plunge and signed up. I was probably too scared and nervous to make the decision but this was a great opportunity to finally do one.

 

This year I’d said I was going to take opportunities and focus on enjoying my running. So I suppose I had to sign up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I just need to sort out a training plan so I can enjoy the whole marathon experience.

 

It’s amazing how quickly your plans can change. I wasn’t planning on doing a marathon this year but here it is. I’m still going to try and enjoy my running. I’ll just be doing more miles now.

 

So would the rest of May be exciting as day 1 was?

 

87 miles run. Plenty of training runs including a superb run with the #SMUFS training group around part of the Sunderland 10k route. We also helped promote the run & were involved with the T-shirt reveal for the event. My wife Justine was a surprised model for the 10k top.

 

Another great training run was a trail run with my running club, Orchard Eagles around Cod Beck Reservoir. Absolutely stunning views.

 

As always parkrun was part of my running in May. Managed to do 3. Two at Tees Barrage, one with my son and the other, part of a long run. The other parkrun was a new one for me at Cotsford Fields with Andy from Team Tedious.

 

Did 2 races this month, the Sunderland 10k and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool weekend.

 

Loved the Sunderland 10k again. Idea was to pace my wife to a sub 58 mins 10k but the hills and heat proved too much. We just missed out on the time. Still had great fun running and socialising.

 

Last year we did the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool weekend and it was fantastic. We hoped this year would be the same and we weren’t disappointed.

 

A easy 5k on the Saturday was a great warm up for the Half Marathon the next day. 

 

Justine and myself had already decided to run the Half together, just a steady pace and enjoy the run. 3 other friends from Run Club joined us. For 2 of them it was their 1st half marathon. It was drizzling at the start but this didn’t dampen out spirits as we set off. The weather slowly got better during the run but it was getting windy. The final 3 miles is along the banks of the Mersey river and the wind was so strong.

 

We pushed on through, trying to hit our time target of 2 hours 20 mins. It was a great effort by everyone and we finished in 2:17:29.

 

We started together and finished together. A great effort by the team.

 

The weekend of running was completed by the running of the 1 Mile race. A fun run around the Docks.

 

If you are a bling fan like me, then RnR Liverpool is a must. 3 races and 5 medals. The 5k/Half Marathon/1 Mile plus the Remix for doing the 5k & Half. Also the Encore for racing in 2018 & 2019.

 

After all the running, we enjoyed a pint or two watching the concert featuring Toploader.

 

Liverpool is a great night out and we enjoyed a couple of evenings of eating and drinking while we were there.

 

So that was May. What’s happening in June?

 

My 1st race from the ‘Run For All’ competition prize, the Hull Half is on the 2nd. I’m was never sure if I would do the run, even when I booked it. It’s a bit of a drive over there but knowing me I’ll probably be on the start line.

 

The following weekend, something a bit different. A friend at Run Club has asked members to help his friend to get to the top of a Lake District hill. His friend loved to do fell walking but he is wheelchair bound now. We will carrying him up in a specially adapted chair.

 

At the end of the month, I’m doing another different event. Endure24 at Leeds. A group of 6 of us will take turns to run a 8k course nonstop for 24 hours.

 

Another great month of running to look forward to. Thanks for reading my blog, and have fun running!

 

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