Saturday, 11 June 2011

Wharfedale Half Marathon 2011

Pics courtesy of D Brett:
Back to blogging albeit briefly in between Runningbear life, which incidentally feels like a vortex of work, training and trying to eat and sleep in between! I'm a bit late in reporting on our run around the wonderful Wharfedale Half Marathon last weekend. This fine off road race offers some of the most beautiful countryside running a Runningbear can get. M and I both ran our muddy socks off in beautiful but very blustery conditions.The route sets out from Threshfield Rugby club and follows very runnable trails including the Dales Way, the Monks Road and the long and slightly painful climb up Mastiles Lane.

Pics courtesy of D Brett:
The summer is all about this kinda stuff; less obsessing about race times and PBs, just great running in summer weather enjoying some of our most beautiful countryside. I love this race, the route is well planned, the event well organised with the perfect cafe menu at the club house finish (for those that like to indulge in a chip butty or a generous slice of Victoria sponge post race!) Unfortunately, I'm never quite prepared for the hammering my quads seem to suffer from the descents and have hobbled my way around training earlier this week. 

Building on his continued awesome form and trashing me yet again in another race, M finished second male in the open race, knocking nearly 4 minutes off his race time from last year. He is flying. Some of the other leading male runners suffered some unfortunate navigational errors which assisted me in swooping into the third spot in the open race and first lady by a healthy margin. I beat my previous course record by 2 minutes despite the windy conditions and received a very fine and generous Black Sheep hamper for my hard work. I'm now quite tempted by the full Marathon next year and that course record is looking tasty. Even M seems quite tempted for his debut at the distance. Watch this space... Results here. News report here. Race report here.


Old Runningfox. said...

Well done Sarah, love that top picture - poetry in motion. And very well done to M too. It must be good to have a training partner of his calibre. I'm sure you'll push each other to great heights. Did it really take two of you to lift that basket of goodies?
Have a wonderful time in Austria.

ultra collie said...

i love this event (well the longer bit) and clearly you do too. well done..i pity the guy in the shot with're flowing and he looks like he wish he were too! enjoy the hamper!

Steve said...

Great stuff.
Agree about the summer running - just to get out into the world at large and run run run - (helps when you are fit/flying too though)

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