My Race Plan – 2018

This is my rough plan for 2018 – not everything on the list will get booked as events clash and life can get in the way.

Big 2018 challenges are going to be Oakley 20 in March because the distance on a hilly road route scares me a little but I’m curious enough to try, then Grimsthorpe 10 Gallop (new name) in June because I ran there in 2017, beautiful course, lovely atmosphere… it’s hilly, multi-terrain trail and one hill on the 10K broke my resolve last year – this time I’m doing the HM.

Other than that would like to chase some PBs

  • 🏁 5K – Started the year at 22:04 (Bedford parkrun) and wanted to finish under 22 minutes. Ran 21:37 on 10th February at Bedford parkrun, then 20:19 in May at Rocket 5K, followed up with 20:34 at Great Denham and 20:38 at Bedford.
  • 🏁 10K – Started the year at 48:35 (adidas Shoreditch City Run) and wanted to finish under 45 even if it was just once. Ran 45:55 in January at VRUK Live 10K, 45:21 in April at Flitwick 10K, 44:21 in May at Silverstone, then 42:48 in June at Run Bedford 10K.
  • 10M – never run a timed one of these!
  • 🏁 HM – Started the year at 1:47:17 (Bedford Harriers Half) and wanted to finish under 1:45:00. Ran 1:42:44 in February at the MK Winter Half for my sub 1:45, then 1:39:13 in March at the Vitality Big Half with a very similar time at Rock n Roll Liverpool.


Virtual Runner Live Race 2018 – 10K & 5K
🏁 14th January, Nottingham
10K – 45:55 (New PB!)
5K – 23:58

The Re-Run 2017 Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon
🏁 18th February, Milton Keynes
HM – 1:42:44 (New PB!)

Vitality Big Half
🏁 4th March, London
HM – 1:39:13 (New PB!)

MK Festival of Running – 10K
🏁 11th March, Milton Keynes
10K – 01:07:57 (Fun with friends)

Oakley 20 – 20M
❌ 18th March, Oakley
20M – Cancelled due to snow, not being re-scheduled.

Rutland Spring Half Marathon
🏁 8th April, Rutland Water
HM – 1:41:31

Supporting @ London Marathon
22nd April

Flitwick 10K
🏁 29th April, Flitwick
10K – 45:21 (Forgot my chip)

MK Marathon Weekend – 5K & HM
🏁 6th-7th May, Milton Keynes
5K – 20:19 (New PB!)
HM – 1:52:14 (Paced too fast on a very hot day)

Silverstone Grand Prix 10K (EGMP)
🏁 9th May, Silverstone
10K – 44:21 (New PB!)

Stevington 12K
🏁 13th May, Stevington
12K – 55:09

The Blisworth Friday 5 (EGMP)
❌ Fri 18th May (Overlaps with Liverpool travel)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool – 5K, HM & 1M
🏁 19-20th May, Liverpool
5K – 30:44 (Walk/run jeff with friends)
HM – 1:39:14
1M – 7:38 (Fun run, not chipped)

The Rugby 6 (EGMP)
🏁 Weds 23rd May, Rugby
6M – 42:06

Bootcamp weekend
❌ 2nd & 3rd June (Cancelled)

The Corby 5 (EGMP)
🏁 Weds 6th June, Corby
5M – 35:22 (Seriously hilly)

The Banbury 5 (EGMP)
🏁 Tues 12th June, Banbury
5M – 35:05 (Better, still not flat though)

Run Bedford 10K
🏁 17th June, Bedford
10K – 42:48 (New PB!)

Redway Time Trial – 1 mile
🏁 Friday 22nd June, Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes
1M – 5:49 (New PB!)

Grimsthorpe 10 – HM
🏁 24th June, Bourne, Lincolnshire
HM – 1:48:47 (Hot & hilly multi-terrain)

The Weedon 10K (EGMP)
🏁 Tues 26th June, Weedon Bec
10K – 47:04 (Ridiculously hilly)

The Harborough 5 (EGMP)
🏁 Tues 3rd July, Market Harborough
5M – 35:17 (Hills, definitely seeing a theme)

The Milton Keynes 10K (EGMP)
🏁 Tues 10th July, Milton Keynes
10K – 43:39 (Still some hills!)

Foam Rolling Workshop
🏁 Thurs 12th July, Milton Keynes

Bedford AAA 10K
Fri 20th July, Bedford (Passed, no chip & ran good 10Ks)

Doug Anderson 5K
🏁 Weds 25th July, Bedford
5K – 21:12 (Hot, unsure of my legs, being conservative)

Wellingborough 5
🏁 29th July, Wellingborough
5M – 34:47

Beat the Barge
🏁 Sat 4th August, Milton Keynes
5M+ – 37:12 (Hot, trail, did parkrun in the morning)

5 lakes, 5 runs, 5 evenings Marathon challenge
🏁 6th-10th August, Milton Keynes
Monday 6th – 7K Furzton Lake (11.3K)
Tuesday 7th – 8K Blue Lagoon (11K)
Wednesday 8th – 8K Teardrops Lake (14.5K)
Thursday 9th – 9K Caldecotte Lake (13K)
Friday 10th – 10K Willen Lake (15.1K)

Bedford Half Marathon
💰 2nd September, Bedford

Millbrook Mad 5K
💰 Tuesday 18th September

Leighton 10
23rd September, Leighton Buzzard

NSPCC MK Half Marathon
💰 Sat 29th September, Milton Keynes

Robin Hood Half Marathon
30th September, Nottingham

Tring Ridgeway Run
💰 14th October, Tring

Mizuno Half Marathon
💰 21st October, Amsterdam

Bushy parkrun, Leese’s 100th

Sat 27th October, London

Cattle Creepy
💰 Wednesday 31st October, Milton Keynes

Giddings’ Charity Pub Run
💰 4th November, Bedford?

St. Neots Half Marathon
💰 18th November, St. Neots

Bedford Harriers Half Marathon
💰 2nd December, Bedford

MK Winter Half
💰 9th December, Milton Keynes