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 Gallop 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, then 43:39 at The Milton Keynes 10K.
- 10M – still not run a time one
- 🏁 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, then 1:38:00 in Amsterdam Mizuno HM, then 1:36:38 in St Neots.
The Re-Run 2017 Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon
🏁 18th February, Milton Keynes
HM – 1:42:44 (New PB!)
Oakley 20 – 20M
❌ 18th March, Oakley
20M – Cancelled due to snow, not being re-scheduled.
Supporting @ London Marathon
The Blisworth Friday 5 (EGMP)
❌ Fri 18th May (Overlaps with Liverpool travel)
❌ 2nd & 3rd June (Cancelled)
Foam Rolling Workshop
🏁 Thurs 12th July, Milton Keynes
Bedford AAA 10K
❌ Fri 20th July, Bedford (Passed, no chip & ran good 10Ks)
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)
❌ 23rd September, Leighton Buzzard (Pass, hills so not a fast PB and too close to next HM)
Robin Hood Half Marathon
❌ 30th September, Nottingham (Pass, logistics & travel costs)
Bushy parkrun, Leese’s 100th
❌ Sat 27th October, London (Last minute pass, logistics and jarred my ankle the night before)
Giddings’ Charity Pub Run
🏁 4th November, Bedford
2x2M – 32:33 (Running time, add a few mins extra for drinking time)
💰 15th December, London
Redway Santa Saunter
💰 22nd December, Milton Keynes