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Count the Counties Bike Sportive

Count the Counties was a new local Sportive for 2015 and how could we not enter when it started not far from my house :-)

You had the choice of 30 55 and 92 miles,1 2 or 3 counties and we decided on the 92 or 3 counties route  which actually turned out to be 97 on the day.

I was really looking forward to this sportive as the route went out over the Fens an area I really enjoy riding on a Tuesday with the Tarmac Touring Guys.

DSC_0866A small group of us decided to meet and ride together on the day.

Due to the trains not running , Geoff had to bike 40 miles to get to my house on the Saturday, so unfortunately he started with tired legs and we soon lost him :-( but I was sure he would not mind me making the most of this ride as I had trained so hard for it.

First feed stop was in Welney, which was very well stocked with good energy food,and for me the best thing was being able to get a hot drink, we waited around for Geoff, hoping he would catch us up but finally decided to leave without him.

So off we went making very good time and enjoying the tail wind as we knew it would soon be a head wind! Then disaster struck and Justeene’s wheel clipped another wheel and she had a very nasty fall.

These things always scare me, luckily she was wearing a helmet and no bones were broken but she was very battered and bruised. She decided she wanted to carry on and then due to a puncture Geoff finally caught us up and stayed with us till we arrived back at Welney for the second feed stop.

Unfortunately, Justeene  had started to feel sick and get a headache just outside Welney so she decided to call it a day and called her daughter to come and rescue her, we sadly left her but she was adamant that we should carry on and not get cold.

Much to our delight the feed stop still had a good choice of food and another hot drink was more than enjoyed especially as we knew the last 23 miles was going to be into the head wind from hell!

At this point I left Geoff, again,  as I wanted to race back and get his photo as he finished, but it soon became clear that I was not going to be strong enough to keep up with the other 2 guys, they would have been happy to wait for me but I insisted they go… the route signage was good and I had my Garmin so was happy I would not get lost.P1000174

Then I remembered I had a gel so I used it, within minutes I got a second wind and was off to catch them, it took me 10 long hard miles into a fierce headwind  but I finally caught them up and we rode the last 8 miles back into LynnSport together.

An excellent well organised Sportive which had excellent feed stations with a very well signed route.

I was very disappointed not to see more riders from the local bike clubs support this new,and well organised sportive but I well impressed with Cycle Sportives uk who sent Justeene flowers and the finishers medal when then found out about her fall :-)

I may well be tempted to enter another one of these sportives which is actually on my birthday and get a few of my friends to do it with me :-)

Trowse 10k Road race

I entered this run because I wanted something fun to do over the Easter break. My friends Gina and Jayne also entered it so I knew it would be a fab day out

1-IMG_8285Then I panicked because it had a HILL in it and I usually avoid these when running but I was determined so I started doing some training runs at Sandringham where there is a hill.

It was an early start for us on race day because we had to travel from Cambridge to Norwich for a 9am start. I was feeling nervous about the hill everyone was talking about but my nerves soon turned to excitement once we met up with Gina, Jayne and all their lovely friendly running friends.

Much to my amazement I really enjoyed this run ,the route was scenic and varied, starting along Whitlingham broads then the long drawn out hill not once but twice and a lovely down hill stretch too.

My finishing time was 58.58,as usual I was very pleased with myself especially because of the hill which I found a challenge but secretly enjoyed.The goodie bag was excellent and included a cream egg and a fabulous medal.

The day was not over for us though as Gina Jayne Geoff and I then went out for a lovely lunch with lots of chat and laughter, a great recipe for the Best Easter ever :-)

When I arrived home still full of enthusiasm and excitement I signed up for the Mike Groves 10 miler in June!!!

which I am sure will be another fab day :-)

Lincoln 10k Road Race

After enjoying running the Lincoln 10k last year  I decided to enter it again this year.

Lincoln 10kThis would be my first real running event since my achilles injury.

What I didn’t expect was a stinking head cold on the day or Geoff to be home to drive me there cheer me on and take photo’s :-)

Once again it was a fabulous day with well over 6000 runners, many  I knew from the Ryston Runners and  5 other Ladybirds. too.

The route was well supported , we had perfect weather conditions and some how I managed to get a P/B time of 56.14

Unfortunately I had told Geoff to expect me to finish in around an hour so he missed me at the finish line!

A Great start to this years running events :-)

Start of the silly season!

February 21st saw the start of the Bike Sportive season for most of us, with the Wiggle No excuses sportive from Huntingdon race course and a huge group from my biking club turned out for this ride in cold windy conditions.

WNOEX08I wanted a nice chatty ride with my friend Gina and that is just what I got, but it was a toughie in the wind, all the running the week before did not help and at one point going up a hill I thought about just falling off to stop the pain … but i didn’t :-)

As usual the feed stops and signage was excellent and I would always recommend these wiggle sportives…

The list of events now continue like this…

Lincoln 10k Run (March)

Count the Counties 95 mile bike sportive (April with Geoff)

Trowse 10k Run (Easter Sunday)

GEAR 10k run (May 3rd)

Pedal Norfolk 50 mile bike sportive (May4th)

Cycle Together Sandringham 100 mile bike sportive (June14th)

Then I think I may need a Holiday :-)

The Big 50!!

No not my birthday,that was a few years ago!

February 14th was not only Valentines day but the day  I ran my 50th Parkrun.

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A huge achievement for me, as I was quite adamant that parkrun was something I never wanted to do,why would I ever want to set my alarm clock on a Saturday :-)

Encouraged along by Geoff,  I finally  gave in and went along to see what all the fuss was about on 11th May 2013, I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere as much as I did the run but it was well over a month before I did another one.

Then I was hooked and I cannot imagine a weekend without a parkrun, when Geoff is away parkrun is what makes my weekends bearable! Its not really about the running its more about the friendly people and how they become like a family to you.

If we are visiting friends on a Saturday the first thing I do is look to see where the nearest parkrun is and I even got up early on Christmas day to go along to the Ferry Meadows Christmas day run and its been lovely to have Geoff encourage and support me.

50th parkrun flowersI was disappointed that Geoff was going to be away for my 50th run but I made cake for all my running friends and I knew we would have a fun time, the biggest surprise of all was getting beautiful flowers delivered to me at parkrun from Geoff, letting me know he was thinking about me.

I have done 36 parkrun’s at King Lynn, 10 at Milton, Cambridge, 1 at Colwick, 1 at Peterborough, 1 at Hanley, Staffs and 1 at Clumber Park, no matter where you go there is always a warm and welcoming atmosphere BUT nothing is quite as special as doing a home parkrun.

My current Personal Best time is 27.19 :-)

Once a walker always a walker!!

Last weekend I swapped my running shoes and my bike for my walking boots and headed off to Wells Youth Hostel with Cambridge Rambling Club.

I was looking forward to catching up with my friend Jayne and a weekend of walking along the coast.

Cold windy weather was predicted so a chance to test out some Gore windproof trousers too.

The walking started off well along the coast path to Morston,here we misheard the route directions and Jayne and I plus one other headed off towards the church while the rest queued for the toilets.

On the way to the church we passed the very lovely looking Anchor Inn and was drawn in by the roaring fire and promise of excellent coffee ( which it was ) Only to discover 30 mins later that the group had left without us in the opposite direction!! We had enjoyed our coffee and warmed by the fire set off in a trot and soon caught them up, only to get a stern telling off ….

The rest of the afternoon was spent walking over muddy fields which is not very enjoyable although Binham Priory was a lovely discovery.

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After 18 miles we returned to the hostel and I redeemed myself a little by providing a nice home made Avocado and Chocolate cake.

After a very enjoyable evening meal at the Bowling Green Inn where we joked about how everyone missed out on the best coffee and posh toilets, we seemed to have been forgiven :-)

It was decided to cut Sundays walk short due to predicted bad weather (which never happened) our  walk took us inland to Holkham hall then through the grounds to the coastal path which took us back to Wells, for me this was the best bit of the weekend’s walking.

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As we finished earlier than expected Jayne and I went to the lovely Wells beach cafe and sat by the fire enjoying lovely coffee and cake while we planned other adventures for later in the year.

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I was very impressed with the Gore trousers which kept me warm and dry in the showers so although not mine they have somehow found their way into my wardrobe :-) and although i do more running and biking these days I also realised once a walker always a walker and look forward to my next walking holiday with Geoff.

Another Year Over !!

After my disappointment of not being able to do the Peterborough half marathon in October due to an achilles injury, I hoped i would be fit enough to do the Ely News Years Eve 10km

Once I was able too, around the beginning of December,I started back at parkrun taking it nice and easy, my achilles still ached but I could manage the 5km.

Christmas Day I was up nice and early to go to Ferry Meadows Christmas day parkrun, over 300 other runners turned up too, a great way to start Christmas day and a really nice running route,lovely that Geoff came along to support and take photos too.

Christmas day park run

I decided not to run again then till New years Eve to give my achilles time to rest.

Then on a cold Icy  morning I met my friend Gina in Little Downham where Geoff surprised us both by turning up unexpected :-)

Although Gina is a much faster runner than me she decided she wanted to run with me to make sure I was ok and much to my delight after not running that distance since September I managed it in just over an hour.

A fun way to end the year with a great friend for company too :-)

Cold Icy Ely 10km 2014

That evening Geoff and I went out for a lovely dinner at d’Arry’s my surf and turf, steak and lobster was to die for and a perfect way to see the new year in :-)

 

Walking in Tenerife (part two )

When we arrived back in Los Cristianos the plan had been to get a bus to Santiago del Teide but in a moment of panic Geoff ended up renting a car !! Which actually made moving around far easier for the rest of our holiday.

Our next walk was down the Masca Gorge Valley, we decided to stay at Santiago del Teide so we could extend the walk by walking over to Masca village. When we set off it was dull and over the top it became very misty but by the time we arrived in the village it was beautiful sunshine.

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The actual walk was amazing and quite tough with lots of boulders to climb over, no path is marked so you just make your own way down, luckily for us there was not many groups about that day as they would hold you up quite a bit !!

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The walk ends in Gigantos bay and the only way out is by boat so we paid our money and off we went, we thought we had made a mistake as the boat was going out to sea…… but then the reason why became apparent, they had taken us out to see the most amazing sight Dolphins !!

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Next it was off to Mount Teide, and I was very lucky to be able to stay at the Teide Parador, in the Teide National park.

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I totally fell in love with this place and the walking was amazing , the volcanic landscape made me feel like I was on the moon :-)

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First after walking to the cable car from the parador we took the cable car up Teide to explore round all the little paths and decide what other walks we wanted to do.

Unfortunately we were unable to get a permit to allow us to walk right to the Teide peak :-(

So we made do with Walking all the way back up Teide a route that took us by the Teide eggs also known as volcanic boulders and the Teide refuge which was fully booked for weeks as its the only way to walk to Teide peak with out a permit. A tough walk where the altitude affected me for the first time ever !!

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Other walks included some amazing rock formations known as The Rogues de Garcia and Montana De Guajara the third highest mountain in Tenerife, which was a fantastic climb and a great way to end our stay on Teide, on this walk we had to rescue a german couple who was struggling with fear

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Then by chance we stumbled on another amazing place, I dont usually like beaches they can be flat uninteresting and much the same BUT El Medano had a lovely feel to it and is right next to Montana Roja.

I could of happily have stayed here for a few days, a great place to walk, run and swim , close by the airport too.

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A fabulous holiday but I feel we have unfinished business here and must return sometime !!