Going off-road

Going Off-Road

by Susan Johnson

After several off-road training runs with Tuesday’s B&I group I decided to look for a race that would have at least some off-road element.  On Sunday I ran the Stopsley Trail Race, a 5 mile trail with a 10 mile option too. I was joined by James and Sara Lowe, both also B&I runners.  The race is organised by Stopsley Striders, starting and finishing at the Inspire Sports Centre (and what a stunning facility that is!).

The race starts in the leisure centre grounds with a loop that then takes you out onto a country lane.  Just after a mile the route turns onto a farm track running along the edge of wheat fields. read more

Off to Rugby……… for a Run

Ten mile races seem to be in decline. There’s a few kicking around, such as an excellent one that is put on in Leighton Buzzard each September, but whereas there are 10Ks and half marathons around every corner, finding a ten miler can be quite a challenge.

However, in my view it’s a great distance to race. The easy maths of ten miles giving you obvious ten minute target blocks of 120 down to 50 if you’re super fast. It also nicely fills a large void between the two distances mentioned above. For whatever reason though, for us to find one for our club champs always involves a bit of travelling and this year we thought we’d try a new one (to us) in the shape of the Rugby 10. read more

Leighton 10 2018- No Rain, No Gain

Leighton 10 2018 – Not a washout!

After last year’s large field and “miserable” conditions, this year was even bigger and even more miserable! With a summer of sun a distant memory and a week preceding the Leighton 10 of dry weather it was almost inevitable that Sunday 23 September would be wetter than an otter’s pocket.

The roads were emulating streams as the volunteers arrived to put out the mile markers and set up the drinks stations, but with the runners arriving too, their enthusiasm was not washed away. read more

Fred Hughes 10 – An Alternative View

Fred Hughes 10 – An alternative view

Diary of an injured Runner

7:00 AM – Alarm goes off. It’s early for a non-run day… my ankle is a bit stiff

7:15AM – Up for breakfast and the daily physiotherapy exercises. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8…. repeat. Again. It’s boring. It hurts. It has to be done. Same again tomorrow.

8:15AM – My lift arrives. It’s driven by a runner. I grumpily get in as the sleet starts to fall

8:45AM – We’ve arrived in St Albans a mere 30 minutes later. I’m feeling quite warm by now but thirsty for water having discussed physios and injuries with Mrs Norman and Coombes in the pub the night before read more

Leighton 10 – 10 Days Later

Leighton 10 – 10 Days Later

One of the biggest fields of runners for a few years turned up on Sunday 17 September for the 36th Leighton 10. With fairly miserable but good conditions for running, the pre-run set up and sign-up for the organisers and runners was spent huddling in the sports hall as much as possible.

A fine drizzle greeted those on the start line and after a few announcements and a quick round of Happy Birthday to one lucky runner who had the Leighton 10 as a present for his 70th birthday, the race got underway. read more

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