Saturday, December 24, 2005


2005 was intended to be a "get round" year to see if I could "get round" some of the classic ALs in the FRA calendar but my own calendar would also include, of course, Winter Hill, Rivington Pike and the Two Lads.

My Winter Hill 2005 was about 2.5 minutes slower than 2004 but I had run the 24 miles Anglezark Amble the previous day. Rivington Pike was about 1 minute faster than 2004 and in 2005 I had a run up Scafell Pike in the morning. Two Lads time was also about a minute quicker so some improvements were achieved.

Of the longer races, I got round the Wuthering Hike (31 miles, 4400'), Three Peaks (24 miles, 4500'), Old County Tops (37 miles, 10000'), first Horwich runner, due to a route finding error by a couple of others, at Ennerdale (23 miles, 7500') and Borrowdale (17 miles, 6500') but not Wasdale, on a hot day, I failed to reach Pillar before the cut off time.

In September I went along to see Norman Mathews (Head Senior Coach at Horwich) to find out what I should be doing to improve on my 2005 performances. Didn't take Norman long to identify areas for improvement. Some hamstring flexibility (I don't mean some more hamstring flexibility, I mean some hamstring flexibility), a deal of quad strengthening and the loss of some body fat - at 6 feet tall and weighing 173 lbs (12st 5lbs) I was a 'healthy weight' which is no use for an endurance athlete.

By the Tour of Pendle in November (when I took 21 minutes off my 2004 time but I took a bit of a tumble in 2004) I was beginning to think that with a bit of work a Bob Graham Round in 2006 might just be do-able.

At the beginning of December I was beginning to start the required planning but that, as they say, is another story.


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