Friday, 30 April 2010
Ashurst Beacon hill race and RicksRunnings future, long and short term aims
On Wed I took friend and team mate Tracey down to the Ashurst Beacon fell race.
My plan was to enjoy the scenic views and pace Tracey round at the same time [ stopping myself running round at race pace and doing myself some serious damage just 3 days after London].
The race starts at the top of a 550ft climb with a suicide downhill for a mile, first on tarmac then dusty dirt tracks.
Away from the start I found myself still up with the leaders after 400m,.
I looked round and saw Trace was some way back, ooops, I pulled over and waited for her to catch up, I then made downhill progress at a more sensible pace [ I still hit 4.25 pace on one section].
After a mile we came out onto the valley floor, up ahead the monsterous climb up Parbold loomed ahead.
Over the Leeds Liverpool canal Bridge and the 1st climb started, I let Trace take the lead and tried to give helpful tips!!! Lean foreward into the hill [from the ankles] keep relaxed, remember to take deep breaths etc :]
We made good progress to the top, coming out onto the main rd by the icecream van, sorry Tracey no time to stop!
After half a mile along the top rd we turned left and descended down Fairy Glen [ no sightings of fairies today, not even the human kind!] see photo; Fairy Glen.
My legs felt very good, but was glad I was not pushing all out, soon we reached the bottom and took some wooden steps up and over a wall, across green fields, then back along the dirt track we had been on some 15 mins ago.
Now we had to climb straight back up to where we started from, Tracey was working hard and I tried to encourage her forward [ speed your legs up and shorten your stride, imagine there is an elastic band attached from the guy in front to you, pulling you in etc].
At last we turned off the rd and followed the final track up to the Ashurst Beacon monument.
I remember trying to sprint up the very steep bank here a couple of years ago, man it hurt, no problem for me today but poor old Trace went through hell and collapsed in a heap over the finish line!
Tracey achieved her aim of finishing first of the Southport girls back and it puts her in a good position for the club GP.
Me, I had a great time and enjoyed the run up and down the hills on my favourite trails, with no damage to my legs. RESULTS
Disclaimer; this was not part of the Marius recovery plan :]
I was going to tell you about my future racing plans, but I've run out of time,.
Lets just say I'm planning to run the hardest, toughest and meanest Marathon in the country in September, more news soon!
Sat 1st May
easy run over the big sandhills with Tess = 1 hour 25 mins
easy = 28 mins
easy = 28 mins
Race = 48 mins
Velvet trail easy = 37 mins