Sunday, 28 February 2010

Keir's first 10k

This morning Keir took part in the Huddersfield 10k road race.  He decided last summer that he would do this as part of His Duke of Edinbugh (silver) Award.

For the last six months he has been very dedicated and ran three times a week in addition to his usual PE and games at school.  He also went swimming regularly on Sunday mornings.

His result for the hilly 10k race surprised me and Fay.  I even think he surprised himself.  At 15 years of age he was the youngest runner in the race and he finished 264th out of 429 with a time of 54:51.

Very pleased with him for obviously putting in lots of effort in training and not shirking in the recent bad weather ... in fact I'M RATHER PROUD OF HIM.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

need some different weather now

Not much about me to talk about at the moment ... more snow fell last night and this morning I had the pleasure of a 10 mile run through a deep blanket of the white stuff.  It was foggy too.

I know it's good for leg strength, and just getting out there is good for mental strength, but it's getting a bit boring now.  Can we have some different weather please.

Friday, 19 February 2010

a friendly bunch

Thanks for all the kind words from everyone following my last post.  Even those from the opposition ...

My son (Keir) was well impressed by those.  He said: "I don't think sprinters would congratulate other sprinters from other countries on their selection for the World Championships."

I couldn't possibly comment other than to say that the world of ultra running is a very friendly place to be.   I'm pleased I live there.

Also ... I've added the James Jarvis video (Onwards) to this page.

There's a book edited by Kevin Beck called 'Run Strong' which I'm finding very useful at the moment.  Lots of stuff about all aspects of running training.  Much of the information can easily be adapted to ultra running.  More details here.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Chris is happy ...

Last night I received a phone call from Norman Wilson (chairman of selectors, UK Athletics) to confirm that I have been selected to represent my country in this year's World 24 hr Championships.

It seems that all the hard work over the past couple of years has finally paid off.  And I feel good.

Full details of the event can be found on the race website.  Looking around that website it appears that there are plans for live web coverage - should be good.

I have to say a big 'thank you' to Adam Smith at and Steve Raven at ASSIST Creative Resources Ltd and Alan Young at Dion Networks for helping and sponsoring me.

If you would like to help/sponsor me too please email

Wednesday, 10 February 2010


It's still very cold over here in Yorkshire.  This morning's run felt, at times, as though I was running on an ice rink.  Over the nine miles my stopwatch showed that I ran about 15 seconds per mile quicker than my target pace - I expected AT LEAST 15 seconds per mile slower than my target pace.

Happy with that.

Lots of ice about this morning although, for some strange reason, the major roads are far worse than the minor roads.  We have had a couple of snow showers too - there's one right now which seems quite heavy.  I don't expect the snow to remain on the ground very long though.

Although the past few weeks have been very cold we haven't had much snow compared to mid December to mid January when we had loads of the stuff.  It seems that Washington DC is getting all the white stuff at the moment.  See Dan Rose's blog of 6 February for some wonderful photos.

I must admit that I'm getting a bit fed up with all this coldness now.  The temperature's been below average all year - often by 5 or more degrees.

Why are we Brits so obsessed with the weather ?

Monday, 8 February 2010

some thoughts ... and coffee !!!

I didn't really want to explain what I thought the differences were between Britain's selection policy and that of Australia because I think it would be better if I kept out of the politics surrounding these things.

However, since Anth asks, my thoughts - in brief - are:
  1. in last September's Commonwealth Championships the Australian men finished first, second and seventh.  UK men were third, fourth and fifth
  2. in general the Australian men seem to be running far greater distances than the UK men and do much better in championship events
  3. things are slightly different for the Australian women who seem to be of a similar standard to British women
  4. therefore it seems strange to me that the Australian athletics authorities have a lower qualifying standard than UK Athletics
  5. and to pay your own travel and kit expenses for representing your country seems insane to me ...
Writing about these things reminds me that the UK selectors met two days ago to choose the team for the World 24 hr Championships in Brive.  I wonder what their decision was.

For me, last week was an easy training week.

Day 1 - 50 mins cycling and stretching
Day 2 - 5 miles at 10k pace, strength training and stretching
Day 3 - rest
Day 4 - 23 miles, 50 mins cycling and stretching
Day 5 - strength training and stretching
Day 6 - hill reps (x 16), 50 mins cycling and stretching
Day 7 - 7 miles fartlek, strength training and stretching

During that week I was drinking a wonderful coffee from the Sanani region of Yemen.  Chocolately, spicy, winelike, almost dark roast ... fantastic.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

selection criteria for another country

Australia have recently published their selection criteria for the upcoming World 24 hr Challenge.

I imagine it's a bit different to what most runners are used to ... but it makes interesting reading all the same.  See it here.