Humber Bridge 10K 2012 Review

This was the return of the Humber Bridge 10K, a race that I did last year. In fact this surprisingly tough little race was the first organised event I ever entered, and so last year, everything was a bit of a mystery and I was very nervous. But this year, I felt like a veteran. No nerves, but I was heavier this time having not done a huge amount of training in the weeks running up to it. As usual, the organisation was excellent, with tons of off-road parking at Hessle Rugby Club and lots of encouraging marshals around the course. To be fair, it’s pretty hard to get lost on a bridge so they were mainly pointing out directions in the side streets between bridge and rugby club! Here’s my review of this year’s trek.

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Kirklees 10K Challenge 2012 Review

There’s no better start to a hot and sunny Saturday morning than getting kitted up in running gear and shades and hopping outside to run a 10K race. Last Saturday was a case in point as I took part in one of the friendliest races done so far – the Kirklees 10K Challenge, which was basically an out and back route on the local canal towpath. It was very nice for a change to end up running in the peace and quiet away from roads and the traffic. Not so nice was the fact that it was a humid, sweaty uphill slog for the first 5km, before doing a short loop and rejoining the towpath for the return journey. Here’s my report.

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Runforall Leeds Half Marathon 2012 Review

The latest venture in my masterplan to run twelve races in twelve months was the Leeds Half Marathon. This was the first half marathon I have run in over twenty years, the last one (actually three of them) being run back when I was a teenager in Sixth Form College. So that was the challenge – 13.1 miles of hell around a circular course starting and finishing in Leeds City Center, with the first 6 or so miles containing several uphill sections of varying length and difficulty (aka steepness!) The Jane Tomlinson charity, Runforall, took over the organization of the event this year, and it was well subscribed with over 6000 competitors taking part.

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Getting Involved In The Sport Relief Mile?

If you are in the UK, it probably can’t have slipped your attention that Sport Relief is almost upon us again. We’ve seen cricketer Freddie Flintoff attempt multiple obscure world records. We’ve seen Liverpool comedian John Bishop’s ‘Week of Hell’, cycling, rowing and running 290 miles in 5 days. And there are countless other people all doing their own thing to raise money for Sport Relief.

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The Inaugural ‘Run For Pounds’ Huddersfield 10K Review

Last Sunday saw the second of my series of 10K races for 2012. My general aim is to try and complete twelve races at 10K or longer during the year, and hope I can do so without getting injured again. So this latest venture was the ‘Run For Pounds’ Huddersfield 10K, organized by the local football club in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the youngsters in the Huddersfield Town Academy. Great causes to support, so I was pleased to be taking part.

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