Last Minute Races: The Oxspring Hunshelf Amble

Last Minute Races: The Oxspring Hunshelf Amble

There I was, working on my massage write ups when up popped a message from Lindsey.  “Are you running the Oxspring Hunshelf Amble tomorrow?”.  You can imagine how the rest of that conversation went! I couldn’t get to the start without help, so Lindsey offered to pick me up from Lidl carpark in Stocksbridge.  That meant a quick tram and bus from home at about 8:30, meeting for the pick up at almost 9:30. It was a short drive from…

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An evening at Stanage Far Right

An evening at Stanage Far Right

The weather turned nice again after a couple of wet days, so we had the chance to conserve some of the momentum on the outdoor climbing. Martin and Liz chose Stanage Far Right which suited me fine as I’ve never been there before and I knew that the exposure around there would keep the midges off. I think it was likely that we’d have been eaten alive if we’d planned on Plantation or Burbage. We left the centre of Sheffield…

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June Round Up

June Round Up

A quick round up of June, a little late, but I’ve been busy! Running June included two rather large milestones for running. Firstly, I’m signed up to the You Vs The Year Challenge on Endomondo/MapMyRun which is where the header for these Round Up posts comes from. The challenge was to complete 1017km of running in 2017, which I completely this month. I’m a good 150+ km ahead of where I was distance wise this year. I’m also tracking distance…

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Round Sheffield Run 2017

Round Sheffield Run 2017

Surprising how fast it comes around really. Suddenly it was Round Sheffield Run 2017 on Sunday. Arrgh! Actually, I felt pretty comfortable. Despite still feeling lingeringly dehydrated and a bit sore from the climbing and running over the weekend I was just simply looking forward to it. I usually have nerves and butterflies in the run up to a race, but not this time. I think it’s because I was really looking forward to it, and hadn’t really piled any…

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An evening at Curbar

An evening at Curbar

The nice weather from the weekend continued into Monday meaning that our usual trip to The Climbing Works would have been a rather hot and sweaty affair, so we decided that we should keep up the good work and go out again. Liz and Martin had been plotting where to go and selected the “Cioch Top Boulders” at Curbar. Curbar isn’t too far from Sheffield, so we could get there in a reasonable time. I’m always a little nervous of…

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Dark Peak Trail Run 2017

Dark Peak Trail Run 2017

This week I was supposed to be tapering. The training plan I’ve been following for most of this year was for the Round Sheffield Run; a staged 20k run over 24k on the 25th of June. It’s a great race, and I wanted to do well on it, so was trying to keep to a plan to help. This week was my taper week, but I couldn’t resist. Martin of Run, Climb and More had been seriously bitten by the…

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Bouldering at Burbage: again!

Bouldering at Burbage: again!

I could spy that the weather was going to be… well, not rainy, so had primed people to prepare for a trip outdoors on Saturday. If it was just Liz and I, we planned to go to Burbage Boulders again, mainly because it was easily accessible via public transport, but also because there is loads of lower sized boulders which are good for Liz getting her head sorted. Also, I seemed to be developing a few little projects there (Pock…

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Hills and Mills: A mini running holiday

Hills and Mills: A mini running holiday

Liz had an exam this week, one of many on her accountancy qualification, and she likes to take a little bit of time off after each exam to unwind following the intense period of studying and stress. We’d initially talked about going to Tintern and doing the Tintern Abbey run from the Wild Running book but by the time we’d actually got our act together, the trains had got really expensive and the B&B we were looking at was sold…

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May 2017 Round Up

May 2017 Round Up

May FLEW by like Usain Bolt, and although it started strongly after my April rest fornight, I was quickly sidelined with a nasty chest cold which lingered for about a week and a half and clashed with a race I’d been looking forward to for a couple of months. Running I covered 177k in May, irritatingly short of the 200k needed for the monthly distance Strava badge.  This was pretty much down to the previously mentioned cold which hit me…

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Some bank holiday gritstone at Burbage Valley

Some bank holiday gritstone at Burbage Valley

It was Martin’s birthday, and quite conveniently the weather was nice so we got the opportunity to head out into the Peaks for some bouldering. He’s been aiming to take his son out to Kingergarten at Burbage South Quarries for a while, we planned to go up there first, before moving down to Burbage Boulders the the rest of the afternoon. Investigating a big fat caterpillar on top of The Sheep Slab at Burbage Boulders. #bouldering #caterpillar #wildlife #climbing #peakdistrict…

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