Race round up 2019

The following is a summary of the official runs I did in 2019. All times are the official finishing times from the event websites. First the long runs: 10 miles (16 km), half marathons (13.1 miles or 21 km) and 16 miles (25 km).

JANUARY – Start Me Up at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. Half marathon in 1:58:12. Ran with Jack. Fab medal and loads of chocolate bars!

FEBRUARY – Richmond Half Marathon at Richmond, mainly along the towpath. Half marathon in 2.10.02. Boring medal but lovely morning for a run.

MARCH – Maverick Original Series Buckinghamshire at Princes Risborough. Trail run across fields and woods – really hard work but brilliant fun. 22km in 2:55:41. I was super slow, partly because it was tough, and partly because I had a great chat with a lovely lady about Type One diabetes. Steve ran too – he was way faster than me!

APRIL – Fullers Thames Towpath Ten-Mile at Chiswick, along the towpath again. Ten miles in 1:28:10. Fun run but I really wanted to do under 1.5 hours so by the end I could hardly feel my legs! Ran with several friends from Quit the Gym. No medal but the coolest pint glass.

MAY – Lingfield Tens at Lingfield College in Surrey. The run went just across the border into Kent. Ten miles in 1.41.58. Such a beautiful sunny day, in lovely countryside. Steve came along too.

JUNE – White Peak Trail (long route) at Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 16 miles in 2:49:32. Loved this run! And what a beautiful day to be out running in the English countryside. Tom ran too, and Rob and Jess. Oh and – BEST medal ever, designed and made by Tom!

JULY – Run Heaton Park in Manchester. Half marathon in 2:07:06. Wet day and laps made this a bit of a slog. But Tom cheered me on, and we met up with one of his old school friends after for lunch which was really nice.

AUGUST – Burnham Beeches Half Marathon, near Slough. Half marathon in 2:05:12. Running through the woods mostly, peaceful and beautiful. Very friendly event. Nice medal and good T shirt too.

SEPTEMBER – Ealing Half Marathon. The best fun because it’s local! Half marathon in 2:00:00.9. I can’t get over that time! If only I hadn’t stopped to take photos! Lovely medal, and fantastic support all round.

OCTOBER – Wimpole Hoohaah Half Marathon, at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge. Half marathon in 2:12:52. This one was truly hard only a week after Ealing, and it was super muddy. But the post run cake was delicious!

NOVEMBER – Grand Union Canal Half Marathon, from Uxbridge to Watford. Linear/ point to point half marathon in 2:02:35. Jack ran this too. Fun and friendly, and lovely medal with a boat.

DECEMBER – Frozen Phoenix 6 hour timed event in Walton-on-Thames, along the Thames towpath. I did 5 laps, which was 16 miles, in 2:43:54. Tom and Jack ran this one too, doing 21 km. Even though this was laps up and down the towpath it was fun, because everyone was so friendly! Biggest, chunkiest medal ever, but actually not my favourite.

I also did two 10 km races, just because! The first one was up in Aldeburgh in August, because we happened to be there at the right time. The second was at Osterley Park in December – local, and some friends were doing it too – so why not?!

I have had a lot of fun this year, not just running and baking, but also writing this blog. I have enjoyed doing little bits of research on local history, baking traditions and finding new recipes to try, as well as writing about Type 1 diabetes and how it affects people. When I first started a year ago I thought I might just do it for 2019. But people have been so kind about it and I have really enjoyed it – so on it goes! Thank you for reading, and very best wishes for a happy and peaceful new year.

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