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Tuesday Track Training – Eldoret

I will do a full report on my 2 weeks in Kenya later but I do need to make a special note of this morning’s session.

A one hour drive from Iten to Eldoret brought us to this unassuming stop which suggests that a building site lies within : In fact it is where some of the world’s finest athletes train.

Inside lies a rather worn out tartan track and a part built athletics stadium. On Tuesday mornings the elite of Kenyan athletes come for group interval training and one of the groups is that of Eliud Kipchoge. We watched on as these groups thundered round at frightening speed – I believe at 65 second laps.

In the video, Eliud Kipchoge (He is the 2016 and 2020 Olympic marathon champion, and holds the world record in the marathon with a time of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon) is in blue top and in the first group of runners. They all look so effortless and smooth.

After they’d finished their training I broke off my session to get a photo of Eliud and for him to sign my running vest. Both he and his coaching team were totally approachable putting up with many requests for photos and signed vests, shoes etc.. A fine example of how stars should behave.

August 2022 Update

Its been quiet because of Covid and work. But now I am in Kenya at the High Altitude Training Centre in Iten – I will provide a much more detailed report when time and internet make this possible.

So the latest news is that I have just this week been offered a place on the London Marathon by the MS Trust which I have accepted. Please click on the Charity’s logo and sponsor me to raise much needed funds for them.

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Good day for running.

Not the best time nor the worst (apologies to Mr Dickens) but somewhat surprised to find I was 5th in the V50 category given that I an V65.

London does the Marathon as it should be done

Despite the entreaties of the organisers to stick to one supporter per runner, the roads were lined as usual with excellent & very vocal support. Magnificent !!

I was very wary about running this with very limited training and sequence of injuries : so it was pleasing to report that I completed the race without the ‘wheels falling off the wagon’. Time of 4h 4m was in line with hopes but obviously some way off what I would have expected had I been injury free & been able to train properly.

Slightly confusing to have been 2 timing chips, one for the Virgin Marathon and one for the Abbott World Marathon Championships, in which I had zero expectations of featuring !!

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The Day before ….

I wasn’t going to Run London after a summer of Hamstring tears/strains and this week, a bad back & after effects of a Covid Booster Jab. But then again its too special to miss.

A little surprised to find that I have 2 Race Bibs to wear each with a timing chip : The Virgin Marathon one must be worn on the front and the Abbott Majors on the back. So that means if I reverse over the finish line I will get a faster time for the Abbott race than for Virgin ….

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September Update

So the return of mass start racing has seen me partake in a few events but with no great success. Still getting over hamstring & related injuries and with limited training going on due to heavy workload has resulted in a big drop in performance.

With almost no long training runs this year, I have been concerned that I wouldn’t be able to run a Marathon but at the time of writing this post, I am hoping to give it a go ! The target is to get a good enough time to get a Goof=d for Age place in next year’s race.

As usual I hope to raise some mich needed ££s for the MS Trust.

Regents Park 10k

First ‘actual’ race since Florence Marathon back in November 2019 and it was good to race again.

No mass start with runners queuing up – socially distanced of course – to be sent off at ~ 5 second intervals. So adrenalin levels were lower than with the mass start racing. Pre-pandemic there would have been ~ 700 runners but today just 200 and there was plenty of space for runners, dogs & walkers. The course had also been changed with the down/up hill section in the North West corner being cut out to be replaced by an extra (flat) loop to the west : So it was a bit easier.

Given that I had to stop running only a few weeks ago for yet another hamstring problem I was relieved to be able to get round without problem although the time of just inside 50 minutes was not what I would have considered acceptable a year or two ago but at least I was #1 in my category. Pace was even throughout too with the slowest lap being the first as it should be.

London Marathon 2021

Lets see if it happens …..

Almost ready for the Virtual London Marathon

and now the Virtual London Marathon

So at last a Marathon but nothing like normal as is the way in these times. Next weekend …. I still have to work out when and where to inflict the pain of 26.2 miles. Somewhere flat for sure but I have been so short of training due to the ongoing hamstring problems that have beset me for most of the year.