Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Round-up - 27th April

I hope the running is going OK - we've had some quiet days, with hardly any miles recorded, and some really busy days. All these Bank Holidays seem to be playing havoc with people's schedules, and some of you are understandably treating yourselves to some post-marathon rest.

The good news this week is that we've passed our next milestone of 833 miles, which has taken us across the French Riviera at Juan-les-Pins / Cap d'Antibes and out over the Mediterranean - and appropriately enough, this occured over Easter weekend.

Why is this appropriate? Well, way back when, when I was a half-decent runner, I used to go to the South of France for some warm-weather training with club-mates, staying just outside Antibes, and most years we went at Easter. And every year, we included a training run which took us from Antibes, to Juan-les-Pins, round Cap d'Antibes, and back to the beach at Antibes for a cooling dip.

We are now 938 miles into our journey, so are somewhere off the west coast of Corsica, approaching Ajaccio. Next dry land - Sardinia.

Good luck to anyone racing this week - BB at Lichfield and Chantelle at Keswick (rather you than me!) and anyone else I may have missed. Enjoy yourselves, and I hope it's not too hot for you.

Well done to Sheri for managing her 20-miler in this weather, and congratulations to Lisa for winning the Wirral Seaside 5k - I'm sure there'll be more wins in the rest of the series.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Round-up - 19th April

Mixed news from the weekend, so let's get the bad news out of the way first.
On Saturday morning, my 13 day running streak came crashing to earth with a bang - literally - so I've had a couple of days of enforced rest.
Moral of the story (1): If you go out for an early morning run without breakfast, make sure you are properly hydrated, and use the right energy drink.
Moral of the story (2): If you bang the back of your head against the pavement, it won't be the pavement that gives way.

Right, on to the good news:
We had 3 runners in the London marathon - Rebecca with a PB of 4:17; Nadhim just outside his PB with 3:58; and doing his 3rd marathon in 3 week-ends, Matt in 3:57.
Well done, one and all.
And well done to everyone who is putting in high mileage in preparation for other upcoming marathons and half-marathons - your miles are getting us further and further across France. At the last count, we had accumulated over 700 miles, to take us beyond Grenoble.

Our next milestone is 833 miles, which will take us across the French Riviera at Juan-les-Pins / Cap d'Antibes and over the Mediterranean. I've run round Juan-les-Pins / Cap d'Antibes many times, so it will be like old times.

For those of us doing more modest mileage, well done - those miles are just as important, and will help us on our way. As I said before we started, it doesn't matter whether you're comfortable doing 10 miles a day, whether you do 10 miles a week, or if you struggle to do 10 miles a month - every mile counts, and gets us nearer to our goal.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Running 2 Rwanda - and we're off!

After months of planning (well, a couple of days, at least), our small group of runners took the first steps on the long road to Rwanda.

Starting on 1st April, we intend to cover the equivalent of running the distance from Formby in the North-West, to Shyira in North-West Rwanda - a total of 4245 miles, as the crow flies.

Along the route, we'll cross the English coast at Eastbourne, crossing into France near Dieppe, passing Paris en-route to Monaco and Corsica. Then, after crossing the Mediterranean, we'll traverse Libya, Chad, Sudan, Central Africa Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, before entering Rwanda for the last few miles to Shyira.

Hopefully, we'll pick up a few more runners along the way - the more the merrier, and the quicker we'll reach our goal. If you'd like to join us, just sign up, and I'll get all the relevant details to you.
If you like what we're doing, but don't fancy doing the running, just click here to support us.

Whichever you choose, you'll be helping to train a Midwife in Rwanda, and other Safe Motherhood projects.