2009 Diary

This is my running diary for 2009. Personal bests are noted with a green background. Best times over a particular course are noted with a dark blue background.

There are links to any race results in the notes column.



DateDistCourseTimeNotes
31 Dec6Auld Lang Syne.56mins 02Snowy and boggy! Came 182nd out of 386.
29 Dec6To the top of the fell and back.c. 59minsStill boggy and icy! Felt a lot better.
28 Dec5Road run round home.41minsIcy and dicey! “Interesting” road conditions to say the least.
26 Dec6To the top of the fell and back.c. 63minsBoggy and with snow drifts up to knee depth! So not a bad time after xmas exesses.
23 Dec3Hill reps. Even the warm up was hard work in 10cm of snow!.
19 Dec16Leg 3 of the Bob Graham7 hrsHelping out with a Winter Bob Graham. Cold (very!) and snowy.
17 Dec5.5Night run up the fell.38mins 57Came 15th (or as it’s commonly known - “Next to last”) about three minutes quicker than last year.
13 Dec5Road run round home.41minsThe roads are still wet! Just a bit faster than previous runs.
12 Dec12.5Out along the Pennine Way and back.2hrs 5minsStill boggy. Felt really hard work towards the end as I haven’t run this far off-road for ages.
10 Dec9Road run round home.c. 1hr 20minsDry, coolish and dark.
8 Dec9.5Road run round Ilkley.1hr 20minsFlat and fast reps!
6 Dec5Road run round home.c. 42minsQuite dark but felt pretty good even though I’m no quicker.
5 Dec6To the top of the fell and back.c. 60minsSlightly less boggy but still heavy going.
3 Dec9Road run round home.c. 1hr 20minsDry for once but pretty breezy. Felt pretty good.
1 Dec5Road run round home.c. 42minsSemi-icy and pretty cold!
29 Nov6To the top of the fell and back.c. 62minsIf I’d thought that it couldn’t get any boggier then I was wrong! Akin to running in treacle.
28 Nov9Road run round home.c. 1hr 16minsNice and sunny. Felt pretty good.
26 Nov9Road run round home.c. 1hr 20minsWindy, dark and cold but seemed a bit better running wise.
23 Nov5Road run round home.c. 41minsWild and windy - the foretaste of a storm to come.
20 Nov9Road run round home.c. 1hr 25minsPretty windy but most of the lying water seems to have gone.
17 Nov3Road run round home.c. 42minsPretty windy and dark.
15 Nov3Road run round home.DunnoFinally the showers ended so I nipped out for a gentle jog round.
14 Nov6To the top of the fell and back.C. 58minsAgain really, really wet underfoot.
11 Nov3Road run round home.DunnoAnother dark night but a bit drier underfoot this time.
10 Nov5Road run round home.No ideaVery dark and misty.
8 Nov5Road run round home.DunnoStill wet underfoot!
7 Nov6To the top of the fell and back.C. 58minsMud! Glorious mud! Really, really wet underfoot.
4 Nov5Road run round home. A night run. Very wet after all the heavy rain.
1 Nov3Road run round home.Don’t care!Really wild and windy! Just went for a gently jog to get the stiffness out of my legs.
31 Oct5Road run round home.Don’t care!First run since my accident 8 weeks ago. Didn’t do too badly, but just so great to be doing something.
4 Sep3Hill run round home. Very windy and very wet underfoot.
31 Aug11Out along the Pennine Way and back.1hr 43minsVery windy and quite humid. Not done anything of length for a while.
26 Aug6To the top of the fell and back.56minsA bit damp underfoot.
17 Aug3Hill run round home. Not run for ages.
5 Aug4Hill reps round home. Did a set of four but with a longer warm up.
2 Aug9Hill run round home1hr 20mins or soA warm day and long grass!
1 Aug3.5Hellifeld Gala34mins 22Not done this race before - came 43rd out of 67 or so.
30 July4Hill reps round home. Did a set of six this time.
25 July12Out along the Pennine Way and back. Underestimated the strength of the sun - ended up drinking out of a cattle trough!
21 July5Road run round home. Not been on the roads for ages.
19 July4Run on Winter Hill Supposed to go climbing but it was raining rather a lot so went for a run instead.
18 July3Hill run round home. Same run as the other day - a bit wetter underfoot today though.
15 July3Hill run round home. Hot and sweaty and some very high grass!
14 July3.5Hill reps round home. Not done these for ages - just as hard as ever!
7 July6To the top of the fell and back.55mins or soEventful! New shoes so some nice blisters plus I got “downed” by a cow.
30 June6To the top of the fell and back.55mins or soWarm and humid with some showers, the going was dry though.
24 June6To the top of the fell and back.55mins 02Quite dry. A poor time - hardly doing any running doesn’t help.
18 June6To the top of the fell and back.Sub 60 minsVery windy! Took it easy - my knee began to ache towards the end.
13 June15.2Leg 3 of the Bob Graham.6hrsSupporting Simon Pearce on his BGR - he got round in under 22hrs! Was very mirky on the tops.
11 June3.5Run to the village, up the fell a bit and back. Just a gentle jog to try and get my knee going.
7 June11The Mamores. Supporting a Ramsay Round - didn’t go out to a couple of the outliers.
6 June11From Corrour Station to the Mamores. Also went up Sgurr Eilde Mor and did a bit of wandering around.
2 June6To the top of the fell and back.53mins 20Very dry and very warm! Felt like I hadn’t run for ages.
27 May5Road run round home.40mins 52Thought I was going slowly and expected to be around 43 minutes.
21 May6To the top of the fell and back.55mins 50Very boggy after the recent rain. Felt slow - not doing enough running!
18 May3Run to the village and back. Just a gentle jog.
14 May3Run to the village and back. Just a gentle jog to get the knees moving again after the race on Tuesday.
12 May5.6Jack Bloor race54mins 52Thought I'd run faster than that! Still a nice race came 111th out of 218.
9 May6To the top of the fell and back.55mins 45Just took it steady though it was very windy. Quite slippy underfoot after the rain this afternoon.
6 May3.5Lothersdale fell race.32mins 10Came 56th out of 119. Some photos from David Brett
28 Apr6To the top of the fell and back.52mins 50Just took it steady. Still dry underfoot but a bit damper in places after the rain.
24 Apr6To the top of the fell and back.51mins 31Felt quite a bit better. Very dry underfoot.
21 Apr3Bunny Run.20mins 52Came 113th out of 260 or so. First race as a V50!
17 Apr6To the top of the fell and back.52mins 32Having not done anything for a while I wasn’t intending to go so quickly so quite encouraging.
17 Apr3Run to the village and back. Actually feel like running again.
10 Apr3Run to the village and back. First time since the weekend that I’ve felt like running.
5 Apr25Blubberhouses 25.4hrs 26minsCame 26th. Knees were really hurting from about the twenty mile mark. Doing OK up to then.
31 Mar6To the top of the fell and back.55mins 40A bit slower because this is the old course I used to do. I was one minute slower to the top so it looks like five minutes difference between the two.
30 Mar2Run back home.20minsGot the train to a closer station so I didn’t have to run on roads!
28 Mar11Out along the Pennine Way and back.1hr 47minsWent the opposite way to my usual route, this is much hillier. Quite cold and pretty windy.
24 Mar4.5Run back home from work.39minsVery windy.
19 Mar6To the top of the fell and back.49mins 39Pushed it quite a bit. Again quicker at each of my checkpoints.
17 Mar6To the top of the fell and back.50mins 25Quicker all the way but didn’t gain much time on the descent. Felt good generally overall.
14 Mar11Out along the Pennine Way and back.1hr 36minsAgain the hill reps doing me good - ran all the way. Very windy though.
11 Mar6To the top of the fell and back.52mins 27Slower to the first climb but a minute quicker at the top. Didn’t lose time on the descent either.
9 Mar4.5Hill reps round home. Did long reps this time with the aim of improving climbing stamina.
7 Mar6To top of the fell and back.53mins 46Again quicker to the top of the first climb by nearly a minute but lost it by the top and got it back on the descent. Looks like I need climbing stamina now!
4 Mar6To top of the fell and back.54mins 21Back to boggy again. Was quicker than previously to the top of the first climb but lost time after that. Still felt good though.
2 Mar4Hill reps round home. A bit longer on the warm up circuit then four reps.
28 Feb6To top of the fell and back.53mins 49The hill reps must be doing good! Felt quite comfortable all the way.
26 Feb3Hill reps round home. A warm up circuit then four reps.
22 Feb9Fell run round home.1hr 26mins 57A steady run - managed to run nearly all of the hills.
18 Feb5.5Beamsley Beacon night run.51mins 02Was a bit disappointed with my time at first because I thought it was only a 4 mile run!
16 Feb6To top of the fell and back.59mins 14Back to boggy! :-( Felt a lot better though.
12 Feb6To top of the fell and back.61mins 11Quite wild and very misty - I was as quick up as Tuesday but lost time on the descent.
10 Feb6To top of the fell and back.60mins 13A nighttime run - still cold and icy, but quickest time to date.
8 Feb6To top of the fell and back.60mins 37Quite snowy and icy. Ran it all again.
29 Jan4.5Run back from work. Took it easy as my knees were still a bit sore from last night.
28 Jan6To top of the fell and back.63mins 40Just as boggy but beginning to ice over. Another night run - managed to run all of this for the first time ever! May not have been fast but ...
27 Jan5Road run round home.43mins 08Dark and murky. Didn't go too fast as I've had a bit of a cough.
23 Jan6To top of the fell and back.64mins 04Can it get any boggier? Another night run.
21 Jan4Bowland night run.48mins 28A bit wintry! Came tenth out of fifteen.
18 Jan12.5Out along the Pennine Way and back.2hrs 7 minsVery windy with some wintry showers - fortunately the wind was on my back for the return. Really really boggy underfoot.
16 Jan5Road run round home.43mins 29 A bit windy but slow nonetheless.
14 Jan5.5Night run above Embsay.66mins 02Managed to come 12th after a good proportion of the field got lost!
12 Jan6To top of the fell and back.65minsWhat a difference a thaw makes! Did this at night, very boggy now.
10 Jan9Half Tour of Pendle.1hr 50minsJust a recce. Pretty chilly on top.
7 Jan3.5Hill reps round home.  Again at nighttime. A bit of warm up loop then five hill reps.
5 Jan3.6Night run on Ilkley Moor.46minsCool and icy - quite a problem on the descents! Came 22nd
4 Jan6Top of the fell and back.61mins 30Cold and icy - at least it wasn't boggy!
2 Jan3Hill reps round home.  A nighttime run. A bit of warm up loop then four hill reps..

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