Marathon Talk Run Camp: 22nd-24th February 2019

A new venue for the Marathon Talk Run Camp was at Mt Cook, in the Peaks District. Not at our fittest we were a little hesitant at attending this year but we needed have worried as there were runners of all abilities.

We arrived at 3pm on Friday and got shown to our Pod. I was slightly worried that we would be cold sleeping in it, but we were as warm as toast.

After unpacking we had drinks at the Centre and chatted to other campers. We then went out for a Pub meal. By about 10pm the Bullock Smithy Ultra Runners finally turned up. They certainly didn’t look like they were ready for clubbing. They had run over 20 miles with over 2,000 feet of climbing. It looked dark and cold and they seemed happy to be inside.

On Saturday morning we woke early to have a great breakfast at the Centre then jumped in the car for a 15 minute journey to Bakewell parkrun. Bakewell parkrun is a very pretty parkrun on a disused Railway. It’s called the Monsal Trail.

After Bakewell parkrun we had too much food in the cafe and then went back for a shower followed by an enormous lunch. In the afternoon Liz Yelling and Holly Rush talked and answered questions by Tom Williams & Martin Yelling and the rest of us about about their training and their experiences of being athletes.

Liz Yelling

Holly Rush

This was followed by a hill reps, where runners were divided up into different abilities so everyone enjoyed it. As I’m not super fit at the moment I sat that session out.

After showering, everyone was ready for dinner. Great Food. Lots of healthy food, lots of fruit and choices for Vegans and Vegetarians. After eating the evening had only just begun. The after dinner Speaker was David Moorcroft.

David talk was so insightful, he was so, so down to earth and witty. He also showed the caring side of his personality when he talked about his competitors e.g., John Walker, Dick Quacks & Rod Dixon.

……and that wasn’t the end. We had a Raffle with amazing prizes and a quiz which Tony Audenshaw organised. The Raffle raised over £1,000 for Pancreatic Research. Everyone enjoyed the evening and the evening went on with a Disco for those with enough energy.

The next morning we got up to a full English Breakfast to eat before The Carsington Half Marathon and 10km.

It was perfect weather for the event. No wind, not hot just a beautiful day. Quite a few runners from the Run Camp won their age group or were overall first place. Including:

Dan Robinson: First finisher in the Carsington Water Half Marathon and breaking the existing record.

Holly Rush: First Female finisher in the Carsington Water Half Marathon

Patricia Keene and Brian Williams, both first in their age group.

February 2019 New Zealand holiday: parkruns and walks

Time to escape the British Winter again and try a few parkruns and walks in New Zealand again. We flew into Christchurch and out of Auckland as we were short of time. We had a day at the Zoo, day at Quake City (a small museum of the Christchurch Earthquakes). We spent everyday also walking. The photo above is the Crater Rim in the Port Hills near the sign of the Kiwi. It’s only a 15 minute drive out of Christchurch and has walks from 1-3 hours around it. The cafe there is great, lovely cold drinks iced coffee etc and vegetarian food.

After 4 days in in Christchurch we ran the Foster parkrun just south of Christchurch before flying to Wellington at 11am. It’s quite good that parkrun’s start at 8am as it wasn’t too hot.

eWe also did a mid week 5km in Wellington.We did quite a lot of walking in Wellington too. There are a lot of 3-4 hour walks including: The Red Rocks (Seals visit in the spring months), Mt Victoria, Mt Albert, The Brooklyn Turbines and loads more.

……and we swam a couple of mornings.

Another parkrun….this time the Greytown Woodside Trail parkrun (50miles NE of Wellington). It is still a fairly new parkrun with 45 finishers on the day we ran it. My husband stormed through in 3rd place!

The following day we both did the Round the Bays Races in Wellington. My husband did the 10km and I did the half marathon.

It was a lovely warm day and a really, really enjoyable event. I was a bit unfit and so must of been a bit tired because I tripped with about 5km to go, I stopped and then walked..then continued running. There was a little blood but all was ok. It was lovely to see my husband waiting at the end.

……and there is always a reminder that there could be a disaster in Wellington. Those tsunami are everywhere.

Last 2 days and a night were in Auckland. We stayed in Kohimarama, near Mission Bay. It had the most beautiful beaches, weather, and food a perfect place for walks as you can walk all the way along the coast to Auckland City Centre.

Then it was time to fly back to the U.K. 😂