2017 was an amazing year of races for me – for both road running and obstacle course races. With a focus on some key races, my running and fitness has definitely improved. With 47 races this year, it has been challenging to work out my race season highlights (that’s why I also have separate OCR and Tough Mudder highlight posts!). This post is a mix of road and OCR races season highlights. All for the experience rather than just the course.
My first ever half marathon and was the focus of my training in the first half of the year. I specifically chose the Liverpool Rock and Roll as it promised live music every mile. I thought this would help count down the mileage whilst also give something interesting to see/hear to break the monotony of all the running. The course was really interesting, however the last 5km did start to get a little boring. Excellent atmosphere and I got a very decent time.
I know I have already written about this, but it was such an experience! My first ever overnight race and having to overcome the cold, rain and all the water obstacles. Loved the format and learned so much. I have signed up again and aiming for 30 miles to get contender status for World’s Toughest Mudder.
After doing 8 hours at Europe’s Toughest Mudder and my first half marathon, I wanted a new challenge – this was in the form of a 24 hour race. Complete as many 10km laps around the Belvoir Estate (coincidentally the same venue and very similar route to Europe’s Toughest Mudder) within the 24 hour time period. I managed my goal of 100km within the time limit. But have learned a lot of lessons ready for 2018.
And that’s it. My real season highlights of 2017. From the 47 races, I’ve managed to distill down to my top 3, however honourable mentions should go to:
- Toughest Race – My first European race
- Tough Viking – Stockholm, Sweden
- Newcastle 10km (my first run as a Newcastle (Staffs) AC runner)
- Stafford Cross Country – My first cross country run
- Tough Mudder Germany – celebrating a 40th Birthday
- Newcastle Dales Dash
The awesome-ness of 2017 would not have been possible without the support of:
- Enertor and my amazing #TeamEnertor colleagues.
- 361 Europe and the kit they have given to me as part of their ambassador program
- Newcastle (Staffs) AC – their advice and support in my first year as a club member has been invaluable.
Here’s to 2018!