Race report: Needles Cross Country 10k

As part of my fantastic trip to the Isle of Wight Festival of Running, I took part in the first ever Needles Cross Country 10k. The Needles XC Half Marathon is a very popular race on the Isle of Wight and is known as one of the toughest and most beautiful half marathons in the country. This year, as part of the Isle of Wight Festival of Running, they also did a 5k, 10k and full marathon version. I opted to take part in the 10k to try to get my legs used to running… View Post

Isle of Wight Festival of Running

A while back, I wrote about a list of marathons that I would love to cross off my bucket list. While Isle Of Wight wasn’t one of them, I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to go there this weekend for the Isle of Wight Festival of Running with my friend Jo.     This is a brand new event organised by the West Wight Sports & Community Centre, encompassing the iconic Needles XC Half Marathon, as well as the first Needles XC Marathon. For those looking for shorter distances, 5k and 10k options… View Post

Decathlon Running Series Belfast

  I love Decathlon. I was introduced to the store a few years ago and have purchased much of my running kit from there since. They offer one of the biggest selections of sports equipment I’ve ever seen, great quality at very reasonable prices. One of their unique selling points is the sheer number of sports they cater for, it isn’t just the mainstream. They stock equipment for about 70 different sports, from the more mainstream running and football, to archery and rock climbing. Simply put, if you want to get started in a new… View Post

Women’s Running 10k Race Series

As I hinted at in a my previous post about the Olympic Park 10k, the 10k distance is a bit of a bogey distance for me and always has been. I have never been able to quite manage the balance of faster than marathon pace and slower than 5k pace. So more often than not, I end up burning out too quickly and puffing over the finish line. I’ve got the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October and as part of my training for that, I want to race a good, solid 10k. I want… View Post

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Olympic Park 10k …

It’s taken me a few years, but I’m slowly (very slowly, ba-boom chish) starting to appreciate the 10k distance. So when I was invited to take part in the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Olympic Park 10k, I immediately said yes. I haven’t “raced” a 10k since January and I’ve got very slow as a result of focusing on distances for marathons and the failed ultra attempt. Having run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before, I also had a good idea of what to expect from a route – flat and hopefully quite fast. I was… View Post