Monday 28 November 2005

Tohamsan 745m

Went for a jog up Tohamsan today. Taxi there. Up the hill. Then very long run out to Gyeongju, followed by an almost equally long wait for the bus back to Ulsan, and taxi back to hotel.

Sunday 27 November 2005

Ulsan, Korea

Arrived in Korea this morning at Incheon Airport. Flew down to Ulsan in the afternoon, and ran up and down Yeomposan twice. This is a small wooded 203m hill overlooking Ulsan's shipyards and petrochemical plants. Click the map below to go to Google Maps...

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Link showing satellite view of Hyundai Dong-Gu Shipyard

Monday 21 November 2005

Tour of Pendle

19th November 2005
17 miles / 4700ft
Steve Bottomley showed that Three Shires wasn't a fluke, with a second fine win of the season. Mark Horrocks lead the charge from the gun, but Steve caught him on the first climb, and stuck with him the whole way round.
Tour of Pendle Profile Barley Village Hall before anyone arrived Pendle Hill before the race Pendle Hill after the race Pendle Hill on the drive home Sunset on the drive home from Cowan Bridge

Tuesday 15 November 2005

Ben Lomond

13th November 2005
Went for a slow dawdly run up Ben Lomond. Quite cold and windy. The climb is very close to a vertical kilometre, which is a popular type of race in France.
Profile of Ben Lomond Looking down towards Loch Lomond

Saturday 12 November 2005

Tinto Hill Race

12th November 2005
4.4 miles / 1600ft

Cold and windy afternoon for Tinto hill race. Alasdair Anthony finished in 30:57 with a clear lead, thus denying Jethro Lennox three wins on the trot. Murray Strain of Lothian finished in 3rd place after being just ahead of Jethro at the summit. In the ladies race, Angela Mudge was way out in the lead. The next woman finished 1 second behind me in 38:05 - Edel Mooney from Ireland - signed up by Lothian at the World Trophy in New Zealand, and she was very closely followed by Helen Stuart of Bellahouston in 3rd place.

Profile of Tinto race route

Friday 11 November 2005

Pollok Park

11th November 2005
Armistice Day in Pollok Park. Very cold and windy.
Heilan Coos Heilan Coos More Heilan Coos Smile Please White Cart River White Cart River and Pollok House Weir on White Cart River Pollok House Pollok House

Monday 7 November 2005

Lock 27 Time Trial

7th November 2005
Profile of course
Yet another hideous evening of ark-building weather. A personal worst of 17:53 for the course. Awful running conditions. Too dark to see the ground properly, and loads of dangerous side-street crossings.
A small but elite field of me, Luke, Nathan, Hamilton and Catriona B bothered to turn up. Stalwart timekeeper Charlie braved the elements, huddled alongside the Lock 27 Pub in driving rain.

Sunday 6 November 2005

Derwentwater 10

6th November 2005
10 miles / 650ft
Results | Photos
Profile of course Race winner - Andi Jones Me before Portinscale
Photos courtesy of Borrowdale Fell Runners
Field of 300+ runners. Roadrunner Andi Jones stamped his authority from the gun and hared off out of Keswick with an immediate lead. Only Stephen Hepples (2003 & 2004 winner) gave any sort of chase. Andi won in 49:38, only 23 seconds off Kenny Stuart's record.
First lady was Rebecca Robinson of Kendal AC in a phenomenal time of 58:23. She became only the 2nd lady ever to get under the hour.
I finished back in 29th place in 1:01:48, a minute and a bit slower than last year.

Saturday 5 November 2005

Dunnerdale Fell Race

5th November 2005
5 miles / 1950ft
Route Map Profile of course
Torrential rain throughout. Very wet and slippery underfoot. 20 metre visibility in the mist. Almost perfect conditions... for building an ark.
Simon Stainer won the men's race ahead of Ricky Lightfoot and Rob Jebb. Jackie Lee was first lady ahead of Sharon Taylor and Louise Roberts.

Tuesday 1 November 2005

KIMM Long Score

29/30 October 2005
Survived the KIMM Long Score with Dave Ward at the weekend. Fairly horrendous weather conditions. Made a hash of Day 1 by messing around too much near the start trying to bag all the checkpoints, and then finishing 38 minutes over the 7hr time limit.
Day 2 was a vast improvement in performance, due to planning our route properly and not being too ambitious. We finished comfortably 10 minutes inside the 6hr time limit.