Monthly Archives: January 2013

The first week of 2013 has been a bit of a blur and hence no recent posts, but I’m hoping to resume normal service now that the initial flurry has passed. I’ve managed to fit in four runs out of five on the marathon schedule and covered 30 plus miles so am on track distance wise. Thursday was a tempo run of about 6.5 miles with the Stragglers at an average of 9mm pace. Saturday was the Bushy parkrun at 8mm and today 10 miles in Bushy, Home park and along the river between Kingston and Hampton Court.

The park run was another big event for Bushy with 1051 finishers, which is fantastic although it does bog down a bit at the start. I came 407th in a time of 25.11, still slow but better than recent efforts, so should hopefully soon get back into the 24 minute band.

Other than running its been very busy kicking back into work projects. The Care Agenda forum takes place on February 6th and although its going well has lots of admin to sort out over the coming month. Teams are signing up for the Property football which starts in early April and the Richmond 13.1 Half Marathon takes place on March 31st. We have also taken on a new race for the summer period.

The Harry Hawkes 8 miles is a very well established local event which has previously been organised by the Thames Ditton Cricket Club. Due to organisational problems it did not run in the last two years, but will be reintroduced as a Perseverance Events race in 2013, with a new format. the race distance will change from 8 to 10 miles and it will become the Harry Hawkes 10. Ten mile races were extremely popular until the rise of the half marathon saw many fall away, and now there are very few options to race this distance. Yet 10 miles is a classic race distance and great to run. I ran the Cabbage Patch 10 last October and really enjoyed it. So we are confident of putting together a large field for the Harry Hawkes 10 in 2013. A date will be announced soon.

My key New Years resolution was to lose weight and I have been watching my calorie intake with more fruit and less chocolate! Too early to say as yet but I am confident I can shift half a stone and get down the 11 stone seven by the end of January.

The Richmond 13.1 Half Marathon takes place on March 31st. We currently have 410 runners entered and anticipate a field of 1200 plus.See for details.

The Harry Hawkes 10 will take place this Summer with details and date available soon.

parkruns take place throughout the UK and are developing worldwide. The Bushy parkrun this Saturday had 1051 finishers and was my 177th parkrun. The winner Richard Kowenicki achieved a time of 15.48. The last person home recorded 59.30.



Plan A may have worked if it had not been for my daughter Victoria and friends being at home when we got the cab back from the Edward’s New Years Eve party. If  I had gone to bed then I would have undoubtedly had a hangover in the morning, but would at least have managed a few more hours sleep. As it was we sat around drinking and playing articulate until 4am and I didn’t open my eyes until 8.45, too late to set out for the Bushy parkrun at nine.

I had recognised Plan A. which involved doing Bushy at nine, Kingston parkrun at ten and then the Stragglers round Richmond park at 12.00, might prove a tad ambitious. So I had backup plans for New Years Day in place.

Had I got up at 8.45 and made a cup of tea, then Plan B would have come into play, which would start with the Kingston parkrun and then move on to Richmond Park. Instead I closed my eyes for a few more minutes doze, and when I woke again it was now too late for Kingston as well!

Fortunately plan C was still in place. I decided I had time to run over to Teddington and pick up the Jag where I had left it the night before and get back to Richmond Park in time for 12.00. Head still fuzzy from New Years Eve, it took me longer than anticipated to get out of the house. Also, I misjudged the distance to the car. Its 2.5 miles to Teddington Lock and if the car had been there I could have done it in 25 minutes. But the Edwards live in Stanley Road, adding another 1.2 miles to the distance. As a result it was mid day by the time I reached the car and 12.15 when I got to the meeting point at the Kingston gate car park, and the Stragglers group were long gone.

Still it was a nice day and I did the lap of the park anyway, albeit at a pretty slow pace. The weather and New Years resolutions had brought the public out in force and the path was rammed with walkers, dogs, small children on scooters, cyclists and of course other runners. I finished the lap, drove home for a shower and scrambled eggs, then cycled down to the Wych Elm where the Stragglers were meeting for a New Years Day drink. I sat at the bar with Alan Pemberton and Jim Sell and enjoyed a very convivial chat over a few pints of London Pride. In fact it turned into a very useful session, as we discussed reviving the well known Harry Hawkes 8 as a ten mile race later in 2013, but more of that another time.

And Plan D? Thankfully this was not required. It involved not doing the run and going directly to the Wych Elm. But the Beer would have not tasted so good, nor would my conscience have been clear if I had gone to the pub without running 11 miles beforehand!

Total distance covered = 11.2 miles, 3.7 recovering the car and 7.5 round the park. Average of around 10 miute miling.

Entries to the Richmond 13.1 are gaining momentum (New Years Resolutions?) with 22 so far today and 69 since Saturday bringing the total to 250. With over 12 weeks to go should easily top 1000!