Goats on the run (13)

It’s your lucky day, as the thirteenth goats on the run is here!

In this, the latest in our series of goats on the run articles, we’re once again shining the spotlight on the achievements of a handful of Goats who’ve recently caught our eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Strava channels.

Graham Hacking

It’s so satisfying when your running progresses better than you hoped.  Graham ran the Burnley 10K (described by the organisers as having a ‘gloriously green feel featuring plenty of pretty parkland’) at the weekend, having first run it a year ago, and managed to knock almost ten minutes off his previous time.  In Graham’s words:

“So just over 12 months ago, I set myself the goal of completing my local 10K run in Burnley, having never been much of a runner before at all. I managed a 1:01’19” last year and was super chuffed at myself for getting so close to the hour mark.

This year, I’ve only gone and smashed a 52’29”! To say I’m thrilled is an understatement! There were plenty of Goats out on the course as well and I’m sorry if I didn’t say hi to all of you, but as you can imagine, I was rather focused!

Since starting out on my running journey just over 12 months ago, I’ve loved most every second of it. Long may it continue!

Cheers to you Goats!”

Graham Hacking at the Burnley 10K 2019

Joanne Lutwyche

It’s not all about running. Joanne took part in the British Heart Foundation’s Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek, over 100km. The route passes numerous landmarks and sites along the route, including Kelvingrove Museum and Park, Forth and Clyde canal locks, the Falkirk Wheel and Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Joanne had this to say about her achievement:

“Well I did it. To be honest I was hoping for a faster time, but this was my first anything at this distance. My walking partner had to pull out at 36 miles so I tagged up with two lovely ladies for the remainder of the walk, which was through the night. We finished at 08:28 am yesterday morning. Today I feel really happy with myself – yesterday not so much, LOL!

Thanks as always to the herd for your help advice and support.”

Mark Lowe

From a very long trek, to a very short run. Mark is training for a 1 mile track race, so stepped back on the track to try something a bit different.

“It’s the first time since my school sports day almost 40 years ago that I last ran on an athletics track. Today I had the stadium to myself and did some prep work for the upcoming Mile Night at Shildon on 2nd August.

  • 800m warm up – 4.17min.
  • 1 Mile prep run – 5.59min
  • 5,000m recovery run – 25.29 min.
  • 100m sprint – 18.8 sec.

A completely different experience to running on the road… very, very monotonous!”

Mile Night at Shildon is an evening of nothing but 1 mile races, just north of Darlington. Each race is seeded according to predicted finish time to make for close racing.

Mark Lowe training on the track, 2019

Sam Mason

Some events are amazing and leave you in the best of moods. This was Sam’s response after the Conti Thunder Run, a 24 hour off road relay, held at Catton Park in Walton-on-Trent over the weekend:

“OMG I had THE BEST WEEKEND at Conti Thunder Run 2019! I only did 2 laps ‘cos I’m not meant to be running yet.

Even the f*n’ minging toilets, and the torrential sideways rain on my first lap didn’t put a dampener on my weekend.

I have such a long, long way to go to build my fitness back up. Now sat with a lovely G and T and an ice pack on my leg.”

Sam Mason at the Conti Thunder Run 2019

Simon Murphy

Do you have a favourite race? Simon does, and he ran it over the weekend:

“Orsted Great Grimsby 10K: Probably (definitely) my favourite 10k race. Brilliantly organised with a real community feel. Nice bling too!

Flat(-ish) course, so I was able to post a pretty decent time of 46’21”, only 25 seconds outside my PB… Which is annoying, but it was a hot day so I’m pleased anyway!

I’ll be running this again next year for sure.”

Simon Murphy and Chris Milns at the Orsted Great Grimsby 10K 2019

Siobhan Stanley

There seemed to be a lot of 10K events recently. Perhaps the hotter, summer weather brings the distance down from the marathon-mania of the spring. Siobhan was another one of the many Goats running at the Aintree 10K, run on the famous racecourse near Liverpool:

“Aintree 10K today – another PB.

Thanks for green goat taking my photo and the other two goats for the chat towards the end. Oh, and yellow goat who I just couldn’t contain my excitement to about the netball. A massive well done to New Zealand for winning the Netball World Cup though; brilliant game! Great weekend of sport!”

Siobhan Stanley at the Aintree 10K 2019

Tasha Hart

Another 10K, as Tasha took part in the Run Norwich 10K alongside more than 6,000 other runners and a lot of Goats (many of them shown in the photo at the top of the page). In her own words:

“Run Norwich, you magnificent beast, you just get better and better! Managed to knock 4 minutes off my course PB and 7 minutes quicker than last year. Absolutely over the moon.

My Mum was supposed to be running too, but had to pull out on medical advice and was also advised to avoid crowds of people, so she couldn’t even come and watch. It was a little bit of an emotional one for me given that Mum couldn’t be there, I had the worst night’s sleep, I had overdone the caffeine, and I miss Norwich so bloody much… but Mum told me to get a PB for her, so that’s what I did.

Thank you to some of the Goats I saw on the course giving me a pat on the back.”

Tasha Hart at the Run Norwich 10K 2019

Until next time

That’s it for the 13th edition of goats on the run. Congratulations to all the runners mentioned, plus all those we missed. As always, if you’ve achieved something in your running that you’re particularly proud of – completing an event or otherwise – feel free to let us know about it in the Facebook Chat Group or use the #lonelygoatrc and #lonelygoatrunningclub hashtags on Instagram.

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