Monday, 10 August 2015

Medal Monday Round-up


Thank you to Derek, Emmsie, Timre, Taran, Andrea and Maria for sharing their medals today.

The Griffin Grind 5k on 09/08/2015
09/08/2015 Run Girl Run 10k
A pretty throwback from January
with the Crystal Springs Trail Run

And finally, a four week haul that includes the Chicago Rock n Roll
5K, 10k and Remix medal. the BTN Big 10k, the Chicago 10k and
the Football Gold Jacket ring which has to be one of the most amazing
medals ever.
  
Another late entry, last 4 years of City2Surf
 medals in year order.  The red one at the
end is from 2015.  Sorry to all who got it
 but it's a bit of a duff compared to the others

Medal Watch Monday


It's Monday which means it's medal day, a time to reflect on all the lovely bling that was earned last week.  You can join in and share you medals either on facebook or twitter and I'll do a round up of them all at the end of the day.  Some of them may even make the possibly maybe Medal Watch website that may be appearing very soon (but it's a secret so don't tell anyone).

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Medal Watch - How Hard Can It Be Events & COD RC Special

For a while now I've wanted to write about some amazing medals from these guys.  The problem was that they just have so many that they alone could bring down walls in spare rooms just from the weight of their amazing bling.  They also do a lot of multiple and back to back events.  The sheer volume of medals that they have available warrants it's own special and so here it is, not I just have to figure out where to start.  

I've signed up for the Groundhog Day marathon but really I want to do them all.  Saturday racing too, which I love, because it means you can get the train.  They're all quite small, relaxed events based in and around Telford but seem quite popular.  For more information about any of these races please visit http://www.codrc.co.uk/Welcome.html.

I think the May 4th Be With You and Codopoly are my favourite.  Will be watching out for more details about the later.


2015 Pumpkin & Spooky medals
2015 Pumpkin & Spooky medals
Saturday 31st October
9am - The Pumpkin Marathon
4pm - Spooky Halloween Challenge

So, a marathon double that ends in the dark with a bonfire and mulled wine.  Fancy dress for the Spooky is encouraged.  You can do either or but both are lap courses so you can drop down to 13.1 instead if you want.  If you did them both as halfs then you could get both races in quite easily with a good four gap between.  The Pumpkin marathon has a 6 hour cut off.  I love that the medal for Pumpkin is also a bottle opener.  Each race only has 40 places so it's going to get pretty intimate.



2014 November Nightmare medals  with Pumpkin & Spooky in the centre
2014 November Nightmare medals
with Pumpkin & Spooky in the centre
Sunday 1st - Friday 6th November
November Nightmare Six Marathons

10am Start each day
You can also enter each race individually.  If you complete all six days you get a hoody aw well as the six medals. There's no photos of this year's medals yet but the 2014 nes were pretty nice.  If you do Pumpkin and Scare too then you could do 8 marathons in 8 days, if you so wish.  The race alternates between two different routes that are within five miles of each other so it's easy to stay in one place.  I think this might be one 






2015 Sunset to Sunrise Medal
2015 Sunset to Sunrise Medal


Both Sunrise and Sunset medals
Saturday 14th November
Sunset to Sunrise Challenge

This race, and it's opposite Sunrise to Sunset, is another I really want to do.  I love that the medals are mirrow images of each other showing day and night.  It's a very clever idea.  The aim of the race is to basically run as many 9.4 mile out and back laps as possible between 4:16pm and 7:33am the next day so it could potentially be an ultra in like 14 hours of darkness.  You can stop at any point and there's a fire to warm you up along with the usual water station.  I'm very tempted to enter this.





2015 Newark Castle Medal
2015 Newark Castle Meda

Saturday 28th November
The Newark Castle Festival of Running

The location for these races looks spectacular and the medal is pretty cool.   I love the sword design although they do look like they could put someone's eye out.  There's a 10k, Half and Full marathon on offer.



2015 Sunrise to Sunset Medal
2015 Sunrise to Sunset Medal


Saturday 27th December
Sunrise to Sunset Challenge

This time you're running from 8:20 to 16:01 but as with it's darker version you can choose how long you run for.  This time though the route is laps of 0.84 of a mile.  I wonder if someone keeps count for you.  This sounds less appealing then Sunset to Sunrise but I do like how the medals compliment each other.









2015 Groundhog Day Marthon medal
2015 Groundhog Day Marthon medal
Saturday 5th March 2016
Groundhog Day Marathon

I'm already signed up for this so I hope the 2016 medal is as nice.  Yes, it's 105.5 laps of the track but I'm looking forward to it almost as much as Disney.  I just hope I don't have to count my own laps or wear 105 bands.







Some more medals from this year or coming up in 2016.


2014 & 2015 Railway Ultra medals
2014 & 2015 Railway Ultra medals
May 4th Be With You medal 04/05/2016
May 4th Be With You medal
04/05/2016
2016 Codopoly Medal
More Details coming soon


2015 Holly Challenge medal
2015 Holly Challenge medal

2015 The Shign Dig in the Shire medal
2015 The Shign Dig in the Shire medal
  







Thursday, 6 August 2015

Setting the pace

I'm quite a bit behind on my race reports but I have to say that I absolutely loved being a pacer for Rock n Roll.  Thank you very much to Adrienne and Georgie at Contest Sport for giving me the opportunity and making the job as easy as possible and a massive thanks to CEP for the amazing kit and making us look good.

I was very lucky to have two amazing ladies to pace with, Louise in Dublin and Alison in Liverpool. I can't recommend pacing enough, I think every runner should do it at least once.  It's such a rewarding experience and you get to meet some amazing people.