So we edge close and closer to the main spring/summer season of trail and Mountain races…can I wait?? NO!!
Having had my first hilly blast of the season at Rivington Pike over the Easter weekend (the day after I narrowly missed a PB at Salford 10k) I can’t wait to get out there and mix it with the best. At the Rivington Pike race, I was 1st to the top of the climb, only to be caught half a mile from home by fellow international and good friend Tom Cornthwaite.
My main focus of the season is to try to gain my first GB vest at the World Championships in September and feature in the UKA McCain Mountain Running Challenge. I came equal 5th in the series last year, which I was pleased with given that I missed one of the races (plus my fourth England vest at Snowdon) due to a fractured metatarsal. So attention turns to the first fixture in the series which is the Inter Counties Fell running championships on the 19th May at Settle Hills, where I will be representing Lancashire. I’m hoping for an improvement on 6th in last years quality race in which I beat some of the elite athletes such as Simon Bailey, Nick Swinburn, Rob Hope and many more. However my fellow inov-8 team mate Rob Baker had an amazing run and did finish in front of me. This time I am hoping for a place on the England team for the Karrimor Trail International on 9thJune.
Six days later it’s back in the car to drive to Keswick for the European uphill only trial for the Great Britain team. This is fixture number two in the McCain series and incorporates a Home International. Although uphill only isn’t my favourite or strongest discipline, but I will as always be as competitive as I can.
Before these two big events, I have got a Northern Track and Field League race to do race for my second claim club Blackburn Harriers this weekend for that bit of extra speed work that I love!