I can't believe that 2017 is almost over - it has gone by in a blur!
It's been a great year numbers wise but my form has been a bit hit and miss. So here is my year in numbers: -
Age - 40 (yep, I hit the big 4-0 in January and it's not been too bad)
Marathons entered - 24
Marathons finished - 20
DNFs - 2 (Temple Newsam and Bah Tat)
DNSs - 2 (Holme Pierrepoint and Gargrave)
Best time - 4:25:29 (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Worst time - 6:01:50 (Bolton Abbey)
Favourite event - this is a tough one. I enjoyed the Guardians Marathon as I was on good form and for a marathon, I felt strong and the race felt "easy" compared to other races run over the year. As far as courses go, I really enjoyed the Roache Abbey course - especially the field of yellow - that was awesome. The Cakeathon and Chocothon also stand out. They were my first double marathons. It was a weekend dedicated just to running. They were my first SVN events and I got to spend the weekend with my dad!
Worst event - easy - the Huddersfield Marathon - too many reasons to mention - sorry, but it's one I will not be doing again!
Miles run - absolutely no idea - I started recording my mileage at the beginning of the year but stopped recording this by the end of September. Runtastic recorded 719.89 miles at that point but I had not added in about half of the marathons run (I have to manually enter these and lost interest - whoops - must try harder next year).
Total marathons - 50 (whoop whoop)
2017 running highs -
Meeting so many amazing people both at marathons I have run and also at See York Run York events and on my running tours. I have made so many lovely friends this year!
Running my first double marathon
Hitting my 40th year running target (I wanted to run 20 marathons in the year and get to 50 marathons in total - job done!)
Hosting the first 3 See York Run York events (this has been a fantastic experience - very challenging but I absolutely loved it)
The Yuletide Trail race - I still can't believe the response of all the runners - everyone got behind the event and made such an effort with the fancy dress - incredible (seeing Elsa take on Spiderman and Mr Scrooge is something I will not forget)
Being featured in Run Deep Magazine (twice) and York Press (twice)
Being interviewed by Kay Crewdson on BBC Radio York
Being mentioned by Chris Evans on his Breakfast show (woo hoo)
Being accepted to do the Brathay 10in10 Marathon Challenge next May
Reaching the half way mark of our Brathay fundraising!
2017 running lows -
Huddersfield Marathon - no further comment!
Illness and injury - I've had a few colds this year which have affected a few of my races and my calf injury at the end of the year was a bit of a pain
Favourite Running Photo - way too many to pic a favourite so here are just a few that I love:
Worst Running Photo (absolutely no competition - sorry Nigel): -
I'm really excited about what 2018 will bring. We have 5 See York Run York races already booked. I'm looking forward to meeting and supporting more lovely runners at these events.
I have the 10in10 in May with my dad and more fundraising events lined up!
I don't really set New Year's resolutions but I would like to have a go at a Parkrun (I've still not done one), I would love to get near my marathon PB (4:00:27) but that's unlikely given the volume of races I'm likely to do, I would like to get through the 10in10 as unscathed as possible and I would like us to completely smash our £6k Brathay fundraising target!
If 2018 is half as good as 2017, then it will be one cracking year! Looking forward to seeing you there!