For regulars you will know I have overcome the injury that kept me out for the majority of January, I’ve managed to put in a full month of training and almost back up to my usual weekly mileage, however, I’m still lacking race fitness/confidence. The original plan was to start my 18 in 2018 challenge back in January and cover one 10km race a month. However, I put it back a month and added a second 10k in November to make up the 12.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute, I was unable to get to the East Midlands 10k yesterday. While I was very disappointed not to get the challenge off the ground, it maybe a blessing in disguise, as it allows me two more weeks of training and it also means I kick off my challenge at the race where I have set my all time personal best. The race in question is the Cheshire 10k and will be a week on Saturday. At the moment I do not have a replacement race but I will be looking at my race calendar and finding the perfect slot. It may end up being the Cheshire 10k again but in November. It all depends on how races fall to allow me to fit it in without overloading my racing diary.
As it stands now the challenge looks like this:
- Cheshire 10k – 10/3
- Derby 10k -15/4
- Great Manchester Run 20/5
- Run for All Hull 10k – 10/6
- Run for All Leeds 10k – 8/7
- Run for All York 10k – 5/8
- Run for All Sheffield 10km – 23/9
- McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k – 21/10
- Leeds Abbey Dash Run 10k – 4/11
- Wilmslow 10k – 25/11
- Worden Day Boxing 10k – 26/12
- BTR Liverpool HM – 25/3
- North Lincs HM 6/5
- Great North Run – 9/9
- Manchester HM – 14/10
- Rother Valley Running Festival HM – 18/11
- Nottingham Xmas HM – 2/12
Once again a massive thank you needs to go to Dransfield Properties and Fox Valley, who are supporting me for this challenge and have helped to cover race fee’s and my running shoes for the duration of the challenge. Also they will be helping me publicity and fundraising wise. Without their support this challenge would not be possible. A massive thanks goes to Amanda and everyone from both Dransfield’s and Fox Valley. Another thank you needs to go to Rachel, Claire and Debbie from the NSPCC for their help and support.