This is my "Running" home page.
Here you will find lots of information about errr...
my running !
Use the buttons on the left to navigate to my
race reports archive for the last 15 years.
|To view my PB's|
|Click this button to go to the latest race report|
|Click this button to go to my parkrun page|
Every Saturday 9am
My "Home" run is Coventry parkrun
The War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry.
To date I have ran at 26 different Parkrun venues:
25 in the UK and 1 in the USA
Victoria Park (Leicester)
Kingsbury Water Park
Cannon Hill Park (Birmingham)
Arrow Valley (Redditch)
Perry Hall Park (Birmingham)
Stratford Upon Avon
Clermont Waterfront (Florida USA)
Heartlands (Hayle, Cornwall)
Sutton Park (Birmingham)
Babbs Mill (Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham)
Oaklands (Yardley, Birmingham)
During 2020 (Was originally a 2016, 2017, 2018 and then a 2019 target)
I hope to get to as many of the parkruns in the Midlands as possible.
The nearest yet to do is Sandwell Valley (25 miles from home), but new events are
starting regularly so who knows where it will be !
My first parkrun was at Coventry, event number 2 on 13.2.2010.
On 18.6.2011 I joined the parkrun "50" club, the "100" club on 29.6.2013 and
"250" club on 18.8.2018.
Although not an official parkrun milestone, I completed my 300th run at Coventry 23.11.2019
The next milestone is the "500" club !!
You can view my parkrun results HERE
Coventry Half Marathon 1st July 1984
Technical Running Gear ? (Vest from C&A) NO !
State of the art Gel running shoes ? NO !
Lucozade Isotonic sports drink ? NO !
Carbo loading enegy gels ? NO !
ChampionChip timimg ? NO !
They didn't exist in 1984, but they do now
training for the 2004 marathon went really well. For the first time in
my twenty something years of running I took
part in a measured and organised ten mile and twenty mile race. Yes, I had done those distances many many times in training but
never in a race situation.
ten miler was the Sneyd
Christmas pudding run, where I had targeted a 75 minute finish, and did
of 70 mins 45 seconds.
twenty was a killer. I had heard
many horror stories about the Ashby 20 but what the hell, I was going
to do it anyway !.
The conditions were awful. If the undulating course wasn't enough of a challenge then the rain, hail, wind and low temperatures
certainly made it one. For this one I had set my target at 2 hours 35mins, and posted an actual of 2 hours 29 mins and 6 seconds.
rest of the training was made up
of the usual runs during the week and long runs on a Sunday morning. My
of the route for our longest Sunday run is legendary at the club. I had measured it at 19.5 miles which everybody was happy with.
When we finished running it, we couldn't understand why it took 2 hours 20 minutes to run 18 miles, but to run the newly measured
19.5 miles took an extra 30 minutes. Re measurement of the course revealed it was actually 21.5 miles and not 19.5........ oops !!!
the 2004 marathon bid failed, when I had to return from London the
night before the marathon as my Dad was seriously ill.
My number and chip were returned in exchange for a guaranteed place in the 25th anniversary 2005 London Marathon.
|HALF MARATHON RESULTS|
have completed 27 half marathons since 1983. My first six were all
the Coventry Half, which at the time were sponsored by local car maker
Unfortunately, at the time I didn't keep records of all my Coventry Half runs, but over the years I have spoken to other runners who just happen to have the results from the years I was missing.
In those days results were published in the "Coventry Evening Telegraph" in Wednesday's edition.
My run of 1.32.40at the 1985 Coventry half stood as my PB for 22 years. Annoyingly I just missed out improving this by 5 seconds at the 2005 Milton Keynes Half.
What a bummer !!
My target was always to get below 1hr 30mins for the half.
I doubted that I would ever do it, but in 2007 I finally managed it, doing Kenilworth in 1.28.09. Not content with that two weeks later I did it again at Coventry, albeit finishing slightly slower in 1.28.36
Two years later I did it again at Kenilworth, before returning in 2010 for my best ever time of 1.26.36
I last managed to go sub 1.30 in 2011
|WEST MIDLANDS TRANSPORT BIRMINGHAM||1989||1.42.03|
|STRATFORD UPON AVON||2004||1.35.34|
|HALF MARATHONS COMPLETED 28|
|Most of my
London runs and the first Coventry Half have raised money for
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
In 1983 I was the 2nd highest fund raiser in the UK running London raising £1,100
In 2002 I raised £1,050
having to withdraw at the eleventh hour in 2004, I ran the
Stratford Half the following week.
I started running I estimate that I have raised in excess of
|My Personal Best's|
|5||2.10.2010||Coventry Park Run||19.16|
|5||27.6.2007||Godiva midsummer 5||31.55|
|10||19.5.2011||Northbrook Coventry 10K||40.32|
|9||20.6.2010||Asics Arden 9||57.43|
And now a bit about Northbrook A C
The club was founded in 1978, with the name "Nortbrook Striders"
I joined Northbrook Athletic Club in 1995 , and between 1998 and 2001 held the position of honorary treasurer. I became treasurer for a second time in 2014.
The club is based at The Jaguar sports and social club, Browns Lane, Coventry. Club night is Wednesday evening starting at 7.30pm. Most Sunday mornings you will find smaller groups out training in preparation for marathons etc.
We have close on 200 members of varying abilities and distances, and new members are always given a very warm welcome.
The club organise an annual 10k road race, usually in July, which celebrated its 19th year in 2019. We also host a cross country fixture in the Birmingham League.
If you live in the area and are interested in joining us or just want to come along to see what we do please visit the clubs website for further details.
Come along and you will soon find out why we are known as "The Friendly Running Club"
This page was updated 7th March 2020 © A S Mackness 2020