Thursday, 24 December 2015

My 2015 by Mark Riches

My 2015 by Mark Riches (No 48!)



Total mileage during 2015 was 1780 which is 17% down on last year and equates to 34 miles per week; New Year's resolution is to try to run more next year!


Highest week w/c 27/07/15 (49 miles) – 2 x club sessions, 2 x runs with Laura

Lowest week w/c 05/01/15 (17 miles) – not a good start to 2015; I cut my right foot on one of Daniel’s free weights on New Year’s Day  so had to take a few days off 


Training highlights during 2015 (apart from the various Club sessions *)


*Out of a possible 48 track sessions (51 – 3 BH) I have managed only 18 and out of a possible 47 Wednesday sessions (51 – 2 x race + 1 x inter-club challenge + 1 x cancelled due to ice) I have managed only 24 – mostly due to work commitments


Sunday 11/01/15 – great run with Laura 10 miles from hotel in Edinburgh to Holyrood Park & up to Arthur’s seat 

W/c 30/03/15 – week off work & 2 really nice runs with my wife, Jo in Wales

Early June – 2 weeks of ‘warm weather training’ (& drinking of red wine) with Jo in France. Most days I ran either 6 or 8 miles with Jo cycling alongside me

Wednesday 24/06/15– in Glasgow with work and had a great early morning run along the River Clyde 

W/c 03/08/15 – in Devon for a week of cycling (with Jo & Laura) and running (with Laura) along the Tarka Trail

Friday 14/08/15 – away with work again and had a very enjoyable run at 7 am in the rain along Newcastle Quayside

W/c 14/12/15 – Laura home for Christmas; ran Pennington Flash Park Run ‘with’ her and then got told off because I was struggling with the pace of the 4 mile warm-down!


Racing highlights during 2015 (again availability to race has been restricted by work commitments)



Saturday 07/02/15 – inaugural A&T x-country champs; 1st Vet (40.25)

Sunday 22/03/15 - GP half marathon; I started the race and then made my way through the pack to finish 4th in a time of 1.27.00

Wednesday 17/06/15 – Horwich 5 I had a reasonable run but this race is memorable as I really enjoyed the warm-down with Laura (she won’t let me warm-up with her as I was too slow!) we even had our picture taken at the finish, which she framed & gave me for Father’s Day (see above) Incidentally, she was 1st lady & beat me by over a minute even though she was “treating it as a training run”

Thursday 09/07/15 – Revenue and Customs Sports and Leisure (RSCL) National Sport Day (Warwick) 2ndV50 in both the 1500m (5:02) and 3000m (10:44

Wednesday 07/10/15 – RCSL (NW) 5 mile trail race; this race is held on GP5 course & I continued my 6 year winning streak (32:05)


Achievements during 2015


·         2nd V50 in the 2014/15 South East Lancs X-country Champs

·         3rd in the 2014/15 A&T Veterans X-country Champs

·         3rd in the A&T Road Champs Premiership

·         3rd in the A&T Road Champs Veterans

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