Grimsby 10k

Danny Wilson and myself - Grimsby 10k 2016

Not many people will realise that although I was born in Nottingham I actually for my sins grew up just south of the river in Grimsby and Cleethorpes. Therefore when Tape2Tape announced a 10k in my previous hometown, it was one I wasn’t going to miss.

Over 1200 runners lined up for the inaugural 10k with plenty from EHH and the other local clubs. In addition the merry band of supporters had made the trip to support the runners along the route.

The race starts at the town hall in the town centre before quickly turning left to sweep past the council depot and right at a a mini roundabout to offer us our first glimpse of People’s Park (where we would be finishing). It was around this point I had settled into a group including Danny Wilson and Keri Pearson (CoH). Danny started to gap us, so should I stick or twist. As I was still feeling pretty good I decided to twist and follow Danny hoping he wasn’t going out to fast (I wasn’t sure what pace we was doing as I wouldn’t look at my watch until 5k).

This race was always going to be a trip down memory lane and first stop was a left turn onto the first major road taking us past the Wheatsheaf, this is the pub I drank in as a student at Grimsby College. Talking of which, the route then goes past the aforementioned college, the second stop on memory lane before a left turn onto Scartho Road (drop the h unless your posh).

Myself and Danny were keeping a decent pace past the now closed Swimming Pool and the Nunsthorpe Estate (the main estate I live in, in Grimsby). At some point along here we past Eddie Rec who had gone off like a rocket. Also in the distance was my namesake Darren Edge (BEV), in the back on my mind I thought I’d try and close the gap. Knowing that Darren usually “edges” me in races and if I can get close to him I’m having a good day.

Next stop on the whistle stop tour is the entrance to the hospital. I spent many a mis-spent youth jumping on the back of the food/laundry carts (we use to call them yellow coaches) to get a lift before the route then passed the big houses which were good for a apple foraging. Up next is a left turn at Scartho past one of the many places my parents used to show rabbits (yes, rabbits!).

At the 4km mark up the only real incline Danny started to gap me. Unable to bridge the bridge the distance on the descent the route goes left onto the new road (admittedly built when I still lived in Grimsby so hardly new anymore!). Just before this I passed through 5km in around 18:50 – a little off what I’d have liked but still on target for a low 38.

After a short section the route then goes left onto the very straight Peaks Parkway. Thankfully I had been joined by a Sheffield Strider runner and could still see Danny in a group of 5 ahead. I tried to bridge the gap but I thin it was much bigger than it looked. By this point it really was hurting and as we passed through the “mad” mile it was a case of digging in and trying to maintain pace to hopefully finish in the low 38s or sub 38.

Sprint Finish - Grimsby 10k
Strong finish at the Grimsby 10k 2016

A left turn onto Weelsby Road and a relatively short section before entering the park for the final stop (and finish) down memory lane. People’s’ Park has happy memories for me having spent many a happy hour playing hide and seek and feeding the ducks there. Thankfully the happy memories will continue as after a sprint for the line I finished in 37:58 getting under the elusive 38 barrier again. It’s only taken over a year since Leven 10k 2015.

I wasn’t the only one to have a good day. Roared on by the great support Danny Wilson finished 1st harrier in 37:31 for 34th place. Not to be outdone there was pb’s for Kirsty Wilson – 43:32 (on the back of a 19 mile long run the day before!), Keith Conkerton – 44:25 and Mandy Davison – 52:34. I’m sure there were other therefore sorry if I’ve missed them.

Impeccable organisation, great support and atmosphere particularly at the start and finish, a decent good bag if that’s your kind of thing plus a fast and flat course, what’s not to like? It can only bolster Tape2Tape’s reputation as a top quality events organiser. I for one will be back as I’m sure will be many others.


Position Name Mad Mile Chip Time Gun Time
34 Danny WILSON 00:06:02 00:37:31 00:37:35
40 Darren WHITE 00:06:04 00:37:58 00:38:04
75 Eddie REX 00:06:45 00:39:38 00:39:40
79 Sara Rookyard 00:06:33 00:39:48 00:39:55
84 Tony CROSS 00:06:30 00:39:58 00:40:03
169 Ellie MANN 00:06:56 00:43:23 00:43:34
170 Chris SUMPTON 00:06:56 00:43:23 00:43:34
178 Kirsty WILSON 00:06:54 00:43:32 00:43:42
191 Stephen TICHOPAD 00:07:06 00:44:01 00:44:09
201 Dave PLAYFORTH 00:07:14 00:44:17 00:44:27
225 Keith CONKERTON 00:06:58 00:44:25 00:45:20
215 Tony Goulding 00:07:02 00:44:38 00:45:02
255 Wayne MARTINDALE 00:07:31 00:45:53 00:46:12
260 Paul REED 00:07:32 00:45:58 00:46:18
299 Katie SEDDON 00:07:35 00:46:21 00:47:05
293 Richard ALSOP 00:07:32 00:46:44 00:46:58
307 Karl ROLSTONE 00:07:42 00:47:01 00:47:16
326 David MASKELL 00:07:30 00:47:02 00:47:58
345 Linda HUART 00:07:45 00:47:54 00:48:15
346 Kelvin WESTERMAN 00:07:54 00:48:03 00:48:16
365 Lee CAMPBELL 00:08:08 00:48:06 00:48:44
367 Magdalena ZAREMBA 00:08:02 00:48:32 00:48:45
487 Martin HOWMAN 00:08:19 00:50:12 00:51:11
520 Andrew FEWSTER 00:08:50 00:51:58 00:52:10
570 Mandy DAVISON 00:08:36 00:52:34 00:53:31
588 JOHN CROSBY 00:08:35 00:52:57 00:53:53
600 Katy WHITE 00:08:51 00:53:14 00:54:13
599 Paul WRIGHT 00:08:34 00:53:36 00:54:11
685 Gary ROBINSON 00:09:32 00:55:08 00:56:07
651 Tracey ASHTON 00:09:08 00:55:13 00:55:34
698 Paul BACKEN 00:09:32 00:56:22 00:56:22
749 Graham ROGERSON 00:08:54 00:56:47 00:57:38
810 Neil MICKLEBURGH 00:09:09 00:58:43 00:59:02
878 Graham HALL 00:10:04 01:00:13 01:00:59
917 Sheila MADDISON 00:10:03 01:00:58 01:02:05

Enigma Need For Speed Half Marathon 2016

I’m writing this almost a month since race day, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the race but first let’s back up a bit.

The training started about 10 weeks before (of course I’m always doing somewhere between 30 and 50 miles a week), however with 10 weeks to go I had renewed focus and started to plan each weeks training again. By focusing on a race and planning my training this way I find it helps me stick to the schedule and ultimately run better.

The idea was to do a rolling three weeks over a 10 week period (each 3rd week would be a recovery week) as follows:

  • Wk 1 – 60+ miles
  • Wk 2 – 60+ miles
  • Wk 3 – 50 miles
  • WK 4 – 70+ miles
  • WK 5 – 70+ miles
  • Wk 6 – 50 miles
  • Wk 7 – 80+ miles
  • Wk 8 – 80+ miles
  • Wk 9 – 60+ miles
  • Wk 10 – 30 to 40 miles inc. the half marathon

Most weeks consisted of a tempo/threshold run up to 10 miles, some sort of speed work (reps), a middle distance long run midweek week, a weekend long run and then some easy miles to make up the volume.

For the most part training went well. This was confirmed with better race results (discounting Leven 10k when I was clearly poorly) including a 5k PB (18:19) at the Phil Johnson 5k.

Right, enough about training. Race week arrived and as Katy was doing the full Marathon we had decided to travel down the day before. The idea being to arrive at the hotel by 5pm giving us plenty of time to eat and chill out for the evening  (it was the same time as the Euro’s so we’d have football to watch).

Enigma Need For Speed 2016
I’m sure the rear view mirror shuldn’t be there

However things don’t always go to plan and barely out of Hull something came of the back of a truck as it turned up the Humber Bridge slip road off the A63 resulting in a very cracked windscreen. Luckily I was able to pull into the next Petrol Station. After several calls, and an hour and half wait we were towed back to Hertz on Anlaby Road. Another hour later and another hire car we were finally back on the road. After leaving our house at 12pm and although driving down at rush hour (which we had hoped to avoid) we arrived in Milton Keynes just before 8pm. On the plus side we got there in times to for the football (and to watch Wales beat Belgium).

Enigma Need For Speed 2016 - Team White Camp
Ready for a long day

After a decent night’s kip we had a short drive to Caldecotte Lake arriving at 8am which meant plenty of time to set up camp and chat to all the local runners while waiting for the 9am start for the marathon. I wouldn’t be racing until 2.30pm so I was on Team White duties for the next 4 to 5 hours. I won’t go into the details of Katy’s race as you can read her write-up. All I will say is I  was extremely proud of her completing her first marathon.

Ok fast forward to 2.30pm, after 600 miles over the last 10 weeks it all came down to this. I had two targets:

  •  A new PB and sub 85 minutes
  • Preferably sub 83
Enigma Need For Speed 2016 - Start
Start of the half marathon

I knew the loop well after doing 8 and half laps last year. These races never have a deep field therefore it would probably be a lonely run and I’d have to run it like a time trial.

I made sure I was at the front setting off at 6.20 per mile pace. A 2.5 mile section would bring us past the support area and the start of the loop. So far so good, pace was pretty much spot on but as suspected I was out on my own.

At the end of the first loop, “Foxy” said something along the lines of “you’ve got this”. However I wasn’t feeling great and struggling to stay on pace. I was unsure of my gap to second and didn’t want to take anything for granted. Anyway the real race for me was against the clock.

Enigma Need For Speed 2016
Serious Face!

The original idea was to try and get faster each loop. the reality was I was progressively losing time, instead of increasing my pace by 5 to ten seconds the opposite was happening. It didn’t help that the second half of the loop takes you past the Watersports Centre. This section was particularly windy and I now why they do windsurfing there!

By the final loop I knew any chance of sub 85 was gone. Now it was a war of nutrition and just try and keep a decent pace.

Enigma Need For Speed 2016
I think this picture sums it up perfectly.

Thankfully I was only doing the half. A gruelling last loop and I was done in 1 hour 25 minutes and 53 seconds later. At the time I was disappointed, however having plenty of time to reflect it was my 3rd fastest half. Also it was run entirely on my own which is never the easiest thing to do.

The best thing about the race was seeing all the support (especially Katy enjoying a well earned rest) every lap, the stunning scenery and watching the other runners come in. A special mention to Sara Morrow and Helen and Jamie Penn from KuHAC who were also racing.

Enigma Need For Speed 2016
All ready for the half marathon

For me the focus now shifts to the Manchester Half in October with the small matter of the Gilberdyke 10 and The Major Stone Half as key build up races in my preparation.