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Author Topic: Hill & Dale Series 2014  (Read 17948 times)

Rich.H

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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2014 »

I just hope I can run as fast as you when i'm your age  :) I can certainley feel a weirdness in my legs for a few days after, just have to get out and loosen them up again quickly before they seize up.

Time to break out the secret weapons for Slieve Martin  ;)


(only £24 in Sports Direct - http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-tempo-mens-trail-running-shoes-213021?colcode=21302112 )

Will be interested to know how those shoes work out for you comfort and ride wise. I looked at them a few months back but they were still selling at the £60 mark, at that price I steered well clear as it was into Salomon prices for half the shoe. But if they are well made and comfy they will definitely be on the list as a spare set for harder trails.
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2014 »

Rich the shoes were great, still comfy and very grippy on steep wet downhill grass and muck, the only slips occurred in deep mud, quite slippy on wet rock though. Now to see how durable they are.


Some pics from race 3 at Slievemartin


the starting line


the very very steep climb up to slievemeen



near the top of slievemeen now and catching the first good views



descending slievemeen and we can see our next summit (slievemartin) in the distance, but we now have a couple of minutes of lovely downhill jog first



there was a little shuck which you could try and leap across, or tippytoe over the stones






slievemartin summit at last, but now a long downhill stretch to the finish



managed to win a spot prize in the pub after (the cup, not the beer)



and this is how i felt the next day!
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2014 »

and race 4 - Up Binnian


hard to imagine the winner was at the top of binnion (that big pointy one) 22 mins after this photo was taken, even harder to imagine i was up there after 37 mins!



this bit looks so flat, but it wasn't! still runnable though



now its walking only pace, although the leaders would have been running up this  :o



finish line in sight and it gets steeper agian, no sprint finish this week



the finish line, unfortunately all the water bottles are at the bottom of the hill  :(



the weather was great so sat up here for a while taking in the view and chewing the fat  :)


Next race is up and down Slieve Donard on Saturday 17th May at 2:00 PM.
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2014 »

Race 5, the big one - Slieve Downhard, now completed

Weather was great, bit of sun about but enough wind to keep you cool(ish) I even got a little sunburn  :)


Startline by the Newcastle Centre, just look at the big hill ahead of us, the leaders will be turning at the top in 38mins and back here in 57 mins



Near the first bridge and I found a little track i'd not seen before, I was following some more experienced runners so figured it was a shorter route and they didn't just do it for the scenery


I then broke away from the pack and went up the new firebreak over the pipeline, no one followed me though, I think i made a couple of places, hard to be sure


The good old Ice House, at least I'll get a drink in the river



Approaching the Black Stairs, they were fairly dry today (I tried them on Wednesday and they were very wet and slippy)


Yes they are as steep as they look!



This is the tricky bit



About half way up Donard now and the race leader passes us on his way down :'(



I'm still going up but take a moment to enjoy the view



Phew, at the top at last, now to try running downhill with the jelly legs



Then disaster at the Ice House, I was going quite well downhill but on the steep bit before you enter the river I twisted my ankle, the nearby river was handy to cool it enough to get 10 mins more running, but when I got to the town it was agony again and had to walk most of the way through the town  :(  but I finished my first Slieve Donard race  :)  and I am suffering for it today! I don't think I'll be running again for a few weeks, I'll be happy if I can just walk!








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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2014 »

Liam mate your hardcore! Trying that would leave me in pieces!
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2014 »

Great effort
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2014 »

Good pics, nice to see the scenery - I just saw steep hills and people in front of me! Interesting route choice in the forest, looks good underfoot. Where exactly is that nice path thru the bluebells?
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2014 »

Well done I bet you could eat 3 shredded wheat  :o :o
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2014 »

only 2 1/2 Glenn  ;)

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Where exactly is that nice path thru the bluebells?
if you take the shortcut into the forest from donard park (beside the shuck) you come out at the NIE substation (big green box) then go straight across the road onto the bluebell track, comes out at the YMCA entrance.
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2014 »

Well I ended up sitting out the next 2 races (Rocky & Loughshannagh) and made a cautious return at Millstone.


At the start and there's the summit of Milstone but a stones throw away



off the forest tracks now and its make your own path up the hill now



we avoid the direct route up and take this grassier way as theres so much scree you would only knock a rock on someone below


there's the summit marshall waiting to give me a big hug  :)



on the way downhill now and a great view of Newcastle



back into the forest, could that really be a taxi ahead  :D



downhill selfies are really quite difficult



this was the sprint finish for 4th last place, i lost (even the summit marshall nearly beat me down), but with only 1 1/2 legs at least I had an excuse  ::)


and back to O'Hares for prizegiving and so much free food we couldn't finish the plate  :o




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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2014 »

I still wasn't good on the steep descents so gave the next race a miss (Hen & Cock), but back in reasonable form for the Meels



Meelmore & Meelbeg, they don't look at all steep  ::)


walking pace only for us at the back



some people just have no style  ::)



This is my clubmate Kevin, likes to pose for the camera with his arms in the air (I think he got that from me) we'll see more of him later  ;)



again a great view for those to stop and turn round to enjoy it



Meelmore summit ahead, woohoo, great feeling seeing it  :)



on our way up Meelbeg now


Meelbeg summit



downhill all the way to the finish now and a nice view of Fofanny dam


now rememeber Kevin





cooling down


Next (& last) race is tomorrow (Fri 27th) at Drinahilly, its only 3 miles so come on down and have a go, there'll be some good craic afterwards in O'Hares  ;)


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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2017 »

Looks like you guys had a great time! Long old run! well done
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