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LandyLiam

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Hill & Dale Series 2014
« on: April 09, 2014 »

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Thursday 17th April sees the return of the ever-popular Newcastle AC promoted Hill & Dale Series.  Now, incredibly, in its 26th year the series continues to grow and is more appealing than ever to runners of all abilities, with, in particular, ever increasing numbers of ladies embracing the challenge.  2013 was a vintage year when the series broke all records in terms of the number of competitors, the numbers completing the series and the quality of bitter diatribes bestowed upon the athletes at the start and at the end of the races by the organisers – all part and parcel of a Thursday night out in the beautiful scenery of county Down!!!

So is anyone up for this? (yes Dowser you know I mean you, remember the beach holiday photos  ;) )

I'm having another go at it this year, if anyone feels a bit nervous about coming along for the first time or is even maybe a bit concerned about their navigation I'll keep you right and stick with you for the first race or two (assuming i actually get to the first race or two!)

You need to pre-register here http://www.newcastleac.org/?page_id=6311 Just register once for the whole season, payment is made on the night of the race.

More details of last years efforts here http://www.ni-wild.co.uk/forum/exercise-fitness-training-competitions-and-general-health/newcastle-athletics-club-hill-and-dale-series-2013/



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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014 »

I'm very much up for this! After doing a few Marathons I just read Boff Whalleys Book "Running Wild" and have decided to go Wild Running / Fell / Trail (Whatever you want to call it) from here on in!

Anyone else up for it? I'm not as fit as you'd think so would be good to have someone else at the back huffing and taking occasional "I'm Knackered... Point at something of interest" breaks! Lol
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014 »

Just read Dowsers review from last year: this sounds the business! Registering online here, might not get to them all with work but will do as many as I can
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014 »

I would love to do the series but work every thursday night, the only one i could do is the easter week as I'm off work.   :(  it looks like a good series and a good variety of routes etc.
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014 »

The Slieve Donard race is on a Saturday  ;)  I haven't tried that one myself, it sort of scares me  :o  my legs would be so shattered after "running" up that they'd be like jelly trying to run down. Maybe I'll just walk the whole way up and make up time on the way down.
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014 »

Hill & Dale race 1 @ castlewellan:

276 entrants, 5 miles and approx 900ft of ascent


The course



A wee selfie with madmickie



great views when you weren't staring at the ground trying to breath


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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2014 »

Good stuff! Gonna try and make a few but work prevented it last night. How tough was the course?
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014 »

As far as hill & dale races go it was wee buns, mostly forest road, the odd bit of forest trail was very dry, still enough steep bits to slow me down to a walk on about 5 occassions, the steep downhills where handy enough to run down at a good pace. Results are in and I came 250th out of 276, so that's 26th last, my second best result so far  ;D. My time was 54 mins (13 mins faster than last year although the course was probably easier this year).
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014 »

Fair play to you! Just looking at the work schedule here: not free Thur nights for the next month, but I might run a few of the routes when I get a day off here and there. Will post on here when I'm heading. Well done on the run again!
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014 »

You'll usually find some peeps running the next route on mon or tue nights.
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2014 »

Race 2 - Tollymore - Escape from the Forest


this is the route with a few minor alterations


on the way there some fog came in off the sea, might need the compass this evening!


coming through Castlewellan and its looking bad



through castlewellan and all is well for a cracking good view during the race  :)



the start line



and they're off


after a BIG hill in the forest we get out into the open Mournes



2nd hill ahead, you can just see the stream of runners lining the route up, yes i'm near the back again  ;D



at least it was fairly dry, a bit of rain and this would have been very slippy, especially coming down



there is a few people slower than me  8)



coming down the hill and that fog is getting ominously close



nothing like a wee shower at the end  ::)
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2014 »

I'm up for this.. Wheres the next race Liam??
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2014 »

Slieve Martin on Thursday May 1st @ 7.30 pm

Here's more detail http://www.newcastleac.org/?page_id=6311

Remember to register (for free) online first and pay on the night

Here's last years route (going anti-clockwise so BIG hill at the start that keeps going to the middle)


Hope you can make it  :)
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2014 »

well for ya having time to take pics.

good results in races 1 and 2, must be all that sneaky training you are doing. If you chopped that hair you might be even quicker! Although my streamlined looks dont help me much!!

really enjoying the series so far, leaves me so knackered i dont have to train the rest of the week. Roll on Slievemartin.
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Re: Hill & Dale Series 2014
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 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 )
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