Well the race is season definitely upon us with races coming up thick and fast… Mel and I decided to try our luck at the Dewsbury 10K.

The race started at 9am with hardly any wind and the sun came out to play too was the perfect setting for us to get our PB’s.

Lucky Numbers - Matt and Melissa's personal best race numbers
Lucky Numbers – Matt and Melissa’s personal best race numbers

We took the first two miles nice and steady while we settled into the race and then began to pick up the pace, we had a slight hiccup with a few cars driving on the closed road but we didn’t let that detract from our effort on our search for a PB

The course it’s self was a fast and flat out and back in, very well marshalled plenty of water at the feed stations. Definitely worth a go and hopefully we can make a team event of it!

Here’s a map of the route.

We both came in to the finish with a sprint and a cheer from the other runners.

Our official times were:

  • Mel: 56.17
  • Matt: 50.03

Ever wondered how much training, dedication and, lets face it, pain, goes into training for and running a marathon?

Well, wonder no more, 2 of our Pumas are here to answer all your questions!

Adam Standeven and Andrew Tudor will both be blogging about their training in the lead up to their marathon debuts at the Virgin London Marathon on 24 April 2016.

To visit their blogs just click the links below:

Their blogs will chronicle the ups and downs of training for a marathon. And hopefully they’ll inspire you to take your own challenge in 2016.

If you’d like to make their hard work worth it, both Adam and Andrew will be raising money for some great charities. You can find links to their sponsorship pages by visiting their blogs.

Most girls (generalising a bit here) spent their New Year’s Eve day getting glammed up, I’m talking taking a relaxing bath and doing their nails while having a cheeky glass of wine. Lucky them!

I spent my News Years Eve day running up some very muddy fells. The WoodenTops Auld Lang Syne race started on the hills just outside Oxenhope.

Beautiful scenery near Oxenhope
Beautiful scenery near Oxenhope

Caution! First time fell runner
Caution! First time fell runner

After scaling the slopes of a quarry to the sound of bagpipes it was onto the fells.

Lulled into a false sense of “oh, this isn’t too bad”, after the first mile of gentle path and downhill the next 4ish miles were pretty much a brutal uphill slog. It turns out fell running is much harder than good old road running. If you’re not going uphill, you’re wading through some very boggy fields!

After 6.7 miles I was well and truly knackered. But, as hellish as it sounds, the scenery was beautiful and the atmosphere and encouragement from other, much more experience runners, was really positive. Plus, as a reward there was a bottle of beer for all the runners!

My time wasn’t amazing and I finished about 10 places in front of last place, but it was (I’ll grudgingly admit) kind of fun. And I definitely earned my New Years champagne!

Another wet weekend, another hardy bunch of Northowram Pumas battling against the elements.

Sunday 15th November saw four members run the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K. A fast and flat route from Leeds city centre out to Kirkstall Abbey and back.

  • Shaun Casey – 43m 53s
Shaun and his daughter after finishing the Dash
Shaun and his daughter after finishing the Dash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rachael Sherwood – 48m 15s
  • Katie Lumb – 57m 53s
  • Matt Newton – 58m 17s

November has been a busy month for the Pumas.

Harewood 10 and 5 mile trail race

On a pretty horrible (and that’s putting it mildly, we’re talking wind, rain, cars getting stuck in mud sort of weather) Sunday morning on 8 November four and a half intrepid Pumas took on the Harewood trail race. A multi terrain race around the beautiful even in that weather) Harewood estate in Leeds.

Three members completed the 10 mile trail race, with some pretty impressive times:

Luke Cranfield – 1h 11m 29s

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Luke doing his best running Fonzie impression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Standeven – 1h 15m 33s

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Adam sporting a rather muddy look after completing his 10 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaun Casey – 1h 20m 8s

And one member completed the 5 mile trail race:

Ally Canning – 47m 27s

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And Finley Canning, a young honorary Puma, completed a 2 mile race in a smashing time of 17m 33s

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