Sunday, 10 January 2010
Sunday, 3 January 2010
I've come to realise this year how much I actually enjoy the running and also what a difference it makes to being able to keep the weight off (even though it sometimes feels like I just move the injuries around my aching legs!).
I should say a few thankyou's...
Thanks to everyone who has supported me with a donation to either The Isaiah Trust or the RNLI... You know who you are and that you're money will be used wisely and well by the charity recipients. Your support was a massive motivator for me in helping covering the runs and put in the training! Thank you!
Thanks to Nicky and Tim for letting me run for the Isaiah Trust in 2009! Keep up the fantastic work! I hope I can help you out again in 2010!
Thanks to Lisa and Chloe and all at the RNLI for allowing me to run again for the RNLI and all the help and organisation you gave... And mostly for the RNLI being there when I needed you! A debt I feel will never be truly repaid! I can't run the GNR in 2010 as it clashes with my Wedding Anniversary but I will run some other runs... Watch this space ;-)
Thanks to my one and only BLOG follower "Akkers" and well done on your time on the GNR!
Thanks to Rob for the one and only comment on my blog! ;-)
Thanks to Rachel for adding my blog in to her internet explorer favorites!
Thanks to the Physio's at Sandbach Physiotherapy & sport's injury clinic for mending me and keeping me going! ;-)
And last but not least, Thanks to Karen and the girls for your support and for just being there! xx
I've enjoyed keeping a running blog... It really has been a motivator in it's own right, if only to avoid the guilt of long spaces between training runs! I hope you've enjoyed it! I think I may keep another in 2010 :-)
Happy New Year all!
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Friday, 25 December 2009
Don't really know what possessed us but Karen and I decided on the spur of the moment to go for a run!?! (mainly to shake off the huge Chinese meal we had last night and to make room for Turkey :o)
Gentle jog of about 2.5 miles along the coast in around 30 mins. Really nice run and feel great now... Ready for a beer! Happy Christmas all!
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
<- I finished the 10km in 50 minutes and 50 seconds
And the girls finished the 5km in
37 mins 02 seconds ->
<- and 39 mins respectively!
Rounded off the runs with mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies courtesy of the RNLI... Very civilised!
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
3.7 miles in 40 minutes. Not the best of times but ok given I had to walk on the unlit stretch and also taking it easy recovering from my pulled hamstring which bore up well.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
If I've learned one thing this year it'll be that there's a LOT of good people in the world, despite what the newspapers would have you believe. Kinda restores your faith in humanity!
The Alsager RNLI ladies guild were formed in 1951 and Mrs Wetherby who I met last night (who asked me to do the talk) was one of the founder members and still takes a leading role in the fundraising with the help of some very nice friends! Stunning that a land locked town like Alsager can muster over 200 people to support an RNLI event! Well done ladies!!!
After last nights very generous donations, my run totals for this year now stand at £1,359! Thanks all!
Sunday, 4 October 2009
I'm thinking of running in the RNLI's Reindeer Run which is a 10km run on the 29th November around the grounds of Knowsley Safari park (hopefully not including the animal enclosures!).
I'm busy preparing at the moment for an after dinner speech that I agreed to do earlier this year for the Alsager RNLI ladies guild. Little did I realise when I agreed that it was to be in front of around 250 guests!?! It's this coming Friday and I'm wondering what I've let myself in for! :-o
I'm also wrapping up the final cash collections for my sponsorship pledges... Current total stands at £1,309! Thanks again all!
Monday, 21 September 2009
Just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone who has supported me in this and my other runs this year! I really couldn't have put myself through this without your help!
The donations for the RNLI so far total £1,239 which I'm blown away by! I'll be asking for this to be directed again to the Abersoch station and hope you agree this will be your money well placed!
Some images from the big day to share with you... Above left, the crowd at the start in the middle of Queen's " we will rock you"... a spine tingling moment!
<< Team Lifeboat at the RNLI post race reception at South Shields Sailing club
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<< My most loyal supporters! xx
Thanks Again everyone!!!
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Finished in two hours six minutes and nine seconds! Quite pleased given how bad my knee is (this morning I thought I might not be able to make it! Topped up on Ibuprofen and Syndol an hour before the race)
Feel great, but tired! Thanks everyone for the fantastic support!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
We're heading off up to the North East this afternoon ready for the Great North run tomorrow morning. Start time is 10.40. It's live on the BBC if you fancy looking out for me amongst the 54,000 other runners! I'm in the Orange wave just after the Elite men's wave which is probably about the closest I'll get to them during the race!
Thanks everyone for all your support! And if you were thinking of sponsoring me but haven't done so yet, it's not too late :-) ~ http://www.justgiving.com/daves-rnli-run
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thanks to everyone who's donated but particularly to Express Gifts who I work for (and Kleeneze for their support too) in supporting me with a dress down day in the office today which alone has generated another £220!
Oh... and the knee is feeling ok too :-)
Bring it on!
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Fundraising today for the RNLI stands at £534... Just over half way towards my target of £1,000 for the Abersoch crew (pictured) who came to my aid following my sailing accident in September 2007.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Also... Got an e-mail today from Justgiving.com to let me know that today they had selected me as their featured runner! Don't know what I've done to deserve that but if it helps raise awareness for the RNLI I'll have some of that! Catch the article here... http://runners.justgiving.com/2009/09/10/dave-hursthouse-running-the-gnr-again-for-the-rnli/
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
I'd have prefered to be getting a couple more big runs in before tapering the training but it's undoubtedly helped my knee get right and I know I'll be ok with the distance having done it before and been training throughout the year. Got another Physio session tomorrow morning and hoping to get out for a short run to test it out tomorrow evening but I won't be doing any big runs before the big day now... I'll keep you posted!
So... if you were delaying sponsoring me, no need! ;-) Go on... You know you want to and it's for a fantastic cause! - http://www.justgiving.com/daves-rnli-run
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Going to see if I can get some physiotherapy on it tomorrow but this is the last thing I need two weeks before a half marathon. Hopefully something I can get sorted but I'll walk around on the day if I have to!
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Fundraising is going well, today's total stands at £325... Nearly covered the pledge total of £350 for my RNLI place in the upcoming Great North Run which is now only 3 weeks away!!
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Struggling to catch my breath after about a mile, felt tired, had to stop to re-tie my shoelace and just couldn't seem to get going again. Felt rubbish!
After about 5 miles slog with my arm throbbing where I gave blood yesterday I realised that giving blood less than 24 hours ago probably wasn't helping!
Took it easy back home completing the 6.7 miles in about an hour and ten minutes...
I'll try again later this week!
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
The Great North Run is looming and I'm conscious that I need to start extending my training distances now... So keep a watch out on here... All help with motivation at this stage is gratefully received!
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Went out for a run today soon developing a tight chest and finding the run consequently very hard. Did 6.7 miles (which wasn't as far as I'd set out to do) in 58 minutes. Bring on the Ventalin!
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
On a brighter note, got my first RNLI donation! Thankyou Robin & Catrin for getting me off to a flying start!
Saturday, 13 June 2009
My daughter is now learning to dive and came along on the RIB for the trip ->
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Anway, managed a short(ish) run this evening as a stretch after the Abersoch 10km (which I'm still a bit stiff from)... 3.8 miles in roughly 30 mins.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
I'm really pleased with the time of 51 minutes and 59 seconds considering the course. The few hundred people that took part made for a much more interesting race than the Great Run thousands. Here's my official results - http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/results.php?checked=1&race_id=162&race_number=57&surname=Hursthouse&submit_x=141.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
- My own donation page ~ http://www.justgiving.com/daves-isaiahtrust-run = £600
- The IT Team I ran with from work's donation page ~ http://www.justgiving.com/express-it = £966
So a grand total of £1,566! Thanks to all those who have donated... It really will change lives! You can see how here ~ http://www.isaiahtrust.org/
The donation pages will remain active until 17th August if you'd still like to donate :-)
Sunday, 31 May 2009
An ever so slight variation of the 'Romping Donkey' pub circuit (which has opened again!) until after the Abersoch 10km just to keep the regular training distance... A slow run of the 6.7 miles in 59 minutes.
Hope to get another run in midweek as a last training session before this coming Saturday's Abersoch 10km for the RNLI. The course is going to be quite a test! A mile of beach with some groynes thrown in & some soft sand, a very steep lane up off the beach on to the headland, some undulating roads for 3 miles before joining the beach again for another mile back to the start/finish line! I'd originally thought this would be good training for the Great North Run later this year, but I'm now not sure which will be most testing! :-) More details here... http://www.abersoch10k.com/abersoch-10k/more-info
You can support my run with a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/daves-rnli-run if you like! It would be most welcome and goes to a very worthy cause!
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
You can see my full results here - http://www.nike.com/europerunning/grs/index.jsp?runner=736749&rid=122
The girls were in full voice in support ->
... and it was great meeting up with the rest of the team afterwards who all ran well!
<- Me and Dominc
Rob, Lucie and me ->
It's not too late to add a donation for the Isaiah Trust, the donation page will remain active for another 3 months, but your donation could change a childs life forever!
Saturday, 16 May 2009
The current DVD is really well put together. It features 11 water sports ranging from sailing, diving, power boating through kayaking to surfing, water skiing, Jet skiing and sea angling with practical advice on staying safe on the water and tips on training and developing skills... The DVD is free and well worth a watch! If you're interested you can get a copy here: http://www.rnli.org.uk/how_to_support_us/give_money/give_regularly/seriousfun/promo
So... Back to the running!
I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be for the Great Manchester Run tomorrow, looking forward to representing the Isaiah Trust again and hoping for good weather! Funds as of today stand at £580 on my own donation page and another £526 on our IT team page! Thanks to everyone for their huge generosity and support!
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Last year I ran the Great Manchester Run in 52 minutes and 22 Seconds. This year I'm hoping to get under 50 minutes which I know will be a challenge!
I'm in the Orange wave on Sunday, race no 5063. I'm giving Haile Gebrselassie a head start as he's younger and smaller than me but this will be my only concession!
Monday, 11 May 2009
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Fundraising for the Isaiah Trust is going well... Funds stand at £810 as of today with £470 from my own donation page - http://www.justgiving.com/daves-isaiahtrust-run and £340 from the Express teams page - http://www.justgiving.com/express-it
Pleased on both fronts :-)
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! It really makes the training worth while!
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
I have entered the Abersoch 10k race though! ~ http://www.abersoch10k.com/the-course-large . It's the first time they've held this and it sounds a bit grueling! A mile along the beach, up onto some tracks along the golf course, 1/3 mile up a VERY steep hill, a few miles around neighboring Sarnbach and back down for another mile along Abersoch beach to the finish line. It's after the Great Manchester run but should be good training for the Great North Run in September. Cheshire is not known for it's hills so something like this should help prepare for the long incline at the back end of the GNR... Well that's the plan anyway!
Not really started the fund raising for the GNR/RNLI run yet but fund raising for the GMR/Isaiah Trust is going ok... £320 so far :-) - http://www.justgiving.com/express-it (our team page) & http://www.justgiving.com/daves-isaiahtrust-run (my own page)... Thanks to all those who've donated so far... Very much appreciated!!!
Monday, 13 April 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
Ran up to the Romping Donkey Pub and back again (which has shut up shop since my last run past... Sad sign of the times!), 7.35 miles in 1 hour 6 mins. Need to step up the pace a little...
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Set off this morning for a longer run on one of my training routes up to a pub called the Romping Donkey and back (a circuit of just over 7 miles... and no, I didn't call in for one ;-). It was bright but windy whilst changing into my running gear but by the time I'd got out and into the town centre it was raining. The rain came heavier then turned to sleet!... Yuk!
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
On the 17th May 2009, I'm running the Great Manchester run (10k / 6 miles) again for the Isaiah Trust. This is a registered charity started back in 2001 by two good friends from work Nicky & Tim. The charity helps kids in Kenya orphaned by Aids and surviving on their own on the streets in some of the most appalling conditions imaginable... More info can be found on their fantastic work at http://www.isaiahtrust.org/ .
I've done this run twice before for the Isaiah Trust and am as comfortable as I dare be with the route! Last year I raised £755 individually and a further £1,010 as part of a team. Last year's time was a personal best of 52minutes and 22 Seconds which I'm hoping to beat this year :-) !
If you'd like to support me you can at http://www.justgiving.com/daves-isaiahtrust-run
In September 2007 I had an accident whilst sailing my Laser Pico dinghy out at sea off Abersoch, North Wales. You can read more about that here - http://www.hursthouse.eu/ . The Abersoch crew (pictured) came to my aid and I'll be eternally greatful!
I ran the Great North Run (a half marathon at 13.1 miles) last year to raise £2,291 funds for the station by way of thank you and even though it was one of the toughest things I've ever done, am doing it again this year on Sunday 20th September. My time to beat from last year was 1 hour 58minutes
If you'd like to support me you can at http://www.justgiving.com/daves-rnli-runI'll try and keep you updated here on my training and fund raising progress...