From Parkrun to Half Marathon

Sheffield Half Marathon

My goal is to transition from Parkrun to half marathon distance over the next 6 months, with the Sheffield Half Marathon as my big event. I've planned ahead and entered some great events in between, to keep my motivation up as the weather gets colder over winter.

16 Sep
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #300

Attended Harrogate's 300th Parkrun this morning, finished in 47th place with a time of 21:18.

Harrogate Parkrun #300
30 Sep
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #302

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 40th place with a time of 21:35.

Harrogate Parkrun #302
01 Oct
Event I'm doing
Bramham Park Fun Run

Completed my first ever 10K event at Bramham Park in support of Cancer Research UK, finishing in 44th place with a time of 50:04.

Bramham Park Fun Run
07 Oct
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #303

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 28th place with a time of 20:56.

Harrogate Parkrun #303
14 Oct
Event I'm doing
Inflatable 5K run

A not-too-serious 5km over a giant inflatable obstacle course - this was lot's of fun!

Inflatable 5K run
21 Oct
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #305

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 21st place with a time of 20:48.

Harrogate Parkrun #305
23 Oct
Gear I've bought
Fitbit Charge 2

I've been using the Fitbit Charge 2 for a couple of months now, wearing it for both running and daily step-counting. The best features for me are the heart rate monitor, the easy-to-use functionality and the overall look/feel of the watch on my wrist. If you're looking for a mid-range fitness watch that won't break the bank, the Charge 2 is an ideal choice.

Fitbit Charge 2
12 Nov
Event I'm doing
Run Bolton Abbey 10K

A challenging trail run, but overall enjoyable, with plenty of steep ascents/descents and a unique medal to add to the collection. Finished 53rd out of 659 runners with a time of 1:00:09.

Run Bolton Abbey 10K
18 Nov
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #309

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 29th place with a time of 20:30 (new PB).

Harrogate Parkrun #309
02 Dec
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #311

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 26th place with a time of 20:45.

Harrogate Parkrun #311
10 Dec
Event I'm doing
Leeds and Liverpool Canal Christmas Cracker 10K

This was a chilly one (-1°C) but with a table full of cakes to look forward to at the finish - I had plenty of motivation to run. Happy to have finished 2nd/62 with a time of 42:06 - onto the next event!

Leeds and Liverpool Canal Christmas Cracker 10K
16 Dec
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #313

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 25th place with a time of 21:07.

Harrogate Parkrun #313
23 Dec
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #314

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 24th place with a time of 20:56.

Harrogate Parkrun #314
13 Jan
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #317

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 26th place with a time of 21:51.

Harrogate Parkrun #317
27 Jan
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #318

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 11th place with a time of 21:40.

Harrogate Parkrun #318
03 Feb
Event I'm doing
Beautiful Bolton 10K

Wind, rain, sleet and snow, we had it all - happy to have finished 5th/128 with a time of 50:05.

Beautiful Bolton 10K
17 Feb
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #320

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 20th place with a time of 20:50.

Harrogate Parkrun #320
10 Mar
Training update
Harrogate Parkrun #323

Took part in the Parkrun at Harrogate this morning, finished in 16th place with a time of 22:01.

Harrogate Parkrun #323
25 Mar
Event I'm doing
Resolution Run Leeds 15K

This will be my last event before taking on the Sheffield Half Marathon in April. Looking forward to a good run around Temple Newsam Park in aid of Stroke Association. UPDATE: completed the 15K in 1:09:00 so I'm on track for my target of a 1:45:00 half marathon :)

Resolution Run Leeds 15K
08 Apr
My big goal
Sheffield Half Marathon

Completed my first half marathon! Fantastic atmosphere and local support on the day in Sheffield, pleased to have finished with a time of 01:40:29, looking forward to whatever my next challenge may be...

Sheffield Half Marathon