I joined Egdon Heath Harriers running club in 1989.
With a young family, time was at a premium and running was the easiest way to get some exercise and keep fit. I was a keen runner and ran 30 to 40 miles a week, with regular racing up until 2011. I have always done most of my training off road, taken notice of niggles and rested injuries and had remained largely injury free. In 2011 both my knees started to give notice that they had had enough, so I began to cycle and swim more than run and soon I became a keen cyclist with running taking a back seat. As a result of this my enhanced quads protect my knees and I now find I can run pain free. I have no aspirations to return to regular training and racing but I do still love going out for a gentle jog along the wonderful coast path and the countryside which is on my doorstep.
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The Nutty Nuns 200k has been running since 2006. It runs alongside the Merry Monk 100k which is in its 10th year. They are both Audax events which took place on Sunday 27th April 2014. The events are organised meticulously by Mark and Helen Lilly. Mark does the cycling stuff and Helen feeds everybody.
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The Dorset Coast 200km Audax is a long established event which takes place on Sunday 13th April 2014. It is part of the Wessex SR series and the 300km – The Hard Boiled – takes place the day before on Saturday 12th April. A few hard core riders arrived on Sunday morning looking already quite tired having ridden the 300km and only had short night to sleep in between.
It was bad enough getting up at 05:00 in order to arrive at Wareham Parish Hall ready for the 07:45 start. The Quay looked very tranquil and calm and the weather on the day was promising.
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The Valley of the Rocks 200 is an Audax 200 organised by Ian Hennessey. It is a challenging route which attracts 4 AAA points. The route is straightforward with some spectacular scenery and a very challenging 20km section along the North Devon Coast.