Nearly Halfway : #47, 48 & 49

Wednesday 8th June:

#47 was the hardest so far and my slowest solo run to date at 1: 48′ 

I took my beagles for a walk early in the morning and weather was cloudy and cool.

By the time I started my run at 12pm (silly me, never again!) it was boiling hot and not a cloud in sight.

I took with me a 500 ml bottle of electrolyte drink, and I wouldn’t have survived without it, was almost all gone by half way, and it was a struggle after that.

On km 3 I got a toot from Sandra and Richard on Harlescott Lane.

I improvised the route and tried to run in shaded areas.

Did a loop of the Battlefield walk, and stopped for photos a few times, St Mary’s Church and graveyard.

Tried to take a selfie with a nestling Swan but got threatened by her companion and had leave in a hurry 😀

I managed to take a selfie later on with a Billy Goat that was eating bark off a tree in Castlefields.

Got a toot on Battlefield Link Rd but I couldn’t tell who it was.

On km 16 Shaun waved, he was sitting eating his lunch in the Quarry.

Was glad to finish it and downed some flat coke that I found in the fridge and a two litre bottle of water!!

992 km down and 1118 to go! 

#48 will be on sunday morning 🙂

Sunday 12th June:

#48 done and was 12 minutes faster than Wednesday ! 

What was different this time? 

1: the weather & 2 : I ran with Scott 🙂

Weather was around 10 degrees cooler, was also raining all the time, which doesn’t bother me at all, once you’re wet you’re wet !!

If you are looking for someone to slow you down, like I did, then don’t ask Scott to run with you 😀

That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, it was actually fun, I had’t run at that pace during a half since Chester.

We started really fast, mile 1 and mile 8 were both under 7’/mile !

Scott picked the route, it’s his regular 13 mile route.

We met at 9 am by The Slinky and ran up the Mount and down Racecourse Ln and Copthorne Rd, onto Roman Rd, and at Meole Roundabout turned left to Hazeldine Way, Telford way, Whichurch Rd to Tesco, down Ellesmere Rd and finished in Coton Hill. 

We had a couple of toots on Ellesmere Rd, no idea who it was, and as we finished the run we saw Peter and Keith in Coton Hill, they were practising part of the Shrewsbury Half route.

My challenge mileage has finally passed the 1000 km mark (1013) and I’m nearly half way 🙂

My 49th will be on tuesday, maybe wednesday.

Anybody is welcome to join me in my runs, for part or the whole route, no matter what your pace is, as long as I finish the distance within 2 hours.

Tuesday 14th June:

#49 completed this morning in 1:41′ after just one day recovery!

Legs were a bit stiff to start with but felt better after a couple of miles.

Weather was good, sunny but not too warm to start but felt humid and sticky at halfway stage.

Got a toot on km 1 on Hubert Way, I think it was Steph, and another one on Telford Way on km 12 and that was Lindy.

After 3 laps of the estate I ran to Town Centre, Smithfield Rd, The Quarry and along the river Severn.

In Castlefields on the field the cows were lying on the grass, which meant rain was on the way 🙂

Took the Severn Way path for a bit of off road running and up the stairs onto Telford Way, then the length of Sundorne Rd,

Featherbed Lane, up Battlefield Rd and down Ellesmere Rd all the way to Herongate to finish.

I feel good about completing today’s run because it means that Shrewsbury Half Marathon on sunday will be #50, a good landmark

number for my Home Race 😀

So I’m almost half way through the challenge with two runs ahead of schedule and still have two weeks holiday in the bank 🙂

1034 km so far and 1076 km to go (easy peasy).

To sponsor me please visit and donate to Cancer Research UK at

Time to say my thankyous : 
1. to all who encourage me and wish me good luck, like and share my social media posts
2. to all who sponsored me so far : £546 plus gift aid raised so far 
3. to Gareth from Purity Lifestyle Studio in Wellington for free massage on my calves
4. Joe Williams from UKRunChat for free entry at Shrewsbury Half Marathon 
5. Up& Running shop in Shrewsbury for big discount on new Running Shoes
6. Susan Bowes for selling her extra M.Drayton 10k and Derby Half entry and donating the money to Cancer Research uk
7. My Family for patience and support and for listening all day to my numbers and stats
8. My brother at La Lanterna restaurant for putting a poster up to raise a bit more 
9. To Joe Brocklehurst for looking after my legs for a discounted rate and also a complimentary treatment 
10 To Sandra ( my mother in law) for helping me raise from family and friends 

RRR (beep beep)

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