Firstly we must apologize for the lack of blogging over the last month! The majority of the team have been busy putting in the hard work in at altitude in Albuquerque, New Mexico in preparation for the summer track season and for some spring road racing. Our regularly bloggers were simply ‘too tired’ they say!!
Jonny and Ross went out to Albuquerque in late February ahead of the rest of the team to prepare for the New York Half Marathon. This would be the second time Jonny has raced the half in New York and also the same course where he ran his 62:59 PB back in 2012. For Ross it was to be his debut half marathon and coming off the back of his 28:46 PB road 10km in Schoorl he hoped for a good first outing over the Half Marathon.
In near freezing conditions but with a brisk following wind for the last 4 miles it was classed as pretty good weather for New York in March. The guys set off conservatively as the first 5 miles takes in the notorious hills of Central Park and they can be brutal if people are too aggressive. Once out of Central Park the plan was to push on the second half and catch as many people as possible. They did just that and Jonny ran a really strong (29:07) last 10km to finish 10th in a new PB of 62:23 and Ross finished strongly too in 11th for 62:40 which was a great debut for him.
Elle, Eli, Lauren and Andy joined Jonny and Ross in Albuquerque after New York in early March and the team have been able to put in some great work together from their base of 6,000ft in the Sandia Mountains above the city of New Mexico. Ross ran at the University of New Mexico in the NCAA for 4 years so knew the area very well and made settling in and finding places to run, eat and drink coffee very simple!
Albuquerque is used by many other professional teams for altitude training and was a favorite of Paula Radcliffe’s when preparing for her spring marathons. It’s clearly obvious why…the Rio Grande river down at 5,000ft has a bike path that runs for over 12 miles without interruption so perfect for tempo running and the near by foothills provide plenty of off-road running and trails at 6,000ft. The sun doesn’t stop shining either so vitamin D was topped up and the dry trails were a welcome change after the mud and rain of Stockport this winter!
Jonny flew home mid-way through the second part of the camp to put in his final preparations for the London Marathon this weekend. This will be Jonny’s second Marathon and he hopes to improve on his 2:16:52 debut from 2015 in Frankfurt. After his PB half marathon and great build up he is confident and ready as he can be. He will be wearing the Team NB MCR colours so look out for him and be sure to cheer him on if you are there or watching on TV…
Elle has also just flown home to the UK now to start her 2017 season on the roads after some injury problems. Other than a trip to the hospital after an altercation with a rope across a path she is ready to start racing again.
The next picture isn’t for the faint hearted….
Ross, Andy, Eli and Lauren flew to Boston at the end of last week to race the BAA 5km that takes in part of Boylston Street, the finish of the Boston Marathon. The atmosphere in the city was amazing and other than a little bit of wind the sun shined the whole time which ensure the crowds lining the course were huge and in good spirits. The race took place on Saturday 15th April, two days before the marathon and had around 10,000 participants. The race was used partly as a tune up race ahead of the up coming track races in Califormia (Payton Jordan Invite 2nd May) and also as a break from the tough altitude block. The group all had good runs and came away with PB’s. Lauren went to 10th on the UK all-time 5km road list and Andy bettered his track 5km PB!
Lauren 15:39 5th place
Eli 15:59 7th place
Andy 13:47 9th place
Ross 14:08 14th place
The plan for the group now is to stay in Boston the home of New Balance before then heading to California to open up the track season at Payton Jordan. We will keep you updated on the training here in Boston and hope we have some more great results to follow…
We also have an exciting new signing to announce in the coming weeks!