The Erewash Half Marathon took place on August 19, and Laura Hickey (pictured) smashed it, grabbing for herself a new PB.
Laura’s been working hard recently, so we managed to catch up with her, and asked her a few questions about her running.
Why do you run?
There are a few reasons why I run and the first is to de-stress. Sometimes I can get so wrapped up in problems at work and can be stuck on something for hours, then as soon as I go for a run things just all suddenly click together in my mind. The second reason is that it fits very well with two of my other loves, cooking and baking. I love food and running allows me to enjoy it in a healthy way. Finally, it's a great way to meet new friends. I've met so many lovely people through the running community, both through IRC and things such as parkrun.
What do you get from running?
Energy and runners high. Determination and ambition. General health and well being. The ability to eat lots of cakes!
Why did you join IRC?
I was looking for a club that did track sessions as I was stuck in a bit of a runners rut and I knew it was going to be a good way to get quicker. It could feel intimidating joining a club but from my first session at IRC everyone was so friendly and welcoming. There is such a mix of abilities across the club that nobody could ever feel left out and there's absolutely no judging. Everyone runs for their own reason and I feel the club respects that, offering a mixture of social runs and more structured training.
Any advice for new/parkrun runners who want to step up a bit and get PBs etc?
Speed sessions and hill running have definitely helped me improve. I'm used to running around Beeston which is flat as a pancake so running around Ilkeston has definitely been a challenge with the hills. Track sessions can be tough but I've really noticed improvements to both my 5k times and longer distances from interval training. The good thing about them is you just do as many reps as you can... you can never get left behind at a track! Cross country has been amazing too; it's a completely different type of running but it's so much fun wading through the mud and makes road running seem a breeze in comparison. Personally, running with a group has been my main help though. It helps you get out in the first place, especially when it's cold and dark, and keeps you going when your mind might be telling you to stop. Plus the loud cheers at races from my IRC teammates definitely boost me along!
Some very useful advice there from Laura. If you want to know more about joining IRC, visit www.ilkestonrunningclub.co.uk
There were some excellent parkrun performances recently too, with Nicola Roper, Joanne Foster, Ian Stevenson, Michael Andrew, Matthew Nightingale and Suzanne Ashley all running at Long Eaton.
IRC also had a good turnout at Shipley, with John Queenan, Laura Robinson, Richard Hobson, Joanne Saunders, Gordon Birkin, Andy Murray, Emma Stevenson, Diane Sisson and Sue Bates all taking part.
Wayne Swiffin ran at Brierley Forest but DIDN’T TAKE A BARCODE, so did he even run?
On August 13, the Burton 10k took place, with Brendan Moore coming home in 32nd place out of a field of 269 runners.