This year, six intrepid Shabbas braved a cold, windy day and revved their engines in the pit lane to see whether they could give Ferrari a run for their money.
Chris Collis, Ian Glover, Baz Nicholls, Darren Redmond and Jonathan Shaw were our driving crew. Here's how they got on - in their own words.
Training went well. I managed consistent 35-40 miles a week including speed work, tempo’s & long runs.
There was a good buzz about the place. I think a lot of people had been looking forward to this as it was the first race of the year for many.
For me the course itself was the highlight. Running on the track like that was something quite unique and not something I’ve experienced before.
When it comes to times, well obviously I’m claiming the quickest one! The official chip time was 1hr 32’38.
I’m looking forward to the Fradley 10k this Sunday and then Stafford 1/2M the week after.
Silverstone was never my goal race for this spring, that would come later, in the form of the Manchester Marathon. What is was though was the chance to put my marathon legs to the test on an iconic car racing circuit.I arrived suitably wired after a bucket of coffee on the journey down, and was struggling to contain my excitement. I had goose bumps as I walked towards the bag drop trying to take everything in. My head was on a swivel.After arriving, I soon met up with fellow Shabbas, Daz, Baz, Jonnie Shaw and Gaz Homer (designated driver for the Walsall crew). We were all buzzing and the cheesy tunes being blared out didn’t help. On the start line we eventually caught up with Chris Collis, who had been sheltering from the wind in a cafe. All of us were suitably primed and couldn’t wait for the gun.The first few miles flew by. I was running with Chris initially and trying to keep up with the 90 minute Marker Man! The wind was a constant battle and on every exposed section of the course, it was like running through treacle. As you’re running along and you can see the iconic corner names, you become awestruck as you realise where you are. The whole place is steeped in history and thenn you see some of the manufacturers names like Mercedes, Lotus and Aston Martin. It really is inspiring stuff.
I was feeling good until mile 9, then I wasn’t sure how much I had left at the kind of pace I was running (around 7 minute miles). Miles 10, 11 and 12 were poor mile splits, but I was giving all I could. In the last mile, I could see Chris ahead of me and he was like a carrot being dangled – I HAD to catch him. I put in a decent last mile, as did Chris, but I didn’t catch him in the end. As I crossed the line, I jumped all over his back, over the moon with my time. I finished in 1hr 32 m 47s – much better than I expected.
We soon met up with Daz and collected our goodies, we then waited for the other Shabbas to finish, after all, that is the Shabba way ‘nobody leaves until the last man crosses the line’. Once we had all finished, we suddenly realised how cold it was, and made a hasty retreat to the car park.
What a great race. I will definitely be back next year!
Next up for me is the Ashby 20 on the following weekend to Silverstone. A very different race that will be run at my proposed marathon race. Another race that will have a good Shabba presence with myself, Daz and Jonnie taking part.
I didn't have the the best build up to the race, I had lots of niggles. But I didn't expect so much support on the course. One of the highlights for me was running round a track so many famous drivers have been on – that was unbelivable. I finished with a time of 1hr 40:30. I was hoping for under 1hr 40 but the route was very windy, I'm really pleased with my result as it's my best half marathon time for over year. I'm now working towards the Cannock Chase Dirty Dozen on 23rd March 2014.
Training has been hampered since the start of this year by a knee injury, so for a while I didn’t actually think that I was going to make Silverstone! Although, after 4 great weeks of training, I knew that my knee would hold up! The atmosphere at Silverstone was awesome (this was despite the fact that it was frickin freezing Mr. Bigglesworth!) and despite the fact we were running around a route that looked like the advanced stages of Nokia favourite Snake, it was very well supported and superbly marshalled!There were a few moments from Silverstone that will stay with me.:
1) Being on the start line with my fellow Shabbas, its an awesome feeling going into a race with your chums by your side. 2) Running about 4 miles with the Imperial Running Club.. great group who kept me at a reasonable pace when “Tango & Cash” wanted to push on.
3) Best bit was meeting up with the guys at the end, cold, exhausted, happy, sad.. its all good when we we all get back together and exchange race experiences :)
My official time was 1:24:34 which was 22 seconds off my PB. The last 3 miles were really hard graft and I honestly thought I could get a sub 1:24 but it was not to be. I had a few minutes to have a whinge to myself but considering that 6 weeks previous I wasn’t even going to be running this race.. I took this as being a massive success…and as I finished 81st out of 6700+ finishers as well then that does put a smile on my face!
Coming up I’ve got the Ashby 20miles, Stratford half marathon, then it’s the Manchester & Edinburgh marathons. Oh, and of course… FATHERHOOD!!!
Well training has been a bit up and down with calf trouble, and I’ve recently shaken off some hamstring trouble. After helping fellow Shabba Sarah to a PB at Parkrun, I’ve rested for a week along with stretching exercises from Chris Collis and went in with trepidation. I also a tried a new running style with new trainers and compression tights! My Mileage has been up and down with zero some weeks and 30 miles the next!The atmosphere was great with Gazza driving Bazza and myself. The nerves kicked in when we hit the traffic jams. After the long walk in we were greeted by Ian and Dazza in the arctic conditions. Bananas, Lucozade and Dazza’s Jaffa Cakes were the pre-race fuel. After an expedition to the loos we were onto the start line. Guess the highlights were running along the F1 Grand Prix starting grid along with ‘The Chain’ intro music at the start. The biting wind made you feel like you were moon walking at times. The slick drinks stations were awesome and they even threw a bridge in to test the legs late on. The home straight seemed to be about 10 miles long but cracking my best time in 21 years was amazing to say the least. After grabbing my goody bag Dazza, Bazza, Gazza and Ian were there in hoodies and about to get frostbite. It was a magic day and big thanks to the guys for waiting and Gaz for driving. Chris made a stealth like race and sadly didn’t see him. My time of 1:53:12 exceeded my wildest expectations – next stop 1:49 mmm food for thought! Next one for me is the simple Ashby 20 miler with fellow Shabbas Ian, and Daz – bring it on! A special word to my mentor, friend and top Shabba who was in all our thoughts down there – Paul Ross – The Rossmeister!
Oh and then it’s the London Marathon in April – Easy!