6/80 Completed… Rutland Water & A Trip to My Family’s Homeland This Weekend

5/80 On Sunday 16th I took part in Rutland Half Marathon, situated at beautiful Rutland Water in the East Midlands. This was run five of 80 of the challenge.

It was a great course and a really well organised event. Running alongside sheep and cows, around the gorgeous lake and with some very supportive members of the running community.

I took this event a little easier as I completed four half marathons in the first eight days of the challenge, and am still coming off a knee injury. I also have a lot of travel and events to come this month.

On route were GU carbohydrate gels, coconut water stops, and at the finish a lovely technical t-shirt and medal (as well as lots of support on route). I was really happy that more people spotted my challenge t-shirt and reached out after the event on Strava. I hope to meet some of them for a run when I’m back in the midlands in the coming months!

I’d highly recommend the event to anybody thinking of taking part next year.

6/80 Yesterday (Tuesday 18th) I completed the sixth run of the challenge, setting off from my mum’s house in Earlsdon, Coventry, out to Kenilworth, past Warwick University, and back. It’s one of my favourite “familiar” routes to run and I managed to register a decent time.

Kenilworth Run
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I struggled slightly with my pacing following a short stop at a pub to get a glass of water, but will certainly learn from it as I head into the next few weeks.

Sean McGibney Running
Continuing the cow theme on the way to Kenilworth…

This Friday I travel to Ireland to run at Clew Bay Half Marathon on Saturday in County Mayo. My family are from Ireland (my Grandad is from County Mayo), so it will be somewhat of a pilgrimage. A friend and I will be camping on Friday before the run on Saturday – let’s hope the Irish skies are kind to us… no chance!

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