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Dot’s 2014 race review

My race year did not go exactly to plan.

I had set myself a challenging year to include more fell running. In February I would go up to Maryport, Cumbria for the BMAF 10mile road championships. In March I would attempt the Edale Skyline fell race and then would apply for the BMAF mountain running championship in Telfes Austria in early September. It is only 8k in distance but 760m elevation.

After a very good 2013, probably my best running year so far, I was ready for anything but a diagnosis of breast cancer following a routine scan threw all my plans into turmoil. I managed to do a very wet Tigger Tor in late January before surgery to remove the tumour in mid February. That blew the BMAF 10mile race. A second excision in March blew the Edale Skyline too, so I quickly applied to do Derwent Dambuster as a consolation. My fitness was reduced by the lay-off following surgery and I found Derwent Dambuster particularly hard.

Running to and from Weston Park for radiotherapy each day for six weeks helped me to feel better and improve overall fitness so I went off to North Yorkshire intending to do my best in the Hardmoors Rosedale Round. Despite getting a little lost I came in as first F50. That was the signal I needed to focus more on hill work and enjoy the delights of the Peak District. Stuart Hale at Accelerate and Scott Running gave me the coaching, drills, kit and support I needed to recover from breast cancer and end the year on a high. I will plan the next year to include the BMAF mountain championships and hope to be on top form in 2015. Dot Kesterton.

Date Race Location Type of race Distance Time Position
26/1/14 Tigger Tor Totley Tigers Fell 10 miles 1.48.33 !st FV60
27/4/14 Neurocare 10K Rother Valley Trail 10k 44.55mins           1st FV60
06/05/14 Festival of miles Woodbourn Stadium Track 1 mile 6.48mins 2nd FV60
10/05/14 Derwent Dambuster Fairholmes Trail 10 miles 1.19.24 1st FV60
20/05/14 Totley Moor  Cricket Inn Fell 5.39 miles 51.14 mins 1st FV60
06/06/14 Castleton Fell race Castleton Fell 6.3 miles 65.26mins 1st FV60
15/06/14 Rosedale Round Hutton Le Hole Trail 15 miles 2.29.59 1st FV50
22/06/14 12.12trail Whirlow Farm Trail 12 miles 2.01.33 2nd F50
20/07/14 Gt Hucklow Gt Hucklow Fell 6 miles 65.13 mins 1st FV60
27/07/14 Trail Rush Graves Park Trail 15 miles 2.28.00hrs 3rd FV60
01/08/14 Salt Cellar Fairholmes Fell 6.97 miles 1.18.05 1st FV60
30/08/14 Longshaw FR Longshaw Fell 6 miles 1.00.17 1st FV60
13/09/14 Nine Edges Fairholmes Fell 21 miles 3.46 hours 1st FV60
01/11/14 Grin and Bare it Langsett Fell 14.93miles    
07/12/14 Percy Pud Loxley Road 10K    


Nine Edges Endurance 2014

Me running through Longshaw.


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