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MH - All the best at Mont Blanc
I'll be supporting at Whaley tomorrow - no more fell races until after Chester because they are making my bad foot worse, so can look after belongings if necessary. Going to do a long run tonight from work (Most of Morrison's route with a backpack ) in case the after race beer prevents me from getting up in time on Sunday.
I'm also tempted by VLM & Manchester double. I've already entered London but would also be good to experience the first Manchester race after such a long gap.
M6's - I'm OK for the 27th and I'll share taxis with anyone who isn't staying over. Will aim to get down on a Tuesday and work on the speedier stuff. Not sure I will keep up though !
FOAR-you'll need 6 weeks and then you'll notice the difference.
NI-"change of underware"-what have you in mind?
JMC-can i suggest you look at the race route before the race.
Mort-good to see you back running instead of moaning
Good luck to all those racing this week end.
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Whaley Waltz was run in the promised hearwave - not, and was wet and muddy most of the way round. A bit like Glastonbury without the youths frollicking in the mud and taking illegal products (maybe I was at the wrong place?)
Good Stockport turnout and I think we recorded first male and first female, and maybe the team prize too. Unfortunately had to make a quick getaway so didn't hear the official results.
First mile or so on the road, which suited me fine. NI flew straight to the front, and by the time we got off road it was already quite spread out. I was 3rd or 4th at this point. First boggy bit nearly pulled my shoes off, but all well at this stage. I am rubbish at hills, and the climb to Windgather was difficult - in fact I walked up the steep bits, but decided this was a good tactic as those that were running were hardly going any faster than me, and were probably using twice as much energy. Maybe lost one of two places.
At the top saw NI who looked to have a commanding lead.
I thought I was flying downhill, but loads of people kept overtking me with giant strides and perfect balance, whereas I was like Bambi on ice. Lots more mud and twisted ankles later, started the decent into the park, which was very slippery but I knew what was ahead.
Took a running jump as far as I could into the Goyt, splashing as many spectators as possible - at least it cleaned the mud off. And then it was finished.
Not sure where I ended up, somewhere around 10th maybe. A bit disappointed with that really, as I felt that I could have done better on the uphills especailly.
Great marshalling, and even if you didn't know the course there was little chance of taking a wrong turn.
AM - pretty good report, could have been mine, except it would have been mispelt. Steep hills are for walking, just harder to get going when you get to the top if not running.
Good to see so many SH there.
MTBB - have the lawyers been in touch yet about your assualt on the poor old man you beat to the ground, he looked like an egyptian mummy when ST Johns had finished with him.
NI - winning fell shoes means you will have to continue.
MTBB-have you been hitting TST?
SW-Sweatshop have 30% off and Adidas on line have 50%, how's the running?
I had a great day out today. I will admit at this point that I raced on Thursday at the Warrington 10k but I'd been ill for a couple of days and had a bit of a stinker and wished I hadn't bothered at the end. Nearly got beat by PPP so that's how bad it was!
Anyway, I felt fine today so decided to turn up and race in what is fast becoming my favourite ever race! I had a quick look around at the start and saw the likes of Malcolm Fowler and Tom Bush and thought I need to hammer this if I'm gonna win. I went off hard from the start to make sure I was in control of the race and decided that if anyone was going to beat me they were going to have to hurt to do it.
Got to Windgatherer where you double back on yourself and saw that I had a bit of a lead but not a big one and decided to really push hard across the field and along the trail that led down from there. I went the wrong way somewhere and luckily the marshall shouted me back so I reckon I lost about 15 seconds-ish but luckily no-one came up onto my shoulder and I kept a bit of a gap right though to the finish.
It was a great buzz coming down that path alongside the river knowing I had the race won. It meant I could enjoy the river bit without too much pressure. Whoever thought up that idea of having a river crossing at the end is a genius. I love the pantomine aspect of it where anyone who launches themselves in gets cheered and anyone who it a bit of a wuss gets boo-ed!
Well done to JS for winning the ladies race and making it a Stockport double!
Oh and Stockport won first men's team prize! AM - there's some beer with your name on it. JS has got it (unless she drank it all tonight!). Well done in your first ever fell race.
Well done to GBM, TST and MTBB as well. Good running by you all.
Anyone who hasn't done this race - you have got to do it next year! It rocks! It is 100% on my list of races to do next year!
And as if that wasn't enough, GBM and FOAR - thanks for a great afternoon / evening / night out! That was definitely the most fun I have ever had handing out Stockport 10 entry forms! GBM - you are definitely invited on every night out I ever go on!
TST - I was hoping to be able to retire from fell racing after today but strangely enough I have decided that I quite enjoy them. I'm not sure what it means for a road runner to have a fell race as his favourite race - maybe I'm just in denial.
Well done Team Stockport!
That was tough this morning, 21 miles for me. Wish we'd set off an hour earlier to miss some of that heat but that wasn't possible as we had to accommodate GBM.
Yes it was tough, never sweated as much in my life, lost 5lb in weight..
Well done for yesterday.
Well done at Whalley waltz all and especially NI and JS - jumping in that river looked horrid!
TB - running going okay but not as good as Mr Thomas McNally. After a brief respite of a mere 24 years he has returned to winning ways and is the Hepworth Dryad 2011 mens champion. His name goes on the trophy along side the likes of Carl Thackary and Matthew Pierson. He is quite pleased about it. I got stuffed and was well beaten 2nd lady but ran a bit quicker than last year even though I fell over on my arse in some mud, so can't complain.
RACE LISTThu 30 Jun - Sizzler - NI, mtbb, GBM, PPPSun 3 July - Shifnal half, tst + mgmt, wedding anniversary raceWed 06 Jul - Cat & Fiddle Down & Up Relay - DazWed 06 Jul - Offerton 10k - NISat 09 Jul - Wasdale - DazThu 14 Jul - Sizzler - NI, mtbb, PPP, GBM, AMSat 16 July - trig to track (1 mile downhill this year) tstWed 20 Jul - Shining Tor - GBMWed 20 Jul - Sefton Park 5 - NI21 july - sheldon, tstSat 23 Jul - Snowdon - Daz, RC?Sun 24 Jul - Boundry Breeze tri - SARQWed 27 Jul - Macc Forest 5 - GBM, mtbb, DazWed 27 Jul - Millbrook Moster - KwakaWed 03 Aug - Cracken Edge - GBM, MHSat 06 Aug - Borrowdale - DazSat 6 Aug - teggs nose, tstSun 21 Aug - Dorset Doddle - Daz, mortSun 21 Aug - Leek Half - PPPWed 24 Aug - Chunal, tstSat 03 Sep - Bullock Smithy - anyone?Sun 04 Sep - Tameside 10K - KwakaSun 11 Sep - Lake Vyrnwy Half- GBM, PPP, Funk, Eric, FOARSat 17 Sep - High Peak 40 - UB, PPPSat 24 Sep - JWUltra - clairsterSun 25 Sep - Berlin marathon- J8, Mr SSun 25 Sep - Macclesfield Half - PPPSat 01 Oct - causeway ultra - clairsterSun 02 Oct - Great Cumbrian Run HM - NISun 09 Oct - Chester Marathon - mtbb, GBM, RC, Funk, FOAR, Eric, PPP (probably)Sun 09 Oct - Reservoir Jogs - Kwaka
no one doing BS this year?
Thanks all for a good run this morning. Hats off to those who did more than the 16m. Could have done with a dip in a river at the end of todays run as well!!
PPP, SW & M - Well done to to you all.
NI & AM - I have 15 bottles of Bollington's finest brewed beer in my boot, 10 of which are yours. When/where shall I deliver them? I will be claiming 1 as payment for storage space for each day I'm driving around with them so you better be quick!
Well done JS and NI - fab running!
GBM - saw Cath and Ian before and they said they'd seen you - sounds like you had a good night! Has Whaley recovered yet from you lot?!! It may take a while!
Well done to all runners and racers and winners this weekend!!
Minnie--You will have to ask Foxy and Ni if we had a good night because i can't remember. GBM--Lounging around all day with a hangover isn't going to get you a sub 3 marathon is it!!!??
Well done to Clairster, M and SW!
JS - tomorrow night or Wednesday night is good for me if you wanna bring them round thanks. AM lives very near to me so you could bring his round as well!
DB - 4 races in 8 days with 2 done and 2 to go. There was only one pair of shoes. If I hadn't taken them, the second or third placed men could have got them before JS got called up to claim her prize and then neither of us would have got them. Hope your achilles is OK. You missed a cracker of a race!
TST - I'm planning on doing BS if I can get enough reccies done before then. Once I've got all my current lot of races out of the way I'm going to be doing long runs every weekend again and they might as well all be BS reccies for a while.
Minnie - I don't know if Whaley has recovered but I reckon there's a lot of malnourished teenagers round there now having had their soup stolen by three hungry runners!
A big well done to all WINNERS and runners this week. I think i've got the hang of this running lark, start at the front and don't let anyone pass you.-NI/JS/Tom well done.
SW-well done on second place, bit more effort who knows, see point above, seemingly you could always run a 20 miler every day like DB.
M6-i've e-mailed AD to get your shield engraved and your name added onto the larger shield, just need to collect it from J8
TST-i think i'm having a senior moment, i remember having to jump into a stream at the end of a fell race a couple of years back, but i don't remember doing the WW or perhaps i have.
Big Congrats to Nexus and Jet Setter
I'm still trying to get into the top 50% of a fell race, so actually Winning one boggles my mind!
clairster - I knew you were mental, but I didn't think you were that mental! Well Done though... (I think)
Chrome Hill was a fantastic little race, run off Hollinsclough village/school fete which was really cute and kept the family amused (after we found the darned village in the first place, which involved driving for miles down narrow/steep/unsignposted lanes)4 miles of mayhem through boggy/rutted/muddy farmers' fields and skittering about on slick limestone interspersed with some decent track and an uphill road finish
54 starters, so not a bad turnout really, I finished 30th, so still no top half
definitely recommend it though, although with it likely to clash with Whaley Waltz every year I might have to alternate them...