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about time this thread resurfaced - just 12 days to go to Borders 1 at Prestatyn.....
....so....everyone fit & raring to go then?
Needless to say, I'm not. Calf issues have decimated September for me; just trying to come back to a decent training volume in the last week or so.
Any firm info yet on the length of the Prestatyn course? Last year they cut it to about 5.1 miles, finishing where we started. But back in 2004-5, they made it into a full 10K - we ran past the finish, then turned inland and finished on a grassy area adjacent to Prestatyn CC.
BL should be interesting.
Crowie doesn't seem to have hit his imperious form of last year yet, Clive West is back on form & a Vet this year & Wrecsam Tri have a new kid on the block who may do a few of them. Anyone else got any info?
Prestatyn is always a race of 2 halves, one into the wind & one with it behind you. Add in a few sand obstacles, dozy dog owners & some muddy puddles & it starts to get interesting.
The Crowmeister is just chillin'... lulling you all into that sense of security Yeah, spoke to Westie at the Burtonwood 5 miler and he says he trying to get back some speed, and that's what, 11 weeks ago, so sure he'll be a force again.
Myself, I've been out of action for over 11 weeks... stress fracture of the fibula, and currently in a cast... so I won't be making any kind of BL appearance until after Xmas at best me thinks. I'll be there to cheer everyone on though me thinks... could be wide open... although my money is on.... Simon Sheils!
3 days to go.....well it looks like I'll be on the start line - but will be pushed to make top 80 for this one.
My team predictions
1st Buckley2nd Abergele3rd Wirral (12 stage road relay on Saturday clashes with Borders 6 on Sunday in April - that will stuff us)
going down.....the Tango boys (sorry Pug).....and who else?
All quiet on the Wallasey front - where are you all?
Us going down? That there is fighting talk young Michael!!! Don't you worry, with Simon Jeffs back, Crowie, Denis Duret... Pasha... hopefully Steve laker, that's 5 quality runners and with the rest of our squad turning out and maybe me making a comeback in December... we'll be flying don't you worry, if anyones going down, it's the ole' Wirral boys!!!
See you tomorrow my friend
Well I got one of my predictions right - I was pushed, and I did make top 80 (74th). Report
As for the one about EP going down, well, errrrr, they might be accompanied by ourselves, courtesy of a number of absent club colleagues today. Think we only had 7 in the team, so I reckon we'll cop for something upwards of 1500 point this round. Nothing like giving the rest of the field a start.....
....so, how was it for everyone else?
Nice one Mike, there is a picture of ya on EP Forum if you check it out... also, got some video of you but finding it hard to finalise a DVD, doing my head in at the moment.
Crowster did us proud this year, running a fantastic controlled and tough race... real gutsy run I think by him. Think we had a total of around 450 points when we totalled them up... so you wirral lot are going down my friend... especially when me and Laker make a return and Marshallini... we're going to have 10 all in the top 50 I reckon no proble,!Can't wait!
Just read report mate, looks like you had a cracker in all honesty, see, told you good things to all those that wait. Speak tomorrow matey
It was a great race today, nice conditions.
From my point of view 35th, highest postion ever so fairly happy with my performance, i fould a group of Buckly runners and just tucked in with them until half way round the gold course and just edged out, manged to keep in front of them and even managed a sprint to the line.
Last year at Caernarfon i also bagged my highest place but was then out until easter after knackering my knee, tonight no reactions at all, so another plus.
See you next time.
Mike S - I managed to finish a few places ahead of you,just. I was 71st. I was 1 place ahead of you at the same race last year.
Pretty sure you were closing on me in both races so hopefully they'll never revert this race back to a full 10k. I set off feeling really comfortable at start but I must have set off too fast as I started struggling around 2 mile and I was getting overtaken regularly over the last mile n a half.
Pug- Been looking at your pics, good work, looking forward to the video footage. I'm glad you've finally found something you're good at.
It's not just Pug who's been busy with the camera - there are collections of photos up and accessible from Tattenhall's and Wallasey's websites; also, I found this site when I went to www.runninginfocus.co.uk...
Keith - Think I was one of that small group of Buckley runners you tucked in with. Unfortunately for me I faded badly over last half mile - definitely no sprint to the line! SimonR
seen the results.....we're more than 1000 points from the safety of 5th position.......
.....and as the fixture list stands, the date of Borders 6 at Helsby (6th April) clashes with the Northern 12 stage Road Relays. Cue Corporal Fraser....we're doomed.....