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However they announce and it ends up he gets nothing for his 34'2x as a v45 and has to take a pic of me instead for a time over 3 mins slower. Life's not fair sometimes
Great 10k there Reg, bodes well for the future and great run Pete too - any vouchers or just a trophy?
If I organised a race I would give max 2 prizes each - if you are a V40 and win the race, you deserve to win 1st place and the V40 prize too in my book. I don't actually think most runners would mind tbh. Any more than that it gets silly.
So relays on Saturday. Felt ok in the warm up, nice chat with SG and set off in 3/4th place - the Leeds guy went off in front and I thought I would try and stick by him. Found out later he's a 2,30 marathoner, so if you can add a bit of speed, you'll run well here on this course. So it's along the downhill dog leg, then a long up and down and around to hit the big hill. By this time I have moved into the lead, which I hold until nearly the end.
Feels good to leading around here, still feeling relatively ok after this bastard of a start with its 3 hills. So then I'm in the lead to the Jubillee stone, and down the long downhill to the pond, up a little rise and along to the bottom of the final hill. Been hearing steps behind me all the way round - and not being great up that final hill there's no surprise when the Leeds guy comes past me for the Leg1 'win'. Obviously he's got the 4% on, so I'm having that (only joking!) - although I'm in my Hyperspeed with Hoka insoles...which work ok actually!
We come 7th in the end, unfortunately we dropped a bit, and Ben P (our Reading RR) could only make up 4 places, although he ran well. I did 16.47 and ended up with a medal for 3rd fastest V45 leg. A couple of folk I know did a few seconds quicker have both done aroun 16.00 for a 5k recently, so happy with the time.
I'm also a 'Clown shoe virgin' no more - had a run round after in Ben P's pair. They re a little weird, I'm feeling the support then the firmer plate below. Interesting.
Will attempt to add a picture. Next stop the masters mile on Sunday
Pic - Stu Doyle on far left, was in the XC team in Derry, the winner centre, Ben Reynolds on my right shoulder and Paul from AFD to his right.
SG; think we're nearly there between us on how prizes should work. My final tweak to your proposal would be top vet prize equal to 3rd place prize (still gets round your point of top 3 taking and wanting top 3 prizes, but acknowledges a bit better that you are actually winning a cat (albeit a vet one) as opposed to coming 3rd.
But doesn't the max 2 prizes - as in 1. the whole race finish 2. your age category - just work out ok? In the above scenario, the 1st V40 guy home in 5th just gets the V40 prize.
There can be other issues - I remember the Poole 10k about 10/15 years ago that was the SEAA champs 10k too. John Downes wasn't happy as his victorious London Irish team won a framed picture, whilst 2nd place BAC got a crate of Stella. 'very nice - but you can't drink a f*cking picture can ya?' were his actual words
Cheers All - oh stop it, I won't be able to get my head through the door Yes, happy with the time, in the zone at the moment, you know when your quads feel strong and you generally feel nice and bouncy.
Primmy Hill session yesterday - just the 8, not 10 - 70 secs of hell. Lovely weather though and a superb view as per normal. Trying to keep a few hill sessions through the summer.
Ah Burnham Beeches. Loved that half I did in 'god knows when' (not on PO10)...nice day and a dip in the pool after! Then beer. top day..
Might try and find out what year it was - Edit - no you can't they only do the winners.
Oh and after 18 months, finally got new Adios. £89 with 10% off from Start Fitness, so not toooo bad I suppose. They'll do me for reps before after work and the odd 10 mile/half etc..
Anyone local know much about Purple Patch?
Maybe big boy @PhilipMJones (does the @ ever work, did we ever establish!?)
I thought they were the Donalds, married couple behind them, but the names seems to be linked with "the race organisers" now, who do other stuff on top of Purple patch.
Retirement/taken over job?
I'm interested as half seem PO10 and half don't...hit and miss
Ah that worked, so it must need a separate line..
alright, 2mins later it's confirmed they left in 2017.
Lesson learnt, should have held off
Lots going on in here!
SG/Simon - Enjoyed the relay reports and photos. I was really looking forward to turning out in the 6 stage in September but its the week before Berlin so I may have to wait for next years 12s. Congrats Simon for the prize!
Reg - That's a top class 10k time, really impressive. Which half are you going to target for the sub 1.15?
Pete - Likewise in the 10k
Bus - Glad to see your back to it! Hows the back holding up?
Jools - These fell races sound brutal! Hopefully you recover fairly quickly!
Enjoyed the prize debate, I need to get a lot faster (or older) before I trouble any prize podiums! Legs have felt good since Saturdays parkrun. 8m tempo last night came out at 6.21 with the last few miles being the fastest. Starting to feel like my fitness is coming together now
Cheers SW - Why not do the 6 stage? Its 8 days before the race, so enough recovery time and a great little run out. I did exactly the same when I ran my 2.39 at Berlin, gives your legs a little boost I think!
Glad fitness getting there too. I'm a bit peeved as we are on the paths again today, schools have booked the track up..