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Just me indeed then !
TC - I saw your post about Thames Tummy, thats a shame. Richard Iles might let you defer your entry until next yr, esp as you are a decent supporter of RNF events.
was indeed just me, although a nice friendly young lady de-lurked to say hi !
special thanks to Doozer, for standing at the point on the run course where I took a left instead of a right last year ensuring that this time I only ran the required distance instead of tagging a bit more on too.
De-lurking to say hi TR - hope you had a good day and got the time you were hoping for yesterday. Thanks for being friendly to a random slightly hyper girlie when you had no idea who I was ! You were probably just wanting to focus on your race at that point.
Had a great day out myself - 44 mins off last years time and my chum who I persuaded to come along too had a cracking race considering it was her first time doing anything longer than an oly. She's now worringly enthusiastic about us both entering Outlaw for next year.
Big decision to DQ that guy who would have won but credit to the marshall at Frogham for doing his job. It's beyond me why anyone cut that corner - it wasn't as if it was a question of picking a good line to keep speed up (well I didn't have much at that point anyway). I'm just glad there wasn't a marshall listening to me shouting expletives to the two car drivers who decided to do an emergency stop in front of me to turn into the car park at the Fighting Cocks.
It was a nice gesture for you to say hi, I'm happy to say hello.
Glad you had a good day out, its a great race. I didnt have to stop for cars suddenly, but I did encounter ponies, sheep, donkeys, pigs and cattle that though they own the road ! In fact they do round that way ! I struggled a bit y'day but was only 7 minute slower than the target I had set myself.
Every yr they say they will DQ folks that cut right had corners (and dont) so I'm pleased they upheld the threats y'day. Shame they didnt see a couple of runners take a more direct path (than the path) too, which only shaved a few seconds off for them, and I made sure that I still beat em !
We went to ride the bike course last month and there were ponies and cows standing in the road what felt like every mile. And two piglets ran right across us in Landford grinning like it was some kind of dare. Yesterday was slightly better from a creature in the way point of view though I narrowly missed the pointy end of a highland cattle horn and a very big sow got very grumpy when I ran past her piglets.
RNF do a good show. You ever done Swashbuckler ? Thinking of that one instead for next year.
Yes I’ve done the Swash. The course is much flatter and therefore a fair bit easier, but the swim is at the mercy of the current in the river which can be quite bad. Lots more pirates do the Swash. The bike course is no-where near as beautiful as y’days though, and more of the run is on the road than off-road. I’m not doing next yrs Swash as its only 3 weeks after VLM.
And of course the Swash is perfect early season prep for Outlaw.
That's what I did this year, anyway. Probably not next year through, for the same reason as TR.
Current lottery sounds entertaining. Was out of the water in 38 mins on sunday so I'm guessing I'd probably be ok for the Swash unless it was really bad on the day ? Funny how things change - when I entered last years NF middle distance I couldn't swim front crawl, now I do better at that relatively speaking than the run which is what I'd done for years. Hey ho.
Point taken re Outlaw prep. There is now an air of inevitability about next year I fear. One friend who came to watch on sunday has come up with a very convincing argument as to why it would be madness not to do it. I suspect she may have been separated at birth from one of you piratey types.