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Still a very tidy offering Reggie, still apb? or not quite?
Either way, just like you wouldn't be expecting your maximum the week after a marathon, you can't expect it after a 40mile haul!
However, like you said the Endure became your A race, and an experience not to be missed.
Bus, good to see you're straight into the BP action. Will have a look tonight what my post Gosport plan is.
But first thing's first...report time! And two races for the price of one. Strap yourself in!
Bloody hell - lots to catch up on. Firstly happy birthday Bus - and a decent run, likewise PMJ and Reg. ML84 - Pulled that one out of the bag, would love to have a go at that race, shows even when the distance is right, the course shape/laps can really help to get better times. SG - shame about the wind at Gosport, but their half would probably be really popular, but it has the reputation to be windy. I'd better be on my toes Boxing day in Aylesbury at this rate (be nice to have a bit of a thread race perhaps?)..great running though.
Sadly, bit a relative disaster Saturday. Had a bad feeling earlier in the day when the kid stacked it on stony bit of the Houghton Hall parkrun, grazed his knee pretty badly and had to stop. Shame as he was running well and would have finally gone sub 30..hey ho, he'll live and learn!
Later it was my turn on the 9.1 mile Greensand ridge relay leg from Woburn to Millbrook. I have the M40 record at 52.26. Felt pretty good at the start, lovely bit past Woburn house and past the annoying pub and village green, where they are always playing cricket and folk are sitting around drinking pints..its always hot at this point. On another mile and my guts start playing up, so have to lose 90 secs or so for the pit stop - never usually happens on this leg. So then it's through Ridgemont and over towards the M1 footbridge, where I fanny about trying to find the path, losing about 30 secs. Then there's an annoying near mile up one side of a field, across a road then into the woods nearing the finish. Then I stupidly took the right hand path too soon, leaving me the wrong side of the golf course. Must have taken me nearly 2 mins to get to that point..so I have to go back to the main path (after another dump!)..so I finally make it to the finish in 61.xx. Good training I suppose eh?. Annoyed that I didn't get to find out what I could have finished with. Then we got a lift to the end of leg 5 and I decided to walk the 4.7 mile leg 6. Quite tired by now, reminding myself I could never be an ultra runner. Lager was glady consumed at the end.
1500m tonight at Battersea in the southern vets, have to make sure I get to watch the 5k if there's one on.
Great double header of races there SG, two podium appearances in one day is really pushing the boat out! I can well imagine how windy and exposed it must've been on the seafront, so good times in the circumstances as well.
Simon, sounds a bit of a cock up. Maybe you've had your full year's bad luck in one race?
Dean, could be some virus under the surface or something. Sometimes it's better to be really crap than a bit crap, 'cos at least you know that it was just a terrible day rather than being a reflection of current fitness. You do need to nail a 3000 properly soon though.
Matt L, sounds a great race, and a very decent time as well.
Reg, hardly surprising that your legs didn't want to play after 45 miles the previous weekend. In the circumstances, a low 35 is great going.
Congratulations on turning V50 Bus. It must feel wonderful.
Good luck with the homeowning Matt H.
Yesterday was the Ridgeway Relay. We've been trying to win this for years (we last won in 2009), and there's usually a cock-up, or late withdrawals or just some reason that we are off the pace. I've stepped down from the organisational role, but my successor had finally managed to assemble something looking a lot like our strongest team.
The race is 89 miles, made up of teams of 10 with at least 2 women per team. Starts at 7:30 AM up near Luton, but as I was on the final leg ending in Marlborough I had the luxury of a relaxed morning featuring a fathers' day breakfast, before setting off after lunch. Watching the updates on my phone, we take the lead during leg 2, and it gradually increases and increases until by the end of leg 7 we have an 18 minute lead.
I don't get any time updates after that. I feel certain that the second place team will have clawed some time back on legs 8 & 9, but no idea how much. The course record of 9:23 is also in our sights.
Our leg 9 runner comes storming in a long way ahead of schedule, and it looks like the win and course record are in our grasp. Second place is Newbury, and their leg 10 runner is pretty evenly matched with me, so as long as I have a good gap on him, things should be OK. My leg is 9.4 miles.
The first 4-5 miles are exposed into the strong wind up on the downs. The footing is OK for a bit, but after 3.5 miles, it turns into this horrible rutted shit that is just perfect for snapping ankles. I am relieved to get through this without mishaps, and then it's off the main track through a field. Hitting the 5 mile point and it's time for a time check - 29:10, which is decent for the hilly, off-road terrain into the wind. I know the next bit is a friendlier surface, and I've held something back to make the most of that. Across some fields and a track, and then a right turn by some horsey gallops into a really nice, even, gravelly track. A bit of a downhill, so it's time to open up. Somehow I pull out a 5:18 for mile 7. A bit more road, then into a field, and then an overgrown path through nettles slapping my legs on either side. Another overgrown field now, and as I'm now coming into Marlborough it's dog walker o'clock. Dodge them, down an overgrown slope and out onto a lane, with the finish 400m ahead. Pretty sure no-one's catching me now, but push it home to finish in 53:50.
In the end, we did 9:16, winning by 15 minutes and taking 7 minutes off the course record, so I really didn't need to push it that hard. But definitely a good day's work. We were all really chuffed, as this race is usually a pretty big deal for the club.
Dean - Oh just one of those things, must be a virus thing I suppose, you could easily casually churn out something between 8.55-9.05, faster on a good day nearer 8.50 so wouldn't wory about it. But what is it about those 15 seconds between 8.50 and 9.05 - the hardest 15 seconds in running
Very solid relay leg Dachs, well done not getting lost! MH - The dodgy guts might be the pizza the night before, Papa Johns 'the Works' with everything on it..must have been too much mixture I think, plus I eat a lot of Rye bread and it was a big dose of white flour in one go. I'm not intolerant or anything...but it can have an effect.
So last night - saw a few folk doing the Sri Chimnoy 5k, ran around watching as a warm up with HHH vets team mate and THH marathon legend Andy Weir. Looked a really good race to do, good to see my mate from Leighton Buzzard John McDonnell win it in 15.26. The 1500 was a front run job in not very nice conditions, windy and warm. Didn't get 4 & 8 splits but it was 3.10 at the bell. Ended up with 4.19, beating the Serpies guy Burtoz? who beat me in the 800 2 weeks ago. Had a little chat about masters stuff with him and Dean's name was mentioned..held in very high regard I can report back!
then did the 4 x 400 and got a split of 58 secs, which was the most pleasing part of the evening - my mate got it as 59 line to line, so speed OK. Decent night all in all, shame I couldn't really go for a pint after with the others, gets a bit late getting back.
SG, unfortunately I am no longer our Ronaldo, as a couple of our guys have really come on in leaps and bounds. I've done Leg 1 three times, I just fancied a change this time round, plus didn't feel like the early start on Father's Day. Our Leg 1 runner ran faster than I ever have over that course anyway.
Ridgeway always requires a recce beforehand. The signposting is non-existent in places, and people can and do get lost. Fortunately, I am a dab hand at map-reading and navigation. I've always thought I'd be quite handy at orienteering, but never actually given it a go.
Regarding Battersea, yes there were a couple of Highgate behind John, they must do that regularly. Its only John's 4th race this year, he's been injured quite a lot since his 13.58 5000 on the track - he's also been senior boys 1500m champ at English Schools, so he would have won that by more if he was fit. Talented bugger
The relay was silly as I sort of knew I was going wrong as I did it. Sort of hoped it would be ok in the end. It wasn't!