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That makes more sense SG, you made it sound like they were hiding you away!
First of my little series of short 'races' tomorrow with Parkrun. Sort of a warm up to get used to 5k pace again before the track champs in two weeks. I'd still like a PB though!
StevieWh said:Simon -I don't get the ultra obsession either, especially when people try and sell it to me as 'its just run-walk-eat' I don't want to walk in a race!
Simon -I don't get the ultra obsession either, especially when people try and sell it to me as 'its just run-walk-eat' I don't want to walk in a race!
Cheers SW - Should be a good blast. It's a bugger of a course, much harder than a normal 5k and more pressure as it's a masters event and you are more visible. Good fun though.
Ultra's - Not convinced. It's a uncomfortable truth that there's a lot of folk who aren't that great taking on the normal distances that turn to ultras. Often they don't bother training hard enough to compete over 5/10k, half marathon etc, so they try to scrabble around trying to find something that they're good at.
The usual excuse is the scenery etc etc..I get that, but we all run in nice places on our Sunday runs - racing should be all about concentrating, rather than sight seeing.
Stevie G said:
That's a weird distance.
Good turnouts chaps, and lines in the sand for going forward.
Get your internet shorts on, as I've a British Masters relay job to write up
British Masters relays then. Birmingham.
Long old hoon for just over 5k a piece, but the relay days are a great team day, and unlike the 12 stage don't burn most of the day away!
Slightly awkward scheduling meant we couldn't really go up and support our other team, the W55s, as their leg started at 10.30am. With a 90min drive (for me), 2hours for the rest of the team, to set off 8.30ish when you're not going until 2-3 was just too awk.
These Windsor boys are flash with their dough, so a completely unnecessary £4.10 toll charge to drive slightly freer for 5miles helped us there just after 1pm and with loads of time spare.
I'd spent half the drive thinking I was going to nod off, making no sense having not run since morning on Thursday!
I was due up 5th, so loads of time to mill around. Found the big man Simon for our usual friendly chat. Couldn't see Dean, to establish whether i'd get a warm greeting or a dressing down
Myself and Wool had a jog round the whole route. I'm sure we overheard a geezer say how I looked fit for 40 I'm sure he meant for being in the V35 category!
Unlike the 2017 version, the route takes you on a horrible little extra section further down, round and up, so you reach the main hill a bit flapping. However, by a mile you're pretty much back on the flat, with the lovely downhill to soak up, before a final mile burn in.
Our top two boys Samson & Lee had taken us to 6th, then 5th, with Wool up 3rd, and our on paper least fast guy on 4th.
This eased us down to 9th by the time my leg was due.
After about 73 zooms to the nearest bush and back, and hoping I was warm, after doing the 5k warm up over an hour before being due up (!), I could eat up that glorious stress feeling pre the off.
Despite the rain on the way up, the day was now dry, but that sort of imperceptible bit humid feeling.
The pen was packed, and the worst case is always seeing your guy coming in just ahead of a pack of geezers.
There were a few behind, but not too bad.
A guy on my leg started off just ahead, but I knew i'd be taking a place early knockings - a good feeling.
However, despite a downhill first 200m, I knew to set off cautiously, as the down lulls you in, before a nasty little climb through the woody surroundings and fussy little section, before you've got about 0.7m on the clock, and THEN you approach the "actual" hill.
This is a trickier hill than it looks - not that steep, but you can't see the top, it's one of those. It does have these little plateaus though.
I'd gone past someone on here, but as is the awks with these sort of relays, there were both the V45 category and people in our race, but the leg behind. This geezer was one of the above!
I reach the peak, after being slightly surprised to see the first mile come up at 6.25, but there's always the risk that the watch is under recording distance and thus pace. We'll see later.
The pace doesn't seem to be increasing massively on the flat. Luckily having recced the route, I know that the down is still about 0.6miles away.
Past another couple of geezers, both on another leg/race, but better than being passed!
Check the watch, it's suddenly reckoning 5.40 pace. Stop checking the pace , only distance now.
Down past the ice lolly van, and it's a nice 1/3m downhill or so. Past someone here for an actual overtake (that's two ), and it's going fine. It certainly won't be any sort of pace to compare with a flat 5k, but I'm certainly thankful it isn't that woeful long leg of the 12 stage finals! Big Rob is cheering, he's telling me the guy ahead isn't even on my leg, but have a go anyway!
To the bottom and it's less than 1mile to go. Past the lake, past the cheering Dashers crew. Ease past the geezer on a different leg, up and down a bit, and round the corner.
Last half mile pic here
I knew Wool had done around 18.25, and for a second I thought I wouldn't get near that, but in the end 18.10 - 18.11 on the final results.
Watch showed 3.04 miles, but I believe it's a 5.08km, so 3.16miles job, so that'll explain the pace showing slower than it felt!
A tough route for sure though, stalling you in mile 1 when you're normally feeling all bold, and unlike most courses, being heavily stacked to finish stronger.
So 7th in, but clearly some of the teams had held back some dons for the last leg, as we finished very narrowly in 10th in a sprint for 9th.
So 10th place out of 33 finishing teams, 41 all in (some fielded incomplete teams), and our ladies had come 6th in the V55 earlier.
To sum up the sort of clubs we were against one of our team noted that we were first non AC / non harriers team.
The commentary team made a special little visit to ask where we were from, having never seen Datchet Dashers before.
I said we're from an area where they love these sort of second names!
Sheen Shufflers, Marlow Striders, Handy Cross Runners, Sandhurst Joggers, Finch Coasters etc
A cracking team day out, team photo as per below - ignore the non matching bottom halves!
I should point out I didn't run in that pair! That'd cost me a min!
One of the few races of the year I get a lift to, so no parking or exiting worries for me!!
That's turnout number 8 of the year, and 246 on the "career" races log.
Hopefully 250 is something special.
If I can squeeze 3 in before Endure 24, which is 4 weeks today, that'd work magnificently!
That's one hell of a shift there Reg - as I said on strava, more like it versus the xc form (and the 5k you banked).
Now, speed that up a little, and hold for over double the disto and there's that 72 HM
Looks a Staines esque elevation profile, although take Pete's note on turns on board, but it could be the growing local race when word gets round now that Staines clashes with Marlow, AND sells out to the parkrun gang a week in.
The shorts are solid by the way, maybe the pic doesn't do them justice
Pete - another good turnout for you, obviously a V50 pic. You must hoover those badboys up! You need to add the pics of getting monster trophies in.
Matthead - completely, why not keep it 1- the same, 2- an actual sensible distance. Two years ago it was 3miles, but 5k is a proper comparison versus the useless 5.08km. Disguises the direct comparison at least...
16.57 for 3miles 2 years ago, 18.11 for 3.16m this year. It shows completely, how tough that extra loop is at the start, as that wasn't in the 2017 version - and it's clear!
Well done on both fancying a half marathon as we move towards summer, and the day after a race! Taking it as a long run with a bit of effort is definitely not a bad way to think.
Bus - nice one, I got out by allowing myself a "could just do 5miles out and back" option, but in the end held it together for what would have been 12, but then realised I had a few mins extra of a podcast, so did a slight loop extra for 12.5
Plenty! Which I always think about versus doing marathons. I don't think I've ever finished a 12-15 and thought, oooh I fancied more today
Have to chuckle!
But no need to be embarrassed by anything... apart from those socks!
Wycombe 10k bungled the prizes once. The first 2 were juniors -so the winner got the trophy, but the guy in second got nothing I managed to steal off with a 3rd senior man though, for 5th. Ruv-ree