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This has to be the oddest page in this thread's lifetime! No need to ask what o'clock it is for you Ric
Nice hanky, wink and hint of sweaty chiselled torso there Bus.
I dare say your PMs are awash with a number of housewives wanting the full version
Saw this on facebook, any meaning to it?
Wow Simon - that's up close and personal! Makes Bus' pic look in the distance!
I think 95% of the thread would be delighted to be disappointed by a sub 16 5k, even on the magical running surface of the track
It says it all that as experienced a runner as you went so hard early doors. I dare say some of us non track racers would have been in the bushes by 2 laps!
Matt - never spare the details son!
I'm not sure what I like more, your coach allowing you to do a half marathon at the peak of summer, or you actually wanting to do one!
Well tuckered out! Sooner you than me to say the least!
Right, Murder Mile 2019 then.
After years of bottling going, even when Wycombe played away at Newport, 20mins away (!) the day after one year - a game I went to (!), this was now my 3rd consecutive visit.
2017 had been well timed to be my 200th race, so 2 years on, up beyond 250 now.
Having had a ridiculous drive last year, leaving at 3pm, and just about getting there for 7pm, I decided I'd get going at 2pm "latest" - as surely it couldn't possibly be as bad as last year anyway, and with an extra hour to play even less chance of silliness.
No messing about with half days at work this year either, with mad 30mins home and messing about at the Marlow running shop on route.
In the car at... 2.10 then, and basically 20mins to the M4, then most of the rest on the M4.
Whereas last year I had the sinking feeling of the road to the M4 being slow itself - it was easy going to the M4, before a dreadful 15-20miles of 50 zones.
Not the fastest going after that, with at least 2 randoms breaking down in the middle and fast lanes! I can only imagine the stress of that. And how the middle laners had got to the hard shoulder, yet left their car in the middle lane I can only guess! Sheash.
Plenty of time to mess with, and even a luxurious 5min service station break at Magor.
Rolled into the close proximity of the event at about 5.40 - the drive still amazingly taking about 3hr 30! (better than last year's 4 hours though!)
In 2017 I drove up the murder mile - almost rupturing my clutch in the process, a genuinely scary drive.
In 2018 I didn't even have the option - having turned up on the start - meaning ditching the car at the bottom, and racing without a number, off zero warmup.
THIS year, I went for the smart option - driving an extra 8-10miles or so, but going the "Long way" round.
Laughing at the organiser's "follow xxx road, and take 1st left at roundabout", as I followed said road, and must have passed a number of junctions that surely were roundabouts - before being delighted to see a handwritten "MURDER MILE" sign.
Phew - half the battle is getting to this one!
Postcode took me to the church - and then it's a mile or so down the thinnest roads you've ever seen - praying that no one comes the other direction. Phew - they didn't!
To the parking field - and a jabber at the marshal about how this way round was just a little ever so massively easier a route in!!
Strutted around in my obviously "outsider" running vest, taking in a load of local vests, and accents.
Took in the views - this one below being from the top of the Murder Mile course. Glad I'm not racing up that - offroad!
C'mon number 1, your race reports are overdue. Only the second one of course wasn't a race.