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Clent is worth going to as it's the worcs multi-terrain champs. Plus they hand out all the medals from previous champs which you will otherwise never see.
Granted there is a lot more effort and cost involved. I paid for my hotel in June so I've been a little presumptuous! You don't pay until you get notified on 22/08 and then have maybe 7 days.
I would assume that when they offer gfa places they do so on same basis of ballot places in that they know a certain number won't take them ultimately so offer more than 3k I would think.
4M at recovery yesterday followed by spin. 10 x 90s today at 5k effort.
Muddy - hope you're fully recovered now. York gets verty good reviews, I think you'll go well there.
DT - Sounds like your training is going well, hopefully you'll get decent conditions on Saturday for the parkrun thrash.
Simon - good to see BBB looking resplendent in his HP vest at the Nationals! Congrats on your win too.
Generally ticking over, with a couple of efforts/sessions. Last week was the final race of the summer league series, a pretty dull 6 mile course on old mineral lines with about 3 corners, I ran it at a sort-of-tempo effort but it felt quite hard work. Due to the rule change and men being classed as vets from 35 upwards in this league and coupled with our abundance of fast blokes in this age category I'm nowhere near scoring for either the senior men or the vets, who both claimed the team titles.
A fairly good session of 4*1200m on an undulating route yesterday.
Looking ahead to the autumn I'm trying to get some speed back in my legs for the autumn road relays (DT - are you down for these?) in late September, followed by Worksop half at the end of October. Bob has floated the idea of a local 10k in early October which I might have a go at. I've got a couple more fell races, including one this weekend, to include in the schedule but I'm not planning on racing these flat out.
Tommy, yes had our club e-mail this morning re midland relays. I've confirmed availability. I won't be available should we qualify, which I note is unusually on a sunday this year.
Easy 8 over lunchtime. Nice in fairly Autumnal conditions.
Good stuff, DT. A lot of our top blokes are available so I'll be in one of our 'other' teams; our new men's captain has come up with a decent sounding plan where the A team will be the fast lads aiming to qualify for the Nationals whereas the rest of us will be split into two other teams. He's going to try and make these teams as evenly matched as possible so we'll race each other as well as the other B/C/D teams.
The Nationals are on the same day as the local 10K Bob is looking at. Very unlikely that either of us will be required for that if we qualify.
Yep, autumn are 6 stage for the men, 4 for the women. There is some rumouring that the regional spring relays will go to 6 stage (or a number less than 12) for the men and only the nationals being 12 legs. The reasoning being that the top 6-8 clubs are so much better and have much greater depth than the rest of the field that after the first few legs it's effectively a race between those clubs. This has become more apparent with all the long legs now being up first at the spring relays rather than spread out as it used to be.
Bob - nicely done. Looking good for your autumn peak which we spoke about previously. Decent 200m time, watch your clavicle if you start racing 200m races regularly....
Skinny Fetish Fan said:
Is that Madbee pushing the pram at Whinlatter?
Nicely done, muddy, seems like a decent outing.
How's things, Pete?
I had a bit of a tempo round parkrun on Saturday morning in a bid to keep vaguely fresh legs for the fell race on Sunday. The fell race went pretty well, took it fairly steady on the initial big steep climb over the first couple of miles, nearly fell over a couple of times on the gradual climb from 2-3 miles, then put in a big effort to ctach my club my up to the trig point just after 4 miles. Had a good race with him, where we overtook a load of people, on the very boggy descent up to 6 miles before he pulled away going up a hill. Managed to get things together for the final mile including a very steep descent to finish. An enjoyable race all in all and one which takes me to the top of our club champs leader board, however, I'm unable to do the next two races and so that will inevitably change!
Decent session with Bob and some others from club last night; 2*4mins, followed by 6*1min and then finally 6*30secs. The 4 min efforts came out at a bit quicker than 5k pace, the 1 minute efforts at about 1500m pace and the 30 second efforts at quicker than 800m pace. Definitely helped having Bob to chase on the 1 min efforts and we were fairly evenly matched on the 30 second efforts, so evenly matched that we were both begging for mercy after the penultimate effort and then both collapsed in a heap on the floor at the end.
All quiet on here
Managed to average 38miles over the past 4 weeks, taking a wee cutback week this week. Still having the odd struggle with the long runs mentally but have grinded them out. Managed to put in a couple of sessions per week Mon tempo & Thurs short reps. Have a 10miler next week and would like to try and hang onto 7.30m/m pace. Monday night route was uphill for some miles then back down, managed to average 7.37m/m for the 6miles.
Excellent stuff with your 5K PB, muddy! Certainly some more to come off that when not in the middle of marathon training.
Pete, glad to hear you're getting some decent km's in. I used to avoid hills but realise they're good for leg strength etc so have tried to embrace them.
Good mileage, Kevin. Might be worth having a go at a parkrun or low key race to see where you're at?
Sounds a bit frustrating m CF but hopefully some base training and a bit of XC action will put you in a decent place for London next year. Are you doing the relays at Sutton Park in September?
I've been on holiday in Cornwall for a few days so have enjoyed some runs along the SW Coast Path around the Lizard peninsula which have been great. On my way down on Saturday, I decided to take in Churchfields parkrun near Worcester. I've got a vague plan of trying to do the toughest uk parkruns so this was a good opportunity to tick this one off. It's a mental course, going round and round in circles and in and out of different fields (and round an actual maze) and up and down 6 hills. I ended up finishing 3rd in 22:00, although I did get the course to be over 100m long as did most people. Compared to Mount Edgcumbe (another of the toughest), I was a bit slower on this course but this may be down to it being quite a bit longer than 5K.
10m on Tuesday then a rest day yesterday as was shattered. Feel much better today after an early night last night.
Just a few easy runs planned this week before I get back to it next week.