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07/10/2012 at 16:38
Very good result Eric and bad luck for both VL and NI, each of whom have much better days ahead.

I was pleased with my 3.09.42 and 3rd in age group. Felt like my feet were in quick sand around Mille 13.5 and then got a great boost from the WBSC cheering section. Thanks guys! I managed a few sub 7 miles after that and never hit the mythical wall. Last 2.5 miles also sub 7.

For me, anyway, a good day in perfect race conditions.
07/10/2012 at 17:44

Well done to one and all.

NI - really sorry to hear that it went pear-shaped but Eric is right - you will come back stronger. It will make you more determined.

Eric - Great run! I'm surprised that you thought sub 6.30s would get you a sub 2:50. You hadn't done your homework and that is very unlike you! Good run though...

07/10/2012 at 18:14

Well done racers and bad luck, NI.

J8 - have a good hol.

07/10/2012 at 19:32
Can't believe I wasted my entire Sunday to suffer the shame of watching ES be the first Harrier home, and beat my time, and look fresh at the end!

Shocking performance by NI, reeling out the old hamstring excuse, he's getting worse than Eric.

To top it all off, my son was being completely lame on his bike and we had to bail out at Northwich and get the train home!

Eric - I noticed they had moved the finish about 2 minutes closer to the start line than last year!
07/10/2012 at 19:35
Sorry Eric, should have said well done first.
07/10/2012 at 19:47
Ni, gutted for you. A win and cash prize had your name on it. More importantly how's your hamstring? Well done Eric, 2.50 is a great effort although night school for some maths lessons.
07/10/2012 at 20:12

ES - Great running, well done.

NI - Commiserations again.

JMC - How old is your son?

SARQ - Maybe an MRI scan would be better? That's what diagnosed my problems anyway.

07/10/2012 at 21:28

Congratulations to Eric
Well Run BB
and commiserations to NI and VL

I assume RB will be happy enough with 4th Overall/1st V45 at Congleton

TST - I can see Mgmt is in the results for Blackpool-Fleetwood but not you...?

I enjoyed Windgather - what's not to like about running down Goyt Valley, then along the ridge from Windgather to Shining Tor in the autumn sunshine?

got passed early on by SarahB, who went on to put 8mins into me by the finish, so Well Done to her
2:36 for me - a couple of mins slower than in 2010, but I'll settle for that

Edited: 07/10/2012 at 21:29
07/10/2012 at 21:52

Really bad luck NI on being beaten by ES.  I hope you recover soon.

Injuries are an occupational hazard, especially when you train as hard as you do.  But on the positive side you have had a long spell injury free, so there is no reason why you can't do so again. 

I guess that means that I will remain above you in the October mileage charts.

07/10/2012 at 21:53
EC - well done, and hard luck at missing the sub 2:50,. You would have been even more chaffed with that.

VL - v sorry it didn't work out

BB - superb running!

RB - great running, you didn't give up the title without a fight.

DTS - well done.

NI - very sorry it went bad, sounds like you were within touching distance. There are plenty of positives. Like being in the lead of a big mara! I hope the injury is not too bad.
08/10/2012 at 07:00
JS - he's 9

The distance wasn't the problem. It was the fact that we had to wait so long for NI to hobble across the finish line that it would have been dark when we got back and we didn't have lights with us.

It's quite a nice ride, mainly flat and quiet roads.
08/10/2012 at 07:41

JMC - You expected your 9 year old son to cycle 50m   and you thought he was being lame for wanting to stop half way? Give him a break!!

08/10/2012 at 08:28
JS - yeah it's shocking! I sent him straight to bed when we got home for being so pathetic.
08/10/2012 at 08:52

NI - that's tough but you went out and took it on at full effort and that sort of thing is going to happen sometimes.  I'm sure that invincibility will be restored soon enough.  And it sounds like it was a great run up to 19.  

Well run DTS, BB and excellent bounce back from ES.

I failed to defend my title at Congo Half but not for the lack of trying.  The first few miles are a bit hilly so I started steady but gradually reeled people in until I caught the leaders around half way.  I put in a small surge to drop BIg Stu Doyle from the group as I knew he was the one with the finish.  But then it all kicked off and I was dumped too as the leaders sped off into the distance.  I still thought I'd catch them again and I was slowly gaining until the final couple of hills took their toll.  True to form Big Stu came loping past in the last mile and grrrr I'm 4th again.  But over a minute faster than last year 73.56 and almost even split.

Congo is a nice race - the undulating course feels like Wilmslow or Chester but with a decent dash of Macclesfield.  Pretty local and cheap as chips well worth doing.

Nice to meet The Poacher afterwards - a very elusive Blista - I felt like I'd found an Olympic 50p.

08/10/2012 at 09:15
Looking at the results it was a blinding run by the poacher!

a big PB on a tough course.

Well done!

JMC - I bet you were on some "snazzy" racer and your poor lad was on a BMX or something, still you are right, it is no excuse!
Edited: 08/10/2012 at 09:19
08/10/2012 at 10:05
Just want to say a big well done to Eric on a great performance. You looked really strong when you passed me and I was hoping your wheels would stay on (which they did).

I was expecting VL to come past shortly after but obviously it didn't happen. Unlucky, just get yourself right and come back stronger.

BB - great running from you too - well done.

Well done to RB and Daz on good performances too.

Thanks to JMC, GBM and Mort for coming down to support. Sorry for making you wait so long JMC but the trains are a bit few and far between out in the sticks so I had to get to the finish under my own steam (and cross the finish line). I've never had a dnf yet and I don't intend to ever have one as long as I can physically make the finish line no matter how long it takes.

No point sulking really. I've got the fitness to take into the XC season and I think the best thing to do is draw a line under it and move on.
08/10/2012 at 10:24

JMC, 9 years old and doing 40 miles, that's tough. I took my 9YO out on the Mersey yesterday and did 20 miles on MTBs, it's fairly flat and we did stop for an hour at Jackson Boat pub. Back seems to be better with Cocodamol in heavy doses disguising the pain.

08/10/2012 at 12:30

just heard tragic news that Darren Holloway (of Pennine) collapsed & died yesterday competing in a fell relay event in the Lakes - shocking - he was only 42.

08/10/2012 at 12:35

SARQ - he did 73 miles in one day when he was 7!  We cycled from Manchester to York on the TransPennine Trail over 2 days. We kept on passing train stations and asking if he wanted to stop but he was determined to get all the way to York. The last 15 miles were so slow I struggled to stay on my bike. I was convinced he was going to be ill for at least a week after but he was fine. The mother in law nearly called social services to report me for child abuse.

Last year he did the Coast to Coast from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in 3 days. That was 143 miles in total  and some big hills.

He did the above on a 5 speed 20" mountain bike that probably weighs about half what he weighs. Yesterday he was on a kids road bike but it is still slightly too big for him which made it tricker to pedal. He is desperate to do Lands End to John o Groats but I can't face 3 weeks of cycling at 7miles per hour.

Eric - has your lad done any cycling?

NI - I would sulk big style.

08/10/2012 at 14:54

BHB/PPP and Ni, did you know there was a park run in Burnage, by the Rugby club and going along our run routes on the Mersey.

Couldn't get much closer than that. I don't think it's fast though.

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