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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DTS - that is tragic and only a week after Ray Eagle.
JMC - you should get your lad doing XC!
Burnage parkrun is indeed in Heaton Mersey using the mersey paths - near Parrswood too. It is relatively flat but has a surprise short flight of steps and a couple of squeeze gates. BHB might like the look of the V50 record http://www.parkrun.org.uk/burnage/results/agecategoryrecords ;)
Likewise, Poacher hope to see you at the XC too. Achievements far more dubious than a full 20 second PB have been well celebrated on this thread. I think that the hills at the start of Congo are the more tricky to get right.
PPP are you going to race at all in your V45 category?
RB, Ahh, Ni has actually done it, 17.24 shows how slow it is.
You might have rumbled his only other below par race?
This guy runs everywhere so you can compare
Seems to confirm that NI was just rubbish that day.
I didn't really know DazH as such, only exchanged the odd word in a group containing mutual acquaintances, but you could tell he was a sound bloke
I defy anybody to read through this without crying:
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