18th Jan 2009
agree about organisation, top stuff as always
love the rucsac, but miss the sweatshirt
Now, i have been a bit ill all week
i have another 2 halves in march, lets see, hmmmmmmmm
Great event today. Well organised by Knavesmere. A blessing that we could take shelter in the warmth before the gun. Had a target of sub-1:45 and came home in 1:39:05 so well chuffed. Paying for it now with stiff knees. Will be back next year (if I can get in).
Highlight of the day was seeing Hipps again after nearly 2 years
Lowlight of the day was going off very nicely then suddenly losing all power at mile 3 and having to go into disaster recovery mode just to get round in a mediocre 1:41 and felt so carp I didn't even go to the pub!!!
Well done to everyone who ran so well and got PB's - there are quite a few!!
We really were very lucky with the weather. By 1500 the clouds and wind had gathered and it has been pretty stormy ever since.
Race organisation and support of the course was again excellent and everything worked like clockwork.Chatted to the Race Secretary for a few minutes in the Stand before the race. He told me that divorce had nearly been on the cards as he and his wife filled 1300 goody bags in their home for two nights before the race.!!!It's that sort of dedication and application to detail that makes this such an enjoyable event for all participents
yeah, top organisation
enjoyed the choc
choc ..what choc ?? my damm kids (grown up mind) were at home and nicked the lot grrrrrrr !!
already posted my thanks for the organisation but your posting TS just goes to show how much dedication and effort the unpaid organisers of a race put in which is well well appreciated ! thanks guys !!
Well done Stotfold - super result!
TS - I shall be very happy the day that 1.41 is survival!
The way I feel this morning I can't beat myself up over those six seconds, I think I left everything I had on those roads. Maybe next year.................
Well organised by a very friendly team - even arranged for decent weather - its pouring down today up here
I can't find where I can rate it on this RW website?
Brass Monkey 2009 photos here
first set of photos from the 2 mile mark
Were we discussing the Rights and Wrongs of running with MP3 players on this forum last week? I think we were. Well, as you know the organisers for the BM don't allow them and yesterday I saw a good example of Why Not: the group I was running with included one gal dressed in black from head to foot and wearing a black wooly hat. I soon noticed the reason why: She was carrying an MP3 player and had threaded the wires up the back of her top, under her hairline and obviously her hat was concealing the evidence!!
Well, I'm not here to judge or preach but I can say this: she had no idea of spatial awareness and was constantly jostling and knocking elbows/running across people, you guys out there all know how irritating this can be in a race, particularly when you're in a tight group. That's forgivable, but what was NOT so good was when a car came from behind and - of course the cries of "Car" rang out, because we were on a very narrow part of the course and there was no way this car could get past without runners moving out of the way. She didn't hear the warning and was running directly in the car's path ..... fortunately someone realised she couldn't hear and ran to catch her and physically tap her on the shoulder. Not what you want to see happen, I hope it didn't ruin that person's focus.
So no harm done, but you can see why organisers don't allow them. It introduces a health and safety issue that might not otherwise be there ......
i was the one that wanted to run with an ipod, i still think that at the time of applying this rule should be made clear and give the option then of entering knowing that music is banned.
as it was i did run and without music so whoever that was in the black hat it wasn't me. i managed to pass the time by running to mile with a couple of other people but was on my own from then to the finish, i really struggled and am sure my time would have been better with something to take my mind of things , however finished in 2.08.35
i always run with music and always on busy streets, i do not have the volume turned up so that it drowns out all traffic, and have never had a problem , i have always heard cars or even bicycles approaching from behind. i think if you use an ipod sensibly it doesn't pose a danger
I see your point Andrea and know that for many it's just impossible to enjoy running without music. However, this girl did not subscribe to your good practice and couldn't hear a thing. She was a bit of a liability I suppose, however I don't want to sound like I'm preaching - let he who is without sin throw the first rock etc etc
passed a few people with an earphone in under a hat
was a great day, ran a good solid training run at (fingers crossed) marathon pace and had company the whole way round
and she pbed
lovely to see lots of you again
Please dont run with earphones/ipods in at all, you are exposed when people run up behind you, not all people are nice!!!!.
I have run past runners with ipods etc and the shock has made them jump out of their skins, i know that it may be the fact that I am running past people but I think that it is the shock that people can get that close to them without them noticing.
PS I didn't get in the Brass Monkey Half
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