We had a meeting yesterday regarding the cross country. The grounds have not recovered from the torrential rain earlier last year and the course is in a pretty bad state and a decision had to be made as to whether to cancel it or go ahead by using trails and other runnable surfaces.
As you will remember the International event had to be moved from Stormont for the same reason. We had been asked by Estates Management to cancel the event a couple of months ago but had hoped that the grounds would have dried out sufficiently by now to allow us to run the event on the normal course. Unfortunately this is not the case, but rather than cancel we have opted to go ahead with an amended course.
The alternative course is being measured tomorrow and we are meeting with Estates Management on Friday morning so I can update you further following that, but in the meantime I'm happy to answer any questions.
Hill session last night. I felt I was running with someone elses legs but managed to complete the session.
Mags it will make an interesting change to the race. The ground is saturated at the moment. We could do with a months good dry windy weather to dry it out a bit.
Thanks Mags / Mark. Sounds interesting. I wonder how that impacts the cross country league. They can hardly count it if it's not a cross country...
9 mile easy enough last night. Foot starting to annoy me a bit but hopefully it's nothing.
TG - That was a major consideration, and we had to take advice from Athletics NI. I'll confirm later.
Confirmation that the Stormont cross country event will count towards the league due to the exceptional circumstances. I'm still waiting for Athletics NI to update their website, but you can spread the word in the meantime.
Good to get the session done Kenny.
I was out for a few hills tonight myself and even surprised myself with a sub 7 m/ml on the way home... haven't seen one of those on the watch since 2006!Maybe see you at Larne Martin - I haven't signed up yet but will be soon!
Thanks for the info Mags.
Mags I will post the info on the Ballymena Facebook page
Heading for the Armagh road races this evening. Really good lineup in the elite races, should be enjoyable to watch.
It happens Martin - it's all about reshaping the plan when needs must I suppose so good you got that fast 4 done instead.I had to go back out to work tonight so bolted my Valentines steak down in my rush to get back out to work... got home later and got out at 8.30pmish for an 8 miler. Not a bad night to be out - dry & bright.
Got o ut and done 5 miles last night a lovely night for running. Fingers crossed I get the double figure run done on Sunday.
Great night of racing at Armagh last night, the speed of the elite runners is astonishing. Plenty of local runners posted very good times in the race as well. There wasn't a tv camera to be seen which is a scandal given the standard of competition IMO. Local media has never given this event the profile it deserves.
Saw a few pics from Armagh on facebook Paul- looked good... pity its not given some coverage as you say. Good running Martin & Kenny! Hope that sun holds for my Sunday long run!
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