The 'official' thread. Of course.
Only 1 real hill, but you do it twice .
I don't like the monotonous bit round the rugby fields. Reminds me too much of school XC.
Hey nice one!
I see some of the folks have "penalty" under their number instead of a placing (not me luckily - phew!). What does that mean - I've never seen that before on a results sheet.... And in fact - all their numbers are the same - not even people to make a team?
Ahhhhh - yes that makes sense - ouch though!
Maybe we should get extra points if the whole team is made up of vets - our Ladies' one is at the moment! Ok I'll just have an extra piece of cake instead!
Sleepy, just be grateful Matt counted for your men, if you know what I mean
I think it's definitely a sign the standard has gone up a fair bit though, when Marlow have a 1st, 16th, and 20something and still only come 7th! In my days of representing Marlow we generally came 7th or 8th most weeks, and that certainly didn't involved 3 finishers in the top 30!
We were inched down into 2nd for the men, our last guy came 31st, this is what happens when you don't bring all your faster types. However, Datchet had a few out too, so it's going to be pretty nip and tuck!
just for a bit of info on the Reading course, last year I did the Handy Cross and Reading courses 1 second different in time.
But Reading is 1/2mile further in distance
Black Park course record is 15:31.
I think the male teams are going to be pretty close for the rest of the season, and it could get more interesting if Reading get their A team out as well as they definitely seem a bit below their previous levels this year. It might depend how many people teams lose to marathon training as the season progresses. The ladies will be another story however - we simply don't have the depth that Sandhurst, Reading & BFR have, so if our top few don't run then we'll finish well down.
Thanks for the info SG and BOTF.
Ben's 5k PB is 15:17 but he really doesn't run that many of them. Like you say tho it's down to the day and the course. He read the thread last night and said he quite fancied giving it a go. Not sure when we'll fit it in but we'll make sure we try to do so before we go.
What's this hill like at Reading anyone? Long, short, steep, draggy?
Someone did say that the field is much smaller by the end of the season - chance to sneak a few extra points for me then LOL
The field completely shrinks near the end Sleepy... Let's put it this way, I came 7th at Handy Cross a couple of years ago, when much less fit, as it was either the last or one before last, and only 166 raced. (compared to 248 finishers sunday)
I think the last race of last series was even sillier, as half of the top 50 didn't turn up!
Some years the last xc has been as late as last week Feb or even March 1st, so by then you're really cutting into road season. I know they were conscious to avoid going past the first local road races this year, so the last race this year is 5th Feb.
Sprint for the line wrote (see)
To be honest, our depth of ladies ends at Annie mostly - our next finisher was 90th or so. If Annie doesn't turn up we are screwed.
You might want to take that back SG - or I'm telling!!!
It's just great from my point of view that there are as many ladies as there are - we were lucky to muster 30 up north! And we had to do a shorter course and start before the men. My only goal used to be to finish before Ben caught me! Always felt really bad for the last few wifeys who didn't!
Glad season ends on 5th Feb - am gonna try and shoehorn everything in if I can - there must be a way!
outside of Marlow's ladies of course
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