The 'official' thread. Of course.
Well folks it's almost back upon us...
30 October 2011 Metros 13 November 2011 Datchet 27 November 2011 Sandhurst 11 December 2011 Handy Cross 18 December 2011 Reading 8 January 2012 Tadley 22 January 2012 Bracknell 5 February 2012 Finchcoasters
I'm a Bracknell Forest Runner here, Hopefully there's more of the other club members here to keep this thread hot through the cold winter months.
Hi Sprint, first season of this for me, (wargrave) looking forward to it.
Whats the first course like?
Ah good work Sprint, was going to ask when you were starting the thread up.
I'll be joining the fun from race 3....hopefully doing the last 6 courses.
I've heard Ruislip is a 3 lapper, and a full 10.k, whereas Datchet is just flat and dull..so personally am glad to miss those 2
Haven't done Ruislip to be fair Mee Meep...but the traditional first race is the Datchet one....it's kind of like an entry level XC, being all flat and on paths and grass.
The real stuff kicks in at Sandhurst....epic course, and only 5mile ish..shortest one of the series.
Then Handy Cross 2 weeks after,,..the hardest one!
XC shouldnt be flat unless its totally drenched, or muddy as hell, bit boring otherwise.
Great run at Cabbage Patch by the way SG!
Cheers pal...funnily enough the critics have disappeared from my thread now...buffoons!
Datchet's XC i think is good only as an intro to those not used to XC....maybe if they started on some of the others, especially Handy Cross, they'd never be seen again!
But for most of us, it's a bit dull..and what I'd imagine the saturday league xcs are like.
Metros course is a 3 lapper with a lead in and lead out, it's a loop on an incline, and is completely off-road (i.e. no tarmac).
I really enjoyed it last year, good hills and downhills.
Parking is a way away from the start so leave plenty of time to get there.
Looking forward to the first race on Sunday as really enjoyed the races I went to last season, thanks for the tip about arriving a bit earlier as nothing worse than arriving late and having to rush to the start
Hi Stevie, Im a member of Reading RR, thats just one of my Parkrun pics on my profile
Ah Reading...my new club's big rivals
Sprinty, coach's instructions, but to be fair makes sense. Had a big 3 target races in 6 weeks very recently, so another 5 xc before the Christmas is a bit overkill.
Havign said that I like to do most of a series, so am hoping to do the last 6.
And in fairness, if i had to pick 2 to miss it'd be these ones. a 3 lap 10k job and the dull Datchet aren't my cup of tea.
Some of the other courses are splendid. Although I don't think I've ever raced the Bracknell course that well. It's not the very steep short hill 5mins into each lap, it's more the culmination of a lot of ups and downs and changes of terrain!
Datchet? Dull? You need to look up at the magnificent views of Windsor Castle and Eton College. And we must have 2 hills of at least 3 feet that you have to do twice!
the castle is in full view at your 5k, can't say I ever noticed it on the xc!
But then again, being a completely flat course, there's no hint of race tactics...it's simply thrash yourself out and back!
Is there anywhere to leave a top, or other clothing tomorrow? Some sort of baggage area?
some of the clubs are ridiculously professional, team tents, team flags, a designated person to do all the post race admin, often holding a clip board with a protective plastic hood over it
Far cry from my old boys...kit dumped in a random corner, and when i finished i had to wait about for 30mins seeing the rest of my lot in, normally ending up freezing to death, and with soaking pap instead of paper in my hands
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