Thames Valley Cross Country 2011/12

The 'official' thread. Of course.

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18/10/2011 at 19:42

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

The location of the first race is Mad Bess Woods, Ruislip; car park at UB9 6LZIt's getting bigger too, Windle Valley Runners will be admitted to the league for 2012/2013, and Wargrave Runners have been admitted to the league for this and all following seasons

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.

23/10/2011 at 11:42

Hi Sprint, first season of this for me, (wargrave) looking forward to it.

Whats the first course like? 

23/10/2011 at 12:27

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

23/10/2011 at 13:18
So the first two arent the best? Great introduction to this then
23/10/2011 at 13:29

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!

23/10/2011 at 13:43

XC shouldnt be flat unless its totally drenched, or muddy as hell, bit boring otherwise.

Great run at Cabbage Patch by the way SG!

23/10/2011 at 14:20

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.

23/10/2011 at 18:00

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.

25/10/2011 at 21:42

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

25/10/2011 at 22:42
what team Claire..red top in your pic...is that your xc team top?
25/10/2011 at 23:17

Hi Stevie, Im a member of Reading RR, thats just one of my Parkrun pics on my profile  

Edited: 25/10/2011 at 23:21
26/10/2011 at 06:41
SG - why you dodging the first 2 ?
26/10/2011 at 09:10

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!

27/10/2011 at 14:01

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!

27/10/2011 at 16:36

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!

29/10/2011 at 08:40

Is there anywhere to leave a top, or other clothing tomorrow? Some sort of baggage area?

29/10/2011 at 12:10
No. The runners tend to gather in club groups and just leave everything in a pile, although some of the clubs bring tents specifically to leave kit in. If your club isn't one of those that brings a tent then it's a good idea to stick a bin bag in your bag just in case it's raining.
29/10/2011 at 19:54

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

30/10/2011 at 13:29
Well done Metros, a good race this morning, although I was cursing you going up the middle hill on the third lap as my lack of hill training really showed. I turned my ankle going down the first hill on the third lap which threw me a little, and I also had to hurdle a gentleman who went down as I lapped him (there did seem to be a lot of fallers), but I like the course. I ran 2 minutes faster than last season which is pleasing, although I actually finished further down the field because of the much bigger turnout. A good start to the season.
Edited: 30/10/2011 at 13:30
30/10/2011 at 16:56
I Second that BOTF, well organised and good support on route by the stewards.  Looking forward to Datchet now
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