Thames Valley Cross Country
It's not going to be one of those races where you try so hard to take the best racing line that you later find your legs have been cut to pieces after is it?
Looking forward to it!
I find it's my arms and shoulders that take the brunt of the holly etc. I didn't wear sunnies at HX and I there were a few low hanging branches that I had to avoid. I normally wouldn't bother.
Sunnies?! As in shades? It's the bleak mid winter.
Wearing shades outside the sunniest weather is a bit darn poserish old son!
Depends on your age SG - some of us older outdoor types have macular degeneration to worry about!
older? you were one of Marlow's youngest women by far
Handy X results in.
Plenty of space at Metros for overtaking.
Something to watch out for at the Metros XC.
Its 0.7miles into the race. A deep mud hole if unwary. However to those in the know.
First time doing this one, quite a nice race. That first hill each lap got progressively harder, but I didn't feel the supposed prolonged incline mid lap at all.
Happy with 6th today, your chap was ahead Claire, unclear whether he was 3rd or 4th.
thanks! a fair few of those unlucky enough to be lapped did say some nice things, but unfortunately was breathing too hard to have anything to say back!
I heard a chap from Sprint's club say they would win the league if they fielded their top team.
Not sure he's aware how strong Reading's A team would be if they ever turned up! And they'd do well to beat Datchet and Sandhurst too.
Sandhurst have great strength in depth. Whereas your Datchet's might have a stack in the top 10, Sandhurst will have good coverage lower down too.
Reading have terrific women's coverage though, often 3 of the top 5!
But yes, next week is normally your big attendance funnily enough, seems having to travel more than a few miles puts them off
Should be there myself, final pre Chrimbo race, quite a gruelling 2 lapper.
Cracking first outing at Metros today. I managed a 'looking good' to each person I lapped. Along with the usual "thanks marshall". Of course both greetings normally came out at Muuurrr, along with a lot of snot and spit, as usual...
Spikes were a good choice.
I felt sorry for the Sandhurst lass at the end, who was about to overtake a Burnham walker right at the end, until he sped up......then the Burnham guy turned left along the path instead of into the finish chute!
looking good....apart from being lapped? Hard to know what to say, and if you have the breath to do it, you're not working hard enough
Cracking downhill ish finish!
That Burnham chap is a character. When I went onto the start of lap 2, he was just stood there applauding. He was obviously throwing a few walks into the mix today!
Can understand why he got the finish wrong...there is that proper path in the middle of the field for some reason!!
I have a repartie of about 4 phrase for when marshalling. I'm not sure anything came out clear enough to be understood.
Some tape across the path would have stopped that false move at the end, and also stopped the few who ran in to the tap during the start. I saw him stopped at the top of the long uphill drag too.
It always interests me to see what other people's races look like.
The whole "lap round the cones" bit threw me at the start, as I was expecting a swift right hand turn into the woods and off.
Great second half to each lap though. Some real rampaging downwards fun.
Reading up next. Now that can be a dirge round those footy fields...especially first lap before the field spreads out.
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