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Thames Valley Cross Countryu League

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15/11/2010 at 08:09

Anyone else brave the Eton mud yesterday - Great work by Datchet on organisation - Looovely amount of cake!

Fell to pieces on the run and limpd in in 90th place / 40.20 time -  Quite an introduction to XC - Went off at 4min/km pace and blew myself up... It's about the long game!

Edited: 15/11/2010 at 08:10
15/11/2010 at 08:58

be interesting to see how many forumites there are who do this series.

Sounds like you had a testing race, but don't worry, yesterday is always the biggest attendance. I'm our club rep, and we had someone in about 330th place, so probably about 340 there!!

It's also a bit of a foot race whereas the other courses are more varied and more down to tactics!

Had a good race yesterday, even with a lace undone from 1mile threatening to take me down at any moment!

15/11/2010 at 13:01

Just went out too hard on the surface, my fault...!

No one else so far Stevie, just us!

15/11/2010 at 13:11

Hello!

 I'll be doing the next one at Sandhurst, and hope to do most of the rest of the series.

15/11/2010 at 13:56

What club are you Margarita?

I'd love my lot to be more competitive, but our next runner after me was about 124 places lower down...so i guess we'll do well to get our usual 7th or 8th out of 13!!

15/11/2010 at 14:35

I'm a Datchet Dasher.  How about you?

We mananged to field a full team - which is a 1st for our own race -  so should improve our normal overall series standing. 

I was marshalling the cake!

15/11/2010 at 14:39
I'm Marlow, we fielded an incredible 21! Though I have a bad feeling only myself and 2 others were not vets!
15/11/2010 at 17:31

We (Bracknell Forest Runners) had 58 turn up and we came in 3rd behind Reading and Sandhurst

Some damn good cake going on I must say. Especially a home-made slightly stodgy-style cake that was magnificent.

15/11/2010 at 18:08

58?!?! For one event. You'll have done well to get in your team's scoring 6 men then!!

No wonder the turn out was 330+

My lot area  good club but won't ever be competitive in this league...Reading and Sandhurst are powerful forces...

In fact I'm weighing up putting in a transfer request to one of them

I've got my 10th place yesterday and a healthy can do attitude as my selling points

15/11/2010 at 18:10
ps results aren't on the site yet?
15/11/2010 at 18:12
10th eh? Just behind a BFR I think? Well done mate - Bracknell have some provisional results as the TVXC webmaster is a BFR member
15/11/2010 at 18:21
Sprint for the line wrote (see)

Some damn good cake going on I must say. Especially a home-made slightly stodgy-style cake that was magnificent.

That sounds like the legendary bread pudding.  Delicious!!

I'll pass on the complements!

15/11/2010 at 18:23
Pass on the recipie
15/11/2010 at 18:26
I can ask!
15/11/2010 at 18:55

Must admit I can never eat after a race, but my lot seem very concerned to grab a plate full of grub.

Sprint, your top girlie Annie didn't run yesterday did she?

15/11/2010 at 22:24
No, she didn't - there's a few who turn up sometimes and sometimes not
16/11/2010 at 08:33

There were 343 finishers, which is at least 40 more than we've ever had before. I was getting worried as we only have 350 disks! The results are nearly complete - the runner in 159th was unrecorded and we didn't get the disk back. From the photos I'm pretty sure it's a BFR runner, so I'm just waiting to hear back from the BFR rep to confirm his name. As soon as I have that I'll make the results public.

Photos will be up later in the week - have to get the club AGM out of the way first.

The bread pudding is legendary within the club, so much so that Joyce always brings a second tin of it just for the Dashers. It doesn't come out until the end, at which point there is a mad scramble. She keeps very quiet about the recipie however.

16/11/2010 at 08:51

Good work BOTF...343 is incredible, an epic field! I wonder how many we'll have by the Handy Cross one

Sunday's race is always a good warm up, but can lull you into a false sense of security about what's in store at the other races!

I remember Sandhurst has some random sticky field of sand, randomly thrown in!

16/11/2010 at 09:28
I saw an e-mail from Sandhurst recently saying that the recent rain had watered the course nicely, and I think it mentioned quicksand! Sadly (!) I'm going to miss it this year.
16/11/2010 at 10:26

I've done Sandhurst twice, although different course each time, and it was torrential rain both years.

 In 2006 I had a stinker, coming way down the field and having to out sprint a club mate about 30years older who I usually beat by 5-6mins in the last 200metres!

Last year was probably the heaviest rain I've ever been out in, for 10mins before the start with no where to shield from it. A great day though.

I'm looking forward to Tadley, now they run the course the opposite way round, i find I can normally gain a stack of positions on those muddy hills bits in the last mile or 2. People who've been running like demons before suddenly find their pace reduced to that of a crushed snail

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