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Minni v Dubai Dave

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15/09/2013 at 14:43

Unsurprisingly not shit O4S - nice race!

Hope the GNR-ers had a good race, cant wait to hear about it.


Good race for me at Firle half marathon - 1:37:09 on a hilly trail course.  

A couple of miles in I could see I was 3rd lady - the 1st was off and nowhere to be seen, 2nd about 20s ahead and gradually pulling away.  First 6 miles undulating along farm tracks, then a steep climb to the top of the downs in mile 7 and 8.  Lots of people walking, including the 2nd lady and I made up a 40s gap on her.  She spotted me and was off again, opening up a 20s gap over the next few miles.  Undulating along the ridgeline for the next 2 miles with a stiff cross/head wind before leaving my brain at the top and screaming downhill for mile 11.  Stormed past the 2nd lady and lots of guys, and knowing she'd been moving faster than me on the flats I pushed hard on the last couple of miles to maintain my gap.  With half a mile to go a marshall told me the 1st lady was just in sight - I kept pushing but couldn't make up the gap and finished 30s down on her.

6.58; 7.20; 7.19; 7.45; 7.08; 7.09; 9.33 (up!); 8.52 (up!); 8.13; 7.32; 5.58 (down - eek!); 6.40; 6.44

Happy with that - my second fastest half ever, only a minute off my pb and another tacky trophy (but no booze - boo).  Apart from the last 2 miles when I was pushing hard it felt comfortable too.  

On my way back I saw a poster for an 'Oompah night' - anything we should know oompa?

15/09/2013 at 15:05

KFC - Congrats on being 2nd lady and only just down on your pb on a hilly track. 

As for the Oompa night, I thought that as I can't walk, big band was the way forward?!

15/09/2013 at 15:28

What is going on?

First Mo, than Johnny... Gonna have to have a word with EA with regards to them adopting the Team Minni DBS mantra before all future races!

Dubai Dave    pirate
15/09/2013 at 17:21

O4S : not shit at all

kfc: your on fire at the mo, nice race

trotted 11 miles at 8-45 min/miles AM, 8 mile sponsored walk with kids in the pouring rain this afternoon.

15/09/2013 at 17:37

ohh, no GNR reports yet, caught the end of the elite women + men's races before heading out to lunch, i too was shouting at the tv, did look like Mo was going to catch him, but not quite!

O4S - how the hell do you do it?! that is an awesome run, well done!

kfc - you are smoking at the moment, congrats on the 2nd lady placing, nice one!!

15/09/2013 at 18:16

Bristol HM report:

I was allocated a first wave start (faster runners) while BA got the second wave - which given I had predicted the same finish time for both of us was a tad annoying. I was allowed to wait 30 minutes but he couldn't go early, so somehow he managed to persuade me to wait and start with him as hanging around in the wet at the finish wouldn't be great. This was a bit frustrating as all the people I would normally run with set off at 9.30. The upside was that I was right at the front of the 10.00am start so wasn't really held up and I didn't get dragged along too fast by other club members.

First half is an out and back on a dual carriageway so the running is clear and although there was a bit of a headwind on the return bit I managed to hit nearly 8mm exactly to the half way point - the only clock on route and I was without garmin or watch. The second half of the race is hillier and very twisty as it winds through the centre of Bristol and by now my legs were feeling the full effect of the cycling holiday

15/09/2013 at 18:18

O4S -  Good racing from you and BA, well done.

kfc -  Impressive racing, that's a great time on a hard course. congrats on the podium place.

15/09/2013 at 18:27

Gritting my teeth and trying to ignore the growing blood blister underneath tThe ball of my foot and the inevitable loss of a toenail which had ( pointlessly) decided to regrow while we were cycling, I carried on knowing that my speed was dropping off but unable to care very much. However I was spurred on by the fact that I was overtaking the slower runners off the first wave although it was infuriating to keep seeing the finish and then be diverted off for another strange loop to arrive back about 2 feet from where you had started - the sort of time when knowing the city well is a distinct disadvantage!  Finally they ran out of diversions and suddenly the finish was genuinely in sight. Not exactly a sprint but by now I was hoping to nudge under 1.50 so shambled a little faster to cross the line in just under 1.48.  Second LV 60 but the prize list stops at LV55  the winner was an ex-international and obviously I didn't want to upset her by beating her! (She was first W60 at VLM)

Even BA is quite pleased and I think with another easy week we should be ready to get back to proper training - just maybe not tomorrow 

15/09/2013 at 18:33

Apologies for the very quick check in.  Just got back and have people coming for dinner in an hour!

Good day at the office 1:31:21.  Very pleased with this pb.  I had no idea what to expect and really ran to feel. 

Carrot hasn't checked in yet?   All I can say is she had a lush plait, kind of to the side, which put my two plaits to shame.  I got a very good view of it for all of about 10 seconds.

15/09/2013 at 19:04

Congratulations to you too Daren on the YKW

Nice one KFC & well done on 2nd lady placing.

Old4speed Well done, great time & congrats to BA also

Minni Brilliant time congratulations  managed to watch most of GNR on TV


Dubai Dave    pirate
15/09/2013 at 19:55

Minni: top stuff

Carrot; even more so

15/09/2013 at 20:01

Nice racing and placing at your HM kfc, sounds like those fell races are paying off with your fast downhill running? Can't go wrong with a tacky trophy

O4S you've done brilliant, you weren't even going to run today! Catching up those runner who had a 30 minute head start must have been a real boost.

Well done on your new PB Minni, top stuff and no more 1:32!! I couldn't do two plaits today as I need my roots doing... the side plait seems to mask it more! Rain and wind + ponytail = roadkill hair.

I managed a PB too, an unexpected 1:29:17 official result. Happy is an understatement!  Parsnip ran 1:19:XX

15/09/2013 at 20:12

Whoop, whoop, more awesome running, well done Minni + Carrot!!!

15/09/2013 at 20:15

O4S- superb... Bling --- You were robbed!

KFC- fast tough HM...great result

Minni- another PB- brilliant

Carrot- awesome sub90. 



Edited: 15/09/2013 at 20:18
15/09/2013 at 20:17

a-ma-zing day in the office guys!

very very happy you all had Top races


15/09/2013 at 20:20

Minni/Carrot -  Well done to you both, decent weather conditions and you both run PB's, congrats.  Congrats to Parsnip - very quick.

15/09/2013 at 21:13

Just popping in for a quick break from my interview prep tomorrow...

What a day! Cracking trio of PB's to Carrot, Minni & KFC. Some seriously quick times there, well done to you all and cracking 90 Carrot, that's fantastic!

My day's racing was more in tune with yours O4S. No real running training, knowing by half-way I was in for pain, and also having prior knowledge that we were detouring massively away from the finish for a 3M loop of a cold, windswept and nightmarish lap of the racecourse. I can confirm that staying up the hill at Cheltenham is indeed for thoroughbreds, of which I am not one (equine or otherwise)!

Anyway, I did it in 1.43.xx which given my hip started to hurt after 0.5M I was pretty happy with. Will post a report once tomorrow is out of the way... 


15/09/2013 at 21:14

Minni/Carrot - SUPERB NEW PB'S. The weather looked grim so those times are even more fantastic! 

O4S - I really do not know how you do it? 

15/09/2013 at 21:15

GNR Race report:

After the result at Fleetwood HM a few weeks ago I was looking forward to having another go at what is my favourite distance to race.  Had a good run at the 10K last week and was aiming for a PB (sub-1:32), and to maintain slightly under 7mm for the whole race.  Or 1:31:XX.  Checked the forecast earlier this week - heavy rain and strong winds - and wondered if there was any point in scaling back the training this week.  So I didn't.  I regretted that this morning when I woke up and the old 'back of the knee' niggle was back with a vengeance.  A bit of massage, some stretches and some ibuprofen gel and it was still not happy.

Got to Newcastle and saw Minni just as we were heading off around the town moor for a warm up.  2 mile warm up and could still feel the niggle.  Wind direction was good - probably going to be behind us for much of the race. Managed to get into a decent enough position in our pen - took about a minute to cross the start line.  The usual GNR start of overtaking hundreds of people.  Niggle felt fine, not gone, but no worse.  Had autolap on and was just glancing at my average pace every so often.  By the time I got to 3 miles it was on 7:00 dead.  Pushed a bit to get it down to 6:58.  Still passing loads of people, which is nice as you can reel them in.  Got to 4 miles and I was feeling good.  I decided to go for it, pick up the pace, catch up a few more people. 

I had a gel just before 6 miles and a quick swig of water.  I passed 10K at just over 42 minutes. I think if I hadn't have PBed last week in the 10K I would have panicked a bit going through 10K in that time.  But I felt good.  The halfway point is marked and I glanced at the watch.  45:00.  This was the point when I realised that I could get under 1:30 if I just pressed on a bit.  7 miles, 8 miles, 9 miles.  All going well.  I played mind tricks with myself - at 8 miles I told myself I only had 4 miles left, as the last mile is a fast one along the seafront so it doesn't count.  Passed the boost zone and the man on the mike tells us we're at 10 miles, so just a parkrun left and I'm done.  Saw Minni up ahead and had a quick chat, she was looking very strong.  GNR is undulating and on of the longer ones is from about 10.5 miles to just after 11.  Average pace was now on 6:48.  Get to the top and make sure that's still the case.  There's a sharp downhill just before 12 miles, rather than slam the anchors on I leant forward and tried to stride out a bit.  Flew down the hill! Then it was just the final mile.  It inevitably went on forever.  I knew at 12 miles as long as I was on 1:22:30 I could do it.  I was under that at 12 miles.  Then there's a sign for 20K, 800m to go, 400m to go and 200m to go.  I was checking my watch at every one like a woman obsessed, calculating how long I had to get to the finish. I finally believed that I was going to do it at the 200m to go sign.  I was grinning like a nutcase as I crossed that finish line.  Job done!

Back of the knee feels no worse than this morning.  Rest day tomorrow!

15/09/2013 at 21:23

AWESOME!!!  2 great PBs and another brilliant sub 90.  Great work ladies.      Super speedy from parsnip too.  I wonder if should switch the pony tail to go faster pigtails... 

Glad you got round OK redwood - looking forward to the report

O4S - not bad on post bike tour heavy legs, I always feel like a sluggish diesel engine  after a tour for a good week!

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