I'm a bit out of the loop, but the Handy Cross one was certainly the toughest in my day. Steep hills start, middle and end. The middle one being probably the slowest hill I've ever run if it was muddy.
I used to get a surprising burst of power at the end of the old Tadley course, and I don't remember the non watery/ploughed hill one being tougher by any means.
ML, not sure I followed that. If you're not crossing the lines for pace jobs, and have only done 3, how come you're showing as 15 first finishes?!
Haven't checked the map, but guessing Pymmes is a northern one!
My strange sudden interest in parkrun tourism even had me considering whether I could weasel one into a couple of United 12.30 Sat kick offs coming up.
Stupid option would be to set off 6.30/7, get a couple of hours up the country and stop off somewhere random for one. Downside being ending up unwashed, and a potential risk of being late/rucking the game up for me and whoever I'm meeting up there.
More reasonable option would be to stay overnight somewhere right up the country, pop off to a parkrun, come back after, showed, then get off to the game.
Or I could just stop overthinking it and just do parkruns when i'm not driving 400miles of a weekend
I found I only had a couple of seasons where I was in good enough shape to "enjoy" those MT courses!
First experience in 06, I vividly remember writing it up with a "never again" vibe after the year's end.
The last one I did, at Finchampstead, pre heart/breathing stuff, I remember feeling an absolute world of pain. So much so I was considering sacking off Wokingham half the next week.
So, ruck knows what they would feel like now
Tadley can't ever be replaced. The mix of the first half lulling you into a false sense of comfort and then those water jumps, and that crippling climb up the muddy ploughed fields for about 3/4mile. That certainly caught a lot of people out.
The Liverpool SG wasn't the star name he ended up being when I first picked that nickname on here. It's just glorious irony it looks like I've utilised the most hated rival team's best player's name! Although unlike most United fans I never hated him or anywhere close, I gained more entertainment from him scoring at OT and kissing a camera, while United won the trophies
Sandhurst was a move to run for one of the competitive cross country clubs. I was sick of turning out for the old lot, and my position making jack all difference to the standings. What re-inforced that was when they got a real star runner a year or so on (50min 10mile standard) who would win the whole thing, and they still wouldn't get above 7th/8th. Meanwhile Sandhurst always competed for top 2, winning it a couple of times I was there.
However, all from another age, and now I don't do any events for Sandhurst it is a bit mad paying the subscription, hence me just gently letting it disappear. Keep a lot of their gang on the FB though, but it's worrying how quick you can fade from the scene...
I try and run defensively, as generally if you smash into someone it hurts you and them. And after all, they're just randoms out for a nice walk, they're not expecting some goon to come hurtling along with no warning.
However, those walkers that take up the whole path, often down an alley, hear your stampeding hooves, turn around, see you racing towards them, and then just turn around without even the merest thought of moving...