Welcome back Gobi! [And x-post edit: farwell again ]
RB -- nice parkrun win
Padams -- well done on the XC and league result, and the parkrun too
CC2 -- great stuff -- I like getting the non-mortality buy-in from your nearest and dearest first!
Wardi -- when I failed to catch you at the finish I should have guessed you were still out there in your smoking jacket chaperoning some female! Great to see you at the start.
So yes, Brass Monkey half for me too. My ambitions were low as I've been ill on and off for 3 weeks, got a bit heavier over Xmas, and had a few late beers with LS21 and Mr&Mrs Njord the night before. But as Wardi said the conditions were actually good, no ice or wind and just a little drizzle to keep us cool, and the course is flat. I found my breathing surprisingly light for pace, and while my HR still seemed a bit high my legs were happy enough. I kept a lid on things for about 5 miles and then thought I was gradually pushing on, and did take quite a few places in the latter stages, but actually that equated to even pace on the clock as everyone else was slowing down. Scores on the doors: 1:15:57, 35th overall, but only 4th V45 -- the 1st V45 this year was 1:10:xx, some 7 mins faster than last year's V45 winner! So I was well out of the prizes.
So while I was expecting 1:18 or something, my actual time (now I'm 47) comes out at a WAVA score I've rarely bettered. A fine weekend overall, my belated birthday celebration, sociable running-wise, caught up with my son at uni, and family stuff too. Even did my old Dad's tax return on the train. All good.
Thanks guys! Was out all day yesterday (and didn't run), did a little tune-up run round the park this morning but then cycled to work (into the teeth of driven snow). I don't feel ill any more, which is a big plus. But I don't think I'm very fit, either!
Wardi -- I'm not expecting too much but plan to have a ball this weekend nonetheless, and definitely hope to see you there. I have decided to taper for it just in case though. Impressive on the Xmas weight loss! Mine has definitely trended up a bit. I'm sure you can get that GFA time running backwards. On your hands.
Cheers SL, yes V47 today. New York was _very_ popular with the family in our rare long-haul holiday this year... last time I went, ignoring work flight transfers, was for the NY marathon my Mum did when I was 11
LMH -- I guess you're right, though I was a minute quicker in 2013, and the conditions were nicer this time. No results yet, I'll get a better idea once I know my relative position.
Feeling bleurghh with lurgy in the latter part of yesterday -- maybe the XC was a mistake, putting my lungs and heart under stress before I was quite recovered. I made it to an evening talk by Paul Evans though, one-time Chicago marathon winner and 10000m Olympian. Very down-to-earth chap, it was fun to hear his stories.
Great weekend there DrD, enviable fitness already. Impressive form in your long runs too, ES & LMH.
Fine XC performance there PP! Well done in the fell race too, Jooligan.
Jools -- great haul there in what must be a serious competition with all those counties.
Best of luck with the shin (was it?) CD.
Cambs county champs XC for me too yesterday -- I wasn't expecting too much having been lurgied for a good two weeks now (just about over it but still coughing). It turned out OK though, about the same time as 2014, just one medal for being 3rd scorer in the winning vets' team. Only 6:08/M for me over 6.5M, and the course was quite fair (just one somewhat boggy upward stretch through some woods we did a couple of times). My HR was higher than in my 34:31 10K in Bedford back in the summer, so the engine was revving even if the tyres were a bit flat. Plodded round a few extra miles but not that many -- I'm trying to avoid getting into the full marathon training mindset quite yet.