No baton, just handover with a touch. I did once have a baton in the South Downs Marathon Relay, I had to carry the bastard for 10k. It was hot, and I got it on the last leg, so it was pretty sweaty by then.
Nice work SG, that's a proper race win in the bag again, must be the first for some time? Fair enough changing your mind at the last minute, though I find I can crank out a better 10k than 5k when not in the mood, 5ks are just more intense. Nice report too, but a bit short don't you think?
Don't fancy around gradually easing yourself in though. You're ready for a 10km, or you'll be 60 before your next half.
Southern cross country relays for me today at Wormwood Scrubs. It's the first time we've done this one, so good to get a team out to a new event. The legs are nominally 5k, but looking at last year's times were clearly well short of that. I had leg 1 because I fancied it and I'm in charge.
Course is beautifully firm and flowing. There was one patch of mud I saw, and also a decaying fox, but neither was on the route. So just my kind of course.
Cavalry charge at the start, and I'm determined to go off quick, so I'm at the back of the leading group at the top of the (kind of) hill before settling into about 14th. It's a fast start, and mile 1 clocks by in 5:02. A couple of the guys around me are feeling the pace and I make up a couple of places.
Coming up to about 2 miles I see the course narrows into the woods. There are some blokes close behind me and a Tonbridge vest a few metres ahead. The wood bit is likely to be uneven and more dodgy footing, which is bad for me, so I have to get there first and hold the position. A surge takes me ahead of Tonbridge and I'm into the woods first.
Through the woods and it's out onto the football pitches (good place if anyone fancies a downhill game of football) and the mad dash for home. Lose a place to Oxford, but can't do anything about it, and handover in 10th or 11th. Time is around 14:25 for 2.8 miles, so I make that just under 5:10 minute smiling, which isn't bad for XC, even if it is a friendly course. It's about what I was hoping for based on last year's results, but of course you never know if all the cones etc are in the exact same place.
Team finishes 13th in the end, which is a decent showing for us.
I am familiar with jam and cream rings, but I wasn't in charge of catering.
Think Telford residents would be upset to hear that they live in Birmingham. My fast 10K shot this year is going to be Eynsham in late November. It is apparently flat and fast, and has a good field by local 10K standards, if nothing like the ones you mention.
The problem with a lot of them is that they're in December, and that's a month where I really struggle to get to any races due to family and other stuff.
Ah, I see Bus. Yes, now you mention it, I do vaguely remember the meeting the whole club had where we agreed to arrange the dates so as to be as inconvenient to you as possible. It was a constructive meeting, and we had Jammie Dodgers afterwards.
Matt - no Leeds for me, don't think I'll be able to swing that one again. I need to find a new city to run a fast race in to convince my wife she wants a weekend away. Can definitely see you getting back into the 32s.
Simon, yes I assumed it wasn't 5K when I saw mid 15 runners doing low 14s cross country. Hoping it won't be too mucky.