14.7k apparently. Overheard the Serpies guy in the bogs saying they had gone round with a wheel.
Great report Dachs. Suprised I hung around for a bit? It was downhill and relatively mud free! In the mud I was toast again. Yeah hopefully Brum will be kinder! I did think I was fine, but realised I wasn't great, but still inside top 200 so obviously not THAT ill.
On the good side, the rye bread prior to racing seems to have sorted the guts out. Last 2 xc races and not even a twinge after. Can't believe it. Obviously not wheat intolerant as such, but cutting it out near races seems to do the trick.
AG - Yes it's the Southern XC champs, club type thing. Please join a club and attempt the southern..it's lovely!
Ric - Funniest Downes moment was the Poole 10k when London Irish won the team prize and got a lovely framed picture - Bmth AC came 2nd and got a crate of Stella. JD was NOT amused as you could imagine..'You can't drink a f**king picture, can ya!' was his response
Had a look at the results, I don't think i'm in properly as im in black and down as a Senior man. Very telling that the 2 guys I was sandwiched between in the last Surrey league were 89th & 90th! I wouldn't have been that high, but should have been around 110th or so. Just can't handle that much mud (wimp)
Ha ha Ric, just moaning about the results now with the missus!!! Was talking to John Downes before the start yesterday as he is friends with us at HHH. He been ill recently but hopefully on the mend.
So yesterday. Funny that actually the course has been muddier before and large parts were dry. But the muddy bits were very muddy and the mud pretty sticky rather than wet mud.
Been trying to shake the cold off and I had done, but still had the runny nose. So felt pretty normal, but the last time I had ran with a snotty nose was at Brighton last year in the southerns and had ran crap there. And so it proved that my legs weren't up to it right from the start. Started getting dropped from my usual compadres halfway through the first lap and went backwards from then on. Had a little word with Dachs as he came past on lap 2..lap 3 was just a case of getting slower and slower with a stitch to boot. Finally the finish and came in 197th as I've seen a photo of the results sheet. So as expected- if you're not 100% then Parly hill will spit you out!!
Anyway onto the pub and had a nice chat with Rob T and some of the other I was a runner Facebook lot. And the actress who played 'Charlotte big jugs' in the inbetweeners was in there too! Plus PP who has got a foot issue, hope he can get it sorted.
Bit of swimming today and a surprisingly ok hilly 45 min run after. Should be ok in a few days. Good run Bus and parkrun Pete
Good repping Dachs, Bus and IC. Feeling fine now, but my nose just drying up very slowly. Done a few efforts to and from work, bit worried about a lack of power from the Quads - the week before Parly Hill isn't the best time to have a cold really. We were discussing whether this will rival 2001/2002 for mud...so not looking forward to it really, not done a decent session for 10 days now and feel rusty. It will be like going on a cross trainer for an hour, legs going up and down, not getting anywhere!!
Anyway, important stuff - post PH beer in the Assembly House, just by Kentish Town tube. Its the bit of the day I'm looking forward to.