The guy did well. He was the brave one. That was race 83 in his #100medals series.
TT was cancelled last night so by the time I had got home, after dropping parkrun laptop in Ascot, it was quite late. Ascot at 8pm is not a pretty place to be. Lots of orange women struggling to remain upright, and sockless hipsters just looking ridiculous.
Nice 800s SC. The air is yukky at the moment; really muggy in places.
Bus, I love it when faced with that kind of situation. High grass and a path full of elbow height stingers and only 2 choices. Slow or fast! Always end up soaked to the skin and pink from the stings.
Forest five (miles) done last night. The plan was to run 4m ahead of the guy so he could follow the bright yellow top I was wearing. He'd given me an idea of his road pace, though with hindsight I guess this was for the HMs he'd been doing and I assumed we'd be a bit slower. We had a 10min head start to avoid the crowds.
Every time he got close I had to move ahead, all the time picking a nice flat path with minimum ruts or puddles or roots. Checking over my shoulders every couple of minutes. We took care at tight turns narrow hidden paths and downhills where there was more of a chance of a slip or fall. At one point he went over on an angled path between vegetation and a huge puddle. Feel quite bad about that. Onwards and upwards though. Up a monster hill that had me working very hard to keep ahead. The guy is a machine.
Overtaken by 3 or 4 of the front runners including a Datchet winner. We finished about 6th, which by the time the 10minutes was taken in to account was about 118th. 39:22 including some walking for safety reasons. I probably could have done with a warmup!