Red, the only one of those races that I have heard of is the Beachy Head. That is a very tough one which I believe you have run before. I presume the others are also toughies, as these are the types you seem to prefer? Good luck to you and I hope you are able to run them all. I agree with you about trying to do as much as possible whilst you are still able. That is why I have upped my training intensity this year and have been entering more races. I know that I haven't many years left to remain competitive.
Matsmum, I probably won't have any more details about the xc race until next weekend. I was only informed that I was being entered by my coach at the end of Thursdays training session, and she is now away on a weeks holiday. All I know at the moment is that it is xc and in Oxford. I've no idea of the race length etc. I did enter the Coastal Marathon last year but didn't take part, as I was feeling "out of sorts." Just as well really as the weather was dreadful. There were complaints about inadequate signage with runners taking the wrong paths, and the slower runners on the return running knee deep in the sea. It will be worth reading last years reviews on RW's Events.
JJ I suppose it could be a national xc championship that I have been entered for. I know what you mean about the speed xc runners set off. I used to be a regular xc runner in my forties for Team Solent and learnt to start as near the front as possible. The only 9 miler that I have run is Parliament Hills. I did quite well there and finished ahead of my coach. To be fair to him, he was mainly a track sprinter, so 9 miles was a step to far for him. I fully expect now to be left behind by the hordes, but as long as I'm not last in my age category, will not be too disappointed. The only way to get faster, is to run against faster runners, so will remain positive.
Sun shining at the moment and will probably do a fartlek run this morning.
Red, what are the four marathons that you are running? There's a brand new Southampton Half Marathon in April 2015 which I'm thinking of entering. They are hoping for 5,000 entrants. I don't normally like such big fields, but it looks like an interesting course. Back in the eighties, there were Southampton Marathons and I ran three of them.
I'm quite excited, as I've been selected to run in the 65+ category in a cross country race in Oxford in December. I haven't got any details yet, but I believe it might be an International Event. If so, I will be a little fish in a big pond. Depending on the date, I will be 69, so one of the oldest
You asked me whether we laughed at the runner who tried to jump across the stream. The answer is yes, and it was funnier as she was probably the shortest of us all. She really ran at it full pelt and almost made it. Our tallest runner could probably have made it, but he didn't want to risk it.
Matsmum, I've got 3 races coming up in the next few weeks. They are Overton 5 mile, Victory 5 miles and Solent Half.
JJ, we've paid for 10 track sessions in advance, so it's unlikely that we'll get a refund, especially as we sneaked in through the hedges.
Last night was a 7 mile social run in the forest. The ground was still very soggy and the highlight was crossing a stream that was inches deeper than usual. It was too wide to jump right over, but one runner did take a running jump at it, and landed just short. The rest of us waded through.
Today is a rest day, so will be catching up on housework.