Agree with others on the Yorkshire marathon coverage. Having said that, each time I put my TV on C4 at the weekends Marders seems to be on it!
Some amazing results at Abo considering the conditions. Anyone getting a PB yesterday should be able to find a few more minutes on another day. Sounds like the marshalling wasn't great either....
A particular congrats to Ryan for hitting a very nicely judged time! And DrD for a massive PB despite various issues. Definitely a 2:30 runner in the making.
I was down in Bournemouth for the weekend so did 19M along the prom (basically the full length and back), keeping it steady with the tailwind on the way out, and working a bit harder into the wind on the way back (was slightly quicker back despite the wind). Average pace was just over 7s. That's my longest run for about 6 months I think.
Then 70M on the bike yesterday going into North Dorset (getting slightly lost) then turning south to the Purbecks, so lots of hills and wind. Noticed I had a slow puncture on the way back, which may have explained why it felt like hard work, so cut the route slightly short (was planning 80M) and made it home with a couple of stops to pump the tyre up a bit.
I just read RS's report properly (just skimmed it the first time), and respect for finishing after that fall! They do say fell runners have a screw loose.
TT/Dan - that's a pain, turning an ankle is really annoying as it can happen so easily. Hope they heal quickly.
KD - as you say, I'd expect you to be aerobically strong but not have the running legs (like me). Keep working at it and it will come.
TJB - well done on popping your cherry. The Met League seems to have become even stronger now. I used to think the Chiltern League was a similar standard, but looking at the Met League results from Claybury, I doubt I would have made the top 30.
Saw Crab's result at Kona and assumed something fairly major must have happened. Not managed to find out yet, but will try a bit of stalking at lunchtime.
Wow, lost track of all the great performances from the weekend, but particular congrats to RaceJase for nailing the marathon. I guess you'll be looking at 2:1x now?!
PP - nice one on Sa Calobra. Not a bad road is it?! The descent is the funniest part - after about 10 mins you start thinking about the fact that you've got to get back up it.
XC went well on Saturday - 13th place which is my best in that league. Got caught out at the start as the hooter went about 3 mins after they gave the 5 minute warning, with no 1 minute warning, and I was mid-conversation with a clubmate not very near the front. But maybe that helped as I had to hold back a bit for a while as I worked my way through and finished strongly.
Will aim for a top 10 by the end of the season with my aim of increasing running focus, although it largely depends on the quality of the field (I think it was a bit weaker this weekend compared to previous seasons).
Then 3 hours on the bike yesterday, with a few sprint points etc. I was feeling quite good for some reason, which made it enjoyable!
PP - nice ride. I'll be very disappointed if you don't do Sa Calobra before you leave though!
TR - good session, it made the time pass quickly as well! I didn't push the big gear stuff hard enough though - next time!
Marders - have a good race, I'm sure you'll smash it!
5.5M easy last night and 45 mins easy on the turbo this morning just to loosen the legs up for XC later. Not really feeling confident but will just see how it goes. The course is slightly annoying as it's mainly quite muddy (spikes best), but there is a section of unavoidable tarmac - last time I wore spikes and wrecked them (several got bent). So going for trail shoes this time, which will probably be slower on the majority of the course, but never mind.