I did see some runners coming back up the ploughed field from the tunnel, its nice to know where you got sent. I was directed back down to the tunnel by the blonde girl who was marshaling, luckily when I got down to the river I realised that we didn't have to go through the tunnel again so I went back and asked if this was right. She had to phone HQ to find out!!!!!!! I must have lost at least a minute. This was annoying as I had nearly caught the 6th place runner at this point and I had pulled away from the chasing pack.
So no detour for me, but still a big hold up.
I found that once I got into the water each time I had real problems getting going again. Is this common? I lost a lot of ground on the river section on the second lap, must remember to train in the river at the local park ready for the next race.
You done well to catch back up. As I was going through the river sction I looked over and could see some of the front runners behind me, (confusing), coming along to the wall jump ready to get into the water. My aim from that point to make sure none of them caught me, which I'm happy to say I suceeded in doing.
I think with the adverse weather conditions, the temperature of the water and the inexperianced marshals we all done extremely well and deserve to give ourselves a big pat on the back. I am going to try and remember the race for the fun of getting muddy, wet and cold rather than the negatives of the organisation, (last time I mention it). Well done all for finishing
Couldbeabetterbiker, forgot to ask, how did you do on the Sunday? Were you one of the leading front runners who seemed to disappear into thin air? I finished in 1hr 41mins, not to bad as I had only trained 5 times in the last 6 weeks due to a terrible bout of flu. Lost nearly 1.5 stone, so my strength wasn't great. It was also my longest race as my previous longest had been the 8 mile version in November last year, so quite a step up. Training had been going well until the dreaded flu got me.
All how are the legs recovering? Any major stiffness, bruises etc?
I'm not sure about one larger lap. It might put a lot of people off the race, If many come back after this fluffed affair. Personally I'm finding it hard to see how they managed to get it so wrong. I found my way around the course okay, no problems, proberly because it was the same as Cardiac Arrest 06. The issues started at the beginning of the second lap when the marshal should have directed us back around the fields and woodland. I was also overtaking woman here who hadn't done the river section and second tunnel, how did they manage to miss it?!!!!!
I agree though its great fun, its been held 3 times and I've competed in all 3. hopefully all the negative feedback will spur Blacksheep sports onto a better showing next time. My worry is that they will jack it in. This will be a shame as its the only race of its kind in this area.
Just looked at the photos, what a laugh. Its good to see so many people with smiles on their faces, (apart from one or two who seem to have gone into shock in the Dudleys). Did you see the one of the girl falling back into the second Dudley?
Having probelms finding a race to do in April now. A big vacumm created by LFM. I'm looking at the Kelmarsh daffodil run, maybe the 15 mile version..................... If the course is marked well, ha, ha
Sounds like you girls had fun, maybe try the 16 mile version next time?!!!! If they get the organisation right. Its a much better race at November, when the ground allows for slighty quicker times. Are any of you going to try the Cardiac goes west race in the forest of Dean? I think its in August. I done the 2 lap race this time, or should that be 1.5 lap race. Its a shame because the course deserves better organisation. Lets have a laugh at our photos, I'm number 351, apparently lots of shots of me jumping hay bales, must check. Krissie, I hope your legs are okay.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Stadium Arcadium is a cracking album to run to.
Although most of the time its great to just run. Its great to actually get in tune with how your body is reeacting to the training run. Music sometimes distracts from this thought pattern. As I love to compete in races its important to listen to my body and associate factors to when I'm feeling good, music has been a greta help in this department.