HS - the handicap races do seem to be going well so far so I hope I can pace myself better next time. Glad to hear you managed 7mls with no after-effects from the race at the weekend.
Red - we have to complete 3 of the 4 handicap races to qualify for the championship. I'm obviously hoping some people above me don't compete in races 3 and 4 so I can get more points (snigger).
Exhausted - I ran in the rain last night .. it was great fun splashing through the puddles (I gave up dodging them after a while!). It's my partner Margaret and I that are the problem! Her son is married but its us that live together, hence my reference to him being a 'sort of' son-in-law. Over the years we've also been 'Latties' (living apart together) and 'Pals' (partners although living seperately). My 'sort-of' grand-daughters refer to me as 'Grandad Mel' to differentiate me from 'Grandad' (their Mum's Dad) and 'Another Grandad' (my partner Margaret's ex).
Aquarius - gosh, there's a lot going on at once for you today .. hope you have a relatively quiet afternoon. Someone I chat to on Fetch also did the Blaydon race and managed her best time for a few years. Well done re your 3000m race. Running in the sea eh? Hmmmm .. as regulars on here know, the only time I normally run in the sea is when I am doing one of my 'charidee' skinny-dips I'll be doing that running into the sea thing again on 25th Sep at this year's North East Skinny Dip.
I went out on Mon and managed a 5ml run at 10 m/m pace which I was happy with. There were less people than usual at my running club last night due to the rain. Despite the downpour most people opted to go off-road. My friend Claire and I had already agreed we would be sticking to the roads and the other group were too speedy for us so we did a 5ml run together. I say together - I spent most of the time tagging along behind Claire trying to keep up with her and it was another run at 10 m/m pace.
Hi everyone - only a week since I posted .. I think my turnaround is improving!
HS - I always seem to manage a sprint finish and overtaking others is great for my morale. Ahhhh .. shredding .. I had so much to do before we moved my shredder over-heated several times and I had to take some enforced breaks (didn't mind really). Brilliant result for you coming in as 1st MV70+ in your men's race.
Columba - re the blackbird nabbing your strawberry, Margaret and I were discussing getting netting to protect our fruit bushes and cherry tree. Glad to hear your knee is mostly better (if a bit twingy now and then). I had friends (now moved away) who had a hot-tub and once or twice went in it on a starry, frosty night - we rushed to get in but could amble back indoors afterwards.
DBI - yes, I've never understood people not swimming in the rain. Had to chuckle to read you had 'cheated' and had a couple of little jogs.
Matsmum - oops re your snazzy bin that is not clever enough to beat Denzel. Running four days in a row? - I don't think I've ever run two days in a row, let alone four! Up until 6 or 7 years ago I was a regular at my local Ceroc (French Jive) classes but have got out of the habit. Margaret and I went to learn ballroom dancing in preparation for an invite to a Mayor's Ball but we've not done it since.
Red - sorry to hear the sad news about your friend Gordon. Well done re marathon 81 and good luck with #82 and #83
The results of last week's handicap race were published at the weekend. I was 18th of 23 (with 2 DNF's) and in the overall standings I'm 20th of 39. Doing a bit of analysis I can see if I had equalled my race 1 time I'd have gained another 9 points and 4 or 5 places in the standings.
My (sort of) son-in-law did the Two Castles 10K last Sunday from Warwick to Kenilworth - he claimed he hadn't done enough training but still managed a very respectable 42m 07s finish time.
HS - well done re your 6.25ml forest run. Hope you didn't get thundered upon during your 800m reps this evening (no thunder here yet). We've been moved almost a year but I still haven't sorted out a new local dentist - I must be saving money in the meantime!
Red - sorry to hear your sad news about your friend dying in hospital with throat cancer.
MWW - where I used to work (Bristol aka. Brizzle) they would describe HS's forest run as 'gert lush'
Matsmum - some people seem to finish a HM without niggles. At least my problem was just cramp and (I think) self-inflicted through not taking on enough fluid.
Last night's handicap race was good fun but my time was slower (43:39 vs. 42.02). Its a 3 lap race .. I set off too fast on the first lap, slowed a bit on lap 2 but managed to speed up again on lap 3 and catch the runner in front of me in the last 100 metres. We won't get the results until the weekend as the guy who organises the race is away on business for a few days.
The provisional start list for tonight's 4.5ml handicap race just got posted. My target time from race 1 is 42:02 and I have five runners ahead of me to chase down and start 3:46 after the first runner. I noticed the fastest man's target is 27:06 and I get an 18min advantage over him. I was pleased as well to see the 'racing snakes' from race 1 now have much later start times than before so they won't have such an advantage this time
Hi everyone - only a week since I last posted? My turnaround is improving!
HS - luckily with Westonbirt there was no effect on any prizes but I feel I had a 'moral' victory over my teammate. I don't know about being a man of many talents - more like a jack of all trades (and a master of none!).
Columba - yes, Westonbirt would have used chip times for any prizes. It was just someone collating club results used the wrong time but I'm not bothered about it. Sorry to hear your knee is still troubling you.
Red - well done on your continuing marathons and your 'quest for the vest'.
DBI - I saw the news stories about the dreadful weather so glad to hear you weren't affected too much.
MWW - hello, nice to see you here (think we've crossed paths on Fetch?). I stick to 10k races these days with an annual 10 mile off-road race in my hometown each October. I would like to attempt another HM sometime after several problematic Bath HM's where I got cramp each time - if only to prove to myself I CAN finish a HM without any problems.
Aquarius - I'm pleased to say my team won at my first bowls match and yours truly (with some luck) managed to bowl a couple of 'crackers' that stopped the other team scoring so many points. I saw your mention of the Druridge Bay 10K - I will be at Druridge Bay myself at the end of September for the North East Skinny Dip! - maybe see you there??
I managed to run on Tue & Fri last week. I didn't run over the weekend as tonight is the 2nd club handicap race. Last time some of the 'racing snakes' over-estimated their finish times by up to 5 mins and I was overtaken quite early on. This time their finish times from the 1st race will be used so I should have a chance of getting a better finish position.
BTW, I got my Almost Athletes t-shirt last week so will feel like a 'proper' member of the club at the race tonight.