Empty, you didn't miss the 2 hour target by much on what sounds a tough course in tricky conditions. A nice one to have under your belt. I don't enjoy mud either, at least in excess, but it seems to be the thing to say you do. I reckon a lot of it is bravado.
ceal, good to hear Stewart is a bit better but obviously not what you want with a long journey coming up. I hope you were inspired for your race by watching the indoor meeting on telly over the weekend. I'd love to have a go on an indoor track.
Mick, I remember your mentioning to me quite a while back that you'd seen some bald eagles. I'm afraid I've only seen one and that was a very quick glimpse of one perched in a tree as we sped by in the car. Is the winter climate any milder in Nova Scotia than where you are now? I would imagine it was a bit being nearer the sea.
I've got a cross-country coming up on Saturday which I'll be doing unless the weather's really awful as it's my favourite course, at Alnwick in Northumberland. Great views of the castle and it's a nice varied course.
John, you don't need me to tell you that all sorts of horrible things can happen once you've lost control of a bike, especially if oncoming traffic is involved.. I'm just very pleased it wasn't worse but it was still bad enough and I can imagine you're very shaken and sore. Take care and I hope you have a quick recovery and can start running and cycling again before too long.
John, yes, taking part in a team event always puts an extra spring in the step so as not to let anyone down.
Columba, good the abscess isn't giving you grief. No doubt you've had root canal work done before but, if you haven't, I've had two lots done over the years and it was totally painless.
I meant to say, the fastest woman in the relays, not surprisingly, was Olympic finalist and Commonwealth silver medallist Laura Weightman in a time of 11:36. Her coach Steve Cram was there but I didn't see him. Another famous runner taking part was Jim Alder.