Very solid half marathon Matt, and I cannot imagine how awful the last half must have been. Would be interesting to know whether you were faster or slower as a result.
Excellent working through the field there Dean, and a very handy position at the end of it.
Nice XC PMJ, what prompted the switch to a Saturday league?
Bus, I imagine your good lady wife must be delighted that you are discussing her past digestive issues on the internet.
No XC for me on Saturday thanks to the traveller incursion. Instead, I did a 11 with 5 x 1 mile (couldn't be bothered looking at the watch to see how fast the miles were), and then a 15 at 6:46 pace on Sunday morning. Yesterday was a long tempo, 12m at what turned out to be considerably quicker than marathon pace. Also created a storage area in my loft, which was more pleasing than all the running, mainly cos it enabled me to transfer a load of shit to somewhere I can't see it.
Massive amounts of rain usually means puddle fartlek for me, i.e. you have to suddenly sprint in order to avoid being right next to a large puddle when a car drives through it. You need to have your wits about you.
My weekend race plans have fallen through. Travellers have rocked up to Prospect Park in Reading again, resulting in the Hampshire XC League race being cancelled. This is after the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Champs in November on the same course was cancelled for the exact same reason.
Oh well, it means I might make some progress with boarding out my loft.
PMJ, there is no option for entering vets in a lower category. The rules (right at the bottom of the page) said that runners of masters age must be entered as masters runners - the page seems to have been removed now, so can't provide a direct quote.
You're already in a situation where it is not two separate races, because the race is essentially for inter-counties qualification, and that means vets and seniors. Now seniors and juniors are indeed two separate races, albeit starting at the same time.
I understand that rules have to be abided by, which is why I have not sent a snotty e-mail. My point is that there appears to be no logical reason for this rule to exist whatsoever.