By the looks of things, the realness of a race is in inverse proportion to the number of non-participants watching it.
12 including 6 @ LT this lunchtime. When I took the kids to school this morning the wind was non-existent. Lovely day for a tempo, thought I. Well, I should have known better. By the time I finished my warm up it was blowing like a MF'er. So I decided not to bother timing it, and just run to perceived effort. Not much fun, and I dread to think how slow it was.
Simon and I both feature, including running together from 20:00, but you get some idea of the ground - or rather you still don't, because they mostly filmed some of the less unpleasant bits. Apart from the hill they initially film on, and it is quite fun watching how dodgy even some of the front runners look going up it.
Nice long runs CD and CC2, and a pacey run from selbs too.
Ryan, as ever, massive mileage. Hope it pays off.
Lev, awful luck to get hit with injuries again, but you've shown the results will often come anyway, so hope that's the case again now. Is Wokingham likely to be off then?
Jools, 21st place is very strong indeed. Congrats on the silverware.
bains, that photo looks appalling, so well done wherever you finished. The ground looks similar to parts of the Southerns, but we didn't have to contend with the freezing hail as well.
CW, good run at the Southerns, and some nice additional miles too. After my run there, I could not muster more than about an extra half a mile!
So yeah, I also did the Southern Champs. Eventful. Hopes of a top 100 finish proved wildly optimistic, as the conditions underfoot (and overfoot most of the time as well) ruthlessly exposed my usual cross country failings. A bloke fell over next to me, did a forward roll, and came out ahead. Now that's impressive. . I battled gamely on, and ended up in 157th in 58:16. Well behind a few people I'd be confident of beating on the roads, but that's just the way XC goes. That's 6:46 mm pace, which I suppose tells its own story. Just looking forward to getting back on the roads to be honest.
Pretty sure Padams lined up next to us on the start line, but didn't say hello as I was saving my breath for the hill.