Good luck for the 22nd July Scott! Good news about being niggle free too. I've seen guys with probably less raw speed than you running sub 75 HM, be interesting to see whether you can get a sufficient block of training in to get the endurance up though. How many weeks have you got before Island Games?
I won't be at the RR10 - I'd like to do more of them but I very rarely can - they clash with the precious few hours I get between finishing work and the little one's bedtime! So most of my weekday running is squeezed into lunchtimes. Will hopefully make it to one before the end of the series. Scott P have a good one if you do run it - I'd agree with Scott though about not pushing it too hard too soon...
I run for Stubbington - if you noticed someone in a Stub vest wearing loud green sunglasses yesterday then it was probably me. I know several of the Lordshill guys and remember Jeff catching me on the last lap and Neil finishing behind, but somehow missed you - probably because I was hanging! I'm usually a strong finisher but yesterday could see I wasn't going to make up any more league places so was just holding on to ensure I didn't drop any more places at the finish.
The Mio Link antenna problems were for people using Bluetooth to connect. ANT+ connections on the same arm as the Garmin were always fine for me, unfortunately the actual HRM readings proved too unreliable no matter how tight I wore it.
Maybe their design just couldn't cope with my bony wrist/forearm, but it seemed more than that to me - eg during a long slow run it might read consistently for an hour or more then slowly drift down to an unrealistically low HR but if I powered it off+on again (which is a faff) then it would come back on with a true HR reading again. Or when I tried it in races it would track my HR ok for a large chunk of a race but then with a hard uphill effort or sprint finish it would drop to an impossibly low heart rate - sometimes half what I knew it should be.
My Mio Link is now just an expensive paperweight and I've gone back to using a strap. Hopefully those issues have been solved by now.
I haven't seen any with zip side pockets - I would imagine that the contents would bounce around quite badly - but there are plenty around with horizontal zip back pockets just below the waistband. Some have larger pockets than others, I have some Nike ones where the pocket is small - only just large enough for keys and some cards/cash. My Ronhill shorts are my favourites but a bit pricey if not discounted http://www.ronhill.com/mens-legwear I also have some cheapo Karrimor shorts with huge back pockets and they are fine.
Scott E - good to see you're recovering well after your op. Sad to hear about your Grandad but good that you got to spend that time together. All my grandparents are gone now and I never got that opportunity.
Scott P - well done, I found Netley quite tough yesterday too - I know the course well so never expected Eastleigh PB times - but still hoped for a little faster than the 38:08 which my watch gave me, which is closer to my 10mile pace than my 10K pace! It was probably a week too soon after the VLM sub3 for me too, particularly having only trained 3 times in 3 weeks and spent 2 of those with a cold/throat bug. I felt drained by halfway ~19:05, so should probably be relieved I hung on for an even split rather than blowing up.
Were you in a Lordshill vest? I saw your clubmates Jeff and Neil come through but didn't spot you and we must have been close judging by our times...