Bob - for some unknown reason they slightly modified the route this year to make it longer at 10.2k (according to RB) although most of us measured it at 10.4k. Rather than finishing at the bottom of the hill in front of the hall we had an extra section heading along the front of the car park and then back up towards the hall. Joyous.
I'll confirm regarding pacing a bit later this week if that's ok as there's a possibility that Will may be heading out at sub 19 pace, in which case I may try and stick with him. 13 miles last night round the hills of Mapperley coupled with a 4:30am start tomorrow, means I won't be at track tonight.
Madbee, excellent that's a fantastic time, congratulations.
Muddy, likewise, awesome stuff .
Bob, nice little session there. I reckon you'll be close to 20 at parkrun on Saturday particularly if there's a load from HP there. I'm hoping to make it and might be up for some pacing if you fancy it.
Two cross country's for me this weekend. Yesterday was 6.6 miles round Wollaton Park in the super competitive North Mids XC league. I started off pretty steady and then started picking things up on the second lap. The third and final lap was a bit of an overtakeathon as I worke dmy way through the field although didn't quite manage to catch a couple of guys I normally have some good battles with. I was 144/278 which is about right for that league. I was about a minute quicker than last year with an average pace of 6:43 min/miles (although pace is fairly irrelevant on XC).
Today was the not so competitive East Mids XC league at Bramcote Hills which was a hilly muddy affair (would have been right up muddy and Bob's street). After yesterday's race and a party last night I wasn't much in the mood when I got there. However, a very easy first mile and I started to get in to it and it became an overtake-fest again, including catching, passing and putting a god bit of distance between the two guys who'd beaten me yesterday. Finished 90 seconds quicker than last year in 41st with an average pace of 7:45min/mile.
Cheers Bob. I noticed after I'd posted that you'd crunched out an 800m on the same day so had wondered. I'd like to think I can get closer to 5:20 next time round. Are you planning on heading along to the Notts AC Spring Spruce at the beginning of April?
Hopefully see you in the morning, I'll certainly be layering up! I was planning on a possible PB attack on the 21st but work may interfere with that. Enjoy the match tomorrow, I wouldn't be so sure of the outcome, local derby's often throw up strange results! It's Bramcote Woods on Sunday morning with all those lovely steps, it snowed at this fixture last year, rain forecast this time round. Lovely stuff.
I've just checked Bob's PO10 for some sort of reference. Bob ran a 5:24.97 (I'll call that 5:25 ) at around the same time as he ran an 18:51 parkrun. I reckon after my 19:20 parkrun on a hilly course and my 15:00 for 2.5 miles of mixed terrain relay action, I should be between 18:50 and 19 for 5K. Think I'll give the mile another go next month and try and get closer to 5:20...