Posted: 25/01/2015 at 20:19
Bit more on the track racing options.
As Lou suggests, it might be that you need to join one of the competing clubs to be able to run, but as mentioned yesterday, if you do so, as I understand it, they'll certainly allow you to run as a guest even if you don't count as a points scorer. Not sure about the South Division, but several clubs in the East would be crying out for extra competitors anyway. I also think it might be worth asking the question on whether they'd allow you to run as an unattached guest to dip your toe in the water.
Muddy - I'd virtually guarantee you'd take most of those 30 seconds off your 5k time just by running on the track rather than road. Take another 30 seconds off, which you've a great chance of doing (and more) over the next 6 months, and you're right in the thick of it. And no, you don't have to be affiliated to any of the Masters clubs to compete in the BMAF Champs, but it was cheaper entry and also gives you access to the Midland Championships (which you can't run as an Open athlete), so for the sake of £17 I'll probably be joining Midland Masters this year as a further second (third?!) claim club.
And generally on the second claim issue - yep, what Lit says.
Charlie - Yes, some grizzled looking blokes there - speedy buggers though as I notice one of them looks to be local runner Andy Wetherill, an unlikely looking speed merchant, but a speed merchant he is (16:47 5k last year) - and still ranked 8th V55 in the country despite not doing much since the summer.
Just been looking at yesterday's XC results. I concur with Tommy's assessment that he had a good 'un, he's right in there amongst some of those I've been competing against throughout the winter, and I'd have had it all on to hold him off. With DT not far behind, that looks a cracking effort too. Well run both.
Great parkrun progress from McF - massive comeback PB, and at this time of year with the progress he's already made, Charlie's consistency bodes well for an imminent further leap forward.
Good review, Mace - ta for the vote of confidence. Looking forward to seeing what you can do with (hopefully) a healthy streak of running over the coming months. That mileage!
Cracking long run, marrows. Very nice 10 @ MP.
And finally, here's a novel picture. Not only having to squint into the glorious sunshine, and a different vest, but even more unusual...look, no mud! Hurrah!