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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 16:15

Gels - two in the pocket of my shorts, one under the strap of my Garmin and one tucked into a wristband.  Slightly annoying to begin with, but less annoying than wearing some kind of belt.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 13:34

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.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 16:39

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.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 12:08

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.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:58

Dammit Bus, you ruined my attempt to do three consecutive posts, Scotch Eggington style.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:57

Dean, a very solid sounding XC performance there, and congrats once again on vets gold.  Hope to be seeing you at the inter counties, and hopefully we can have a good old race of it.

Simon, likewise good to see you defending your title, even if it sounds like you're a bit down on your normal standard.  Hopefully you're also up at the inter counties.

Incidentally, bit surprised it's moved to Loughborough.  I liked Cofton Park, but we will see what this one is like.  My parents met at Loughborough University, so maybe that's a good omen.

Strong tempo sessions all.  Sorry, I've been reading the thread, but dinner's almost ready and don't have time to pick people out individually.  Be careful with your comebacks Reg and Bus and don't cock your bodies up.  Well, don't any of you cock your bodies up, but you two in particular.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:49

So I owe you a report from the Berkshire County Champs on Saturday, which I didn't get around to writing at the time.

Managed to get a full team out for this one for the first time in ages, and getting a full team basically guarantees medals, so that was a good start.  On a personal level, the aim was clearly to retain my "masters" county title, get back in the Berkshire team for the Inter Counties, and improve on my 7th from last year,

It was a bit of a scramble from the start line, and I found myself back in about 12th, but some optimistic fast starters dropped away.  After one of the four laps, four had separated themselves out a bit, leaving a following group of five (one of whom was a junior and not therefore doing the full distance).  Therefore, qualification in the top 9 looked assured.

Used the second lap to gauge where I was stronger vs the others (unsurprisingly the flat, firm bits) so I knew where to push on the later laps.  At some point during lap 3 one of the group fell back a bit and subsequently DNFed, so barring disaster, top 7 and first vet was in the bag.  On the final lap, another of the group drifted back, leaving it a straight battle with me and an eager youngster for 5th.  I knew getting involved in a sprint finish with a sprightly young fellow would end badly for me, so I tried to get a gap.  Succeeded in pulling out about 10-15 metres, but it was not enough, as he came past again and left me back in 6th.

Final time 40:42, averaging 5:42 pace on a course that was pretty muddy in places.  That's not too bad, but I would have expected to have been closer to the people in 3rd and 4th (3rd has been about 30s ahead in the Hampshire League, but had a good 90s on me this time).  Nevertheless, safely qualified and another county masters gold.

The day ended on something of a downer, as I was informed that we had not in fact actually managed to get any team silverware, because three of our team were vets, who bizarrely could not count for the senior team, despite running exactly the same race.  This obscure rule meant that only one club fielded an actual team.  Had vets counted, we would have been equal first.  I cannot for the life of me think of any good reason for this rule to exist, and all it does is result in the ridiculous situation of only one full team actually being present as opposed to three or four, which surely cannot be any good for the credibility of the race.  Madness.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:27

Reg, yep, Jonny R was Reading AC until very recently.  Fast chap.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:24

I'm only unbeaten at Maidenhead parkrun. Once again, 1/1.

There are a couple of parkruns where I only have a 1 in 3 winning record.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 19:57

I wanna go there and beat him now.

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