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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 12:35

Dean, my local 10K actually works like that - a 30m wide start line turns into a corner after a slight downhill 200m across a park.  Net result - insane sprint for the first corner, followed by a mass slow down.  I have finished 5th, 2nd and 4th in the last 3 years - but I've never got to that first corner in the top 20.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 11:38

But then you have to define where you start ordering by chip, because you certainly can't do it for the open categories.  Is it V40? Probably not, the best V40s will be close to the front of the field.  V50? V60? What's the cut-off?  And wherever you set that cut-off, some anomalies will be thrown up.  So while I have sympathy for the person who was second in your scenario, the only fair, consistent and practical way of doing it is by gun time.  Unless you have separate races or separate pens.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 11:23

You can't have a championship race done on anything other than gun time though.  Otherwise some V50 woman could be coasting along with no-one in her age group for minutes afterwards, then 2 days later she finds she lost the championship race because another V50 was having a big poo when the gun went and started right at the back.  That's not racing.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 11:02

I would guess one of the issues with chip timing is where it starts,  They hold the runners in the pedestrian street until two minutes before the start, stop traffic, walk the runners out and then start the race, and presumably re-open to traffic a few minutes later.  I guess they can't shut off the whole of central Twickenham for longer.

The traffic would mean that they couldn't set up the chip timing mats etc on the start line beforehand I imagine.

I also wouldn't be surprised if the old-school, traditionalist nature of the CP10 is one of the main attractions of it.  Even in the 90s when I started doing road races, there were no chips, and we all somehow lived with it - in big road races, we just started our watches when we crossed the line.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 13:31

I am in need of new running shoes.  I just almost had a rush of blood to the head and nearly ordered Adizero Adios Boosts.  Fortunately, my calmer head prevailed, and I shall first ask whether anyone is running in them at the moment and how they're getting on.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: Yesterday at 11:22
Dave The Iron Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
Hmm now there's an oxymoron

There's no need to be a twat, Dave.

Sub 3

Posted: Yesterday at 09:15

Great stuff from the Abingdon crowd

Al_P, great run to PB in those conditions, and to get a fantastic podium too.  Sure you'll kick on from here in your next one and really have a good go at 2:30.  Looks like you had a good group working together.

Jimbob, excellent PB, I'm sure you'll get to that sub-3 sooner rather than later.  Sounds like a bit of a warzone of sub-3 aspirants towards the end there.

Dr D - your run at Abingdon sounds much like mine last year ( solo for most of it, ending up with 2:40:xx).  It's a tough thing to do.  Especially if you're being ignored and going the wrong way, that certainly wasn't a problem I had last year, it's pretty poor.  Still, a giant PB nonetheless and surely a shoe-in for sub 2:40 next time.

Ryan - excellent run, shame to just miss a PB, but impressive marginal dipping under the 2:45.  It's funny that track finish, it makes you feel like you should be mustering a sprint, but easier said than done.

TickTock and Dan A - good solid sub-3s.

selbs - careful now, that's quite quick for a taper run.

Cabbage Patch 10 for me too.  Plan was go with Lev for 54:xx.  Just couldn't muster that sort of pace in the end, so stayed a little way behind and worked through the field (it was amazing how many people were falling back from a fast start) to finish in 55:18 for 15th.  I was a little disappointed, because I really thought sub 55 would be straightforward, but at least it's fractionally quicker than what I hit 10 miles in at Cardiff.  I was also consoled a little when I saw the results, because there were some good runners behind.me, and a lot of people seemed to have a difficult day.  Legs feel awesome today for some reason.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 08:51

Sounds like progress Iron, but an organisational nightmare. No final results?  sheesh!

Sounds promising from Bus.  Don't do anything silly like book in a race though!

The Bus wrote (see)

Hey Dachs - just noticed, it's no longer a white wash in the head to head with Alexander Miller 

Yes, I reckon PMJ has cursed his clubmate by highlighting that head-to-head record.  Hey, PMJ can you help me out by doing a similar head-to-head thing with Phil Wicks?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:26
Nice one Dean, finally a use is found for your crowd pleasing antics. Glad your friend got the record, and a decent training run for you.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:54
Matt, I can see why that time would piss you off. Just one of those days you'll need to write off. I'm sure you'll be back in the zone next time out, hungrier than ever. If its any consolation, its still faster than my ludicrously soft PB.

SS, more good xcing. You're in a really good place right now.

Didn't really get what I wanted from the Cabbage Patch 10 today. Started sensibly right around 5:30 pace, and fell into a group with Martin Rees and another guy. However, splits were slipping, and though it felt tougher than I thought it should have, tried to push on. Spent the rest of the race gradually picking up places, including going past 3rd, 2nd then 1st woman (Steph Twell). Thought I'd be good for sub 55 when I saw the 9 mile marker, but it turned out to have been very optimistically located. Finished with 55:18, 15th place. Its a PB (my 10 mile PB was very soft), but its only fractionally quicker than I went through 10m in at Cardiff.

In truth, I never felt as comfortable or controlled as I did at Cardiff. Was sweating like a fat man from about 2 miles. However, I cheered up a bit when I looked at the results and saw who I beat. A lot of good runners behind me, and times down for a lot of people.
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