Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:40
Good parkrun splits Phil.
county xc champs for me today. Wasn't feeling it, but I never do as it's xc! Plan was to go off hard and hold on for as long as possible. First mile and I'm in the lead group. About 5.25 pace. Next couple of miles pass by at the same pace but the lead 6 ebb away but I'm in a group of 4 behind, swapping places every 100m or so. Half way and still sub 5.30 pace. Ok, I decide to push on to make sure I get the vets gold. To be fair I was well clear but I didn't know it.
4mile and I'm in a battle but press on past 2 but 1 chap has taking 20m lead. I work hard but can't real him in. It stayed that way for the next mile but our pace had dropped to 5.40. in to the 6th and final mile Im in 6th and 25m behind 5th. I try and get back but he knows me and knows if I get his shoulder I will win the sprint, so he is working hard to keep the gap. Last 200m and the ladies team are loud and bellow at me to give them something to watch and catch him in the sprint. I obilge and kick, I'm flying and the ladies are shouting you have him and I think his head dropped. I pulled along side and passed. Hit the last 100m and opened a big gap of my own.
Finished 5th overall, qualified for intercounties, won vets individual gold ( 3rd year in a row) winning by over a minute, and despite a depleted team we still sneak team silver. Ave pace was 5.33 so decent all round really. Very happy that I ran a decent xc for once.