Posted: 10/01/2016 at 11:42
good result Dachs - will you go to the inters?
nice to get out for a parkrun for a change Pete
staffs county champs for yesterday. Since Xmas I have been falling apart, a hip pain and hamstring worries. Topped off this week with sickness and long late hours at work meant a bog fest mud bath of a Xc was a race I was not looking forward too. But I had a vet title to defend so I had to get out. 1st lap drained my legs, I felt like a boxer who had taken one punch too many. I had no strength and felt bad. A big gap opened up between me and people I normally am around. I was probably down in about 20th. I have a couple of vets on my shoulder all smelling blood. I dig in and get round the 2nd lap. I feel like pulling out but I'm leading the vet race and I'm still a counter that I keep in it. I decide it's a kill or cure on the 3rd lap so I try to work hard on the firmer bits and open up a lead in the vets race and start to overtake others. I concentrate on picking people off and work my way upto 11th. To give an idea of conditions that was a 6.40 mile!, I don't often do a 6.40 mile in a race! Young lad in front so I concentrate on catching which I do but I sit on his shoulder for a bit to wait for a chance to blast past. I get a shout that I have a 70m lead on second vet (who represented England Xc in nov) so I focus on this youngster. As we go through a boggy patch I see some firm ground so i burst out of the bog and put a hard 100 in before powering up a hill. This burst catches him off guard and gives me a decent lead. I concentrate on keeping the lead on him, the guy in front was too far in front to chase. Once I can see the finish I increase the pace but hold something back for a sprint. Which wasnot required. I coast in 10th and take county vet gold and am a counter for the men's team that wins gold. Not a great performance but considering how I felt after the first lap I was happy with the outcome. and a county vest for inter counties.