Our original numbers for this race much diminished, we few survivors had it all to enjoy -- the lashing rain and wind to start, the 2,500' of hills, the final scary descent (which meant I was off having my arm repaired when I wanted to be enjoying the aftermath) -- but also the fantastic wild beauty, the terrific crowd support and comradeship of such an idiosyncratic marathon. Ace results for Darren and Ben -- who almost had the temerity to PB on this ridiculous course -- a fun but strong training race for Katie, and a great run by Liz too. I didn't quite nail it falling over twice, but was pretty happy. There are 3 contradictory sets of results out there, so take your pick... whatever. It was a marathon like no other. Mental note though, to pack the trail shoes for that last hill next time!
A few of us headed-out to Frankfurt for a stab at Germany's second largest and fastest marathon. This was not an occasion for 'sand-bagging' and there were no negative splits in sight. But, Richard Staley took honours with something like an 11min PB and an 11s positive split. The relay team - Tim, Rachel, Mike and Jen - squeezed nicely under 3:30. Chris ran an optimistic first 15 km and then had plenty of time to enjoy the sights of Frankfurt! Kevin and I just ran. I lost 3.15 kg (all evaporative water loss) on the course and Kevin something like 2.6 kg - doing our usual no water, no fuel just running plan. OK, this time it failed - but, boy was it an agonizingly close fail! An epic tragedy! I recall a brief conversation towards the end where I said to Kevin - we're doing a Slater.....
November's Clubnight will be on the SECOND TUESDAY this time. Scott White and Charlie Wartnaby will be talking about Fell Running, kit, fuel, navigation, accommodation, the Bob Graham Round, the Billy Bland Challenge and how you can get started.
8.15pm on Tuesday 10th November. All welcome.
National XC relays
HELP! We are one woman short for the National XC relays on the 31st Oct in Mansfield. We have entered the largest number of teams in recent history so there will be lots of fun races to watch as well as racing yours. You DON'T need to be superquick; we have some very mixed-ability teams, so don't be afraid of being 'too slow'. Here are the details: http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/the-saucony-english…/…/
Contact Jonathan at email@example.com if you are interested in taking part.
Eastern XC Championships incorp. EVAC XC Championships
Anyone wishing to run in this event should see the notes linked to fixture list about entering. Current EVAC members - there is no need to enter twice as long as you let the organisers know your EVAC number. The reason for there being two entry forms is the late inclusion of the EVAC event - after the Easterns entry form was advetised.
Just a quick note to apologise for the lack of 'content' update lately, to thank everyone for their contributions, and to encourage you to have a go. Lots of results updating still going on in particular - thanks for that. More pressing matters to focus on - normal service should be resumed eventually!
Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon
Exciting news about new developments for the 2016 race should be in the Cambridge News on Wednesday. Those of you who have pre registered or raced before will already have received an email.
VIP entry links will be mailed out to the email address that you supplied us with when you pre registered or raced with us between 2012 - 2015
20 October, 9am
VIP entries open to everyone who pre registered or is a past participant and has a Cambridgeshire postcode
21 October, 9am
VIP entries open to everyone who pre registered or is a past participant and has a non Cambridgeshire postcode
22 October, 9am
General entries open.
Don't forget that if you're not racing you can be part of the fantastic race crew and or help me with the goody bag marathon that precedes the race.
One space left on the Dovedale trip 30th Oct to 2nd Nov.
So, we are all paid up for three cottages in Wetton for the Dovedale weekend. There is still a self-contained living room, complete with couch, if anyone would still like to join us. Friday night run on the moors, Saturday morning parkrun. Saturday afternoon 10 miles over the hills, Sunday morning 4.75 miles Dovedale Dash race, Sunday afternoon short jog out to Thor's Cave.
Not forgetting a great social weekend, Friday night in the pub, Saturday Halloween night party in one of the cottages, Sunday pub lunch and back to the pub in the evening. Option of returning home Sunday evening or Monday morning. Anybody interested, let me know. (on facebook or email neville (at) highfieldhouse (dot) org )