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53-12 XC League Race 1-Notley Park, Witham

Sun November 2 2008 Listed by Tom Tom
4 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
AJPAR First try at XC, who knows? Running for Witham!!

Very enjoyable, 28th place and 1st home for Witham. Unaffiliated 28:47 29:54 35:00 30:27 72.05
Bolt Harwich Runners 33:33 0 34:20 65.82
themookid Thankfully not as muddy as I was expecting after the amount of rain in the past 48 hours  (I certainly wasnt expecting the warm sunshine).  A bit slippery here and there but otherwise great conditions.

I wasnt expecting a lot after last nights halloween party and didnt feel to good still during my warm up.  Once we were off all was forgotten though.  It was either a very quick start from me or a slow one from everyone else as I was clearly up in the top 20 in the early stages.  Pushed up the first hill well taking a few guys as usual and for once had a strong downhill too and didnt loose any places.  Once we were out on the field edges I came off the gas a little and settled into a quick but controlled pace.  Paul settled in behind me and my goal from then on was to keep him there.  A few started passing as we got back to the main park and Paul tried pulling away at this point.  I managed a strong hill again the second time around and made a huge effort to keep the downhill pace going right around the last field.   Passing Paul and two guys I had been following for ages managed to keep it on to the line.  36th!! My best cross country and probably my best race :)  31:04 is under my 5 mile pb, so I can only assume the course was far short.  Especially pleased that I didnt die off in the last mile as is my usual style and actually found a long sprint finish. Unaffiliated 31:20 31:20 31:04 68.74
Tom Tom PB position of 7th today, so pleased with that, but didn't really feel on the ball today:( Opening mile run way too quickly, as usual (6.27 ffs!!), so I was blowing out of my arse for the rest of the race. Lucky really that a lot of the faster women weren't there today! Harwich Runners 31:33 33:06 33:15 73.21
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