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Rough 'n' Tumble 10

, Pewsey SN9 UK
18 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
alanevery Unaffiliated 1:22:35 58.59
Evil Peter Andover AC 1:18:46 1:39:42 46.68
Flying Ant Black Pear Joggers 1:44:58 44.53
Ghengis Redhill Distict Royal Mail AC, Striders of Croydon AC 2:20:31 34.70
Gobi Unaffiliated 1:10:00 1:11:47 65.89
Heavyweight UKnetrunner 1:43:00 1:51:45 45.03
icklechick Winchester & District AC 2:00:00 2:09:45 39.83
LucyG Compton Harriers RC 1:53:17 49.75
MarkC Unaffiliated 1:30:00 1:31:54 51.47
par Cove Joggers 1:39:57 52.90
Paul Salmon Wootton Bassett Hounds RC 1:47:14
Rach E Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, Team Kennet 1:15:00 1:19:51 64.72
runner duck Unaffiliated 2:18:35 39.19
Running Fish Unaffiliated 1:13:10 1:14:45 66.26
RuthB2 Haslemere Border AC 2:09:45 39.84
superchip White Horse Harriers AC 1:20:00 1:18:00 59.19
supersquirrel Chippenham Harriers 2:00:00 1:52:08 43.48
Yellow Fang Reading Roadrunners 1:30:00 1:26:52 55.70

This event is listed on these dates:

After last year I'd like to get as close as I can to 1hr 30. A lot will depend on the conditions, of course. UPDATE: Race director (rightly) described conditions as both "abysmal" and "horrrendous" but I paced myself better and was 5 mins quicker than last year. Great fun, in an exhausting and filthy sort of way, even though I didn't quite make my 90 mins target. Oh that eye-watering wind! Oh those morale-destroying hills! Oh that strength-sapping mud! Brilliant!
It was rough & I tumbled more than once. Great fun though & I thoroughly enjoyed it in a perverse kind of way. Dont think my trainers were really up to coping with the slippery surface - did a fair impression of Bambi on ice more than once. Did manage to beat Chris Chataway :-) - albeit only by a few seconds.
Two races in two days - who's a silly girl then. Looking forward to this but not expecting a good time - going to treat it as fun :)
Mud + Hills
Flying Ant
Ran this for the event so didn't push it that hard. Calf muscles were still a bit tight on the big hills, suffered a bit on the last hill.
Hills aren't my friend, so expecting quite a slow time for this, but it looks fun! *update* great race - loved it all, but not fast by any means. Whole race was wither mud, hills, single file or a combination of all three! highly recommended
Rach E
Looking forward to the pain!! Time prediction based off recommendations of adding 10 mins plus a bit more to your 10 mile pb. ***UPDATE*** Have to say I actually didn't enjoy this too much. There comes a point where "racing" becomes "survival" and this was definitely erring on the survival. Suicidal decents and climbs which were only walkable (I had an 11 minute mile followed by a six minute mile!). Very very muddy and couldn't really get a decent speed up anywhere. I'd like to do this again when it's drier but pleased to have done it. Nice to see MarkC, Icklechick, RuthB and Heavyweight. I hope you all did well as I didn't see anyone at the end!! Finished 2nd lady.
Has been a couple of years since I did this.

Long run and race report

Long run 24.56 miles (23ish)

Race report from the Rough and Tumble 10(10.4miles of MUD and HILLS)

Got there early and set out to get my pre race 5 miles in(start of the long run) and with Rach needing a warm up as well bagged just over 6 hilly miles. Went to the start and decided I would hang onto John(just quicker than me at XC)for as long as possible.(legs were aware of hard XC yesterday). The off and as usual you get the nutter who runs about 5min pace for half a mile(from then on he went backwards). First mile and already there were 8 of us away from the rest straight into walk run hop hill climbing and 6th by mile 2. By now it was obvious I had got my shoes wrong and I was at "break dance party" no matter I was running well and sat within 10 metres of John. Paths for a bit and wahey I was off John and I were 4th and 5th and clear. The decent down to the vertical climb was horrid as I slid everywhere and struggled to turn for the climb. John dropped me on the scramble and 6th reappeared fast. Again I managed to find some hardish ground and set off after John and up to 9 miles I was catching him unfortunately the last 1.4 miles was back down some really bad mud which of course we had run down at 2/3 miles. I was everywhere and had 3 falls including one that caused a muscle spasm(NOT NICE) 6th reappeared(afterwards he informed me I looked like Bambi on Ice). I did just enough to stay ahead of him and cruised home in 5th.

Jogged around and waited for Rach then changed shoes and socks picked up my IPOD and hit the road. Collected after 8+ miles by Rach who had stayed behind to chat to Chris Chattaway and collect prize for 2nd place.
Yellow Fang
I was pleased to run this race a few minutes faster than last year, although last year I had cycled there from Wantage. I wore my football boots because my other trail shoes didn't have enough grip. I didn't regret the decision, although a couple of miles was on road. I took the race fairly steady from the start, because I knew from experience what an energy-sapping course it was. There was quite a stiff breeze along the ridge, which definitely added to the chill factor. Lots of lovely cakes at the end as normal.
Running Fish
really enjoyable, and seemed to be over quickly, which is usually the sign of a good race. couldnt expect much more from less than 30mpw training. on the hilly stuff technique helped to hide my lack of condition, but the flat bits towards the end were hard work.
runner duck
blimey that was muddy and hilly!
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