Liverpool Half Marathon 25/03/2018 (Part of Potters Stag Weekend)

Liverpool Half Marathon 25/03/2018 (Part of Potters Stag Weekend)

As a club we like to celebrate those that are about to ‘sign up’ for married life with a BIG send off so the combination of a run and a weekend away was too good to resist for some of our club members.

After months of planning the weekend was there which basically involved drinking on the Saturday before running a Half Marathon with a hangover the day after and then celebrating running a half marathon with an afternoon/evening of drinking.  Those staying on the Sunday night then have a few more beers before returning home.

As regards to the race – the half marathon times were as shocking as the hangovers but the boys did manage to find a pub at 10miles to get a swift pint in.

Everyone had a fabulous time and the boys have commented that pubs in Liverpool were amazing and the Liverpool people were brilliant. Everyone loved the outfits and made our group of guys very welcome – a big thumbs up to Liverpool – quality city and quality people.

Big shout out to…….

Potter – he loved it (as he wood)

Jason – who made the weekend but not the race itself.

Overall

Liverpool – highly recommended by all as a fun city to visit.

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National Cross-Country Championships – Parliament Hill – London – Saturday 24th February 2018

National Cross-Country Championships – Parliament Hill – London – Saturday 24th February 2018

Every year, in February, the National Cross-Country Championships return. This is an event open to first claim members of Clubs affiliated to England Athletics. This is everyone’s opportunity to run against some of the best cross-country runners in the country – when I say against I mean that you may all set off together but obviously don’t finish anywhere near the really good runners. It is a huge event every year with around 7,500 entrants, over all age groups – kids upwards.

It is a must race for all club members to participate in even if just the once, for the experience – that includes you Potter so don’t be put off by the risk of a little mud!

Chris organised a 49-seater coach for us to get to the event. We did manage to get some additional family and friends on this plus 4 of the Long Eaton entrants. It’s a bit of a shame that we didn’t fill the bus but maybe next time ?

So – we set off at 8.30 and we arrive at 11.30ish. Now bearing in mind that the ladies race doesn’t start till 2.20 this might seem a little early but we do need to make sure we get our coach onto the course for parking ?. Some of the non-running family members then took the opportunity to go to London shopping and the rest of us donned our wellies on and headed off to set up camp. Wellies are a must on a National Cross-Country event……

We found a nice little spot at the top of the hill with a little shelter in the trees. The sun was shining and it felt relatively warn, for the time of year. We didn’t know this at the time but it wasn’t until you ventured down the field that you noticed a brisk cold wind blowing across the course but, hey, you wouldn’t notice that once you were running ?

Plenty of time till the races so we had time to waste so we all have a wander, picked up numbers and returned. A little later we then visited the on-site farmer’s market – just to ensure that we were fully ready and fed for the forthcoming race.

It wasn’t too long before the ladies had to warm up and shortly after they were set on their way around their 8K course. Being at the top of the hill it’s always good to everyone plodding up the steady incline. Runners numbers were, once again up and 1113 ladies finished the race.

After the ladies’ race sets off we start our normal running warm up procedures and then head off to the men’s starting area which gives the spectators the scope to see how big an event this really is. (there were 2328 men finishers!).

The race starts and we head off up the hill – The start is around 150 meters wide but by the top of the hill this has reduced to around 20 meters so funnelling everyone through this is always difficult and gets a little stoppy / starty at times (unless you are at the front). This theme continues is two other narrow places in the first mile of the course but by then things have spread out. The men’s route is a smaller first lap and then two larger laps. This does throw you a little after the first lap as it makes the others seem so large….

Underfoot Conditions

Overall – not too bad. Yes – there was mud in some particular places and some of the course had cambers / bumps and roots to avoid / deal with. With the mud it’s always a case of go through it or round it and I think the course changes that much over 3 laps so you can’t consistently say which is / was the best route to take. The mud has been a lot worse in previous years so quite good that it wasn’t so bad.

Results

Helen Ripley 8K 48.00
Jules Heithus 8K 51.13
Andrea Talbot 8K 53.22
Chris Morrison 12K 57.43
James Spray 12K 1.00.07
Dean Bethell 12K 1.00.07
Brendan Devlin 12K 1.02.21
Jon Evans 12K 1.03.05
Brian Warner 12K 1.04.19
Simon Bray 12K 1.06.14
Paul Wood 12K 1.07.53

After the race everyone freshens up – no showering as we don’t want to lose drinking time and then we head back to the bus to for a night in Camden Town, those not with us meet us there.

We then spend the evening drinking and getting merry. Some head off to get food before returning to finish drinking and then we get back on the bus for our trip home at 8.30.

We arrive back in Derby at around 10.30 and make our way home (Yes Spray – ignore the time on the bus as it was an hour fast) in the very cold… Others of course head to the Bridge Inn to have some more beer (now that they realise that they have not missed last orders) ? …

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Charity Cheque Presentation

On Wednesday the 7th of February we presented a cheque of £300 to a representative of the Air Ambulance Service. This was our charity contribution from funds raised at our 2017 Sinfin Classic 10K Race

We are always happy to support the Air Ambulance as they do not receive any government funding and rely purely on donations to fund their activities.

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Sinfin Running Club Dinner / Dance / Presentation Evening 20/01/2018

Sinfin Running Club Dinner / Dance / Presentation Evening 20/01/2018

Time once again to celebrate our achievements throughout 2017.

The format is quite simple – we gather for a meal, start getting drunk, give out awards and then get more drunk (at the later stages most are so drunk that they dance – well that’s apparently what it is called).

We returned again this year to the Farmhouse Near Mackworth, where we have our ‘do’ in the Folly – which is downstairs and out of the way of the other drinkers (presume they know that we can get quite rowdy!)

Pre-drinks upstairs begin at 7pm – well we call it pre-drinks but I got there around 7.15 so gave up the ghost queuing for drinks till we could get to our own bar.
We wander downstairs at 7.30 and it’s brilliant – our own bar – time to get a well-earned drink in…

We are seated at 7.45 ready to eat. I say seated – think they had to ask us three times before most were seated – us runners – so much to discuss..

It’s a three-course menu so tables are served one by one but we don’t have to wait too long for the next course until we’ve finally had our bellies filled. Must say – the apple crumble was a bit overly crumble and with ice cream it was a little hard to eat.

After we’ve all finished and had another beer it’s awards time at around 9.30.

Results

I did get some photos but due to an initial camera error missed some of the initial pictures….

Male Cross-Country Champion

  • 1st Brian Warner
  • 2nd Brendan Devlin
  • 3rd Chris Morrison

(From the races ran so far it looks like Brian won’t be retaining this trophy next year)

Female Cross-Country Champion

  • 1st Caroline Scott
  • 2nd Helen Ripley
  • 3rd Clare Harrison

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Male Road Running Champion

  • 1st Jason Ball
  • 2nd Brian Warner
  • 3rd Brendan Devlin

(Brendan would’ve been up to 2nd but the last 2017 race was called off due to the weather)

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Female Road Running Champion

  • 1st Sharon Collins
  • 2nd Clare Harrison
  • 3rd Fiona Finnegan

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Fell Running Champion

  • 1st Caroline Scott
  • 2nd Trevor Hibbert
  • 3rd Paul Stevenson

(Brian was in 4th place and only just behind Paul)

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Best Female Performance

  • Sharon Collins

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Best Male Performance

  • Chris Morrison

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Club Person of the Year

  • Sharon Collins

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Special notes of thanks to:

Clare, for organising the event

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Mick George for all he does for the club and to also mention that her celebrated his 75th birthday over Christmas.

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With the awards and speech’s over it was back to the drinking and then onto the dancing.

Photo opportunity of the night –

Someone managed to bust Clare’s bottle of red wine but we did make the most of it before the staff managed to quite successfully clear up the mess..

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Award for the best dancing goes to Jim. The video is a classic – even Shazza has gotta be impressed with the one.. Although to be fair the later ones of Rex and Jon are pretty good…

Starting to flag I eventually left at around 11.30 – had to get back to the hotel where I had left Julie with the flu. She would have loved to have been there but was too ill to make it. Missed a treat of a night ?

I’m not sure what everyone else did but do know that some ended up in town. Dunno how – I’m sure most people were much the worse for wear when I left.

Interesting drive home in the morning in the snow – couldn’t believe how much of it was on the roads. Good news now is that is that it was mostly gone by the end of the day.

Happy days, happy hang overs…

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Furnace Inn Race 26/12/2017

Boxing day 2017 saw the return of the Furnace Inn Race.

This is an annual race organised by Shelton Striders with the proceeds going to charity. For SRC this proves to be a popular fun race, especially after pigging out all day the day before, and ideal so you can have a sneaky pint afterwards. Fancy dress is not compulsory but some do participate :)

The route this year was a little different due to the flood defence work going on near the pub. It started with an extra sneaky climb from the pub before running through the mud of Darley Park and then around the standard course and eventually back down the route you started from. I clocked at 3.31 miles rather than the usual 2.75 miles course.

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Results:

Name Position Time
Rob Lane 25th 22.27
Trevor Hibbert 33rd 23.14
Brian Warner 42nd 24.12
Caroline Scott 68th 26.08
Sharon Collins 120th 30.31
Graham Young 121st 30.32
Michael Collins 122nd 30.36
Helen Ripley 123rd 30.36
Fiona Finnegan 125th 30.38
Paul Stevenson 127th 30.39
Ivy Sunday 135th 31.01
Julie Heithus 151st 31.57
Julie Muggleton 156th 32.09
Joanne Allenton 157th 32.11
Barry Boole 192nd 34.37
Neil Barnes 193rd 34.47
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Sinfin Pre Christmas Celebrations 20/12/2017

Wednesday 20/12/2017

Tis the Wednesday before Christmas and SRC tradition is to spend this evening drinking in Derby City Centre.

We don our best Christmas jumpers and make this a night to remember.

The evening starts around 7.30 in the Standing Order. Of course some get there earlier and some get there later.

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We admire everyone’s attire and drink, take pictures and talk about running….

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After more than enough time in The Standing Order we decided to move across the road to ‘The Bear’ in just about time before it closes and before some folks are off to get the last bus home.

Next we’re off to Jorrocks where there appears to be other people trying to outdo my suit.
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Not keen on Jorrocks so myself, Julie, Ian and Clare head off to Walkabout.

Realising that no one in following us there we drink up and try and find where everyone’s gone. Mixed messages from the chat – is it The Bless or the new German bar that we had towards. Bless is nearest but can’t find anyone in there so the German Bar it is.

Yes – despite the drink we can find the bar and here’s most of the motley crew.

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German 5

German 3

German 2

Germa 4

After a pint in here i’ve had enough, got to go to work in the morning :O….
So time to leave, a kebab and then a taxi home. (Biggest Kebab ever – couldn’t even manage it all!!)

Apparently Woody and Spray went onto Pop World.

Jon I think went to the Bless (wasn’t in the German Bar) and then went onto the Flower Pot.

However, Spray was the last man standing…….

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Thunder Run 2017 – 22nd and 23rd July 2017

The Thunder Run is an annual 24-hour race held in the third week of July that starts at 12pm of Saturday and finishes at 12pm on. Runners run laps of 10K around a course at Catton Park., Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN. This is a race that can be run solo, in pairs or in teams of 3-5 or 5-8.

Some of our members have done this previously and it is a well-known and very well organised event. As it’s 24hours people camp overnight and the camp site actually opens on the Friday afternoon so we normally have a couple of team members who arrive, scope and mark out a decent plot and then set up camp.

The organisation includes, all day hot food and catering, a fully marshalled and signed course, on-course water stations, toilet facilities, hot showers, Free camping all weekend for runners and spectators and priority camping if you are a solo runner.

There were also sports masseurs on hand for everyone (there was no fixed charges but small donation accepted). For spectators and hungry runners the event caterers were positioned trackside, near the start, serving throughout the event.

The course at Catton Park is multi terrain. It is a 10km cross-country circuit through the picturesque Staffordshire countryside. The track twists and turns across the varied terrain so you run from woodlands and trails to steep hills and open fields.

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This is a great race to do and a feeling of great achievement after the race. As a team of 5 – normally 5 laps of 10K so a decent amount of running.
We managed to get three teams together for this race as follows

Sinfin Thunderdogs – Shaun Cooper, Fordy, Jim, Chris and Jon

Sinfin Thundercats – Clare, Michael, Simon, Sharon and Matt O

Seifin (Yes you’ve read that right – Matt Harris’s fault) – Sam Lander, Matt H, Brian, Rob Humber, Woody

You wouldn’t believe the problems we have trying to get teams together for races but for an event like this we seem to, remarkably, manage it quite well.

This year the race started okay but then it started raining at around 4pm and basically didn’t stop (well noticeably didn’t stop) until an hour before the end of the race.
The course got worse and worse each lap – there was less of a course to run on and more of a quagmire of mud. There was not a lot of places to overtake slower runners as most of the course was on a camber. This meant you could get past people but getting back onto a running line was nigh on impossible.

Around 3am there were a lot of physically ‘broken’ people out there. The weather got to them, unable to get dry, running in the dark through the rain and mud with head torches on was not much fun so some of the teams gave up and went home. We all stayed till the end but even by this time some of our team members had had enough with some not continuing to run.
The course got worse and in the end the course ended up being a narrow trail through sloppy mud on either side in most places!!

It was a sigh of relief for all when this finally finished, everyone was exhausted but managed to celebrate with a well-deserved drink.

If you asked – would be do it again next year, after this years’ experience the answer if definitely NO. Of course, a couple of weeks after we’ve mostly changed our minds and all looking forward to next year’s event.

Results
Sam Lander 10K Laps 43.12, 47.09, 48.16, 58.55
Matt Harris 10K Laps 56.59, 56.29, 1.00.55, 1.14.06
Brian Warner 10K Laps 46.57, 51.33, 58.34, 1.00.50, 1.09.12
Rob Humber 10K Laps 57.17, 59.23, 1.07.14, 1.13.55
Paul Wood 10K Laps 56.34, 59.42, 1.05.52, 1.23.01, 2.00.57
Shaun Cooper 10K Laps 40.35, 40.55, 41.25, 1.01.02, 3.39.16
Richard Ford 10K Laps 50.49, 50.03, 52.22, 1.00.20
Jim Richardson 10K Laps 52.37, 54.27, 1.01.01, 1.12.00, 1.20.34
Chris Morrison 10K Laps 45.02, 46.56, 50.44,
Jon Evans 10K Laps 44.24, 44.48, 50.42, 1.00.15
Clare Harrison 10K Laps 51.08, 51.18, 56.31, 59.43 1.04.29
Michael Collins 10K Laps 54.38, 56.19, 1.03.02, 1.13.58, 1.14.11
Simon Bray 10K Laps 59.39, 57.55, 59.24, 1.01.34, 1.00.19, 1.17.18
Sharon Collins 10K Laps 53.25, 56.22, 1.09.49, 1.05.38
Matthew Orr 10K Laps 47.04, 52.42, 1.01.45, 1.21.36

You may notice that some of the laps seems to have taken some time. The reason for this is that Shaun took a break after his lap, had a kip and then resumed his last lap.

Other laps could be longer as a runner would finish – come back to the tent and then the next person would go to the start and set off. EG – my last lap is shown as 1.09.12. I did the lap around 6 minutes quicker than this as Paul came back to the tent and then I set off.

Pictures – I would like to show you some of the mud and the atrocious conditions but unfortunately such pictures are in little supply – guess the photographers were put off by the rain! I can assure you that I only ran one dry lap and then it started to rain.

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The Wilmot Wander – Sunday 29/01/2017 – ‘The Diary of a Broken Man’

As Dean, Spray and Simon had entered this race as part of their training plan for a 100 miler later in the year I decided to show them my support by also entering the Wilmot Wander. Why not, I thought, as I had nothing better to do. Of course I wasn’t prepared to do it on my own so I decided to get Rex and Bren to be part of my dynamic team. To be honest I thought this would be a breeze as it’s just really a jog around 32 miles of scenic countryside in winter so how bad could it possibly be?

It’s a course that takes you from the Scout Hut in Chadd, through Chadd Park, Up Morley Road then across to Locko Park, to Stanley then over to Morley, over to Little Eaton, then to Duffied, Quarndon, Mackworth, Radbourne, Mickleover, Burnaston, Over the A38, Findern, Stenson, Swarkestone, then up the cycle path from there all the way back to the Scout Hut in Chadd.

The starting times are staggered in this race but as ours were only 8 minutes apart the Sinfin massive all decided to set off together. So began our jaunt with the addition of Jason and his dog (Wilson). I do think they knew I would need the support to be honest as I have done a marathon before but was not ready for the 8 extra miles.

The weather was quite kind to us, for the time of year, but the terrain was hilly and rough with a lot of mud – it’s fields! – what did I expect!!! Don’t get me wrong, it was muddy but not as bad as when I got drunk at Glastonbury and fell in the mud face first (now that was muddy). Those 8 extra miles made all the difference and it hurt my legs a lot. I was swearing and moaning for all 8 of those miles and if it wasn’t for my friends around me I would of stopped and beat a cow or sheep up just to make myself feel a little bit better. At one stage I even contemplated jumping in the canal but Jim (who joined us part way round) told me not too as I would go in to hypothetic shock. Jim was the voice of reason as he’s been there and done the Wilmot Wander before – he tells me he knows the pain when cramp sets in! When I finished I got a bowl of soup and a certificate. What I personally would of liked would have been a red carpet into the Scout hut with maybe a trumpet guard of honour.

Despite all of this it was an amazing day with a great bunch of lads who were totally awesome and I am glad I did it with you guys.

Would I recommend it – yes – any day of the week BUT have some good mates with you to get you through it.

Report by Richard Webster (Potter)

As a ‘side note’ there is another report from Rex who ran the race and is as follows —-

On the 29th January I faced one off my biggest but most enjoyable challenges which was to run the Wilmot Wander.

It was an extremely long and tiring event but I had Spray, Dean, Brenden, Simon, Jason and Potter that kept me focused, despite Potter tantrums! and not forgetting Wilson the dog, who led us all the way.

The weather was kind to us on the day but mud and puddles made the run even more difficult. The checkpoints were very welcomed and I lost count of the amount of biscuits I stuffed my face with.

We faced many challenges on the 6hr and 24 minutes run including hills to steep to run up and down and I will never forget the moment we had to cross the A38 – now that was bloody scary!

We did win the trophy for the fastest team but it is a run that I will never forget or attempt again!!

Richard Record (Rex)

Results

Wilmot Wander Results 2017

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Sinfin Running Club Dinner/Dance/Presentation Evening Saturday 21/01/2017

Sinfin Running Club Dinner/Dance/Presentation Evening Saturday 21/01/2017

That time of the year again when we celebrate all of our achievements. Time to dress up and get pissed (it’s a club motto!!!)

This year the event was held at The Farmhouse (in the Folly Room) at Mackworth (formerly the Mackworth Hotel). This of course is a little way out for most of us but luckily there is a Premier Inn 300 yards from the venue so plenty took advantage of staying there for a cheap night sleep rather than getting taxis to and from the venue.

It is a very good venue, brilliant food, music and of course alcohol so a big thank you to all the staff there and well worth checking out if you have some kind of do that you have to arrange. :)

After the event finished at around 12pm some club members went onto the Casino. They then took a trip to the obligatory kebab shop, of course one three course meal in an evening is NOT enough. 😛

Awards

Fell Running Champion
1st – Paul Stevenson
2nd – Caroline Scott
3rd – Simon Bray

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Male Cross Country Champion
1st – Brian Warner
2nd – Simon Bray
3rd – Chris Morrison

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Female Cross Country Champion
1st – Helen Ripley
2nd – Mary Goad (I hope i’ve spelt that right Mary !!!)
3rd – Caroline Scott

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Regrettably Mary was not there on the evening :(

Male Road Running Champion
1st – Brian Warner
2nd – Brendan Devlin
3rd – Michael Collins

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Female Road Running Champion
1st – Clare Harrison
2nd – Sharon Collins
3rd – Fiona Finnegan

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Male Performance of the Year
Neil Barnes

Regrettably Neil could not make the evening either :(

Female Performance of the Year
Fiona Finnegan

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Club Person of the Year
Chris Morrison

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Evening drinking photos

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Lamb’s Longer Leg Fell Race 15/01/2017

The first ‘champs’ race of the Sinfin fell running year for 2017 was Lamb’s Longer Leg on Sunday 15th Jan. Twas a pre-entry only race, with 5.4km of distance and 290 meters of climb this is an ‘A Short’ course. Meeting at the Lamb Inn with the start a 800m jog down the road towards Chinley. With an ‘M’ shaped profile, the first climb begins right off the start line with the finish enjoying the opposite action. As far as we know, this is the first time anyone from the club has attended this particular race, although it’s been going since 2003.

As for the race itself; epic. Bona-fide fell course; full-kit was mandated, tough & varied terrain, difficult weather, clag down. It was a belter. Everyone had a great time and got round safely. Then straight into the Lamb Inn for a pint (or cup of tea). What’s more, Caroline won the ladies v45.

The next champs race will be Hoppit’s Hill on 29th Feb.

Graham has already entered the results into the champs spreadsheet and I’ve extracted them. We won’t share this detail after every race but since it’s a new concept it’s only fair to give people a feel at the start for how this might pan out over the year. So for those interested:

Trev – 47th – 41m02s – 174pts – (2nd)
Caroline – 51st – 42m35s – 164pts – (1st)
Fordy – 57th – 43m53s – 192pts – (4th)
Simon – 66th – 47m29s – 202pts – (5th)
Paul – 68th – 48m21s – 179pts – (3rd)
Mat – 72nd – 54m34s – 243pts – (6th)

Notes regarding the new points system: You can see the age and gender adjustments working well; although I finished ahead of Paul by over 7 minutes, I only ended up with 5pts fewer. I was ahead of Caroline by over a minute and a half but she’s still 10pts better off. Simon was on semi-cruise so his pts are higher than they might have been on another day. This all ‘feels’ about right.

Remember, it’s a long year and race attendance will pay dividends (for various reasons), especially for those who might not be quite as good vs quicker runners who only do a handful of events. However, the bottom line is, just enjoy it.

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Lambs Longer Leg 2017

Caroline’s Prize

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After

LLL Pub 2017

Report by T Hibbert

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