British Relay champs. M50, leg 1 (Clive has now decreed that I do leg 1 - cheers), 4.7km/120m, Middleton Park.
BOK team. Ankle strapped up, indecent amount of painkillers taken, Nigel Bunn in the start pen, me hobbling. Oh dear .
SOD THAT. Within 5 mins of starting , the pain was bearable, and I set off in pursuit of the leaders, Martin Ward & Duncan Harris (the latter possibly being a tad over-optimistic). Nigel was just ahead after we suffered a small but nearly costly slip at no 2. Across the field, Nigel was 15 secs up but Al Powell (AIRE) was ahead - I took him on the running, but luckily for me - having lost sight of Nigel - Al re-arrived just as I was cocking up no 5 (Martin & Nigel were not soo lucky). Together we got it within a minute. Phew! !!!
So i was nosing in front again by no 7, missed no 8 HOW??? - Martin *just* ahead again, then i decided to do my thing, and spiked 10, 11, and found myself in the lead approaching 12. I could sense Martin tiring, and I spiked 12, and 13 - Nigel was NOT catching me - I've got this! Bugger me I'm going to come back 1st!!!
Of course, being me, I threw it all away.
Instead of a safe big path/road route to no 14 (essentially the last control), I tried to find a vague path thru the green. Failed - 15 seconds. Got some sort-of "track"- not great - stuck in brambles - tore arm - 15 seconds . To my dismay Nigel had gone round & was now 10 seconds ahead, and I fought hard but by the time we got to the running track It was clear I would again (like the JK) be staggering in behind him.
2nd back, 4 seconds down, (Chris Smithard tore past me on the track - and he also passed Nigel!). 1 min up on Martin (SYO) but a below -par run from Ifor (sadly) meant Clive went out wayyyy too far behind Tim, and rather worrying far behind TVOC (Roger).
Run of the day? Jules B, who beat my time & Nigel's, & held off Bill. Roger Thetford's run was also below par so BOK scooped... silver. As 2017. OK.
that will do. Ankle swollen & bruised when I got home . REST.
Was it worth it? Of course it was. But I am "not there yet". http://www.boc2019.org.uk/results/brc/index.html
Quite chuffed to be so close to Bill: http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/d...https://www.strava.com/activities/2346382694