We have had an excellent week of Give-it-a-Gos and our first Monday night run. It was great to see so many old and new faces. I was impressed with the enthusiasm shown by everyone despite the perils of the new academic year including coursework and Freshers’ flu. This week is our first ordinary week including the first Wednesday training session and a packed weekend of races. I am also introducing you to the trips we have planned this term in this email.
Fan Fawr Fell Race - Matt Pickering, Rob Elston, Josiah Godwin, Dan Weaver
3 new fell runners and Matt p toed the line of the fan fawr fell race, 3.2km with 300m of climb, it seemed like only one likely outcome! After a very short warm up the race was off. The competition in the u23's took the lead from the start, powered by his 16 year old quads bigger than Adam Potters'!
Rob has a quick start keeping up with the leading pack running most of the way, not realising you could walk until someone passed him... walking. It was a tight tussle between Matt, Dan and Rob all the way uphill, but Dan reached the trig point first, shortly followed by Matt and Rob in quick succession followed by Josiah.
All of us take the quickest way off the top (on our bums) but Dan's loses skin on both hips due to his short shorts.
Josiah's optimised shoe choice for the steep downhill (Road shoes) allowed him to get the maximum slide speed. The downside however was an impressive 4 falls compared to Robs 1.
Dan finished in 12th with a time of 20:23, Matt came 18th in 20:56, Rob came somewhere in a time of something (we think the results are wrong), and Josiah came 34th in 23:32
After a rest Dan went for a short 2km run with rcro and Matt O'keefe where he fell more times than on the course.
We then headed home listening to a pep talk from Dame Kelly Holmes all feeling inspired for the next one (here)