Report from the Hon. Handicapper
Mud, mud glorious mud… With a few traffic problems en-route we arrived at the park with a little less than 15 mins to go to the start. For a big event like this it was going to be touch an go whether we’d make it to the start line in time. Luckily we did, lining up next favourites for the team race, Leeds City.
The race was a 12k, 3 lap affair with no respite from the mud apart from a 20m section on the finishing straight, so not really a course for the track or road runners. I was pleased with a top 200 finish in 193rd 51:40 a few places ahead on Jon Greenwell 238th 52:58. The star of the show for the Black and Whites and rolling back the years was Ian (the King) Fisher, with a brilliant run finishing 27th 43:42. It is worth noting the standard of the race that a certain Olympic bronze medalist finished one place outside the top 20.
Our post race analysis of our the race preparation, was that it proved to be quite useful on this occasion, with absolutely zero hanging around in the cold and mud..