Report from our newly crowned RoM, Howard Jeffrey: OK, I had a rest on new year’s day and went to make up the relay team numbers in the under 16 girls team (and I cudda been a contenda) at York on 4th January.
I am now in training for the Euro Long Distance Duathlon championships in April so am spending time in the saddle watching TV and DVD’s (in foreign languages) and must be turning into a kind of ‘turbo potato’. I went to Garstang and got mashed into 3rdplace in the category!
No surprise to regular readers as Lancashire races can be tough, for spindle limbed are they… and cunning! The conditions were good if a little breezy at times and the course is pleasantly undulating through lovely countryside. The race was won by Ben Lindsay in 30.49 of ‘Manhattan Project’ (obviously not weighed down by having any skin), 1st Lady Joanne Nelson in 38.22 of Darwen Dashers. 1st 0/60 a good minute and a half ahead, was the one in front at Denby Dale, so has to be the target.
I was 4 seconds behind 2nd in 42.07, which was exactly the same chip time as 1st 0/65, who was 90 seconds ahead at Guys 10. I had set off steadily as yesterday I had to cut back on even my slow training run as I was moving like a 1960’s zombie but when I got going today, I had a solid run, finishing 80th out of 474 and sole for Otley AC. Full results
Tapering this week for the Brass Monkey next weekend and weather permitting.. 1.30 ish target.