Wednesday, 8 July 2009

We Are The Champions

I was so glad we made it to the relay in the end. I'd not felt in much of a mood for racing after a busy day at work but our tricky trio came together in the end for a mixed team entry in this friendly local event organised by Abbey Runners. We were all a bit heavy legged after recent training but the evening was pleasantly cool and the event low key and welcoming.
From the start Tricky ran at a blistering pace, leading the field looking very comfortable for much of the first leg until the final sprint to the hand over to me (eek! no pressure!), where I picked up the baton in close second position. I had a chasing start and took the lead again after the first half mile around the undulating course but again was out sprinted by a very nice Horsforth chap. I handed over to M for leg 3 back to second place. We knew we had a strong lead over the next mixed team but could only keep all our pinkies crossed that M could bring the team home to victory and work hard to maintain our overall position. M ran a strong final leg maintaining our second place until a last dash to the line edged us into 3rd team overall but still first mixed team by a good margin of 1'40". An exciting night's running with lots of friendly faces, old and new. Only topped by the Choco Softie celebrations back at the car park. We have all resolved to work on our finishing kick for next year.

5 comments:

  1. Hi RB, Like the slideshow and well done to you and your team on the night. The nice bloke from Horsforth is my club captain and you're right, he is. I was 4th member for Horsforth on the night so ran with Hydro Flyers, we came 14th, which we were really pleased with. I enjoyed the night and it was nice to meet you guys. Good luck at Blackburn. - Local Blog Reader

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  2. nice one! 3rd overall is great, extra softies all round :)

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  3. Hi Phil Blog Reader! Great you decided to post a comment; I wasn't sure about your name though remembered it started with a P! Thanks for the good wishes. Not expecting great things tomorrow but hope it will add to the quality training. See you soon...

    And yes, Kate, we did indulge though perhaps a bit much in the end.

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