A bit early for the end of the year perhaps but I’m pretty certain I’m not going to race another one before the end of 2013. So here, for my own amusement and reference, is my review of the years races.
- Jan 6th - County XC Championships
Good run, enjoyable and for the first time in ages felt like I had a full tank.
- Feb 3rd - Oxford Mail XC – Swindon
Quite tough going.
- Feb 17th – Bramley 20
Pretty pleased, good pace until 16 recovered well.
- Feb 24th – Bourton 10k
As expected, started too quick, a more conservative would have been a quicker finish time 28th/480
- Mar 3rd – Oxford Mail XC – Harwell
Best race of the XC season
- Mar 6th – Teddy Hall Relays
Ran as an individual, (all four legs) winning individual race.
1:27:54 (14.4 miles)
- 17th March – Carterton 10k
Shambolic race but a good run for me.
- 7th April – White Horse Half Marathon
Great race, went through 10 miles in 58:39. County Team Champions.
- 28th April – Blenheim 7k
Coming off the back of a sickness bug having missed the Nice Half. Just annoying really having gone into the previous weekend in great form.
5th/575 1st SM
- 2nd May – Motavation Race 1
Not a bad performance but fell off the pace a little at the end and need a mental kicking afterwards.
- 5th May – Oxfordshire County Road Relays
Bit disappointing, not my best performance or preparation.
19th individual leg/13th/15 Teams
- 8th May – Silverstone 10k
Not too bad, horrible conditions
- 12th May – Oxford Town & Gown
10th anniversary of running. Bit flat from Silverstone.
- 14th May – Cottisford 5k
More awful conditions but ran pretty well and finished strongly
6th/126 3rd SM 1st Team
- 24th May – Wootton Friday 5 (Blisworth 5)
Worked hard to finish well, slight hamstring pull. Tough course
- 1st June – Otmoor Challenge (multi terrain half marathon)
Pretty good race, hot day and hard work in the middle but a good race.
6th/353 1st Team
- 6th June – Motavation II
- 11th June – Banbury 5
Not too bad, not as good as I’d have hoped but ok.
20/360 1st Team
- 30th June – Thame 10k
Not too bad, lacking a kick.
- 4th July – Motavation III
Saving myself for the Didcot 5
- 7th July – Didcot 5
Hot day and it showed. Maybe should have been a little braver over the first 3.
4th/148 1st Team, County Champions, County Senior male Champion
- 20th July – Hornton 6
Pleased but slow compared to previous years
6th/123 1st team
- 1st August – Motavation IV
All good, quite pleased.
- 11th August – Hooky 6
Good result maybe could/should have gone quicker
- 8th September – Witney 10 (Cotswold Classic)
Can’t complain about that at all. Coming off the back of a back injury the previous week.
11th/309 1st Team, County Team Champions, 3rd County SM.
- 21st September – Woodstock 12
Mustn’t grumble 2nd best time I’ve run at the 12.
9th/171 1st Team
- 29th September – Finstock 10k
Part of an 18 mile long run.
Good first half, died off for the second lap.
- 6th October – Hanney 5
Maybe should have stolen another place at the end from DM. Improving?
11th/165 1st Team.
- 20th October – Abingdon Marathon
DNF – injured knee earlier in the week and dropped out after 16 miles.
- 3rd November – Oxford Mail XC – Ascott Under Wychwood
Horrible performance, coming down with a chest infection.
- 17th November – Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon
First ever Duathlon – kind of enjoyed it but need to get back on my bike over this coming year.
87th/however many finishers…
- 24th November – Eynsham 10k
Still struggling from the chest infection but did what I needed to do.
And having missed the cross country race at the weekend due to a visit to the Rugby League World Cup Final that is me done for the year.
All in all I can’t complain, I took second in the Grand Prix competition (and even lead for a short while) the club took the team competition again and we’re looking good for the future.
I struggled a bit with injuries and illness a little more than usual, in particular the sickness bug back in April that set me back just when I was in excellent condition. The latter part of the year has a few niggles, back strain, knee injury, sprained ankle and my chest still isn’t right but in theory I can have a bit of down time now and focus on building some good base mileage again to set myself up for the 2014 season, and hopefully some new races to try out too.
- Jan 6th - County XC Championships
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