Christmas Day Update...

Yesterday I intended to go to the WCH club training on the chase; unfortunately the hitch in the plan was that I couldn't be bothered and instead got out of bed at 10.20am. I eventually decided to go for a bike ride and managed to freeze my hands, feet and nuts in the process. Did my 'usual' lap which is about 14.5 miles on an undulating course with a nasty 90 metre climb towards the end. Went fairly hard and finished in 50.30.

At the end of the day I decided to make a list of what I'm good at when it comes to orienteering:

1) Hills
2) Falling over. Lots.
3) Swearing. Even more.
4) Wiping my nose on my sleeve. Not as much as 2 or 3.
5) Smelling other orienteers from 50m away who haven't used enough deodorant. More than 4, but probably less than 2 or 3.

I'm feeling quite optimistic at the moment after a good season of cross country and the Mungo Bone. I seem to recall telling Rob Little that I would give him a run for his money next year - perhaps I had too much mulled wine... But seriously, I improved on my run by 52 secs this year and did 13.47 - I seriously reckon that I'm capable of a sub 13 min run with a bit of training, and more importantly if I stay injury free for the first time in 10 years.

Quote of the day at the Mungo Bone came from Ian Turner to Gareth Little "you should have a good run as your pot belly seems to have gone" or something to that effect.


  1. I was right, G did indeed have a good run. (Well he beat me, anyway!)

    And I too hope to be a minute quicker next year!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Spine Race - Some Stats (2012-2024) - Updated following 2024 race.

Ranger Ultras - High Peak 100k

Ranger Ultras Pennine Bridleway 270km