Two Cross Country opportunities in one week!
Civil Service Cross Country – Parliament Hill
Six intrepid OS Runners headed up to Parliament Hill, half of whom were participating for the first time (Alan, Siobhain and Shaun). The “undulating” course was a bit muddier than last year but nothing too serious. The course was 6.4km for women and 9.6km for the men, and a bit more for those who managed to get a bit lost (Alan, Mark)! The antiquated distance discrepancy between the genders was a topic of conversation among runners and this is apparently being raised as a committee item in the next CSAA meeting.
Alan had offered a Stroopwafel to those who got a new PB (Karen), which was a great incentive for those of us running the course again! Mick managed to pick up the only medal in the team as reigning V70 champion, congratulations!! Mick had also informed us that this race was his 70th race this year!!! That’s some serious racing!
Hampshire Cross Country League – Bournemouth Kings Park
A couple of days after the Civil Service was the first Hampshire XC league race of the year. Mick Anglim reports:
Saturday afternoon was wet above and wet underfoot at Kings Park, Bournemouth for the first of the Hampshire X/C League races. Theoretically it should have been a stroll in the park as the course uses a lot of the flat parkrun route. With rain all day and age groups from U13 to over 70 there were over 500 sets of spikes and studs to turn the grassy course into a skidpan before the 239 men set out on their 4 greasy laps.
It was the first official run for OS Runners with James Blyth cruising around to finish 182nd. For those who’ve not experienced a HCCL race that was a good performance given the very high standard.
To put it in perspective, Shaun was running for Salisbury and although he’s not on top form he’s still a 17 minute 5k runner and he came an impressive 59th!
At the other end of the field two veteran ex OS runners had the pleasure of watching the front runners float past them before the end of our 3rd lap! Dave Wilson has a higher centre of gravity than most of us and tasted the mud on lap one on a greasy descent.
There’s no entry fee for individual runners affiliated to England Athletics and you can represent OS Runners or any of the other 40+ Clubs in the League at the remaining 4 fixtures:
Saturday 9 November 2019 – Sparsholt College, Winchester
Saturday 30 November 2019 – Wellesley Woodlands, Aldershot
Saturday 11 January 2020 – Prospect Park, Reading
Saturday 8 February 2020 – Popham Airfield, Basingstoke
Timetable for Season 2019/2020
Race times and maximum course distances
|1200||Under 13 Girls||3.0km|
|1215||Under 13 Boys||3.0km|
|1230||Under 15 Girls||4.0km|
|1250||Under 15 Boys||4.0km|
|1305||Under 17 Women||4.0km|
|1335||Senior Women (including Veteran and Under 20 Women)||6.0km|
|1410||Under 17 Men||6.0km|
|1430||Senior Men (including Veteran and Under 20 Men)||10.0km|
If Kings Park was wet, greasy and flat the Sunday morning CC6 was wet, greasy and lumpy with over 340′ of climb in Manor Farm Country Park, but that’s another story!