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28-12-11
Essex Cross Country League 17.12.11
I came 30th in the Essex Cross Country League on Sat. I was pleased with my run, I felt strong throughout and had a good race against some of my rivals, beating some and losing to others
The last couple of xc races have felt a lot better , I think I might be finally getting the hang of these xc races again !! Better late than never.
Mick Bridgeland

28-12-11
South of Thames XC 17.12.11
I finished 66th in the South of Thames XC Saturday. A good 7.5m XC course which had a bit of everything and technically quite tough. I had a steady run but had nothing in the tank when I tried to pick up my pace – think I was suffering a bit from general tiredness or perhaps more likely, lack of caffeine. I used up all my gels, etc up last week and hadn’t got round to replacing them, so after last week’s caffeine high it was cold turkey on Saturday! My club Hercules had a great day with their highest finish in the SoT for around 30 years – 2nd in 6 to score & 3rd in 12 to score. I saw Luke briefly at the start and then he was gone, finishing ahead of me by about a minute. That was my last race of the year and I’m looking forward to a bit rest and recovery.
Stuart Fraser

28-12-11
Crown to crown 26th December
I run the above event today which is a 5k race organised by pitsea running club. It is a x-country course a bit a down hill to start a bit of up hill in the middle followed by a long hill at the end. I started off near the front and managed to hold it together picking off a few runners! Finished in 21.30 which was a pb by 60 seconds for me.
Dave Miller

28-12-11
Well run Dave I didn't hold it together but still made some progression. (21m 53s went off too hard)
Rick Goad

16-12-11
I came 3rd in the M50 South of England Masters Champs at Lloyd Park, Croydon on Saturday
The race was won by Andy Tindall, 20secs ahead of me, with Mike Boyle 2nd, 3 secs ahead of me, I also managed to get revenge on Tony Pamphilon who finished 4th 15 secs behind me
Unfortunately there was a slight muck up near the end of the race when a marshal directed us left instead of right/straight on, as if we were going on another lap of the course, despite me shouting at him that we were finishing we insisted that it was the correct route !! Luckily another more alert marshal realise the mistake and directed us back towards the finish !! We only ended up doing 200m or so extra and at least they sent everyone the wrong way !! but it broke the concentration a bit and ruined my planned sprint finish !
Overall I was pleased with the race and it was a nice rolling rather than hilly course of about 10K, a much better performance than my previous couple of races.
Mick Bridgeland

16-12-11
Well done, I run the x-country at hadleigh yesterday I finished 68 in all, my Team Castle Point Joggers managed to win Division 2 by 8 points. I finished 5th for my club which I was pleased with.
A hilly course but plenty of flat parts so not so bad in all.
Dave Miller

16-12-11
Plenty of flat parts – you must be joking? They changed the course from when I last did it and have since added a few extra (very steep) hills. I had a pretty average race and even got beaten by a few people I beat last week at Chigwell, nonetheless as a club we came third overall and were only beaten I assume by Benfleet and Billericay!
Ian George

16-12-11
I also ran my 3rd consecutive week of Cross Country races.
Another 53-12 XC at Gosfield.
I had run this course here 3 years ago and remembered it to be a very tough, hilly, sticky, sliding course. It was marginally better this year, but probably my dread of the middle section put me in the wrong frame of mind.
Once again, I finished in around 18th place. I was 7th scorer for the team who won Team Gold.

16-12-11
Lee Martin
I did the same course later that day and fortunately I didn’t have to do the extra 200m. I finished 14th in the 40-50 race (6th V45). I had been feeling ill prior to the race, so I doubled my usual caffeine dose and took a day nurse tablet before the race and it appeared to work (will be trying this again next race!).
I didn’t think I ran a good race at the time; however looking at the results, I finished ahead of quite a few runners who normally beat me – so guess it was a good run.
Stuart Fraser

16-12-11
I also ran the Hadleigh xc yesterday finishing in 8th place. My club, Billericay finished a close second - 6 points behind Benfleet so it looks a tall order for us to win the league now as we are 2 points behind Benfleet with 2 races to go. Got boxed in at the start and went off even slower than planned and had to work through the field but gave myself more to do than I would have liked.
You are right Ian, it was hilly!
Dave Butler

16-12-11
Yes, Mick, to confirm that Stuart is being typically modest, and was a lot fitter and stronger than he has hinted...mind you, I now know why he was "flying" round the course.
I managed to stick with him for about the 1st third only, and as for time and place, well, quite a way behind (although the gallon of guiness drunk the night before, probably wasn't ideal...)
Dave Moore 

16-12-11
I was pleased to come 5th in the Kent county vets XC champs on Saturday. Also Kent AC won the team prize and we got a nice cup. We have now won it 5 times in the last 7 years since I have been team manager. I started the race too slowly and was a bit blocked on the narrow path through the woods, but it did mean I had a lot left in the second half of the race, moving up from 25th after half a lap to 5th. Really pleased to beat county legend Barry Royden for the first time.
Luke Armitage

5-12-11
Duck Pond Waddle
The above is a 9 mile cross country race on the hills out the back of Worthing. I last did this race in 2003 coming 28th in about 65-30. This year the conditions were pretty good although quite slippy (i slipped over in a cow field and i'll leave it to your imagination as to what i landed in). Anyway, had a good race and felt quite strong all the way. No-one overtook me after the first mile or so and i gradually made up a few places. In the last couple of miles there is a big hill that i was a bit of a battle with someone on. I held him off going up but he overtook me on the descent (these people must have rubber knees!) but i stuck with it and kept him within 10-15m hoping that the flat 100m or so at the bottom would be enough to catch him up on, which it was, just. So i finished in 9th place (i guess there was about 250 runners) in a time of 60-30 ish. Very pleased with the result, a big chunk of my previous best on this course, and the fact that i had the mental strength to battle it out over the last few miles.
James D also ran - i won't steal his thunder.
Stuart Lenton

5-12-11
This was my first cross country race since school and I really enjoyed it. I was pleased with my time of 66.54 and finished 29th.
James Donohoe

5-12-11
 I also did a race yesterday, but nowhere near top 10, or even top 100 ..... I did the Grim Run which is 8.5 miles of mud, deep water, mud, hills and mud - came 132nd (out of 2000) in 64:46, two and a half minutes quicker than last year, but lower down the placings (they've shorted the course by 0.5m and thrown in more mud, hills and ... er, mud).
Paying for the fun with aggravated achilles so probably won't be out this week - which is a shame as I was planning on trying out Stuart's "Extreme Fartlek".
Simon Phillips

5-12-11
I ran the Essex Vets xc Champs on Sat - I came fourth, which was a bit disappointing
I started with Dave Butler and Iain Campbell, and managed to stay with them until about 1.5 miles , I then spent the rest of the race on my own until about 4.5 miles where I was caught half way up the last hill by Tony Pamphilon and Eric Paul who had been gradually closing me down through out the race
I managed to fight back and overtake Eric but I could not get back to Tony and missed out on bronze by 6 secs
It was actually a good race, conditions were good and overall I felt better than last week so despite finishing fourth I am quite pleased
I have the South of England Vets Champs at Lloyd Park in Croydon this Sat, followed by Essex League xc the following weekend and then that's it for a busy 2011.
Mick Bridgeland

5-12-11
Mick
Very well done, did the race as well. I had a good race and managed to finish in just over 41 mins which was a pb for me!!
Dave Miller

5-12-11
Well done Mick – you look like you gave it all as you were finishing.
I have to say that I found the course quite tough. Those hills were not that steep but certainly dragged on a bit. I went through a bit of a bad patch just after the halfway point but managed to get it back together towards the end and out sprint a few.
It was my first cross country race this winter so I can’t really complain. We have another race next Sunday over at Hadleigh Downs which is even harder! Now that should be fun?
Ian George

5-12-11
Essex Vets XC Champs 2011
Team Gold.
It felt like the teammates that I had hoped to stay with had all gone off harder than I really expected. But I hung on anyway as we headed up the first long drag.
Overtook one of them as we had to vault a fallen log. Then took the next team mate up the last hill on lap one.
There was a fair bit of a tussle between a few other teams too (mostly me being overtaken) before the end of the first lap.
Lap two felt even harder… my team mate caught me up and we helped each other along.
On the way up the last hill we had been passed again, but this time I held on to the Harwich Runner’s shirt tails and then recovered enough to take him on the lovely long (400m) downhill finish.
To add to the bounty, I kept it going long enough to take the another runner for 11th place.
So Team Springfield  scored 4th, 11th, 14th, 15th – just enough to hold off Ilford who were 4 points behind.
Lee Martin