Friday, 24 February 2012

2012 Scottish XC Championships

Another year and another Scottish XC Champs at Callender Park. I really enjoy this course, though it can largely depend on the course conditions as to just how much! We had 4 seasons in one day (as is the norm for these occassions). Started in sleet and wind and finished in calm sunshine. As always I set up the first hill feeling good - I was only about 20m behind Freya Murray at this stage ;-). But then the legs suddenly realise what they have ahead of them and the first lap of this course is always a shock to the system. Lots of little killer hills and mud to remind you this is indeed a cross country! Great to have CAAC guys spread all around the route though cheering us on. There was a team of 5 CAAC girls today and we were all pretty close together which meant we could work together along with some friendly rivalry!
Finished the course in 64th place, in 35min49, a bit slower than last year, but pleased nonetheless. Legs didn't feel as bouncy as usual, perhaps due to the previous weekend's half and some miles in the week. Really enjoyed watching the very large number of CAAC men running in the race after ours - great team spirit and some great performances by all.

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