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Kent County XC Championships - Detling - 5th Jan 2013
Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:57 am hammerer
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With a fairly early start of 1pm we turned up at 12:15 in quite mild but overcast conditions, ready for the 12330m of what on paper looked a fairly flat XC course. The county champs have a reputation for not being the hilliest and toughest of courses and this was no different, but anyone who’s raced XC will know they all have unique challenges that make them far tougher than a road run.
With 5 minutes to go a quick call to a late comer and I was pinning his vest with the numbers, I had to sprint to the start 200m away and just got there ready for the bang of the starters pistol. My heart rate was already racing but in hindsight, it may have helped as it meant I didn’t get caught up in the heat thumping, lung busting first 500m and settled into my pace straight away. It seemed like a poor start as UI was near to the back but within 200m people were coming back and I realised that as usual the race doesn’t start until the 3rd lap! The course was fairly flat, we had a wooded section, around a field another wooded section and around another field then back to the start just over 3km later. The trails through the woods were hard and stony though, not great for the 12mm spikes I was wearing, but the fields were muddy and needed the spikes. The first field was very rutted and seemed to have been a fallow ploughed field that had been unused for a decade or more! It made it impossible to get a rhythm and meant every foot placement was critical as you could easily go over or turn an ankle. The second wooded section was much like the first then the final k or so was around the final field, which was a long steady climb, no more than 2 or 3% but was strangely taxing, especially as there was quite a headwind blowing. I was gradually pulling myself up though the field after my steady start and after the first lap was lonely! I spent all of lap two around 25m down on the runners ahead and way clear of the backmarkers behind me. I had found my level!. On the third lap I started to real in the people ahead and towards the end I caught one guy and we ran together for a bit and exchanged pleasantry’s. I started to now pull away from him at the beginning of the 4th lap and had two guys some 50m in front that I was closing in on. I made it my goal to fight to catch them, and also to make sure I had gapped the guy behind. He was losing time though so I knew I was safe where I was and set about upping the pace for the final 2km. Through the woods and around the field, they were still around the same distance in front and I was resigning myself to the fact they had enough in the tank to keep me at bay, but as we entered the final field they were visibly tiring on the climb. This gave me a boost and the kick I needed to up the pace a little and they were coming back to me. Now I was hurting but I had a strange focus that seemed to push the pain to one side as I had one thing in my head, to catch the two in front. As we entered the final 500m I was closing fast and wondered how I would fair in a sprint finish. I didn’t think I had anything left but was going to give it my all. As we turned the final corner with 250m to go finally I went past both of them. They were shocked to see me and I immediately opened up a 5m gap, then 10 then 15m. I looked back with 150m to go and they were losing ground. “Don’t stop now”, I thought, now it’s time to really go so I opened up and lengthened my stride but with no attack coming I crossed the line in 60:50 and 155th place and what for me is a brilliant result. Only 180 finishers out of the 200 starters shows how many people suffered in the tougher than anticipated conditions. My feet were battered due to the stony wooded sections and I felt very tired, and the next day even had some DOMS which is unusual for me in a shorter race like this. Overall a pleasing performance and means I’m in a good shape coming into the New Year. Next up is the SEAA XC Champs. The “Southerns” are 15k of proper hills and proper mud. Bring it on!

Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:07 am AJ
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Great stuff, sounds fun. Had to miss my Surrey x-country race this weekend but have enjoyed reading other people's accounts of their suffering! Good luck at the Southerns Twisted Evil
Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:53 am Carlito
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Great racing Carl Smile
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