Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ian at Ryde Harriers XC race

Ian Jolliffe was the only West Wight Road Runner in the small select field that contested the third of Ryde Harriers' cross-country races. This event is a handicap race over the usual muddy 7-mile course, with handicaps calculated on the basis of the two previous races in the series. Ian set off 6 minutes behind the nearest runner in front and 4 minutes ahead of the nearest runner behind, so was alone for much of the race. However, the middle part of the course is such that there are good views of those in front and those behind.

By 6 miles Ian had passed those in front, but his lead was short lived as he was overtaken with 200 metres to go by the fastest runner in the field, Chris Morey.

Ian was pleased with his time of 53.58, which was around 6 minutes faster than in the first race of the series, and his fastest on the course for three years. However a large chunk of the improvement was likely due to the less muddy conditions than usual, and fewer gates to climb.

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