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English National XC relays, Mansfield, Saturday 4th November 2017 Print

ImageA good day was had by all the Sparkhill athletes running at Mansfield.  The course was pretty firm under foot but with its undulations and tight corners it was still very testing.

The ladies raced first but unfortunately didn’t have a complete team.  Emma in her first national ran well and with a big smile afterwards said she enjoyed it.  Manisha spent time before the race making me go ‘shopping’ with her at the hoody stall.  I couldn’t contain my excitement.  Did it detract from her performance?  No, she ran very well and had enough energy later on to organize, with Tahir, the photographs.

The men completed two teams.  On the first leg Andy M was running his first national and kept James in view most of the way.  It was a commendable first run and I expect he’ll be back for more.  James (I’m not running well) put in a good run.  I really must learn to ignore him when he gives me his pre-race predictions as to his likely performance.  On the 2nd leg there was Tahir chasing John and according to Tahir it didn’t take him long to overhaul him.  I’m hoping that arms weren’t used.  Tahir ended up running 0.6 seconds faster than Andy M – talk about cutting it fine.  John bought some chips later and gave me 1 with tomato ketchup so he’s in my good books.  On the 3rd leg were Daniel and, wait for it, Shippers.  Daniel had a good run and was 4 Seconds faster than last year – well done Daniel.  Shippers made the mistake of saying he would run and borrowed shoes and vest to run.  It’s fair to say that Shippers isn’t in the best shape so congratulations to James for offering the required touchline encouragement to get Shippers to the finish.  Andy L and I ran the glory legs (okay the winners had finished before we started).  Andy said after that he was getting his pace judgement better.  I’d have been the judge of that if I’d been able to see him.  I ran one of the quickest legs of the day (9:48 as recorded on the results) but I think it is only fair to say that I didn’t run one lap that quickly and that they might have made a mistake.  I ran about 25:15 so credit to me because that is over 2 minutes quicker than last year.

I’m expecting some great photos from Tahir – so thanks to Tahir in advance.

Shippers – well done.  We completed a team because of you.

Daniel – when I say hold on to the tent hold on to the tent.  For those not there, there was a strong gust of wind as we were packing away.

As usual we were the last tent down.


Men (A)  160th out of 178

 Andy Manning  
 Tahir Ahktar 22:42
 Daniel Roulston 
 Andy Law 24:48

Men (B) 172nd out of 178

 James  Hannon
 John Goulding 
 Paul Shipway  36:31 
 Craig Hinks

They’ve messed up on the results possibly because Shippers took so long – Craig was about 25:15

Ladies (incomplete)

 Manisha Parmar 

Full results can be found here .
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