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PhilPub

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Dec 2019

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    A key tool for doing this is social media

    Ah right, so the new landscape of (dis)information justifies a completely new level of diligence of behalf of one of the best paid and highest profile journalists in the country? "I read it on the internet..."

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    go sub 16 for 5k

    If things go really well in the new year maybe I can have a crack at this with you in Battersea Park one day.

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    Congrats (I think) on the parkrun "promotion".
    Some very nice targets there, I won't be challenging you to anything much shorter than 5,000m myself then, I'm definitely more of a diesel chugger!

    No concrete time targets for next year for me at the moment, I'm mainly just enjoying putting a few consistent weeks of injury-free running together, and getting somewhere close to full fitness. After the wash-out of the last year, I reckon I'll be very happy to log any top 10 age-group rankings... although looking up this year's rankings on Power of 10, the V45's are looking scarily quick, so I might have to target some obscure stuff like 10,000m and 10 miles. Not sure I'll fit in a proper marathon this year, certainly not a Spring one as house-hunting will be taking up enough energy, time and stress.

    ...Maybe the indoor rowing championships in December though! I'm quite enjoying this at the moment, but just wasn't quite fit enough to think about training properly for this year's event.

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    Also, the idea that "old people dying + new young people voting = big swing to remain" seems too simplistic. I mean, over the same time period, all the existing voters who haven't died have got older, and therefore possibly a bit more Brexit-y?

    Fingers crossed though. :-)

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    It's nearly that time of year when I get ready to read out the Xmas cracker joke, but it's really shit, so I think of a different one that might actually make people chuckle. I might borrow that one!

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    Some amazing performances at the Valencia Marathon today. Andy Davies beat the UK V40 record (previously taken off Ron Hill by Steve Way at the Commonwealths a few years ago), and now one of our club's most prestigious records, Paul Pollock finally avoided injury long enough to run the marathon time he's worth, going second on the all-time list for Ireland with 2:10. Nice one Paul, see you at the Olympics in Tokyo!

    Closer to home I'm glad to say that yesterday we did manage to defend our Kent County over-40s cross country title, closing 4 runners in the top 8, and I was 3rd scorer, 6th overall. Felt pretty good all round and nearly closed the gap on our 2nd scorer just 9 secs ahead. He'll say he didn't run as well as his 2:28 at London this year but I'll take that. ;-)

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    I don't know where you're based and maybe this is short notice but one of the few open XC races I've done is the Pirie 10 , it's this Saturday on Farthing Downs in Coulsdon.

    Trionium organise some good off-road events; the Knacker Cracker 10k, Box Hill and Leith Hill HM both coming up in the new year. I've done their Midsummer Munro HM in the Summer, which is a beast.

    My favourite (mainly) off-road race is probably the North Downs Run (30k) in June.

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    Lots of XC left, season runs Oct - Feb. So far we've had 2 of 4 Surrey League races, and main races still to come include the county champs (early Jan), Southern champs (late Jan, Parliament Hill... oof!) and the National in Feb. Are you in a club?

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    Yeah, fartlek sounds like a good substitute, or even just a session of similar overall effort, e.g. tempo run.
    (I do know of a chap who successfully did the Bob Graham Round (Lake District mad hilly fucker), who lived in the flatlands of Cambs and did all his "hill" training in a multi-storey car park...) :-)

    My fitness is coming back nicely after a few consistent weeks including track sessions and 3x XC races. Kent County Vets (over-40s) XC champs in Dartford on Saturday. We should be favourites to retain the title, but I'll have to work hard just to make the team.

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