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in: tRicky; tRicky > 2016-02-20

Feb 22, 2016 8:15 AM # 
Top result by the way, especially given your minimalist approach to periodised running training, but you have muchos leg strength from cycling to counter that.
Feb 22, 2016 8:39 AM # 
Mr Wasley does seem to be a bit of an anomaly. To be faster than tRicky over that kind of course would make you a pretty serious athlete, but the only race result I can find for him is a 52:46/10km. Google suggests he's a football coach of some kind, so he's presumably no slouch, but....yeah.

In comparison, the next guy in the M40-49 category is Jeff Gray, who's run a 4:33:10/50km at Lark Hill and regularly runs sub-20 at parkrun.
Feb 22, 2016 8:44 AM # 
I was prepared to accept his result at face value but like I said, there was no real method of verifying who'd completed the whole course.

I felt a bit sheepish on the first lap when I cut one stair short to get past a bunch of people ambling down a row but it meant I also went past Dave and guilt got the better of me so I let him go back past at the bottom of the next descent. Didn't do that again!
Feb 22, 2016 8:47 AM # 
Yeah....bit of a problem with these events that aren't sure if they're serious or not. The name is "Stadium Stair Race", but I remember reading somewhere in the website that "you shouldn't push past people on the stairs because it's not a race". So they have fancy timing and what not, but no proper marshalling. Gah.
Feb 22, 2016 8:50 AM # 
The stairs (or the long corridor midway around) were the only place wide enough to get past people. You had zero chance of getting past along the chair rows.

Race booklet did also say something about it not being a race but then it also said to set a time to remember so that you have something to beat next time!

Also notice with the results that there were far more women than men competing, particularly the mini where it was something like a 15/60 split.
Feb 22, 2016 9:02 AM # 
Well... I just noticed the girl previously listed in 3rd overall - 5 seconds behind me - has now been dumped into the 'query' category. Maybe someone complained (Tash???)
Feb 22, 2016 10:22 AM # 
Wasn't me!!
Feb 23, 2016 12:26 AM # 
The cycle participation rides are similar - insurance requires that it not be a formal race, but then the organisers operate fancy timing to allow those that want to treat it as a race to do so. Or maybe it's just that dressing it up as a race would reduce the likelihood of the great masses actually turning up?

The reality I guess is that you go into those full expecting results to be pear-shaped, but enjoying the novelty of the actual event, whereas, if you enter say the City to Surf you'd damn well expect the results to be perfect!

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