Try to go if you can: no shame in running in the 4ths race, its fun to be at the pointy end and Oxford has a proper tough course, as you would expect ;).
Me, I'm still bitter that the Oxford 3rd team nicked the "snails" sobriquet we 4th&5ths gave ourselves in the 80s.
Anyway, good to hear selection is still brutal back in '87, not only was I dropped to the 4ths, (injured: didn't run the trial) so was Paul Gompers (in the US running a 2:11 marathon).
Certainly still going to go! Just not sure if I'll run or be a spectator (achilles dependent)
Also, how am I supposed to be at the pointy end of the 4ths if it has 2:11 marathoners in it?!
Ah, Gompers didn't show up on the day. So the pointy end was more like the blobby end, as it usually is. IIRC Me & Mark Walmsley (George, Sam and Charlie's cellar-brate-ry dad from NJ, since you don't remember).
There was a fifth team competition too, in the same race. Rather marvellously, it meant your first 6 men home were the 4th team, the next 2 were the 4th team non-counters, then the 9th thru 14th were the 5th team. Much kudos went to the first person in the 5th column;)
In some tab-related sneakiness, their non-counters in 2nd & 3rd teams were suspiciously slow, but we won anyway. Happy days:)
Latest news means maybe we'll have a suspiciously slow non-counter in the 3rd team this year too...