Running race 33:22  9.97 km (3:21 / km) +166m 3:05 / km
shoes: Nike Victory XC 3
BUCS XC - 28th
Was proper nervous before this and legs felt crappy on the warm up but that’s just fairly standard pre race. Not really sure what I wanted from the race going into it, on one hand I wanted to beat last year (35th), although, knew this would be tough ask.
Got out fairly uneventfully at the start, a few stumbles and a few shoves but all good. Passed Alex about 300m in after his shoe came partially off (RIP). Kept it fairly chill on the first lap trying not to get dragged into anything too disgusting but still kept the pace reasonably honest. Finished the first lap in 55th and knew I wasn’t as high up as I wanted to be, wasn’t worried though because I was confident people would start dropping back. Started to pick up the effort in the second lap and began to pass people. Came through the end of the second lap still feeling good and sniped a fair few guys, probably sitting in around 38th ish. Last lap was rough but ground it out and took a few more scalps. Felt class coming up the last two hills and got about 5 guys in the last minute.