Running warm up/down 15:16  3.1 km (4:55 / km) +10m 4:51 / km
WUP and course recce, not entirely happy with the pace so dropped off from the others
Running 27:38  7.6 km (3:38 / km) +50m 3:31 / km
Welwyn Garden City Met League XC (varsity selection)
Huge race, don't think I've ever run against this many people before except possibly some sunny days at Cramond parkrun. 3 laps of a twisty hilly course with some mud but nothing unreasonable. Very tactical with a lot of narrow sections that did not happily accommodate 200+ runners.
Held off on the first lap, then tried to push on through the second and third. Lethal downhill hairpin turn going into final stretch meant I was never going to be happy in a sprint finish, so made sure to get clear of Haries vests in both directions across the last mile or so.
Think I ran it tactically sound, but as per could've done with a bit more pace. Maybe could've got away with pushing harder all round and maybe didn't quite do myself justice in the Haries pecking order. That said, I haven't actually seen any results - hoping I was high enough up to make the 3s for varsity though, and since 2s was out of reach that was always the goal.