Running race 1:17:40  12.8 km (6:04 / km) +1000m 4:22 / km
shoes: VJ iRock #2
FRA relays L2 with Hoddy. After an unfortunate faff at the start due to some over-officious kit checking we set off in the 3-5th bunch, with DP and Shets up ahead. Hoddy set the pace up the climb and I stuck in behind, not quite on the limit but not far away. We caught Shets but DP were out of sight (not hard in 10m visbility). We pushed hard round the ridge to try and undercut Shets with a crafty shortcut but we didn't get the line quite right and popped out back on their heels. From then on we just sat behind them as they were setting a decent pace. We were still together at the foot of the final climb with DP back in sight and Keswick not far behind. Unsurprisingly Peter and I were pretty rubbish at the brutally steep rough climb and slipped back - also worth noting that he's not used to the "arthur" as a measure of remaining climb (1 Arthur = 200m) so didn't appreciate me telling him there was only one MFD to go. By the top Shets were out of sight and Keswick had caught us up. All the way up Peter had been talkign about beating them all on the descent but it turned out he'd broken his legs and we had to cruise it in, losing over a minute.
HBT done good though. Don had a flyer on first leg and Doug ended up dragging Coombs round the nav to give Tom a comfortable cushion in 3rd on last. Overshadowed by the Trottettes again though - 4th win since 2010 for them, By my reckoning there are at least 13 of them with FRA relay gold medals now so could be more - can't find the 2013 results online - and no one has been in all four winning teams. Great depth & team spirit.