2013 Comrades Results (belated)

Hi Bombers

This morning I was chatting to a friend, Jason, at work and I started thinking about the Bombers. Jason is wanting to run Two Oceans next year. He is in reasonable condition, but hasn’t been doing much running recently. He also would like to do Oceans in sandles and he’d like to run a fairly decent time. To Jason’s credit, he has been asking a lot of questions, and he is open to suggestions, and I think he will follow suggestions (time will tell, I guess). So in chatting, I started thinking that the only logical option for Jason is for him to come and train with the Bombers!! Where else is he going to find such a committed, decent, fun, together (Bridget’s words) bunch of runners? Whether you are trying to keep up with Silvia, or are getting back to it at the back (a feeling I am quite familiar with after Comrades – not even G-Batch wanted me), you won’t run alone – the group will always fetch you!

So when Jason does come one morning, ladies, please be kind to him!!

My thoughts were encouraged by the excellent set of results that were achieved by the group at Comrades – sorry I’ve taken so long to publish them, but they really do make some excellent reading. Gill, once again your program and the discipline installed in the mornings with the help of Leigh have yielded superb results. My time is correct! If you haven’t heard my story, I’ll tell it to you sometime, but suffice to say I was ‘klapped’ by the ‘wall’ at the top of Fields after 27ks and struggled home thereafter.

Well done to everyone who ran and made it – those were some tough conditions this year!!

Cheers

Iano

Race No

First Name

Last Name

Cat

Club

Time

Medal

Comments

 52855

Sue

Naude

Open

Rand AC

10:51:33

Bronze

Up PB 7th

30439

Janine

Hayter

Vet

Rand AC

11:05:51

Vic Clapham

3rd medal

11106

Mike

Askew

Vet

Rand AC

11:51:04

Vic Clapham

14th medal

5900

Denton

Muil

Vet

Rand AC

10:51:33

Bronze

14th medal

36821

Mark

Giese

Open

Rand AC

10:13:22

Bronze

5th medal

19894

Ali

Legwale

Vet

Rand AC

10:40:12

Bronze

3rd medal

43443

Dean

Barber

Open

Nedbank

10:26:46

Bronze

PB
Back2Back

47027

Nelson

Mathebula

Vet

Morningside

11:17:34

Vic Clapham

Up PB
Back2Back

22495

John

Glendinning

Open

Morningside

09:24:45

Bronze

4th consec medal

 57234

Izelle

Pretorius

Vet

Rand AC

09:16:02

Bronze

Up PB
53rd in cat
127th lady

20051

Nicki

Ryder

Open

Rand AC

08:45:28

Bill Rowan

Up PB
32nd in cat
60th lady

22630

Donald

Holshausen

Open

Rand AC

09:55:16

Bronze

Up PB
9th consec medal

37370

Lianne

Rey

Vet

Rand AC

09:09:51

Bronze

44th in cat
110th lady

52137

Mandy

Silver

Open

Rand AC

08:51:14

Bill Rowan

Up PB
36th in cat
72nd lady

36514

Caron

Askew

Open

Rand AC

09:07:52

Bronze

PB
55th in cat
104th lady

36257

Nancy

Barber

Open

Nedbank

09:35:10

Bronze

8th in cat
171st lady

25041

Ilse

Marais

Open

Rand AC

08:45:19

Bill Rowan

PB
31st in cat
59th lady

15600

Lauren

Calenborne

Vet

Westville

08:28:24

Bill Rowan

Green No
13th in cat
37th lady

 55258

Ian

Hendry

Vet

Rand AC

11:00:54

Vic Clapham

6th medal

16210

Megan

Winderley

Open

GTx Multi

08:37:24

Bill Rowan

PB
2nd in cat
46th lady

44978

Brad

Wantenaar

Vet

Rand AC

07:55:07

Bill Rowan

540th OA

25391

Bevan

Winderley

Open

GTx Multi

08:18:20

Bill Rowan

790th OA

Roan’s Haugesund Ironman 70.3 Race Report

Race Report from Roan:

So Iano asked me to send you my race report on 70.3 Haugesund Norway.

So while I fork this Avo & feta salad with the one hand I’ll tap away with the other – mmmm just love Avo & feta!

Sunday morning 8th July 05:00 my alarm goes off. I spring out of bed, run to the sliding door, stump my third toe on the leg of a reading table which spills over half a mug of tea I left, shout you a$$h@le, expecting a sympathetic apology then limp to open the curtains.

Weather shite! Damn Norway.

05:45 Breakfast with Gerard (my new found mate from SA who races pro’s).

He is quiet and pensive. My thoughts were ‘I am going to freeze on the bloody bike!’

I ask him if anyone has attempted the bike leg in the their wetsuit?? He looks at me in an odd way and replies – I think you’d be the first…

06:40 Transition. Can’t find anyone with a pump. Wonder if they all secretly pumped up their tyres before my arrival?? Start feeling others tyres. Contemplate changing my wheels with a set of deep section ZIPS I spot in matt black with brand new Continental tyres pumped precisely – no doubt – to 8 bar.

Who would know?

07:50 10 minutes to go. Water temp 16, I thank God it’s not 9. Must have thanked Him aloud – Norwegians in little Speedo’s in funny colours look at me oddly…

08:00 Go! Go! Go! Shouts Paul Kaye, the boytjie from Benoni and our announcer. It’s a European washing machine! A Meile or perhaps a Siemens – the drum spins faster but hopefully the wash cycle is shorter. My hopes are fulfilled – 400 meters and I start getting into a good rhythm. Yay! Norwegians can’t swim!

08:31 I get out of the water. Can’t believe my good fortune, 31 minute swim so celebrate! Paul plays Shoshaloza through the speakers & shouts ‘Roan daar gat jy meneer!’ I shout back ‘Vir seeker boetie!’

Norwegian spectators look at me oddly…

09:00 Thesun appears and I rejoice but almost ride into a daze of Norwegians. It alleviates the cold and deflects my disappointment at the dozens of them passing me. ‘These buggers can bloody ride!’

‘Blow yourselves up! I’ll blow you all on the run!’…

I never do – Bastards!

11:27 I run out of transition and meet up with Mary Beth Ellis from Dallas – the ladies winner – on her final loop. I had met her earlier in the week through Gerard.

I remark how wonderful she looks in a tri-suit too small for her. She doesn’t respond but her‘1st place’ cyclist riding on her opposite side does – and grimaces.

I then further remarked that it could use more white paneling in the bum area to help accentuate those muscles… She finally responds, she uses them to surge away from me. Her cyclist sticks her tongue out at me. How childish.

She beats her record time by 56 seconds and thanks me later at the after party.

Appreciated her appreciation of my help… It may be a bit dark in its endeavor, but it works!

To conclude – Happy it wasn’t cold, celebrated a PB & Norway in summer is cold.

My splits

  • Overall Time 05:15:21
  • 23rd in my age group
  • Swim 00:31:20
  • T1 00:01:53
  • Bike 02:51:27
  • T2 00:01:51
  • Run 01:48:49

Cheers

Ro (the machine-man)

2012 Comrades Marathon Results

Hi Bombers

Congratulations to all the Comrades runners on your fantastic times!!

There really were some incredible times, starting with Norah, who proved that she is the fastest Grand Master of the whole bunch, winning her category. Well done.

There were some amazing PB’s (15 in all), with Caron knocking off 30 mins off her up PB and 1:55 off her down PB, and Nicki taking off 1:15 off last year’s time (I think these 2 friends have something going here).

There were NO Vic Clapham medals in the whole group! How is that!! Clearly the Gestapo training methods of Gill and Leigh (hee hee) are producing results. And how was Sue Harrisberg’s 13th sub 9 Comrades (and 10th official Bill Rowan)?

To Doug, who raised over R160,000 for the Kliptown Youth Program, what an achievement!!!

To those few that didn’t make your goals, keep persevering and remember, it is only over when you say it is!!

Here are the results:

Cheers

Iano

Race No

First Name

Last Name

Cat

Club

Time

Comments

47027

Nelson

Mathebula

Vet

MCC

10:51:36

Bronze
PB

30439

Janine

Hayter

Open

Rand AC

10:47:49

Bronze
Down PB

11106

Mike

Askew

Open

Rand AC

10:54:46

Bronze

41042

Ollie

Osborne

Vet

Fourways

9:39:51

Bronze
Down PB

 52855

Sue

Naude

Open

Rand AC

10:19:24

Bronze
PB

5418

Norah

Doherty

Grand Master

Rand AC

10:02:23

Bronze
1st GM

36514

Caron

Askew

Open

Rand AC

9:10:00

Bronze
PB

22495

John

Glendinning

Open

MCC

8:56:20

Bill Rowan
PB

19894

Ali

Legwale

Vet

Rand AC

9:27:04

Bronze
Down PB B2B

 57234

Izelle

Pretorius

Open

Rand AC

8:22:09

Bill Rowan
PB 53rd lady

36821

Mark

Giese

Open

Rand AC

9:25:26

Bronze
Down PB

6091

Sue

Harrisberg

Master

Rand AC

8:34:07

Bill Rowan
4th Master

37370

Lianne

Rey

Vet

Rand AC

8:34:07

Bill Rowan
79th lady

42405

Jenni

Kruse

Vet

Sunninghill

8:24:51

Bill Rowan
PB 59th lady

6007 

Stephanie

Hurry

Open

Rand AC

9:44:36

Bronze
39th Open

19025 

Dominique

Clogg

Open

Rand AC

9:39:20

Bronze
PB B2B

52223

Luvuyo

Stenge

Open

MCC

8:32:44

Bill Rowan

20051

Nicki

Ryder

Open

Rand AC

8:16:06

Bill Rowan
PB B2B 46th lady

22630

Donald

Holshausen

Open

Rand AC

8:51:15

Bill Rowan

15600

Lauren

Calenborne

Open

Westville

8:08:18

Bill Rowan
39th lady

41774

Doug

Jones

Open

Rand AC

7:56:17

Bill Rowan
945th O/A

 55258

Ian

Hendry

Vet

Rand AC

8:08:19

Bill Rowan
PB

44978

Brad

Wantenaar

Vet

Rand AC

7:27:35

Silver
PB 603rd O/A

39620

David

Laithwaite

Open

Rand AC

7:22:56

Silver
PB 494th O/A

 

Brian’s amazing story of his Boston Marathon

 

Hi Bombers

Here is a really inspiring race report from Brian (who didn’t get Doug to help him qualify) on his recent Boston Marathon – wonder if he saw Bruce running?

Enjoy!

Hopkinton to Copley Square, Boston….26.2 miles of absolute brilliance !

Running the world’s oldest marathon – a “bandit’s” account….

I have just returned from a fantastic holiday trip to the States, which primarily was to see my sister and family in Boston, as well as link up with friends on the west coast.  The marathon diary was also consulted, and as luck would have it, two fantastic races were found to be compatible with our travel plans ! Coincidence – not likely !

Everyone knows the stringent qualification criteria for gaining entry to Boston, and save for getting Doug to run a qualifier in my name (!), the other way of entry is through the charity route which entails raising a minimum of $5000, also a fairly tough ask in today’s economic climate. Be that as it may, I was going to be in Boston on Monday 16th April anyway, and the opportunity of running one of the Big Five was too good to pass up.

Let me put you in the picture about Boston and its fascination with sport.  Without doubt, this city is the most sports mad place I have ever experienced. From the Boston Red Sox celebrating 100 years of baseball at Fenway Park, the Boston Celtics in the basketball league playoffs, the Boston Bruins (reigning Stanley Cup champions) in the playoffs of the national ice hockey league, not to mention the New England Patriots who only narrowly lost the Superbowl final in February, and the relatively unheralded New England Revolution soccer team (who haven’t won anything, yet). Everyone talks sport, and everyone dresses in Red Sox / Bruins / Celtics jackets, sweaters and caps.  Being in Boston in April is no different when it comes to running…Patriots Day, or ”Marathon Monday” is a huge event in the city, the marathon expo experience is huge (think Comrades expo and multiply by 4 or 5), and the vibe around the city is all about the race. Even putting the marathon banners up on the streetlight poles 3 weeks prior was a noted ‘event’ and heralded the start of the marathon hype. 

The expo was great, with a fantastic vibe, a multitude of interesting vendors and lots of free samples given out.  I tried my luck for a substitute race entry – no luck, I looked for anyone on crutches carrying an entry/goodie bag – no luck ! I had asked around at the running shops in downtown Boston – no luck.  Their advice – “run bandit…”.  I had even asked Ernst van Dyk if he had any connections as a past Boston champion – no luck ! Ernst had been sitting a row in front of us on our flight over from London and we had chatted a bit briefly.  He is focussing on the Olympics this year so wasn’t going all out for the Boston win, but did say that he would like to be back again in 2013 to attempt win #10. It was quite amusing to see the immigration officer’s face at Logan International when having ascertained that Ernst was in Boston for the race, he asked him how he had done previously, only to be met with the answer “I’ve won it nine times” ! Factual, yet very humble at the same time.

 

In 2011 Geoffrey Mutai set an unofficial marathon world record at Boston, running a phenomenal 2hr03:02. Is this really a fast course, as everyone talks about Heartbreak Hill as the ‘killer’ that comes late in the day? On the Saturday before the race we drove the route in reverse to get a feel for it, and having seen Heartbreak Hill I wasn’t that concerned, but certainly the course does present its fair share of small rolling undulations, that when coupled with the extreme heat on race day, certainly made most athletes suffer.

Race day, and Hopkinton was buzzing ! I was there early to catch all the pre-race build-up and soak up the atmosphere.  More importantly, I was there to suss out where all the ‘bandit’ runners were and how they were approaching getting into the race.  Boston Marathon has a long ‘tradition’ of bandit runners, and each year approximately 2000-3000 runners compete unofficially.  There is much debate over this in the running community, but the marshalls and police have seemingly turned a blind eye to it and it has become part of the distinctive attractions of this race. I found some other bandit runners on the roadside waiting (just look for the furtive looking guys with no race number, glugging Gatorade and eating bananas !). Some said, “just mingle in with the runners entering into the start corrals”, while others were recommending starting just down from the start line where the barriers ended.

Before we went off, it was the turn of Ernst and the wheelchair guys, including Dick Hoyt and his son Rick who were doing their 30th Boston Marathon this year (check out www.teamhoyt.com for some inspirational triathlon and running stories). The elite ladies were next to start, and 30 minutes later the elite men were announced. By 10:45 it was Wave 3 of the general race, and I made my way about 100m down from the start, took up a position on the roadside (not too close to one of the US Marines), and waited for a gap in the runners as they came past. Quick check, and I ducked onto the road and was running, and was part of the Boston Marathon.

The race itself – fantastic ! Temperatures of 33°C made conditions extremely tough, even for us accustomed to the African sun ! Organisers had the previous evening announced that the cut-off time would be extended by an hour due to the heat, and had actively encouraged athletes that were concerned, to defer their entries to 2013, of which almost 4000 runners did.  On the course, water was plentiful, but even so, spectators and home owners along the route had hosepipes out creating showers across the road, and the fire department had even opened up hydrants along the route to cool down the runners.

Spectator support along the route was phenomenal. From the start line, right through to the finish down Boylston Street, there was literally not a gap to see along the route.  Bostonians came out in their droves – this was “Marathon Monday” after all.  The first half of the race is basically downhill through the small towns of Framingham and Natick where support was great. But it is as you are approaching the halfway point at Wellesley that support becomes amazing. People had told me before the run about the “crazy girls of Wellesley College” but I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Approaching Wellesley the noise levels just become louder and louder and you find yourself for about 500m running alongside hundreds of screaming university college girls, all holding banners saying “kiss me, I’m from New Jersey”, “kiss me, I’m from California”, or “kiss me, I’m a music major” ! Well, I didn’t quite get through all 50 States, but let’s just say it was an experience ! After Wellesley, it was time to dig deeper, push through the heat, and start on the hills up through Newton and Brookline.  Heartbreak Hill is just the final hill in a series of five that you run through, and although it has nothing on some of the hills around Joburg, it was certainly a challenge on the day. Once over the top, it is downhill into Boston and here the crowd support just got even better. Running in through the final 5-6kms, the crowd is about 8 people deep behind the barriers on the road and the noise levels are such that you battle to actually hear runners around you. Fixed in my mind are the shouts of “awesome job!”, “you motivate us, man!”, and just the general mayhem and crescendo surrounding you.  Running down Commonwealth Ave, you start to savour the final moments and atmosphere of the race, then it’s right into Hereford Street (with a brief furtive glimpse at all the marshalls and police on the corner – are they going to pull me off the course ??). Then a turn left into Boylston Street and the final 500m or so to the finish line…4hr08 on my watch.  Morally, I couldn’t accept a medal even though it was offered to me, but the finish line drinks were gladly received. The atmosphere and experience of participating in this great race was reward enough.

My advice – get yourself across to Boston at some stage during your marathon running career. Run it officially if you can qualify, or run it as a bandit where most certainly you won’t be alone! (You can always contribute the normal race entry fee to one of the charities, as I did.). You won’t regret it, and you most certainly will never forget it.

 

 

Race reports and other info

Hi.

Well done to Bombers what ran the Hunters Challenge in Pretoria on Saturday 29th. I believe the Jacarandas were in full bloom and were stunning and they inspired some awesome performances. Fantastic!! Results were as follows (apologies if I missed any names:

Megan 1:37,
Izelle 1:38,
Ilse 1:40,
Leigh 1:41
Gill 1:42,
Mark 1:55, Sue H 1:56 Norah 1st GM 1:56

Well done everyone. Clearly Leigh’s training and guidance is paying off.
https://twitter.com/#!/BryanstonBombrs/status/130346125730398208

Over the last weekend I ran the Golden Gate Challenge on the Maluti  Mountains near Clarens. It was a 3 day stage race consisting of 28km, 27km & 17km stages over some awesome but technical trails. I really surprised myself by finishing 4th, 9th & 5th in each of the days for an overall position of 6th (out of a 130 field). My time was 8:20 for the 72km. Thanks to everyone who sent messages of support.

On another more sober note. I believe there was an incident this morning where a car jumped a stop street and nearly collected a few Bombers who were running. Fortunately noone wad hurt, but it does highlight how careful we must be. Carry on wearing white tops and assume no driver has seen you. That way you remain in control. Run safe!!

This Sunday is the Soweto Marathon. I only know of Doug running, and if anyone else is running – Good luck to you all. Let us know how you did. There is a move for runners to wear a black armband in sympathy of those runners killed in Midrand. Show your support too.

In the afternoon on Sunday you can watch the New York marathon on SuperSport. It should be a good race with the Kenyans using it as a selection race for the Olympics.

For the tech savvy, follows the Bombers on Twitter @BryanstonBombrs (note the spelling.

Cheers Iano.

Congratulations Comrades!

Wow, what a race. I have to say that I was not so keen on missing out on this year’s race. Actually, I had all sort of thoughts like, “I could still get into a car and get to the start on time..” – even when I was out to dinner on Saturday night and I got a call from Lauren, I still thought: “I can still make it…”

Well, getting up for the start, I was reminded just how many people do this crazy race called Comrades – it took over 8 minutes for the start line to clear as the 14 thousand runners started. And if you think that family will see you if you wave at the camera, forget it there was no way I was able to see who anyone was. It was only later on in the day at the top of Field’s Hull that I was able to start spotting people, but no Bombers unfortunately. I was really miffed that they went over to an interview when Sue and Evan finished, seeing a Sue had a brilliant run, finishing in 38th position overall and 1st master.

I did have great fun tracking the Bombers online. The online tracking was fantastic and realtime. I was using my new smart phone (which I found is a bit smarter than I am) and driving down Main Road to CTM, I was constantly looking for the Drummond Update. Then I decided to phone people on the route I knew – but no-one answered, so I left messages (Lauren must think I’m mad cause she still hasn’t responded to any of my 6 messages) and eventually Robyn phoned back, concerned that Doug was not having a good race. I reassured her that everything was going to plan (which I still maintain it did). Bridget still thinks I am mad, what with my rushing between the kitchen where I was tiling, the laptop and the TV, shouting about who was doing well and they are going to go past this spot ….

All I can say is I’m so proud of you all – looking at the results, there are so many firsts, best and great runs. Even if it didn’t go quite the way you wanted, you did great!! Watching the TV coverage, I really though that Bruce Fordyce hit the nail on the head. He missed Silver by only 20 secs and then ended up in the Medical Tent on a drip (he said it wasn’t so bad cause he ran with two drips, Alan Robb on the left and Arnie Gheerts on the right). Bruce said that his friends were more put out that he was at missing out on Silver. Comrades never takes it all from you, it takes just enough from you that you want to come back again, he ssaid. And next year, he’ll be back to get that Silver. Learn from this race and apply the learnings!!

The question is who’ll be back with Bruce?

Race No

First Name

Last Name

Category

Club

Finish Time

Note

Mark

Kent

Master

Rand AC

10:52:04

Up PB (6)

Denton

Muil

Veteran

Rand AC

DNS

 

Mike

Askew

Open

Rand AC

DNF

 

Donald

Holshausen

Open

Rand AC

9:58:01

Up PB (7)

Mark

Giese

Open

Rand AC

9:23:42

Race PB (3)

Caron

Askew

Open

Rand AC

9:40:07

Race PB (2)

John

Glendinning

Open

Morningside Country Club

8:57:56

Race PB (2)

19894

Ali

Legwale

Veteran

Rand AC

9:13:12

Race PB (1)

Nicki

Ryder

Open

Rand AC

9:31:27

Race PB (1)

Etienne

De Chezelles

Veteran

Randburg Harriers

9:36:44

Race PB (1)

Sue

Harrisberg

Master

Rand AC

8:06:29

Race PB (12)

1st Master

38th Overall

David

Formby

Open

Rand AC

8:38:53

Up PB (7)

Brian

Sole

Veteran

Breakthru Midrand Striders

9:37:26

Top 1000 vet (6)

Lianne

Rey

Veteran

Rand AC

8:45:52

Up PB (5)

Kate

Rees

Open

Rand AC

8:38:47

80th Overall (4)

Dominique

Clogg

Open

Rand AC

9:16:08

Race PB (1)

Robin

Jones

Open

Rand AC

11:26:00

Race PB (1)

Lauren

Calenborne

Open

Westville Athletic Club

7:58:51

Up PB (8)
35th Overall

Doug

Jones

Open

Morningside Country Club

8:23:02

Up PB (4)

6007

Stephanie

Hurry

Open

Rand AC

8:55:04

Race PB (3)

Silvia

Caroto

Open

Bedfordview Athletics Club

8:20:22

Race PB (2)
5th Category
49th Overall

Evan

Mclean

Veteran

Rand AC

8:06:29

 

 
Well done and enjoy the rest.
 
Now Doug, the real race report is up to you….
 
And what is the next race ?? A triathlon in Bela Bela on Saturday 13th August? Have a look at the new race organised by the Ironman Crew – the 5150 Series. Entries open Tuesday 31 May 2011
 
 

Terry’s 70.3 Story

About sums it Doug. This is my recollection

Friday

Register – oh dear -got an orange hospital band on my arm. Thank goodness just means I have a ticket for the w/end.

Test swim -oh dear feels like I am swimming up & down mine shafts…rather chilly too. Not sure if the shark pings are on the bouys so stayed very close to Iano….

Briefing – Oh dear -the BOOK of rules- what a load of hogwash – need a phD to comprehend all this stuff & better still have a photographic memory otherwise you are stuffed & will be in the penalty box – frequently.

Saturday

Oh dear – sore throat – no second test swim.

Test cycle – oh dear – wobblier than normal -glass everywhere – seemed to carry my bike more that I rode it to start off -bike not right – Ro to the rescue – off to the mechanics to sort.

Pack bags , pack bags ..pack bags – stick numbers on everything ….oh dear what have I forgotten – Ro to the rescue again- re-arrange reorganise….repack …

Rack bike & hand in bags – oh dear – cold & wet – the organisers don’t seem to care we are standing in the rain & freezing. Walk thru transition – it is just a sea of bags – my bright orange & blue ribbons seemed to pale into nothing ….

Sunday

Oh dear – 3hrs sleep -that was all I was obviously going to get. It was Ok at 1.30 am I could eat a banana – take corenza C & spray throat – would be all sorted for 7.35.

Last check of the wet soggy bags – load the bike with bottles …spend an hour getting into the wetsuit.

Warm up – what are u kidding ???….. more like Cool down to freezing point – was in an out like a shot.

The start -wave 4 (ladies) oh dear – one competitor was already swimming back having not reached the 1st bouy…… too late can’t back out now.

The swim – Oh dear .I am not climbing any mountains in the snow -this was enough – hands rigid and won’t close so swam with them open??? Tried to rinse wetsuit in the sprays – just a bit of a squeeze with 10 others doing the same..

Transition – no movement in the hands or feet… Could have had a MnB coffee in that time- wish I had!

Bike – Oh dear ….. why wasn’t I warming up ….Not being a “proper” cyclist (Doug distinguishes us between proper cyclist & those that aren’t) and yet here I was cycling in gale force winds & pelting rain … had to giggle or I would have cried.

Run. Yes -home turf ,familiarity , easy ….-oh dear – so I thought. My experience did not pull thru , expended more energy than I thought & I was depleted of carbs ….grimmaced,waved & smiled at everyone else that seemed to be cruising and enjoying themselves ??

The finish – a mild elation – yes I have finally finished ….not coming back.

But wait this race can’t get the better of me ….as B says – don’t leave those ghosts in the cupboard …see you on the road …

Terry