March started with an extended training weekend in the Lakes and Howgills. The Black Combe race (11th overall, and new downhill record - feeling fresh but not very racy uphill) was followed by the Northern NightO champs (pretty shambolic) on Great Tower and a night out, with the Tim Watkins LongO (tiring, scrappy and DNF-y) on the Sunday. I somehow squeezed a Three Peaks recce out of my aching legs with club mate Steve on the Monday before enjoying the only warm spring day of the year so far in the Howgills at Sedbergh 3 Peaks (5th) - not quite the recovery my legs were after, but I couldn't say no to the race and 10h + solid effort in 4 days.
|A steady recce of the Sedbergh 3 Hills (on Winder. AlfDog |
|Wolf's Pit (Photo by Stu from Accelerate)|
As it was I had to race that weekend, so did a 10-mile road race (*spit*) in Thirsk. A bit blustery in the last 4 miles or so, with the last 2.5 being a real challenge, but pleased to break the hour in 58:55.
|The Pennine vest makes an appearance with a map at the JK Sprint, Reading Whiteknights|
|JK Relay for CLOK, needless to say approaching the control from the wrong direction...|
And so to April and my big target for the spring, the Three Peaks. I'll also be taking in the British Middle and Sprint O champs and a couple more races and O events by way of preparation, along with plenty of Motorway and A-road miles and several drinking holes I dare say!
|JK Middle Distance, Hambledon|
|JK Relay, Hambledon (again)|
and a map to host from a pretty poor O run at Burnbanks, Haweswater: