Saturday, December 3, 2016

St Peters Park Run - 18.29 4th

A break in work and I managed to get myself over to St Peters in time for the Worlds toughest Park Run to get a solid hit out done. No one that I knew really except for 'Buzz' Keith Hong and once the gun went I found myself in with a leading group of 4 as we all went through the first 1K in about 3.30 pace. The front 3 just got away before the hill and after my performance on 'Everest' a fortnight back I was keen to put in a stronger effort as I feared the camera may be lurking at any time. No problems this time around though although I did spot the camera on the 'down' part of the hill that once again didn't do me any favours. Pace dropped off slightly around the 3.5k mark and then I had the leading female in 5th overall come up and try to get away that I wasn't having a bar of and was happy to tuck in with her as we had to endure the slower runners for the last 1k that seems to slow everything down who were still on the first lap.
Got a bit of a hurry on with 500m to go and got away that saved me the indignity of getting 'Chicked' for the morning and was happy enough to hold out for 4th overall crossing the line in 18.29
Not a bad effort is I suppose especially for this time of the year and after a massive Thursday evening, and will be happy to keep it ticking over for the next few weeks during the busy festive period.

Out tonight with the Taffy Lad to help him celebrate his birthday over a few beers so it looks like the Sunday long run will be in doubt once again.

In the footy, Stoke are on a roll so once again get the cash on them for another 3 points when they take on Burnley at the home of football.
Timmy's Tip - Stoke 2 v Burnley 0

Few Pics from Thursday.

Mass start
Looks like the Chairman was using me as his pacer ?
Group shot.
Post race drinks with 'Golds', Renee, Jerome, Jack 'The Lad' and Eastside Elle.
Celebrating Taffy's Birthday with Vic's and Jac.
As always with Taffy, things then start getting out of control.
Good to see 'The Wildman' Stevie T back in town.
Although he did bring with him the Worst Haircut seen at HuRTS since Sammy Aggers effort 4 years ago.
Doesn't look like those birthday drinks helped the Taffy Lad much for his training on the Saturday?
Crossy Lad trying to give me a few swimming tips at the pool on Friday .
St Peters Park Run on the downhill heading for home to stop the clock in 18.29


Thursday, December 1, 2016

A. B. C & HuRT Biathlon 19.33

Down to the ABC Poll for the biathlon that also doubles up as the yearly HuRTS race as I assembled a small team for a good Thursday evening hit-out. Had 14 starters from the gang and decided to go with a random 'Double Team' comp that saw me paired with newish recruit Jack 'the Lad' Maxwell.
Always a fast start for the first 300m before you get a short sharp hill that has you thinking how you are going to even get to the 2k turnaround marker never mind the swim leg. Settle after that as Jerome comes past me a little before the 1k point just happy to sit in trailing Adrian McGarva as I reach the half way post in 7.10 As usual try to pick up the pace for the easier downhill and get a good look to see where everyone else is and can't believe how close people are and all having strong run legs.
Hit the top gate on entering the pool as I click on 14 minutes that I'm happy enough with along with Adrian although he's in the pool before me as I do my best to bring the heart rate down, Its nearly 30 seconds before I'm in the pool (from the top gate) and try to tuck in with my rival for the night knowing its easy enough to slipstream but I'm nowhere near strong enough to try to go past. Chuckle to myself as I'm going down the lane at 200m as I can see Tommy's big head in the next lane whilst he's doing his now famous breaststroke to complete his 300m.
Make one final attempt to put in the hard yards over the final lap but not strong enough to edge out McGarva who pips me by 3 seconds as I stop the clock in 19.33
First home from the team was 'King of the Biathlon' Mikey L, with Jerome 2nd, Tom 3rd, Adrian & myself for 4th & 5th.
The Jerome , Adrian combo was to prove too strong in the team event beating home Mikey who unfortunately had to carry his 'Clydesdale' partner Taffy James.

Results for the teams were

1st  Jerome 18.49 & Adrian 19.30  = 38.19

2nd Mikey L 17.54 & Taffy   21.22  = 39.16

3rd Tommy 19.08 & Renee  20.51 = 39.59

4th Alex S    20.21 & Craig W 20.58 = 41.19

5th Timmy 19.33 &   Jack        21.55  =41.28

6th Golds   21.48 & Elle        20.23    = 42.11

7th Ash      21.35  & Craig Mc 25.02 = 46.37

Will post some pics tomorrow.
Top night was complete as we headed over to the Bells pub and with 'The Wildman' Stevie T in town (with the worst haircut since Sammy Aggers 4 years back) and Taffy's midnight Birthday feast it turned into one hell of a night, as Birchy and Jac also joined in the fun later in the night.


Monday, November 28, 2016

3,2,1 Fartlek (60 seconds recovery) x 3

A change of start area today beginning at the O.P.T for the fartlek session that is 3,2,1 minute efforts x 5.
Worked around to Barangaroo to the turnaround with Stevie P, Jeet and Frenchman Dom with each of us pushing the pace throughout. Was going to aim for 4 of the 5 reps but when I got back to the start area on completion of the 3rd I thought that would do me for the day.
Just over 7ks for the 27 minutes averaging 3.50s
1st rep in 3.47s
2nd rep in 3.50
3rd rep in 3.51

Had a chat with Laura and The Leech once done as both had the same idea I had and pulled the pin after 3.
Cool down back through the city got me to over 12ks including the longer run down.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pardew OUT .

After the events from Friday and Saturday it was hardly surprising to see I never made the Sunday long run yesterday, so was out early this morning for a kind of make up run. Still feeling the effects I decided to keep it simple and that 3 x flat loops of 3.7ks would suffice with the aim to pick up the pace on each lap.
Felt shocking the first lap and bucket loads of sweet emerged even though I was only sitting around 4.45 pace. Got slightly easier on the 2nd lap and somehow I even found more to end with as I managed to get the pace down to 4,15s
Times and pace for each 3.7 loop.
17.21 @ 4.43s
16.31 @ 4.30s
15.40 @ 4.16s
49.34 all up for 11.1ks ave 4.30

Down to PAP for a dip on a stunner of a day and knocked out 1k before Crossy Lad, Pete and Champ joined in. Real struggle to hold any sort of pace but managed to hold onto Champ for some 200 sets and then did likewise with Crossy on the shorter 100s
2.3ks all up.

The title of today's blog is in reference to good mate Slim Sammy Agnew and his team Crystal Palace.  More to the point the manager Alan Pardew.  The Tin Pot team is in absolute free fall and its time the 'classless' Pardew got his marching orders. 12 months of utter trash and its hard to believe they were sitting about 7th this time last year. It must be bad as Sammy Aggers has gone all quiet on me and I've not heard a sound from him in ages? Very fickle fans I say and they only seem to sing when they are winning.
Stoke on the other hand just seem to be going from strength to strength and it seems everyone has now gone quiet on all the 'Hughes OUT' and Stoke to get relegated campaign.
When will these boys start to give us some credit I say?

Few more pics from the 'guzzlers' at the HuRT Beer Mile

Female Champ Jac and Billy Batt.
Barts struggled to get the beers down.
Killa showing us how it's done.
Eastside Elle surprised many.
Charlie put in another solid effort for 3rd
English lass Gemma was good enough for 2nd and put away 4 cans better than I could.
The less said about my effort the better.
But nice that Bookie's 'Timmy & Tommy' collected a ton from Barts when he took the 12/1 odds.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

HuRTS Beer Mile - Rushcutters Oval

Most anticipated event on the HuRTS calendar these days and along with the actual presentation its probably the best night of the year. Rushcutters was looking a dream as a massive crowd ventured down for what is perhaps the toughest 8 to 10 minutes workout you'll ever do.
All the big guns were out and bookies favourite Charlie Low was all set to put his bridesmaid tag to bed after his two 2nd places over the years. I'd tagged new recruits Toby, and 'Killa (Mike Killacoat) as likely contenders with old heads Highnam, Birch, Renaud and Jordan all looking for bragging rights to end the year.
Two waves with the first race getting under way with the (supposedly) slower runners getting things started, The Welsh duo (James & Craig) were fast out the blocks with Taffy Jimmy pretty much leading all the way, Loads of banter each time he came in for his beer but the highlight was seeing him finish then proceed to bring the contents of all 4 Pure Blonds back up all over the oval.

Big guns were next up and I'd decided to take a different approach this year, with a slow start and cruise the first lap, Was pretty much the last out the drinks compound (only Renee left) and was miles behind but happy to come in dead on 2 minutes for the first of the 4 leg attempt.  Race plan ended up then as I was struggling to even get the 2nd beer into me as the favorites were already coming in for there 3rd slurp. Saw Highnam, Birch and Jordan depart and I wasn't even half way through my beer knowing it was going to be a heavy payout to heap even more misery to my evening.  Dreaded the 3rd ale but had the pleasure of seeing the masters Killa, Toby and Charlie demolish the last of the cans before flying out for the final 400m. I barely staggered in for drink #4 as more where having little battles to finish but I did get a lift as I saw Enda venturing out for a 5th lap - obviously unable to hold his beer in for one of the efforts and a penalty was awarded his way. Somehow got the last of the cans inside me much to the amusement of spectators before hitting the final 400m . Came across the line stone motherless last, think my time was around 10.45 but it could have been 10 hours for all I cared by that time.

Loads of people in all sorts of strive, and it was carnage with bits of wood chips all around the oval after many decided to fertilize the grounds.  Once people had recovered sufficiently the awards were handed out. Big winners were 'Killa' in first place, with Toby just holding out Charlie Low for 2nd, with Captain Grumpy North Shore Justin taking 4th and "Weetbix Kid' Renaud running an impressive race for 5th. Proud Irish girl Jac 'Corky' O'Connor took out the female division, even beating most of the guys in the process despite her also running a 5th leg (another Irish unable to hold down beers).
Pizza's and more beers were ordered post race as everyone enjoyed a top evening before heading back to our dodgy Irish boozer at Kings Cross - O'Malleys.  One of the best evenings then took place as all outstanding bets were settled over about 30 beers. It cost me plenty but damage was limited when I joined forces with Tommy H and bet $100 with Barts at 12/1 who fancied his chances, who thankfully for us couldn't deliver.
As I said without doubt one of the best social event on the HuRTS calender and I think this will continue to get bigger and better each year. Many thanks to everyone who made the effort to run, with special thanks to Jeet, Angus, and Brucie Lambert for judging and its smooth running and to Paulie Hannell who brought the Striders timing system down so we were all able to get official times recorded.
Me, well another pathetic attempt and looks like I've not only lost my 'A Grade' rating, but will struggle to even run in the 2nd tier. I may have to get the likes of Champ, Hoey, Angus, Jeet and Erika Ekland involved and set up a C Grade.

Some photos from the event and evening.
Winners - Jac and Killa
Will anyone ever beat Jac ? 2nd year on the trot, taking out the female title.
Toby 2nd place, flanked by 'yido' Darren Jordan and Fats who both run solid efforts.
This is what it takes to win the 2nd grade race, Taffy struggling to hold it all in.
.... and then the wood chippings were called for soon after.
Nice to see the girls Elle, Erika, Gemma, Laura, Renee, Sonii and Jac all get involved as well.
It was ugly - C Grade here I come.
Vets Billy Batt, Dave Casey and Paulie Hannell always bring great value.
Jac, Tommy H, Enda and Judge Jeet.
The Team post race.
Judges Brucie and Jeet
Pay up time with Yido Jordan,
... and Birchy is now claiming I never paid him ? bloody shark.
Barts still smiling despite losing $100 to me with Taffy, Jeet and Brendan.
HuRTS Legend - always good to catch up with Richie High.
Nearly time for Tommy to depart, here with Eastside Elle and Ciaran.
Steve Perry and Mikey L
Tommy H and myself celebrate another great HuRT social.


A.B.C Biathlon 20.03

Down to the PAP for Thursday morning swim set. Battled away and although still very slow I managed to get to 3.3ks before jumping out.

With the yearly HuRTS biathlon looming again next week I thought I'd better have a practise run so it was of to the ABC in the evening for my first attempt of the season. Lined up alongside Mikey L but didn't know many others although some of the guys went out like a bullet once the gun went. I must have been in about 10th place for the first 800m or so before I started to pass people. Never felt at all comfortable but got to the turnaround in roughly 7.15 and in 5th position. Put in an extra effort in front of the Art Gallery and tried to kick it down even more on the downhill as I passed 2 more and was happy enough to get to the top gate to enter the pool in a time of 14.22
Major problems once I hit the gate when I went to collect my goggles (in my usual trusty spot) only to find that someone had nicked them... WTF ? Stood around for what appeared an age before walking down the steps in disbelief wondering what to do. Decided to jump in and complete it but it was terrible as I couldn't see a bloody thing, I do know about 8 come past me as I struggled just to put my head in the water as I touched out in 20.03
Annoying but what can you do? I know I'll have to find some 60 odd seconds next week if I'm to beat the Chairman - and that's highly unlikely.

Back into the city at lunch and returned to the scene of the crime at the ABC for the monthly 1k handicap time trial with the team. Knew I was never a chance (especially off a 16.45 handicap) but wanted to see where I'm at all the same. Decent enough turnout but I was swimming solo all the way as came home in 17.43

Monday, November 21, 2016

McKay Oval 10 x 400s

Monday. Had to work but timed it that I finished just in time to find a big group coming through at the Opera House gates so tagged along. Plenty of chat with Tommy H and Enda mostly about the upcoming Beer Mile, and Tom in particular seems concerned, that bad in fact he's telling everyone he's going to start 24hrs earlier on his blog? I got around to Barangaroo and I'd heard enough so cut it short and cruised back through the city with Jac for an easy 12ks all up.

Tuesday. With tops expected to hit 35 degrees I took the early morning option and stayed in the park after work to get my session done. Saw Kanser and Birchy flying around the oval, and both are starting to hit a little form. I wasn't really sure what session to do, so went with something short and sharp and one that I could easily get my head around - 10 x 400s (rolling every 2 mins).
Was warm enough by the time I started and struggled through it in truth and i was barely hitting the line on each rep as the pace seemed to fade about 80m out every time.
Happy to see it through though with the fastest only 74 and slowest 78s
Times. 74, 76, 77, 76, 76, 76, 78, 77, 77, 74

Bloody hot day so the best place to spend the afternoon was to check out the latest flick at the movies. Reckon I've seen the movie of the year in doing so, Maybe biased but its an English one set up in Tommy H's part of the world in Newcastle. Called I, Daniel Blake and centres around Daniel a middle aged Geordie carpenter who's taken a few recent set backs one of which has him suffering a heart -attack which deems him unfit for work. We then witness the hurdles we see him jump through as he tries to make good. Its a cracker, it will make you laugh, cry and even make you bloody angry about how the British system fails its people. Its a typical Ken Loach movie that is raw, honest and emotional.
Movie of the Year, get out and check it out. As an added bonus you even get the chance to see what a dump the Newcastle area is like.
5 boxes of popcorn out of 5.

Tomorrow , rest day but I'll be posting all the odds and how i think Friday's Beer Mile will unfold.