WOW , the biggest turnout of the season for the October ‘Golden Duck’ 1k Swim Handicap at the A.B.C Pool, Back was Taffy James, J.C made a rare appearance, Todd was looking strong after a long absence, Leech was back, Crossy braved the cold (despite it being less than 28 degrees) and ‘Prince’ Hoey decided to put his name on the board for the first time .
Liam was first to set the clock under way followed by The Champ, then me with Dan getting an easy ride sitting on my feet for the first 500m or so, I went past Champ in this time before deciding to change lanes in an attempt to get rid of Dan. Started to feel the pace after about 600m but was working well , had a quick glance over the pool at 650 and saw training partner Crossy lad about two lanes over and at the 700m mark jumped over yet again to get on his feet and help me home for the final 300m
Stopped the clock in a PB for the 1000m in a time of 16.40 and thought it may have been good enough to snatch victory, but on looking up I see none other than ‘Dan the Man’ touching out just before me in a time of 16.36 ....D’oh.
Once again relegated to 2nd spot but delighted with my overall time even if I did get some much needed help from Crossy over the closing stages of the swim. Some very good times all over to be honest. J.C was fastest of the day with a 14.30. Angus’s improvements continue with a 15.10 Todd also strong with a 15.20
Brendan Yum Cha 16.08
Brendan Krone 16.10
Charlie L 16.10
Crossy Lad 16.13
Dan 16.36 - Duck Winner
The Champ 17.13
Prince Ho 18.55
Massive weekend on the cards, with the BIG game being played up on the North East, where those soft Geordie boys Newcastle host Stoke City at ‘Sid James Park. I backed Newcastle last week and what a heap of trash they are, whilst Stoke turned the current champs Chelsea over in midweek
Only one result here – Get on the Potters for a 1-2 victory
Elsewhere it’s the Rugby Final – get on the All Blacks for the win by 12
A big social day for the HuRTS team tomorrow as Oktoberfest comes to town, time to dust the old Lederhosen and Dirndl off and head to the Domain for a fun day, I think about 20 of us are catching up and the big talking point is people asking if C.T can get past 5.45pm this time unlike his much ridiculed Munich disaster 2 years back.
A full report and photos to come on Monday
Also Halloween day tomorrow so I must get my pumpkin out at the ready and stick it on the front door (even though I won’t be home) to keep those pesky kids away J
Best of luck to training partners and good mates – Jeet and Renaud who are over in New York for the Marathon , both in good shape so expect some decent times from the lads.
Have a great weekend
Train well, stay safe
Dan with his Golden Duck, flanked by Coach Walker, Taffy, Leech, Timmy, Crossy, Jerome and Liam.