9.00 a.m.No sign of a thaw out there this morning so no chance that any of the local Wharfedale trails will amount to anything other than miles of compounded ice. Hard to accept and believe that fresh snow that was walked upon and compounded to lethal ice last Sunday remains 6 days later. It's been that kind of a week. Looks like another safe jog on the grass; I'll leave the road for Sunday!
With time short I managed a short 3 mile jog then dashed over the border for the last of 5 events in the MANCHESTER & DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE organised by East Cheshire Harriers at Clayton Vale. Our fears that the course might include some precarious stretches proved correct as the start of the was moved for safety reasons and there were post race reports of several falling on icy corners. The near zero temperatures also made racing problematic for asthma sufferers for whom I have great sympathy!
With no camera in hand it was good to concentrate on encouraging a reasonable turnout of SALE HARRIER lads and lasses but quite clearly a significant number overall gave the event a miss. The thoughts of many must had switched from "league" mode to championship mode. Top runners had already run a county championship and the Northern regional championship since the New Year; why continue involvement with a pre Christmas league competition to interrupt the build up towards the National XC championships and possiblty the Inter Counties.
Only 3 of the top 12 male finishers from pre-Christmas Wythenshawe Park league event raced today. Perhaps the structure needs to be re-examined!?