with relaxing guitar music selected from Youtube's listings.
Without cross country races to compete in there have been several years in which January and February have seen no races added to the lists and this year has been another. But there were several options this weekend.
Preferred option was the TRAFFORD 10K. There were entries on the day and reaching the 140 10K mark has a nice ring about it , but at my time of life I'm not going to get up at 6.30 a.m. to make the 9.30 a.m. start time in Cheshire. There is a low key 5K in Blackpool also on Sunday also but the club "appealed" for runners for a 4 man road event ,the HAIGH HALL RELAYS, near Wigan, last Saturday so that became the race of choice as it would leave Sunday free.
But just 14 runners from 5 clubs toed the line for the first leg in this event based in the Haigh Country Park located between the M6 and the M61.
Setting off in 9th place on leg 2 I manage a smile (of sorts) for the JUST LOVE RUNNING photographer but I could immediately feel a hamstring sore from Wednesday's tough hill circuits.
But despite the brisk downhill 2 mile the pain eased and was beginning to enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the country park but mindful that what goes down.....and down.....and down...will makl for a tough ascent!
My time of 28.54 for the 3.8 mile downhill/uphill race with initial miles of 7.10 and 7.00 gave some indication of current fitness but all in all the flat Blackpool event would have told me more and been kinder to the old legs.
Still a good afternoon of friendly, low key athletics which left Sunday free to support Sally M. as she tackled the much sterner test over 20 undulating miles in the SPEN 20........