The Anniversary Waltz and other stories Posted by Marty and Jo Photos walks click here Race click here
I will start and finish this post in between is Martys version. Just for the record it has been vetted by all present and passed with a clear conscience that all is true (well sort of). It was a fabulous weekend and one which I would highly recommend company second to none...the race how ever that is another story. Anyway over to Marty.
THE ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Martys version
On Friday 21st April the " car of truth" headed up to the Lake District for the Anniversary Waltz with Johnny Whippet, Marty and Jo. There are sadly many cynics who have questioned the value of Johnny and Marty's life coaching but it was given a hugely positive endorsement by Jo as preparation for her comeback race.
The secret of fell racing is in the preparation, especially the evening before. Lily and Chris had booked a luxurious caravan (that Donald Trump would have been happy in) and cooked a bonanza pasta feast. Apparently carb loading is old school and protein is the way forward but everyone was too polite to mention this.
The Hay Hotfooters were joined by celebrity runner Jezza (Wye Valley Runners) and the current love of his life. With his unique physique Jezza defies all physiological logic but at least the counselling has helped him come to terms with his crushing defeat by Marty and Lily in Man vs Horse.
The evening was full of high brow conversation sprinkled with moral dilemmas. There was even a rumour that Johnny would do the washing up but sadly this proved not to be the case.
On the morning of the race Johnny insisted on getting there several hours early. However, his chirpy mood dissipated with the £5 parking charge combined with the steward's remarks " have you washed this car in the last 10 years?"
Acknowledging that Jezza was by far the best runner the Hotfooters decided that the best strategy was to attack him psychologically. Someone commented that he might look like a runner from the front but that from the side he had clearly eaten too many pies. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful as he still finished miles in front.
Lily was distracted in her support role by flirting with the legendary Joss and Jo ran an excellent race. The dramatic climax of the day was that instead of charging downhill to the finish Johnny had a near death experience. His life was saved by Lily and the heroic Jezza whilst Chris and Marty debated over who might have to phone his wife.
A great race with fantastic scenery and just a few climbs to contend with. The lovely weekend ended with Johnny hosting a traditional game of find the "rat."
The Anniversary Waltz
The car of truth what can I say. What is revealed in The car of truth stays in the car of truth. 4 hours worth, that is a lot of truth and trust. I survived to tell or not to tell the tale. John announced as we were heading towards the Lakes we were stopping for an amble. This I feared involved one of his 60 trig point collections. It did and a cave. Unfortunately we only found the cave (that was hard enough). A good warm up for the race though.
Accommodation was second to none. Lily and Chris had set up home and were busy making our pre race meal. We were joined by Jezza who with stood the Briley Boys phsycological battering trying to unsettle his race plan.
So to the race. I am not race fit but needed to jump back on the horse. This was a biggy, tough tough tough. I actually cried twice and John and Marty were held to account on making me do it (several times during steep ascents and vertical descents).I finished sprinting to the end and felt absolutely fine! It was hot, stunningly beautiful, painful and wierdly fun. I will do this again just to prove to myself I can and hopefully keep the tears at bay next time.
We had a lovely meal out to celebrate Johns birthday and a cracking days walk the next day to bag a Trig point, complete with Prosecco. The car of truth was strangely quiet on the way home.
Come and join us for the 2018 road trip. Who will join me in the car of truth?
Hay Hotfooters Team Captain's Report - Herefordshire XCL League 2016/17
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This season 11 lady Hotfooters and 15 men Hotfooters were registered and allocated a number to run for our club. Of these 9 of the ladies and 12 men actually took part. Some were only able to run in one race but this meant that the men had a team at each of the 5 XCs, although the ladies only had a team for 3 of the races. However it was really great to have 2 teams in each category for the final XC race of the season at Presteigne.
The routes of most of the five races include a lot of hills and mud although Rotherwas was a wearing almost flat three laps. The weather was good for all the races again so at least there were no icy conditions and even the rain mostly held off. It was positively Spring like at Presteigne!. As always the atmosphere at each race was very friendly and their organisation, including the working out of results, by Mike Blenkinsop extremely efficient. Shaun again provided invaluable support for Mike at the finish as well as jacket minding, support and transport for us runners.
A big thanks to everyone who took part and hope that you will also be available for this Summer’s XC races. Our final team positions were ladies 19th out of 25 and men 16th & 19th out of 32 which I am sure we all agree is a fantastic achievement for such a small club. Congratulations as well to Jeff Kay who in his first year as a club member was awarded second in his age category. I too was also very pleased to achieve second in my age category.
Tina Lavelle (Winter XC Captain)
Exploring a new social run Posted by Jo
It's always good to find new places to run and this is no exception. Some Hotfooters had already walked this area while the rest of us were getting lost on route to Crickhowell last year. Jim guided myself Tina and Claire on a 7 mile loop of Craig y Cilau. an amazing limestone escarpment above Llangattock. This area is a wonderful mix of 18 century industrialisation and stunning natural countryside, blending together to make something almost otherworldly. There is a 20 mile cave system beneath the rocks an old tramway track, all grass now, snaking its way up the escarpment.
Look out for this as a Sunday social run with dinner of course after.
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New Years Day 10k Posted by Alan H
New Years Day 2017 was a wet and miserable one, however, this did not deter 5 keen and enthusiastic Hay Hotfooters who turned up at the rowing club in Hereford for the annual 10k road race. The event is organised by Wye Valley Runners and their president, Harry Franklin was there to welcome everyone.
The start of the race is on the old railway bridge with 197 runners lining up, Martin, Will and Jeff ensured that they were well to the front whilst Tina and Alan H were a little further back, the course itself is not an easy one as it soon leaves the city and follows the rural roads around Breinton in a large loop and could be described as undulating, it is a good run and it is very well signed and marshalled by cheerful and enthusiastic marshals, the finish is the same place as the start with the last Km a fast downhill.
Martin was the first Hotfooter home in a time of 44.22, Will was not far behind in 46.54 and Jeff was third in 48.28 Tina was the next Hotfooter to finish and came in at a very creditable 57.28 and Alan H living up to his status as the slowest runner in the club came in at 60.04, readers may be interested to hear that one of our former members, Gary, came in just before Tina at 56.42, Gary now wears a Wye Valley Runners vest.
All in all it was a great start the the New Year, I look forward to 2018 when perhaps a few more Hotfooters will take part. Finally I would like to point out that the winners time was 33.24 and Alan H had just passed the half way marker!!