Well I had hoped we'd seen the back of the white stuff for this winter but it came creeping back life a thief in the night to Wharfedale to create mischief and mayhem early this Tuesday morning.
Fortunately by the time I ventured out for a flat 6 miler the roads had virtually cleared . But I correctly predicted lunchtime blizzards and was suitably prepared with windstopper tights, softshell jacket, windstopper gloves, thermal hat and clear lens in the sunglasses to protect the eyes from the snow. Sorted.
Equipped, protected but still a tad unpleasant coping with it all.
At least it was a flat run. I'd finished last week, week 5, with a tough hilly 8 miler centred on the Strid Woods. A run which brought the week's total back to average plus with 42 miles. No track work yet but a good wind assisted 5K on the Thursday which hinted of good times to come.
We've been pretty busy in the Fastrax office the last few weeks; orders which included several for universities coming to Leeds for the British Universities & Colleges Sports cross country chanpionships. Fondly known as the BUCS. The championships were hosted by Leeds University on their Bodington fields; a venue which had already suffered from two other cross country events in recent weeks.
Needless to say they hadn't really recovered and so the students were faced with a very challenging course of relentless deep mud.
Runners from both ends of the spectrum were on show from internationals like
EMILIA GORECKA and LAUREN HAWORTH (pictured above) to students clearly just making up the numbers but all would have found the conditions very testing indeed.
Over the last few years young female runners have started adorning themselves with race "warpaint" in their club colours but Saturday many students took the practice to another level. And it wasn't just the fair sex. Lots of lads were following the example set by their female teammates.
Possibly the most extreme being one young man from Durham University.....
THE QUESTION IS
DO YOU THINK IT COULD CATCH ON WITH OUR GENERATION?
DO YOU THINK WE WOULD RUN ANY FASTER?