Easy leg spin up Rivelin. Stopped to do some stretching at the bridge (my turning point).
Running warm up/down 24:00  3.0 mi (8:00 / mi)
Warming up and down; checking the course out on the way out and catching up on the gossip in respect of the best lines etc.
Running race 45:25  6.06 mi (7:30 / mi)
Lad's Leap - England Champs race 7th (and 1st team). Chuffed with this. My race plan was to go off hard and try to hang on to Lloyd for as long as possible. I stuck to this plan and was 4th at the top running in Lloyd's shadow; but he pulled away in the tougher single track trog. After swapping positions with Ben Abdelnoor I was 5th at the bottom of the first descent.
Had to dig deep on the 2nd big climb up a quarry path but could not stop being overtaken by Graham Pearce and a couple of others. Rallied and managed to re-overtake GP about 3/4 up (just after the stile) but started to feel pretty sick and had one dry heave. At the top I was in 7th and just tried to hold it together to the finish - which I just about managed to do. Nice way to start the season and top 5 is doable with a bit more practice (and luck).
Great to get the team prize (by 1 point) and a clear reminder that every place counts. I expect the DP team to all be a bit closer together at Coledale.
Drills with Clare and then bounds on Bolehill in the dark. Lots of strange looks from dog walkers.
Running24:00  3.2 mi (7:30 / mi)
Orienteering21:00  3.0 mi (7:00 / mi)
Sprint intervals with Clare - map memory for half of them (because as she generously called it a "miscommunication"). Legs still sore, but flowing pretty well, can't say I was as focussed as I would have like though.