Includes county cross-country championships
THE county championships are not regarded as a particularly important event by UKA but there is no doubt it is still regarded highly by those just short of international standard.
With the ever increasing numbers of parkruns, there are now even more alternatives to the counties but the numbers appear to be holding, though it seems vets numbers are down.
There appears, for some, little incentive to wait for the afternoon, when in many events your age is ignored (consequently some vets have not been matched on Power of 10) when you can do a morning run and finish near the front of your local parkrun rather than toward the rear of a county race.
I personally chose the county race but made up for it on New Year’s Day.
With local parkruns at 9am, 10am and 10.30am, it seemed possible to do three but a late start to the second and my slow pace meant I arrived five minutes late for the third, despite a hurried bike ride of almost two miles.
The winner of the second one just got there in time despite no bike so clearly I should have run faster.
New Year’s Day is the only day parkrun recognise multiple ‘runs’ but my third had disappeared off the result later in the day. Two is the limit officially!
Steve Smythe,results editor