In­cludes county cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships

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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

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