#1 30-11-2008 21:55:24

Gary Donoghue
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Halstead (Gosfield) XC

Hope everyone is ok after today's fun and games in the glorious mud of Halstead. I spoke to Julian (he of the bleeding knees at the finish) earlier after he'd just got in from a nice afternoon at casualty and he ended up with 5 stitches and some odd looks while he waited still clothed in his muddy running garb. Respect!

Thanks also to all the Harwich crowd who cheered us round - I tried to smile through the grimacing and wave back when possible. Thanks also to Glyn for pointing out that bl**dy great tree stump - I'm sure I hit that swine the first time round (no, not Glyn...the stump, silly).

It's nasty but I do love the course...proper XC...and with Dennis 10 places behind me looking (and sounding) like a rabid animal I now know why I ran quicker this week smile

-x-

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#2 30-11-2008 22:00:59

Peter Gooding
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

Message from Julian,

Who says running is good for you!

After spending 4.5hours in casualty and having the mud scraped out of my knee and 5 stitches I have finally got home to clean the rest of the mud off.

Although I could hardly get out of the car the doctor said it would be fine to run with the stitches in.

I will probably see you on Tuesday.

Julian.

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#3 01-12-2008 09:16:47

Miranda Rayner
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

Wow, proper respect to Julian.
He is going to have all the stupid comments from non-runners to deal with now.
Just tell them to go out and take a risk once in a while.

New motto for the Cross-country season
"If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room!!"
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#4 01-12-2008 12:42:15

Becky McCorquodale
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

That's from one of my favourite songs at the mo, Miranda!smile

Hope that knee's better soon though, Julian-sounds nasty! I'll have to remember to bring some sutures along for the next fixture (and a stick for the "patient" to bite on!). If I'd done it for Halstead, we could have had you patched up and on your way within half an hour....yikes

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#5 01-12-2008 13:32:43

Gary Donoghue
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

Interesting idea Becky. I'd also suggest a large garden spade too as you could have planted a large shrub with the amount of dirt they apparently extracted from Julian's wounds. I believe Alan Titchmarsh even ended up doing the sutures once he'd finished droning on about his hardy perennials (but that's enough about Dennis and Jonathan). wink

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#6 01-12-2008 13:44:24

Peter Gooding
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

I thought you was going to suggest using the spade to bury the injured for a minute there Gary.

Er what's a suture ? or should I not ask ?

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#7 01-12-2008 14:52:34

Gary Donoghue
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

An ode to our walking wounded...

'Twas on a Sunday Morning
In a town they call Halstead
That 35 went a'running off
But only 29 came back instead

As they sprinted for the woodside
On that cold, bold winter's day
A tale was forming that some would say
should be told by fireside

Of trees that felled our Harwichers
Roots too invisible to tell
Descents that descended to the depths
And ascents that felt like hell

Through muddy swamps they dragged
Themselves: the battered and the bruised
Soleless(sic), legless, desperate for
Precious points that must be bagged

And still one hero soldiered on
His face all grim and muddied
For 2 laps he fought through rain
With legs so long and bloodied

He crossed the line to cheering loud
And sheer wonder at his knee
'What a way to spend a Sunday' Carol said
'Now we're off to casualty'

The doctors looked and looked some more
Yeuuch - then drew straws to suture
'Have 4 stitches and one for luck
And, Julian, be more careful in future'

But once a Harwich, always Harwich
If the tales they tell are true
So to all who fell, I say 'Get thee well
And think of Cordwell when you do...'

-x-

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#8 02-12-2008 11:45:53

Miranda Rayner
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

Nice one Gary.
I described the Halstead course to my mate as 'Passchendale without the shooting" on Saturday night.
Little did I realise that the casualty rate would be about the same!

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#9 02-12-2008 17:08:04

Peter Gooding
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Shhhh Jonathan you will put a curse on us ever getting a full team out,smile

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#10 02-12-2008 18:33:17

Graeme
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Re: Halstead (Gosfield) XC

Well done to Sam for his brilliant 11th place... top 10 next time?

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