Race Recap: SEAA Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill

Note to self: next year, do not sign up to race every weekend for five weeks in a row. Less than a week after a great 10-mile road race, I was feeling less-than-enthusiastic to race again, but nonetheless dragged — well, cycled — myself over to Parliament Hill for the South of England Athletic Association’s (SEAA — the same organization that put on the London XC Champs in November) Cross Country Championships. This race featured similar Parliament Hill terrain, but the course was longer than November’s: up to 8km from 6km for the women, and the poor men had to run 15km instead of the usual 8km!

Remind me why I torture myself with this? Oh, right, for the muddy legs the glory, of course.

Anyone have a chisel to get the mud off? Photo credit: ESM.

Anyone have a chisel to get the mud off? Photo credit: ESM.

This weekend’s course had been graced with quite a bit of rain over the past week or so, which meant ankle-deep bogs — more like mud soup — at many points, and thick, sticky (and smelly) mud at others. Only on the two or three flat and dryish sections did I feel as if I were actually running forwards…until I would hit another deep patch and be slowed back down to a slog.

In a word, the course was horrible. Worse than the most recent Met League outing. And did I mention it was longer than usual? At least we had some sunshine during the race. But the ground conditions, coupled with my trying-not-to-get-burned-out brain, made it a tough race. I swear, only sheer willpower kept me moving and enabled me to finish (final time: 42:07 for the hilly, muddy 8km/5mi course). Others probably felt similarly — it wasn’t pretty, but we got through it. Well done, everyone! It certainly was a sight to see/be part of so many runners swarming across the playing fields and up Parliament Hill at the start.

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12 thoughts on “Race Recap: SEAA Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill

  1. timmarshall20

    Haha excellent! I like the mud-soup image, I head one runner call it porridge yesterday, and it did smell weird in place you are right.Well done for cycling over before too, impressive!

    Reply
      1. timmarshall20

        And did you cycle back? I saw on fb you are doing the Issues in Modern Culture course at UCL, I did that in Sep 2010-11. How are you finding it?

      2. taplatt Post author

        I did cycle back, again very slowly. What a coincidence that you also did the Issues in Modern Culture MA — overall, I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Most of the literature is new for me, as I focused more on 19th-century stuff for my BA, so that’s both challenging and interesting. I’ve written a few blog posts about it on here. How did you find the MA?

      3. timmarshall20

        I found it pretty tough, it was a big step up from my BA. It was really interesting though and I like the idea of broadening the medium to encompass films, tv, music art etc as well as literature. Will check out some of your posts!

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