The Mud, the Sweat and the Tears!
I have seen some comments online and via Twitter that the ‘National’ should not have been run on Saturday, the course just wasn’t a true test of an athletes ability, it was a silly war of attrition and so on.
Our view – although the mud did seem a little excessive, it was cross country as it should be, tough.
After our little report on the race, we have been wadding through the piles of photos and videos online and brought you our favourites from yesterday’s action at Alton Towers. Some images are pure racing, some are reportage and portray an atmosphere of good hard, (not so) clean sport.
We like this one of Steve Vernon (left) with Mike Skinner, as Steve seems to have far less mud on him than almost all of the rest of the field – a good reason to get out front, and stay out front.
There are also some great little videos by Bethanie Murray over at the athleticos site too.
We know that a kindred spirit, Jason Henderson at Athletics Weekly, has bemoaned the decline of XC in the UK and we agree with him – however, contrary to what some may think our view is that events like yesterday can only restore the faith that XC is an essential part of distance running in this country, can gel a running community and most of all that the racing should be tough (though with maybe a little less mud in places!).