Day 5 – Corona Mountain Goat Challenge
Surely they can’t keep it up all week?!?!? Well the sun shone and the fight for the overall title of Corona Mountain Goat Champion became real… Far from fading out, day 5 saw new names and some more big hills. Could this be the last day of sunshine for the week though? Are they just a load of fair weather goats that don’t want to get their hooves wet? Time will tell, but for now lets unravel today… 😉
25 runners got out there, many of our ‘favourites’ but also some new names. Amongst them Hannah went out for a trot again! I suspect a little miffed still with Simon’s premature surge yesterday, and to the soundtrack of war “cross over the road, my friend” (how very apt on so many levels!) asserted her authority clocking up another 262m of ascent and maintaining her “rest day’s are wimps” policy 😉 So she now takes the Fluffy Vest into day six…
Linda, trying to keep a low profile but well positioned to draft, also put in a big 176m. And Rob was back in the mix today with 161m. Could be one to watch as he does tend to run mountain Ultras for ‘fun’.
Really nice to see some new names today too. Corrine broke into the competition with a very tidy 133m. Also Nigel (from WRR I think?) kicked his campaign off with a first run of 81m.
Before we look at the shockwaves that today has caused in the overall leaderboard, there has been a lot of ‘bleating’ from a several goats that live apparently in flat places. <<rolling eye emoji>> Amongst those concerned about the topography of their ‘home turf’ was Abby, who decided to go off on her bicycle today instead to think about how exactly she might win this despite Bedford being flat as!
Talking of bicycles Trevor went for a bicycle ride too. (I know it’s a quiet news day!!)
It’s all kicking off at the front of the field, and we have a new leader : Hannah Bawdon. But, it’s far from over yet as she continues to be in a locked horn tussle (do goats tussle???) with Simon now in second place. But with only 46m separating them it could go either way tomorrow. And Simon isn’t going to take this sitting down.
This is far from a two goat race though… Rob (another Olney Runner) as grabbed back third place with a very consistent alternate day strategy. And we absolutely can’t forget Linda (699m), who is trying hard to stay under the radar and not be seen to do anything aggressive YET!
Lots of people now in the 100’s of meters, despite living in some of the flattest parts of the world (ALLEGEDLY)! Others, not mentioning any names (Leila!) certainly don’t live anywhere flat… Check out her 279m from yesterday (late result due to a small tech issue!).
This is all starting to hot up and getting quite tense as we begin heading in to the second weekend… Will Trevor decide to launch another attack? And what of Stella or Lisa, they could turn out to be dark goats? And only a fool would forget about Sarah or indeed Viv (once she gets her OS map out and finds a hill!). No… If this gets any more tense I won’t be able to sleep 😉
Here is the leaderboard:
|46||Emily Calista Walker||45||199|
|94||James Ryan Mitchell||74|
|30||Mary Anne Mackenzie||53|
|20||Debbie Jen Mor||0|
|10||Fiona Hunter Wynde||0|
|89||Josephine L Pearson||0|
|86||Lynette Amy Engel||0|
|101||Nicola Anne Watkinson||0|
|36||Simon Spinks Lindley||0|