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May 05, 2006

Dave's Marathon Injury Blog Update

Writing about web page http://www.shakespearemarathon.org.uk/

Well I haven't really blogged on this (or anything) for ages. Due to general incompetence on my part and a hectic calendar I'm running the 1/2M at Stratford this weekend and running the Edinburgh Marathon on June 11th instead of the Vienna Marathon.

So having got myself all psyched up and ready, building up to 20 miles along the Camel Trail and running my little cotton socks off in a 30:03 5–miler, I was looking forward to another jaunt down the Camel trail followed by this weekend's run. So I'm running along the Trail and coming the other way is a woman walking 5 dogs – 2 on leashes and 3 off the leash. At this point the two mutts on the leash decide that it'd be fun to try and trip me up. In attempting not to kick the mongrols in the head I end up straining my hamstring and pulling my groin. This caused me to have to cut my run short when I got to wadebridge the 1st time.

After a couple of days my hamstring has calmed down and I've been able to run without much discomfort at all, but somewhere in beating the Cricket 5th Team and getting panned at 4–a–side I've mananged to pull my groin again. 1h30 on Sunday? Maybe not, but watch this space.


Chemistry (190–5) bt Biology (118–5) by 72 runs

The first game of the season saw the Chemistry Dept Cricket Team play arch–rivals Biology on the Lakeside pitch at Cryfield on Tuesday evening. It looked touch–and–go as to whether the game would go ahead at all, with heavy clouds and spatters of rain.

Having won the toss I put us into bat, with the dynamic duo of Ryan and Wallis opening. Three overs later Wallis was back in the pavillion, having hit 25 off 10. Griffiths and Burnside were back in the pavillion in similarly short order with 26 and 25 respectively – Ryan falling just short on 21 before being trapped plum. By the time I got to the crease in the 8th over, a score of 260+ was on the cards. Skelton and myself added more runs, before he was caught on 6 and I retired on 28. Day remained unbeaten at the end of the 20 overs on 22, with the total at 190–5. A very defendable target in the fading light.

Biology's opening pair both helped themselves to runs, retiring on 26 apiece, but at a rate that never really threatened to hit the 9.5 per over required. Griffiths bowled particularly tightly; his two overs going for 3 each. Wallis and Skelton both picked up a brace; Skelton bowling Pritlove and Nada for ducks, after an first over of +++4.+1.+2+2 and struggling to find the mat. By the time Beevers came in to knock the final delivery for a single it was too late, with Biology finsihing on 118–5 after their 20 overs.

Final scores:
Chemistry 190–5 (20 overs) (Haggart 28*, Griffiths 26*, Wallis & Burnside 25* – Ollie 3–19, Nada 1–8)
Biology 118–5 (20 overs) (Nandakumar & Beard 26* – Wallis 2–10, Skelton 2–21)

Next Thursday we play Old Moroccans at home, 6pm at Cryfield.


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