All entries for May 2006

May 31, 2006

KPMG Football Leagues Near Conclusion

Well we are nearly there. After nearly 300 hours of football, several hundred emails, the odd phone call, the Semi Finalists of the Cup and Plate competitions and the Finalists of the Shield are known.

I haven't really blogged on this before, but thought I'd post the results to the Big Bad World. If you have chance go along and watch one or more of the games…

Teams were entered into the Cup (1st-4th), Shield (5th-8th) or Plate (9th-11/12th) depending on their final league positions, with 1st, 5th and 9th placed teams from each league and the 2nd, 6th and 10th placed teams with the best records given First Round byes

Final KPMG League Tables

* 2nd/6th/10th placed team with best record – given First Round bye.

** Withdrew from competition.

*** Given place in Cup competition due to withdrawal of UWCC.


First Round
The Lakers 5-0 WBSS
Inter Yamam 0-10 Statix
Westside 7-0 Friis and Friends
`The Savage Beasts 1-1 Brian Little Revival XI (1–1 AET – Brian Little Revival XI wint 5–4 on pens)

Quarter Finals
The Walkovers 6-1 The Lakers
Inter 3-0 Statix
Intake Juniors FC 0-0 Westside (0–0 AET – Intake Juniors FC win 5–4 on pens)
NFC 3-3 Brian Little Revival XI (3–3 AET – NFC win 5–4 on pens)

Semi Finals
The Walkovers v Inter – Sunday Week 7, 1pm
Intake Juniors FC v NFC – Sunday Week 7, 3pm

The Walkovers or Inter v Intake Juniors FC or NFC – Saturday/Sunday Week 8 or Saturday Week 9


First Round
Foot-longs 3-0 Hand Job: The Second Coming
`Obi-Wan Kenobi Nil 5-2 WCUFC
Akabusi FC 4-1 Warwick Gophers

Quarter Finals
The Lakers 2 2-2 Foot-longs (2–3 AET)
Medics 6-2 Obi-Wan Kenobi Nil
`Warwick Law Society FC 0-1 Akabusi FC
`Loxley White Knights 0-1 The Hurricanes

Semi Finals
Foot-longs 1-2 Medics
Akabusi FC 2-3 The Hurricanes

Medics v The Hurricanes – Sunday Week 8, 1pm


First Round
Joey Jo Jo Junior Shabadoos 3-2 Avengers FC

Quarter Finals
Ocean's Eleven 3-5 Joey Jo Jo Junior Shabadoos
`Warwick Chinese v Bend It Like Bellion (Bellion walkover)
English Department FC 5-1 Hellenic
Pirates Of Cyprus 3-5 Team Jack Martin

Semi Finals
Joey Jo Jo Junior Shabadoos v Bend It Like Bellion – Saturday Week 7, 1pm
English Department FC v Team Jack Martin – Saturday Week 7, 3pm

Joey Jo Jo Junior Shabadoos or Bend It Like Bellion v English Department FC or Team Jack Martin – Saturday/Sunday Week 8 or Saturday Week 9

May 19, 2006

Why I Hate: The Chip & Pin machines in University outlets

Why is it that that Chip & Pin machines in University food outlets are so unabashedly awful? It took 5 minutes for the girl in front of me in Rootes Restaurant to get her transaction through. And this was not an isolated experience; this was about the 5th time I’ve had to queue excessively in Rootes and Kaleidoslop is as bad.

Thats is all I have to say on the matter.

May 10, 2006

3hrs or not 3hrs, that is the question…

Writing about web page

… whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the pain and suffering of outrageous pace, or to take my orginal target time, and by doing so make it to the end?

First off, as a bit of an ego massage I've knocked together this image (taken from BBC Cov & Warks) which shows two runners on the absolute start line who came just ahead of me and not far behind me (place–wise). It also shows where I started – next to the loudspeaker at the back.

Shakespeare Marathon Start

I've been mulling things over a bit after the weekend and I'm trying to reassess my target time for Edinburgh. There are various formulae to predict times based on previous races – from the traditional "twice your half amrathon plus 10–20 mins" to more complex systems based on several distances. Runners World UK recommend a formula that was developed empirically in the 70s:


which, from my time of 1hr 24mins 41secs predicts a time of 2hrs 58mins 38secs for the marathon. Here are how my times compare:

\begin{tabular}{c c c c c}
Race & Date & Dist & Actual & Calculated \\
\hline \\
\textrm{Dublin} & Oct~00 & \textrm{M} & 3:47:55 & 1:48:18 \\
\textrm{Coventry} & Sep~05 & \textrm{1/2M}  & 1:45:00 & 3:38:55 \\
\(target\) \\
\textrm{Coventry} & Sep~05 & \textrm{1/2M}  & 1:32:24 & 3:12:38 \\
\textrm{Dublin} & Oct~05 & \textrm{M} & 3:45:00 & 1:47:55 \\
\(target A\) \\
\textrm{Dublin} & Oct~05 & \textrm{M} & 3:30:00 & 1:40:43 \\
\(target B\) \\
\textrm{Dublin} & Oct~05 & \textrm{M} & 3:24:33 & 1:38:06 \\
\textrm{Stratford} & May~06 & \textrm{1/2M} & 1:30:00 & 3:07:38 \\
\(target\) \\
\textrm{Stratford} & May~06 & \textrm{1/2M} & 1:25:41 & 2:58:38 \\
\textrm{Edinburgh} & June~06 & \textrm{M} & 3:15:00 & 1:33:31 \\
\(target\) \\

As you can see my 1/2M times are "better" than my marathon times. I have already completed two 1/2Ms faster than the equivalent of my target time. This begs the question – Should I revise my target time and aim for the golden 3hr target? There are several key factors:

  • Coventry was baking hot and an undulating course and yet I felt relatively comfortable and "bettered" my Dublin time.
  • I went into Stratford with a groin strain (which didn't surface thanks to liberal application of Ibuleve and a good warm–up, and spanked my Coventry time (and both Dublin times).
  • Dublin was pretty windy and I hit The Wall towards the end. I've been training with Lucozade Carbo Gels (and had three just before and during Stratford) - how much will they help me overcome The Wall in Edinburgh?
  • It was 5 years between my two marathons and I effectively didn't do any serious running at all between the end of the first and the beginning of training for the second. This time round I've kept a significant amount of my fitness from the first. i.e. I've not put on two stone since Dublin.
  • Edinburgh claims to be the second fastest course in the UK, and they've made it even flatter this year – how much will this help? How true is this, and is it simply an artifact of being able to attract top elite runners?
  • Training hasn't been as consistent as for Dublin, yet I was effectively doing 3hr30 times for a 3hr45 training schedule. This time round I've been much closer with the times, although still a touch under them.
  • I have consistently achieved my targets time and bettered them by some way. If I set my targets higher, will this spur me on?
  • I've found the countdown timer on my watch to be an excellent way of keeping track of how I'm doing overall pace–wise, when used in conjunction with the split–timer. It allowed me to keep track of how far behind/ahead of the pace I was at Stratford.

None of these particularly answer the question though. I consistently ran 6:32 miles in Stratford; 3hrs is 6:52 pace. However, this included a 6:43 – only 9 secs under pace. I don't want to find myself screwed after 17 miles because I caned it early on.

Any suggestions?

May 08, 2006

Bloody hell, I came 30th

Follow-up to Dave 2 Half–marathons 0 from No I said DublIN marathon

The results are now up on the Stratford Half Marathon website and it turns out I came 30th!!!

Bloody Hell!!!

I came 75th in Cov in September, and I thought that was a miracle/fluke.

Dave 2 Half–marathons 0

Writing about web page

Technically this should read Dave 10 Stratford Half–marathon 0 as I royally kicked it's butt – even if I say so myself.

The weather was ideal for fast running yesterday, and one hill aside was flat as a pancake. I wasn't feeling too good beforehand and was a little apprehensive about my groin injury, but decided I'd set my watch for 6:50 miles to attempt to get under 1:30, and blag it if I was feeling ropey and the litre of Ibulieve that I'd smeared on my leg didn't have the desired effect.

On the way to the start I met Gemma Morris and a few of the Lacrosse guys/girls. Gem finished in 2hrs 20mins, which is pretty good going for a first time.

The start was pretty disorganised, in as much as there weren't distinct areas for people to line up based on time, as there had been at Cov. That said there are a lot of comparisons that can be made with Cov:

  1. No ChampionChip – therefore no "Chip Time."
  2. No jaunt round the ring road.
  3. Good scenery.
  4. Not being in 22–degree and direct sunshine in September.
  5. Mile markers at every mile.
  6. Mile markers that weren't just sprayed on the road.
  7. A course that was flat and didn't have it's steepest incline at Mile 12.

The race started and as I was pretty far back and there was no "seeding" it took me a little while to get through the traffic. I was running pretty freely thanks to the Ibulieve, but I'd failed to spot the 1st mile marker, so when my watch bleeped at me I didn't take much notice. I spotted the second mile–marker and realised that I was about 30 seconds ahead of schedule, but figured I was running OK and I could always slow down later.

The miles clicked by and I was no less than 9 seconds per mile under my target pace, which was nice. And that mile was where we went up a long–ish hill followed by a very steep descent, for which it was hard to keep control. There was support most of the way round, with people in most front gardens (and beer gardens) cheering people on. It was at this point that I regretted having left my race vest in Seagrave's office as I didn't get the same cheering for my name, but it wasn't too big a deal.

As I came into the finishing straight they called out my name and number over the tannoy as I raced for the line to beat the clock and the two guys I'd overtaken in the last half mile. I thought that I'd get somewhere about 1hr 27 from my splits but stopped my watch at the line at 1hr 25mins 41secs, a full 6mins 43 under my time for Cov. I suspect that this was largely course and weather–induced, but it gives me satisfaction nonetheless.

Annoyingly I've just looked online at the BBC's photos and the guy I overtook 500yds from the finish was right at the start line (back left, wearing CamelBack), so I could easily have started nearer the front and got a better official time – especially as the organisers weren't using ChampionChips.

Thanks to Kathy and Dave for giving me a lift, and to the Berkswell lot for not getting me drunk on Saturday night. Bring on Edingburgh!!!

May 05, 2006

Dave's Marathon Injury Blog Update

Writing about web page

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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