The hope for better weather for the Dirty Dash – the last event of the Midland Off Road Series duathlon and accompanying 10K runs – were well and truly scuppered with the perfectly-timed arrival of freezing, wet and dispiritingly grey conditions; complete with an early-morning smatter of totally unpredicted slushy snow.
The National Watersports Centre near Nottingham was the venue and Both Mick W and Rosie Wigg report that the normal pre-race buzz of excited tension was utterly lacking: replaced instead by a general air of competitor bewilderment and a definite collective sense of ‘what an earth am I doing here?’
Competitors were right to fear the conditions. It was absolutely freezing cold, wet, incredibly muddy and, as events progressed, carved up into something akin to an assault course. Fingers and feet simply could not be felt and slips, falls and bike crashes were a quickly-normalised part of the routine.
Nonetheless, both Go Veggies braved the day well with Rose managing top third of the field finishes both overall and in age group in the 10K run whilst Mick – putting in his usual strong bike leg plus a very well paced second run – slogged to a 3/26 position in age category and 25/189 overall in the duathlon.
Mick’s consistency also meant he secured a 3rd position in the three-round-series overall.