January 9, 2016
HAPPY 24th Anniversary to the WTRS & Big Baz, RD
Winter Trail Run Series WTRS 12K Story - January 9, 2016
Hello each. Well, did we have a magic day up at Blue Jay or what? As you all know a race director’s job is to make sure all runners are entertained, have a nice run on a well-marked course and meet nice competitors who want to share the energy we give out. My little job was easy, one, I know most of the runners, and secondly the new visitors got up to speed very quickly with my silly stuff. Thanks, as you can tell I enjoy my day too… abuse over the years goes both ways and I sure got my yearly quota at the first 2016 WTRS 12K… it is going to be hard to maintain our high standards. Don’t think it would be the same if we had 500 runners at BJ, there would be some dick head who would take it all too serious. Thanks guys.
OK a few words on the race itself… I really feel sorry for the 2 young runners who I found wandering on the wrong trail when I was returning from my direction-change on your way back to Blue Jay… I think me old mate Kiera wanted to stay and help and say high to all. Seems they missed the first turn at our new toilet location and stayed on the black top…. Many sorries guys hope you want to come back. As for the 91 participants who took my advice in following the person in front, all seemed to have a magic run. No complaints, usually I get some wanker who has to complain about something out on the tough trail. On a personal observation …. We are getting older and whether the festive season just adds those extra inches, but most of my old-time mates looked very jolly! That is my word (me being nice)!
Mr. Jon Clark set the pace and found he had no one to talk to after about the first half mile… that is his own fault! Not too many stories from runners, yes a few falls, some blood, usual stuff. Me mate Rick Herr twisted his ankle and allowed his good mate Matt Ruiz to pass him after about 5 miles. At 49, I think big Rick is finished !!!! Joke Joyce! Big Adam ran his best race… only beating his dad by over an hour. The times they are a changing. I do want to thank Edvard Lundberg for his visit from Sweden… did good coming in 19th. I think all the award winners were happy, nice to win something, especially the first timers to our little races. Jen Hollingworth, a first timer, beat some of our previous women winners… go girl! Lovely Laura Morris and RD Molly Kassouf came in second and third respectively only 61 seconds apart. All the smiling faces at the finish line told me everything.
We did have many late entrants, be nice if I knew you were coming earlier… not complaining of course! We must thank Bill and Sandy working the table. As for my mates Julia, Rick, Matt and Big Scott, again thanks… hey I am a lucky boy having such good help especially on race day, sure makes it easy for Big BAZ . Must thank Snail’s Pace for their donation and the goodies given by Big Rob at Asics. Hope you got a T-shirt… hope you like my TRAILS ROCK shirts I would like to sell… let me know if you want one, I will bring them to the 15K or I can mail them for another couple of bucks. This year’s shirt will be available for those running 2 of the series races. Obviously, I would love to see you all at all the races, but I do know there are other races on the calendar, good luck. To all the misfits who will return for more abuse, “muchas gracias”. 14 year old Amy Lambert will be back, nice to see the young folk putting up with the RD… thanks to mum and dad, of course.
Again if you want to request any changes to our little gathering, let me know next year! Please enjoy your running, be safe out there and I will be at Blue Jay on January 23rd. Bring a friend maybe. We will talk about having a little bash after the 21K to celebrate something. My series has meant a lot to me the last 27 years, shit where did all that time go. Much Love as always. Big BAZZA XXXX
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93 RUNNERS TURNED OUT FOR BIG BAZ'S 2016 WTRS 12K!
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