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Weather Cuts A Group Spin Short

posted 1 Mar 2015, 15:18 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 1 Mar 2015, 15:30 ]
(By Roy Carey)   
The planned spin for this morning was out to Kilbeggan via Castletown to reccie the route for next weeks Rás Naomh Finian in Clonard. Forecasts appeared to look OK until around 11 where the wind and liquid sunshine were expected. The route would allow for numerous turn off points, if we needed to shorten the spin. As we rolled out towards Dysart, that liquid sunshine arrived a little earlier than anticipated. And as the group worked on towards Kilbeggan that same precipitation began to feel distinctly sharper as it hit the body. The pace livened to keep the bodies warm but by the time we hit Tyrrellspass, the sensible decision was to turn for home as the weather only appeared to be heading in one direction.

The speed at which the weather deteriorated comfortably beat our efforts to increase ours. The group lined out in order to get home in the shortest time possible. I'm pretty sure it was one of my quicker runs for home along that stretch, but it felt like one of the longest! The conditions reminded us of 2013 edition of Milan San Remo. 

Judging by the numbers that rolled out of ORS this morning, I'm pretty sure a lot of hot water cylinders around Mullingar were emptied between 11 and 12.30 today! One trooper within the group soldiered on to reccie the route and sent us this snowy picture shortly afterwards. Thankfully our club mates on a training camp abroad were sympathetic to our woes and choose not to share any of their photos. Very thoughtful...

Next week's race route covered in unseasonal snow
Next week's race route pictured today - the first day of Spring - covered in unseasonal snow