6 strong mosey into the gloom, 5 turn right, one goes left.
The fox turns left onto James River Road, right onto Riverton Ridge, left on Welby, right on Sheffield, left on Ashwell to complete the loop and return. 3.6 miles total for the fox.
The hounds turn right and cross over Robious, turning right again into James River High School Athletic Complex, left on to James River Road into Robious Landing Park making the loop, turning left on Riverton Ridge and make the same loop as the fox. 4.7 miles total for the hounds.
YHC was the fox on this humid morning trying to stay ahead of the hounds before returning to the AO. With a 1 mile head start but some mighty speedy hounds chasing YHC was not sure the loop could be completed in time. Cresting the top of the Ashwell hill YHC sees Gumbo jogging the wrong direction? He asks if I’ve seen Wilson? I have not, I’m actually trying to make sure I don’t see anyone until we reach the finish line, I think to myself. YHC proceeds on as does Gumbo, keeping an eye out for Wilson somewhere along the route back. One rule any racer learns early in any racing career is to never turn your head and look back, it will always slow you down. Now YHC is not 100% sure that rule applies to running but needless to say YHC ran the last mile pretty certain I could hear footsteps getting ready to catch me at any moment. The fear of being passed can provide some needed motivation. After reaching the AO successfully the hounds arrived about 30 seconds later. YHC probably got a little lucky as some of the hounds may have taken a wrong turn or two. The number of Terraces evidently provided some extra cover for the fox today. Good run men!