Autumn signals the start of the cross country season in Australia.
Once again Mac’s school event was held at our home track.
A couple of Mac’s classmates convinced Mac and Tim (Mac’s aide) to run with them in the 10 years boys event rather than “the nines”. I asked the boys if they were hoping to finish in the places to ensure a spot on the district team. “Nah” they responded, “we usually try to finish in about the twenties”. When asked, Mac thought that was an OK place to finish and was very happy to run with the ‘lads’.
I always remind Mac of his ‘home advantage’ (never mind the four wheels and the able-bodied ‘pusher’ he also uses 😉 ).
But when I say ‘home track’… I’m not exaggerating. The local cross country course is literally the property next door to ours. It’s part of my Grandfather’s old farm – now in the capable hands of my Aunt & Uncle. In fact, Mac & his cousins are sixth generation to live on this property… not bad considering how relatively young our country is.
Mac’s aide from last year “Ms M” had a great chuckle as she realised she hadn’t given Tim the information on how to take a short cut and hide out for the middle two kms… Oh well, they made the distance… Mac didn’t even seem out of breath.