Results for the Corby 5, 03-Jun-2015
Botany Lesson for Latvians (1)
Urtica dioica, often called common nettle or stinging nettle is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica. The species is divided into six subspecies, five of which have many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on the leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.
So Andrejs, simply put, do not sit on this plant when you’ve just gone about your business. I know from the Hilly 100, that you simply adore the English countryside, but this is getting just that little bit too close to nature! Hope the bike ride home wasn’t too tortuous.
By the way, re: the Corby 5, Andrejs was on fire last night (literally) and finished 5th in a fantastic time of 28 minutes exactly. Jamie, who works for Severn Trent and deals with infected water, ironically had a water infection of his own last night and therefore decided to use the race for an interval training session, but still finished in a very creditable 35 minutes. Mary Bench was less than 20 seconds off yet another PB and Lisa Abbott finished not far behind. Great to see Fi making a welcome return to racing too. Next race Banbury 5, Tuesday 9th June http://mcs.open.ac.uk/mkac/emgpbanbury5.htm
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