Good luck tomorrow all racers.
Unlucky NI - I know how much effort you've put in to your training with everything geared towards going for the win at Chester. You'd have won it today too, looking at the winning time. You'll be back stronger for sure.
I ran the perfect race today. The intention was to run with VL and see if we could go sub 2.50. It was all going to plan until VL had to drop out after about 1.5 miles. Sorry you had to drop out VL but you did well to get to the start line - much better to drop out then than to have pushed yourself too much and done some serious damage.
I got my pace to its required 6.25 and felt great, having to hold myself back from going quicker. I never had one bad moment and at 22 miles I was still on 6.25/6.26 pace. Unfortunately the last 3 miles with the hills meant I put in 3 x 6.40s and so I came in just over 2.50 (incidentally, my average pace came in at 6.29. I thought that a sub 6.30 average would get me a sub 2.50, obviously not.). Still, that hasn't taken the gloss off my performance one bit. I surprised myself with my strong run despite being nearly 1/2 stone heavier than my last 3 marathon efforts.
The icing on the cake was seeing JMC in the finishing straight. We both knew that I had obliterated his time from last year - happy days!
Well done to one and all.
NI - really sorry to hear that it went pear-shaped but Eric is right - you will come back stronger. It will make you more determined.
Eric - Great run! I'm surprised that you thought sub 6.30s would get you a sub 2:50. You hadn't done your homework and that is very unlike you! Good run though...
Well done racers and bad luck, NI.
J8 - have a good hol.
ES - Great running, well done.
NI - Commiserations again.
JMC - How old is your son?
SARQ - Maybe an MRI scan would be better? That's what diagnosed my problems anyway.
Congratulations to Eric Well Run BB and commiserations to NI and VL
I assume RB will be happy enough with 4th Overall/1st V45 at Congleton
TST - I can see Mgmt is in the results for Blackpool-Fleetwood but not you...?
I enjoyed Windgather - what's not to like about running down Goyt Valley, then along the ridge from Windgather to Shining Tor in the autumn sunshine?
got passed early on by SarahB, who went on to put 8mins into me by the finish, so Well Done to her2:36 for me - a couple of mins slower than in 2010, but I'll settle for that
Really bad luck NI on being beaten by ES. I hope you recover soon.
Injuries are an occupational hazard, especially when you train as hard as you do. But on the positive side you have had a long spell injury free, so there is no reason why you can't do so again.
I guess that means that I will remain above you in the October mileage charts.
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