pink lady - well done on your first half - you did great! You are only going to get faster and faster now!
Well done AA at Bramley. O4S - I'm pretty sure you weren't being a wimp - hope things feel a bit looser over the next few days.
Tiring week for me with work and some family stuff. Too tired so binned my long run so only got in a parkrun this weekend - 20.48 in some strong winds, but was hoping for faster. 20 miles for the week . Looks like I'm going to struggle for time and energy over the next few weeks, hope I can find the time for some running.
Simon - the teachings of confucious guides my whole race selection strategy...
Sounds like a fun race minni, glad the hip is behaving and the mojo is back.
Nice race too Freemers
Ant - glad to hear you are OK. Hope you've no bashes of bruises affecting your running
Col - I'm guessing you've done a few weeks of high mileage recently - possibly the cause of your plateau
Thanks Bro - its a big confidence booster.
AA - sounds rotten. Hoping for some sun to dry you guys out soon.
Daren - great to see you have a good race, and that you managed to keep the stitch away
Sore legs for me. Slow 6.5 back from work hoping it would loosen things off, think i just found more aches Got a big confidence boost from Sundays race and feel like I've taken a step towards a challenging VLM target.
BH's calf is loosening off a bit, so hoping it doesn't take too long to heal. He's gonna take this week off and hopefully seeing physio on Friday
Brisk wind - roughly 4 miles headwind, 4 tail, 5 cross. Undulating course - plenty of small hills all through, with a longer one in the 5th mile. Generally uphill/wind for first half, downhill/wind second half. Splits all over the place:
Small field of 350, I set off close to the front straight uphill into a raging headwind. Spent the first few miles trying to shelter behind other people. A couple of miles in I heard a marshall say to the lady ahead - you're first lady, so that made me second, and just behind me third.
Lots of energy sapping hills and headwinds in the first few miles - each uphill my legs got heavier. I made ground on the straights and downs, lost it on the ups. Mile 5 was a tough long hill and the 3rd lady overtook me, running with a clubmate. Long straight exposed section straight into the wind at the top - we both took advantage of her clubmate to shelter behind.
I came back past them on a downhill section at halfway, and took advantage of a few miles of tailwind to make some ground, knowing they'd come back at me on the uphills. Could still see 1st lady not far ahead. Hard to get into a rhythm for the rest of the course, and field thinned out so nobody to shelter behind. Didn't realise at the time, but nearly got chased down and only held on to second by a few seconds.
No bling, but got kit vouchers for 2nd overall and 1st senior.