Al_P - great 50k win there; did you find out if the chasing runners were in the 50k or the longer event?
In what's become a bit of an annual tradition I got the train yesterday to somewhere a long way away and ran home. Was near enough 26 miles along the Thames from Windsor to Kingston in the end; felt pretty easy tbh and took about 3h15. Used to be a 33 mile run until I moved last year. CNBA with a parkrun this morning, so 2016 is done and dusted. Couple of hours social run with a mate tomorrow out in the sticks.
Phil - Greggs beating Waitrose and M&S is the mince pie equivalent of Leicester City winning the Premier League
CL - Happy Birthday if I've read that right.
Donned the Santa hat to blow off the cobwebs of a late night with perhaps my best parkrun race ever. Settled about 30 yards behind a group of 5 whilst the fog inside my head cleared in the first 2k. Then was able to catch them up by the turn, moved to the head and managed to put in repeated surges to drop them off one at a time. By 4k there was only one lad left, so went all in which was enough to ensure that he DNF'd. No idea what happened to him tbh. Very muddy towpath course, so happy with 17.43 only six days after the marathon.
Tomorrow will be my 11th consecutive Xmas Day parkrun, and number 150 overall.
Have a great Christmas all. Jools, if you're in Bristol over the next few days, I'll be running round Ashton Court on Monday morning.
Only entered this 3 weeks ago, after a really disappointing run at Valencia. Autumn aim was for a sub 2.45 PB attempt and a 78 min half at Manchester, followed the week after by an easy 3.09 -ve split training run at Abo, suggested I'd be in the ballpark. As it turned out, I just couldn't get near target MP on the day and had to grind out a 3.10. Hence feeling the need to put it right before waiting for the spring, and Pisa 4 weeks later was the only option in Europe. Did mean a pretty boring December though
Met with RS on the journey out, so was good to spend the build up with some company. I'd resolved to run more to feel which should ensure I'd get what I deserved rather than chase an arbitrary time which I might not be capable of. I did wear a watch, but only looked at it three or four times throughout.
Marathon & half started together (about 1600 in each), so plenty to run with early on. Checked watch at 5k (19:30) which is 2.45 pace, but felt a little quick so I eased back and decided 2.45 wasn't on. A good decision which saved the run early on. Without slowing particularly but with with a much more relaxed mental attitude I settled into a group of three with the second placed woman in the half, and a guy I though was doing the marathon. The 10k timing mat came at 38.20 but the 10k marker was at 40.00, either side of a long bridge, so the official splits looked like I'd sped up (I hadn't, nor had I slowed down) and it meant they were pretty relaxed about accurate km markers.
Both the pair I was with peeled off at 13k for the half turn point, which left me alone and running solo which was the case until the finish. A group of four eased past, but I didn't feel inclined to tag on as it felt a fraction too quick. I passed the halfway timing mat (which was placed at the 21k marker) at about 01.22.40 on the watch, so was probably nearer 1.24 in real terms. Also passed RS and a UK guy I know running together on the way back of an out-and-back section, both looking good inside the top 10.
There were no spectators really on the whole course (reminded me of Abingdon), but the highlight of the next 10k was a tourist stepping backwards onto the road to take a photo at the 28k mark, oblivious to the race going on. I clattered into her knocking her to the floor and me backwards momentarily. Lots of rapid Italian and arm waving ensured, and at this point group of 3 including lead woman went past.
I tagged along until almost 30k but couldn't keep up. We'd turned into the wind and it was getting tough from here (as it does in a marathon I suppose). Had a few pass me from here, but also I went past half a dozen lost souls in marathon no-mans-land. Other than dodging a few cycling pelotons who were using the partially closed roads to antagonise us, it was quite uneventful until the end. Nice to finish in front of such an iconic landmark. If I'd checked the watch I could have sprinted for a sub 2.51 finish, but last turn and run to the line with the clock was only about 20 yards apart.
All in all, I'm reasonably happy with that. 3-4 min +ve split seemed common for those I spoke to after. RS will doubtless confirm, though his 7th place was still fantastic. Need a bit more speed work over the spring to get back into 2.45 shape I reckon. Keeps me keen for another season I guess. Anyway, off to the darts tonight, so will make up for December abstinence with a few cold ones.