Thanks for all the advice.
Target time was 7.40 but that was gonna be a stretch for me on a good day, and with today's temperatures it was not gonna be a good day!
I was in a heat with about 20 people, thought they were mostly going to be faster than me so settle in at the back. Once garmin settled down I check pace, and quickly realised That despite being last, I was going to need to slow down as I was well under target pace and feeling it. Next, just to make things worse I realised my shoelace was undone! First lap 3:53 (including s stop to tie the lace). Second lap was uneventful, managed to catch a couple of people and tried to sprint for the finish, felt like I'd picked uo, but was actually slower. Final time 7:55.
What I leant, probably not going to get my best time on a hot day, i probavly need to hang back further at the start, and make sure to tie my laces!
Thanks for all the responses. Lots to think about. I like the sound of starting just a little slower than target pace and then evaluating. They start us in waves with similar target times. If people have similar strategy to me, it will help to have someone the aim for on the way round, just got to make sure I don't get myself pulled away too fast at the start!
Does anyone have any advice on the best way to pace a one-mile race? I have a rough idea of target time, predicted from a recent 5K and half marathon, but is it better to go for it from the beginning, or to hold back and aim for a negative split?
This will be in a park not on a track, if that makes a difference. Though I think the course is pretty much flat.
Not raced anything this short in years - I used to regularly run 800m as a teenager but my pacing strategy was awful; run as hard as I could, then die! (my first lap was often 20s faster than my second!)