It really was one of those days where everything just clicked into place - conditions, the course, pacing etc.
Even though it is a big city marathon, once you get out on the country lanes you can pick out everyone you know supporting along the route, which can be a real boost. Seeing Wardi at 23 miles was one such occasion
Eventually, the PB from 1993 has now gone and 2:47:34 has replaced it, which is not something that I was expecting to be able to say even at the start of this year. It was somewhat surprising to finish 24th overall and have nobody older than my ancient self in front, despite Darren Bilton and several other fast vets in the mix.
Alehouse - We still need to get back to Cheadle to get that dog lead, we'll let you know when. Last Saturday was a very rare non parkrun Saturday, I was knocked for six by some dodgy virus. After the best part of two days in bed I found myself on the start line of the Burnley 10k on Sunday morning just a couple of hours after getting up - that was an interesting experience
That 50 years stretch is unlikely to ever be achieved again.
Alehouse - Very astute of you to spot the reason for me missing the finish, there's no fun if an inaugural team don't have one or two challenges to deal with
I think it works well as a parkrun course, the bridge was a bit slippy but apart from that it was good
Happy with yesterday at Rhyl, if you want a PB course then this is it as long as the wind stays away. We were with the half marathon runners for the first half, which worked well, but were well strung out in the second half. Hopefully numbers will increase for next year's event which will make it even better. This was the first year and there were 118 finishers in the marathon.
With nobody to chase the stall was set out to aim to extend the string of sub 3s to six in the last 9 months. Therefore pleased with 2:58:24 for 3rd place but I should have kept an eye on the rear view mirror as Hannah was closing rapidly in the closing stages to take the win (4th overall) in 3:00:11.