Well done everyone. Al, you were 2 seconds behind me so I may have shaken your hand at the end!
I got to half way on target and feeling good but it felt like it was uphill and into the wind all the way back and just scraped a sub 3 with 2:59:12. A well organised race but was a bit disdained at the supporters that only cheered their own club's runners and blanked everyone else, especially the bloke with the big black and red flag!!
In all a good day.
Joe, putting my parkrun RD HI-viz on, i have to inform you that it's technically 1st finish. You don't want to go offending anyone
Well, Abingdon went almost to plan so not a massive report. Settled into a good pace and hit half way dead on 1:29 and feeling good. Was really hoping for a negative split and the intention was to get to 20 and push on. Got to 20 miles and it felt like we were running straight into a headwind and what felt like 6:40 effort was coming out at 6:55. Decided that if I could dig in, keeping a 7:xx off the scorecard the sub 3 was still on so just got my head down and did my best to tuck in behind anyone taller than me (most of the population) and make sure I was going as tight as possible on the corners. With about a mile to go I passed Macca. We had a very brief hello and decided on no chatting until the end and making sure we were under 7 min miling. Very tough going in the last mile which was also slightly uphill but got to the track knowing that unless I fell over I was ok. Crossed the line in 2:59:12. Not quite the negative split I was after but still another sub 3 in the bag. So far it's my " least worst" positive split for a sub 3.
I waited for Macca to finish and had a good chat at the finish line.
Now home and it's beer o'clock as I have the next 2 days off work!!!