I went over to Stratford this morning for a HM sighter/potential 5k pb attack and conditions were perfect - though I was feeling last night's half-bottle of fizz a little.
Turnout was much lower than the more established local parkruns with about 100 runners and I lined up right at the front with a load of kids. hooter went and one fella short of am I immediately found myself on my own in second place, where I stayed until the finish.
A few glances at my watch indicated I was a little off the aspiration 5:45 pace, but I finished lap two of three in just under 12 minutes so I felt like sub 18 might be on. Third lap was hard work and I realised that I hadn't run this fast since the last time I was here back in June or July, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that the third mile was actually my quickest.
New pb of 18:05 with splits of 5:51, 5:53, 5:43 and 0.38 for the 0.11.
Skinny - Surely it would have been easier just to answer rather than trawl back though over 2000 posts to fine the one from last year.
I think GreatRun series are trying to emulate the America road race model of a small elite race with big prize money followed by a vast hoard of 'joggers' and, as Lit suggests, GRLocal will be intended to funnel the joggers in. Sorry to any joggers out there who might find that comment condescending.
Pete - sounds like you're making great (not Great) progress at the moment.