I wasn't feeling too confident today, but the course was going to be dry so a faster time was pretty much guaranteed.
Jog down wasn't too bad. Milling around at the start I couldn't see my two target men, so was unsure how too approach the race. But Matt was there so I thought I'd try and pace off him.
The race got under way and Matt was off at the front with some young buck challenging him, I was in third, then fourth. When we hit the long back straight I moved passed the 2nd and 3rd who'd both gone off too hard. At the tree turn a quick look showed no one too close, but I was far from safe.
On the back straight on lap 2 I was still in second with a gap that was starting to look safe-ish. I just had to hold it together and I would save my parkrun stats. I was running almost like my life depended on it, my parkrun stats mean a lot too me.
It is yet to be officially confirmed but I finished in 2nd with a time of 19:58.5. (the course is variable and always long so I like to make a record of my time thru the first 5k - 19:43.2 @ 6:21m/m)
Legs were too tired for the planned 6 with efforts, so just did a steady (slow) 8.08 miles mostly down the country lanes including a few undulations. 1:03:25.7 @ 7:51 m/m ave. Longest run on the comeback .
I had a 3 mile route up Moel Famau that I used to do years ago (2007-8?) and my pb was 28:58.
I have run in the Clwyds a few times in the intervening years, but you wouldn't need much more than one hand to count them.
Anyway I've extended the route by 180m to make it a 5k, which at pb pace would give me a 30:02 time.
It was hard, but I made it to the top in 37:02. The descent was cut short as I had planned to run down towards Llanganhaffal, but there was no way I had another big climb in my legs. So I stayed on the top path and settled for 6.5 miles (only a mile less) A nice descent back to the car and job done.
I plan to go back up there weekly with the aim of going sub 30 for the climb by the end of the year (best laid plans.......)