Poole- One of the classics. Flat, picturesque, very popular, usually 5/6th busiest in the country. Managed sub 16 there, but human traffic can be an issue.
Aylesbury- Flat, pan handle course, can be a bit twisty in places and tricky if icy/wet
MK- Reasonable, bugger of a switchback hill by Willen Lake though.
Rushmere (LBuzz)- beautiful wooded course, off road,
Tring - basically a short xc / fell race. Tough but good fun.
Bournemouth- by Mecca (Dean Court). Grassy, reasonably swift.
Seen Buckingham and Cardiff (both quite fast)
Have also completed 'the Kimpton' on new Years day. That is Aylesbury at 9am, then a 8/9 mile run at 6.50 pace to tring for their one at 10.30. Recommend no drinking the night before though!
So I had better do a bit now or i'll never do it!. As said above, bizarre warm up in the dark and rain with Dachs and my mate Jeff from HHH before the race and then we were down on the track for the final warm ups. Felt a bit guilty on the line as I was next to Melissa Courtney (who did 9.03) and I bashed her in the chest when the gun went. Funny as she is a fellow Poole/Bournemouth type and her coach knows my dad!
So as mentioned above, went off quicker than I thought, but what the hell eh. I know the first lap was about 67. So I didn't feel amazing, but the laps ticked by and I think at 4/5 laps I went through on sub 8.50 pace!
Not surprisingly this didn't last and I approached the last 600m starting to fade, however seeing the bell at 7.40 gave me a bit of a spurt on. So running with style in the ;last 200m but managed to keep a semblance of form to come in under 9 mins. Like I said before, I can't even remember battling Dachs down the home straight. He was just there doubled over when we all finished. Funny though I knew that Dachs was likely to beat me - I was pleased it was only by 0.02 of a second, knowing how well he is running at the moment!
All in all - a great night out,
Dean - spoke to Les before his 1500, not sure if he had enough time to warm up, he didn't look great in the last 800.