not surprised you're a fair chunk over Phil,you've been ill for a few weeks, and given blood on top! Bigger surprise would have been if you'd smashed it.
Quite liked that Burnham 5k, the downhill start on top of my already fast start style led to a real zoom off. You do get those 2 steep bits at the end of each lap, including the last 100metres or so of the race, but overall usually produced a decent effort there.
Had quite a few years of doing 5 races in that series, Marlow's race obviously being a marshall duty job, and Cookham not existing then.
Wargrave - all fresh, biggest attendance, right bang up for it, sting in the tail 4th km, and nice down to finish
Burnham - lots seems downhill, but even steeper, but shorter sections twice
Maidenhead - the fastest, despite being a couple of km on grass and having twisty sections and unlevel paths. Cruel last section where you literally pass 100cm from the finish, but realise you have to do a little loop first.
Wycombe - starting to long for the end of the series, home race, never gagging for 2 laps of the local park. 3/4 on grass, undulating round the back on concrete
Datchet - desperate for the end of the series, another 2 lapper, again mostly on grass, often seemed a bit long.
Glorious post series festivities in the sunshine.
Were good days. Shame none of the courses were overly fast! Still, might do one this summer.
simon, 26mins dead for 8k! That's some big running. Always slightly odd when they change an established race route, but in fairness we quote pbs for a distance overall, not necessarily a race, so as long as it's accurate it doesn't matter.
12 today, 6.50 pace. Nice weather, get the feeling i'm in good shape once this inflammation goes. Always the chance that running through is slowing the recovery of it down, but when i can do sessions, sub 17 5k and 6.50 pace 12milers without any real ill effects it'd feel hard to rest completely.
Dachs - I believe they changed the route of the Bupa 10k a bit. No idea what difference it'd have made. Reading for example I don't think it made it faster, as it seemed to make the first hill steeper, and the lack of crowd in the first mile was odd too.
Bus - yes deffo, we'll have to have a road trip there one day. Ideally when i'm not a bit inhibited by the ribs! Can't pretend i'm that bad, with only a 2nd sub 17 5k in 30 5ks now (not including Wycombe/Black park parkruns!) but deffo took the top edge off.
Noticed an intriguing 3x1mile relay which could be fun. But I do appreciate it's an hour drive there as it is, so 5k is probably the minimum you'd want to do!