Yep, well done today PMJ. That little hill is quite sapping the 2nd time around, I think the key to running a fast time is to be absolutely hanging at 4k as the last km sections itself up quite nicely in to manageable chunks, is partly downhill and is (finally) on a firm surface.
What cheeses me off is the fact that you turn up on a day when there's no fast boys out at all!! Some kind of tracking system in place? I was half expecting Dachs to turn up actually but I see he hammered the field elsewhere as part of a longer run. Impressive. You could be leading home the TVXC races if you fancy them this time.
I think many people are trying different ways to make a similar well-meant point SG. I guess the reality is though that even the most dedicated couldn't get themselves up and out of bed to do a routine* 10 miler most days so deep down you must be enjoying it really. Just don't get in a rut....
* sub 7 10 milers at silly am are far from routine for most of us!
PMJ - in fairness, the 1st finisher at Upton has clocked 17:36, 15:28, 17:31, 17:13, 16:32 over the last (Foster-free) 5 weeks. You'll see a familiar Datchet Dasher has finished in the top 2 or 3 several times in that period and has 1st hand experience of looking round on the start line thinking it might be his day only to have his hopes dashed in the 1st 100m! He'll be there again this week - it's a nice sandwich in a Saturday morning 10 miler and it's all about getting to 50 this year.
SG - far from me to comment being such a foreigner on here but I will anyway. Why put so much time in to something that you appear not to be enjoying? I understand routine and consistency but life is very short not to have fun….get out and do some races, nobody other than you is really going to care if you are a little shy of a PB and there's so much enjoyment to be had on race days: the banter, the camaraderie, the cake……go on, you know you want to really!
Dachs - I have run at battersea twice in the last couple of weeks. If flat and smooth = fast then I can't think of a faster course. There no undulations at all and the surface is good throughout. It's also accurate with a good field to help you along. The only downside is that it's a 2 lapper.