valley, im afraid not. its line to line. . it might feel longer from the left as you go round a roundabout to join the route but its possible the right had a longer route just to get to the roundabout. the left might have been more direct.... in truth i dont know but as the race is UKA affiliated im sure the length of the race is measure from all starts.
valley, a garmin is only really unreliable when calculating exact distances...its very good at timing. so assuming you started and stopped on the line that will be your time. so it sounds like you havent broken sub 90 yet. but on a faster course in less blustery conditions i would say you are likely to get it next time.
the issue people are having from the left are they timed it to be 1hr 55min and the official time said 1.53. the official time is wrong for these people
iron -echo the other comments, its looking promising for you, hopefully a clean period of no niggles/injuries is coming
just got a text from the "nurse" he wants to set the world record for a 5k dressed as a camel. i explained whilst i was happy to help today, racing as a camel is a bit niche for me and i might concentrate on traditional races...on 2 legs..no costume...no crowd muppetry for the foreseeable.
though got major Dad points as the kids spotted me on ITV news last night. followed by the inevitable "are you famous Dad"
i was pacing a mate round in the nurse outfit and he is normally a 75min man but the wind and hill meant our mile 11 was an average was 7.01mm. i notice muddy was faster on that section. that course isnt a classic PB course IMO, and is slower than the notts half or wilmslow. at times it felt like the wind was always head on...and going through the tunnel with the leaves swirling was bleak.
Matt - tough day, but you have been on fire recently so I'm sure it's a one off blip.
dachs - firstly congrats on a strong PB and agree its slightly down on expectations but like matt surely the autumn is all about Leeds from now. Get that race right and I'm sure this will fall into the background.
i did birmingham half, as part of the pacing team for my mate going for a world record dressed as a nurse. Plan was to take them through in 6.06 pace and then if all were feeling good we would push on. By mile 3 they were falling behind and we were 30 secs over the 80 min target. I asked if all was ok and when we got to the downhill I pushed the pace. Got to 10k about on target.
Crowd were loving the nurse. Come on nursey! every 50m or so. i was acting as chief muppet getting more cheers from the crowd, slaloming from left to right high fiving kids, people dressed up as a bear, some clowns, basically anyone to get cheers. Got some great noise when doing the old "the otherside off the road cheered loader", then going to the otherside and saying "you can beat that"!
back to the running but we hit the hill, and some nasty wind. Blowing a gale, pace fell off but I pushed on hoping he would catch up..but the gap grew. So I slow down to let him take my shoulder. We are off pace now, and he is suffering, the pace is outside of sub 80. But a strong last mile could pull it back but it wasn't there, some more muppetry going into the last 200 and we cross the line to the sound of the announcer acknowledging our names and confirming we had broken the world record! Crowd give him a huge cheer and then he is pounced on by the tv crew for an interview which will go out on itv tonight.
Time was 80.39.
Slower than he wanted but a 7 min reduction of the record. So all is good. I had a great time but the course isn't fast and at times was very windy.