SS, great work on the 10 miler, and the hour must be one of the most satisfying barriers to break. I like the way you got back on it when the paces started to slip early on.
Good parkrunning Iron and Pete.
Matt, Abingdon is a very good course, and is my PB. It's low key, which I like, but don't expect much support. Pretty much flat, 2 laps of the middle bit, not scenic, but if you're worried about scenery then you're running too slow.
The parkrun course is a fairly middling one, not one of the slowest ones, but too many twists for it to be fast. Generally I struggle to hit 10k pace on it, unless really in top 5k shape. I ran 16:05 on it once, the week before my 15:42 5k last year, but that was a full on burn up with some of the fast boys from the local AC.
LS21, that's appalling. What an outrageous f*cknugget. Hope it doesn't hinder you tomorrow.
Massive good luck wishes to everyone tomorrow. Far too many people to track, but I'll try to get some of you. Particularly interested in those going for under 2:30, a time I hope to trouble one day, although it feels a long way away.
Oops, my mistake. Forgot the "add on 2 seconds" rule, so 16:30 officially. I had tried to subvert this rule by actually waiting 5 seconds after I crossed the line before stopping my watch, but the rule is universal and cannot be countered. I could cross the line, walk home and have a cup of coffee and eat an entire watermelon, and then stop my watch, and my official time would still be 2 seconds longer.
July is the cutoff for GFA. Championship cutoff is later, around the end of the year, hence why people go for times in November halfs.
Parkrun this morning in 16:28. Not where I want to be yet, but vaguely on the right track. Thought I'd see how long I could hold 5:10s. The answer was not much more than a mile. Last mile I maybe didn't force the pace super hard. Think if I had started a little more measured it might have been a smidgen quicker.