Dachs- yea the aim is 13.35 this season and qualification for Euro u23's in Tallin. Olympics may be a year to early as time needed is likely to be 13.15 or quicker but you never know. Senior Europeans and then a home world championships in 2017 may be more realistic.
Matt- Yes the picture is a bit unfortunate. I think I was punching the air bit it was unfortunate timing! Andy was there pacing his girlfriend around- he's been injured I believe. Well done on your run- must have been a painful last mile!
Dachs- well done on your run at counties. It looked a fair bit tougher than it has been with the new course. 10k was a one off although I really enjoyed it. Onto track work although one last race over the cross in Antrim this weekend.
Thats the plan Dean! Aha wow! There is a good story with me and that race...
Beforehand wasn't sure what to make of my first road 10km. Had no idea about pacing and hadn't done any specific training towards it.
Dave Norman (race organiser) kindly drove me to the race and I stated the day helping with a little bit of the setting up which was pretty interesting!
From the start tried to settle into the leading group and not do too much early work. Pace seemed pretty comfy and heard someone call 4.40 for the first mile. About this time Ben Lindsay put a little move in but I gradually brought the rest of the lead group back to him.
Cruised through the next few k and at around 4km I was still feeling comfy so I went to the front and started forcing the pace with a slight injection. Moved away from the field on one of the few inclines and found myself with a 10-20m lead. I had heard the second half of the course was easier (as slightly downhill) but when I turned a corner realised the majority of the rest of the race would be head first into the wind and I'd have absolutely no shelter being on my own.
Went through 5k in 14.45 and must have extended my lead over most of the field, bar Ben whose footsteps I could still just about here through the wind. Was still feeling pretty good but over the next km the footsteps were getting louder and I was caught at around the 6k mark.
Wondered if Ben would try and blitz straight passed me and I prepared myself to settle in behind him. While I did have to pick the pace up a little I still felt okay and in truth it was a relief to not have to do all of the work.
We alternated the lead over the next few km (he probably did a little more than me) and kept the pace moving. At 7k I looked behind and saw another lad around 50m and mentioned to Ben that we should make sure we keep moving and stay clear of the rest of the field.
Having said this from 8km it was pretty obvious that it was going to come down to him and me and from this point it started getting really cagey. I would put a little burst in and then so would he but nothing convincing and no gap more than about a metre would open up. At 9k I thought I would just leave it to the final 100m and would just sit in behind and see what he threw at me. He put an effort in but I think with about 600m to go he realised he wasn't going to drop me. Pace dropped to a jog and we both knew it was coming down a sprint. He went first and I just sat behind waiting till we were in the final straight and I opened up and went pass him with about 30m to go.
Delighted to win and was a really good first road experience!