Part 4 - now on the down hill stretch to seafront which felt nice and was still feeling okay and just hoped I had the strength to finish strong but knew by now the breeze was going to be in my face for last stretch. Down hill miles 6:53 and 7:10 but now on the seafront . The wind was really strong now so just tried to maintain some sort of form but knew I was slowing, i would think it was worth around 30 secs per mile.
Last few miles 7:40 7:54 7:35, shame I was running solo as it might have helped to have someone to at least try and chase. Anyway got to the finish line in 3:09:14 and a nice PB with an overall place of 14th out of 401 so fairly happy but hadnt got my 3:08 time I had hoped for.
Another good event which can only recommend for those who fancy a nice scenic friendly race.
At the half way pint had caught the two french guys and looked to run as a group, at this point the weather started to change and the cloud came in with a stiff head wind, figured that if we drafted and took turns it would be easier and fair to us all. I was at the front of the train kept waiting for one of the other to come and take there turn which didnt happen so had slow down and make them overtake me which was annoying. Next 5 miles 7:02 6:59 7:05 7:16 7:00.
Then hit the climb for about 1.5 m which was fairly steady but a bit drawn out, slowed a bit hear 7:27 7:27, also was the point where I decided to push on the try and leave the other guys as they were slowing more. Legs were getting a bit sore with my left calf getting a bit tight, followed normal gel routine with taking 5 over the race.
Had planned to go out looking for sub 3:10 - 3:05 finishing time with anything quicker being a bonus, felt fairly good on start line with no major symptoms of the cold hanging around. Started off near the front with fasy boys, the top guy a Russian who won it again in 2:18 had a couple of africans for competition this year.
The weather was perfect but the forecast was for rain and winds to come in through the morning .
Set off in 6:58 7:03 7:19 and was blowing a bit then started the climb with 7:30 7:33 7:02, now at the top of the climb looked to settle in a consistant pace. Passed a few runners up the hills which felt good and had two guys to focus on catching ahead. Next miles were 7:09 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:15 7:09 and 7:02. This pace felt fine and was looked could hold this pace at least to 20 m
Preparation had been fairly good appart from a heavy cold in the last two weeks of taper, night before the race in hotel was a fairly poor night sleep but did have the bonus of the hotel being a stones throw from the start line.
Well this was the third consecutive year that have ran this one so knew what to expect course wise which always helps. Essentially the course goes out of St Hellier for 3 miles all fairly flat then a steady climb of 340 ft over the next three miles. Then fairly flat until mile 18 where there is another climb for about 1.5 miles follwed by a nice fairly step downhill back to the coast at Aubin. Final 5 miles is back along the seafront to the finish in St Hellier.