Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:40
I'm back, looks like there have been loads of parkrun PBs going on. Well done to everyone.
Well, we arrived at the campsite (farmers field) on Friday afternoon evening to set the tent up. There was a bit of a Glastonbury feel to the whole event. The event had taken over the small village where it was based. Race HQ was the village hall where they also had a bar set up for Friday and Saturday night and the WI were serving hot food. The village green was where the finish was located and where everyone would congregate after the race.
We had a couple of pints of real ale outside race HQ and chatted to a few people who had done the race previously and the consensus was that it was very hilly and you would expect to put about an hour on your flat marathon PB. It was also noted that it may be slightly longer than the traditional 26.2. Last year it was nearer 28. Had one more pint in the local pub and went to bed with a time of 3.45 - 4hrs in mind.
The race was started by a lady on a horse in full hunting gear blowing on a horn and we set off along a half mile of flat road before the first hill. Feign good I settled into about 10th place but when the steep hills came I decided on a fast hike on the ups and after about 5 miles had dropped back to about 15th but was feeling good. After about 3 miles we encountered a naked farmer sat in a bath tub ringing a bell as you went past!!!.
Between miles 6 and 10 there were couple of large climbs and by the second) one I had caught up with a group of 5 runners so on a steep downhill I just went for it and let gravity do it's business and went past everyone that was being more conservative (less suicidal)