Posted: 14/06/2015 at 22:21
Hi Orbutt, I forgot to answer a question you asked in the excitement last night... The special entry fee next year was £35 plus £3 for posting the bib/chip. I got a £2 discount taking it to £36 PLUS the transaction fee.
really enjoyed running with Nodster today, we were averaging 7:39 pace for so long, at least until mile 16 when Noddy said just a 10 mile race now lol.
Noddy was pushing on through Sefton park and I was struggling to keep up if I'm honest. I don't think we went out too fast though and we did a range of paces (best 7:24 to 7:57 to suit the undulating nature of the course). I was keen to keep each mile under 8:00 to go sub 3:30 and we had some time banked given the 7:39 average. Between 18-20 it was a battle to catch up with Nodster and we'd agreed to run our own race earlier on ... I'd started to have alternative splits of 8:15 then 7:45 at this point so was still on target. I think the chatting early on took my mind off the mileage and stopped me worrying about the hardest part of the race yet to come. I had also noticed my garmin having lost signal near the Cavern with the tall buildings was showing 0.2 short against the mile signs (which is a good two mins contingency in the bag so we were going quicker than we thought early on ... It ended bang on 26 miles!!!!).
At mile 20-21 I caught up with Nodster and went past .. Until this point he was looking very very strong but after going through an underpass and then another park down to the Mersey promenade I knew it was going to be a tough last four or so miles but had calculated in the last three miles that a 10 min mile would get me sub 3:30 so just had to hang on in there up a very windy promenade. The elite sub 3s from our club were complaining about this given the law of diminishing returns when you normally get 2:52. As it turn out my slowest mile was 9:20, and other 3 about 9:00 so didn't lose enough to threaten my 3:29:59 target. I finished 3:26:55 (13 mins off my previous PB). I think the Nodster helped me focus on the race rather than just my watch. We both did very well and I'm sure Nodster will go sub 3:30 soon.
in my head in the last few miles I was thinking why have you entered this again next year, with Paris already entered and still in the ballot for London, would just be my look to secure all three after years of trying to get in London without success (although I did run it for charity in 2012).
anyway, really enjoyed my free beer at the finish line and really enjoyed it overall (except last 4 miles lol), I had the familywith me, caught up with some of the club members ... One of which was trying for GFA but was just over at 3:15:38 but still a PB, the others were still Sub 3 but no PBs and obviously not quite as buzzing as I was though they were happy for me.
Nodster, hills are ok at Chester compared to Liverpool though I did quite like some of the downhill sections in the first half today. Less language barriers too