Posted: 14/12/2014 at 08:45
It's gone very quiet here!
Delamere Nightrunner last night (did a gentle parkrun there in the morning). I need to do more races like this to boost my ego - I finished 34th out of 531!
Registration was chaos, the woman trying to find my number seemed confused by the alphabet! The parking was crazy, not helped by the number of tents and stalls set up on the car park rather than the grass. As a result the kids race was set off in 2 waves. I did the first with Little Miss CB, then, thinking the run briefing was only 5 minutes away, tried to stay warm. When it became obvious that things were going wrong I asked an official who told me the start was delayed by 20 mins (there had been no official information), giving me half an hour until the start. I got a 2 mile warm up in and dumped excess clothes at the car, getting to the start just in time, 20 minutes had become 13! I climbed over a barrier fortuitously landing next to my club mates.
The start was carnage, there were too many slow runners and groups starting up the field. It wasn't until 1k in that I could settle into a decent rhythm. I then got around 2 and a half miles of decent pace in before the major undulations started. At around 4.6 miles the major hill kicked in, but I've run it a fair few times as my cooldown after parkrun so knew what to expect. I managed a decentish pace all the way up, except for having to tie a shoelace!
The downhill, which I had been looking forward to, was crazy. They took us down the muddiest possible path. After seeing the two runners in front of me slide off the path at a corner into the trees, I slowed right down, reasoning that it's not worth risking an injury on a silly trail race! The last few hundred metres were flat and dry so I could pick up the pace at the end and thanks to taking the downhill relatively easy, still had plenty in the tank.
The mile markers were consistenlty out, each of the first 5 miles were 0.95 by my Garmin. (meaning if they were correct then at the 3 mile marker I was on for a pb!), and the whole course measured 6.32 miles by my Garmin, so mile 6 was a bit of a long one. Finished in 50:01, which I'm happy with, especially given the descent. The winning time was 39:xx which gives an idea of how slow a course it was.
On the plus side, the course was good (apart from the last downhill) and well marked, the marshalls were friendly and I didn't get beaten by too many people in fancy dress, though I was thrashed by a bloke in a mankini! Little Miss CB got a nice medal and she beat a lot of older kids, so she was chuffed.