Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:34
Matt - tough day, but you have been on fire recently so I'm sure it's a one off blip.
dachs - firstly congrats on a strong PB and agree its slightly down on expectations but like matt surely the autumn is all about Leeds from now. Get that race right and I'm sure this will fall into the background.
i did birmingham half, as part of the pacing team for my mate going for a world record dressed as a nurse. Plan was to take them through in 6.06 pace and then if all were feeling good we would push on. By mile 3 they were falling behind and we were 30 secs over the 80 min target. I asked if all was ok and when we got to the downhill I pushed the pace. Got to 10k about on target.
Crowd were loving the nurse. Come on nursey! every 50m or so. i was acting as chief muppet getting more cheers from the crowd, slaloming from left to right high fiving kids, people dressed up as a bear, some clowns, basically anyone to get cheers. Got some great noise when doing the old "the otherside off the road cheered loader", then going to the otherside and saying "you can beat that"!
back to the running but we hit the hill, and some nasty wind. Blowing a gale, pace fell off but I pushed on hoping he would catch up..but the gap grew. So I slow down to let him take my shoulder. We are off pace now, and he is suffering, the pace is outside of sub 80. But a strong last mile could pull it back but it wasn't there, some more muppetry going into the last 200 and we cross the line to the sound of the announcer acknowledging our names and confirming we had broken the world record! Crowd give him a huge cheer and then he is pounced on by the tv crew for an interview which will go out on itv tonight.
Time was 80.39.
Slower than he wanted but a 7 min reduction of the record. So all is good. I had a great time but the course isn't fast and at times was very windy.