Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:44
Then as we went down a kerb and onto a tarmac stretch I gritted my teeth and went past “O”. I pushed to the next corner and through some trees and as we went through another gate I had a sneaky look back and could see I’d opened a bit of a gap so pushed again when I was out of sight.
Mile 5 = 5:50
Now it was starting to hurt quite a bit and by the time we’d got to the end of mile 5 the chimp was going crazy and reminding me about a couple of the failed sessions I’d had recently. I was determined not to look back any more and give “O” any hope of catching me but as we hit the 9k marker I had a brief opportunity but as I stole a glance I couldn’t make out if he was one of the 2 behind me. It turns out that he’d given up when I went past him and he finished about 2 minutes behind me but at this point I was sure he was one of those 2 on my tail.
At the next marshall I was getting desperate and asked how much further but she shrugged and I nearly cried. Legs are now packing up and ready to go home as an Orpington runner goes past and I know he’s a 2:46 at VMLM15, something I’m not used to in the latter stages and again the chimp screams at me to stop but I’m now convinced that “O” is waiting and ready to pounce.
Mile 6 = 6:04
Through some woods and I’m starting to close on Orpington again and just as I’m on the point of collapse he grinds to a halt and is walking. This looks such a sad sight and I’m thankful it’s not me and it’s like somebody has slapped me across the face to buck me up. Out of the trees and up a slope that feels like the north face of the Eiger, round a bend and the finish is in sight. I’m still waiting for “O” and I can hear shouts behind me.
For the second time in a week as I near the finish line I get pipped …………. but almost kiss him when I see his Tonbridge vest.
37:52 ( 26 sec pb )
I’m really pleased with this run as I gave it absolutely everything and was shagged at the finish for a good while. I was in the mix with some 2:46 VMLM’ers and mid 35 -mid 36 10k’ers, got max points for our club champs and a 26 second pb on a tough course. Glad I travelled