Posted: 07/02/2016 at 16:56
Race report from todays fulfords 5 mile
Not a race I have run much over the years as its not really my favourite distance ( I used to shy away from anything under 10k ) but since doing well over 5k last year and 10k this year , and not doing a marathon I had no excuse really
Its 2 laps of Exmouth seafront so guaranteed to be nice and windy !! and there is a long drag off the front after both laps ... but a fairly nice downhill/ flat ... but into the wind finish
Although better than yesterday it was still pretty breezy and the road was covered in sand for about 3/4 of a mile so that times twice was heavy going
The start was annoying a loop around a green and I struggled to get away and I could see the one woman my age who may beat me get a nice clear start ..
I managed to tuck in behind her though after about half a mile and I wasnt sure whether to stay there or overtake ... I didnt want a full on race that early but feeling comfortable I decided to go in front , hoping it would mentally destroy her ha ha ... she always beat me untill last year but I have managed to get her a few times recently although theres not much in it !
first mile in 7.07 with a nice side wind then a bit of a drag back into town with a bit of a down hill ... mile 2 in 6.59
then returning to the seafront more wind and sand , mile 3 in 7.09 I was slowly gaining on Lewis !! now Lewis is a club ledgend and part if me doesnt really want to beat him !! hes 66 ! and still runs a 1.35 half marathon , I passed him but I knew he wouldnt have it !! mile 4 in 7.07 I managed to run neck a neck with him till the last 3/4 of a mile then he was gone ! the last mile seemed a struggle a drag up into town ..with a downhill but windy finish ... legs sapped by the sand mile 5 in 7.18
Finished in 35.59 !! ooooh that one second ..beating my nemisus by 48 seconds ( 5 mile PB by 1 min ) .... oh and I was 11th lady overall
Nice collection of trophies too .. 1st V50 1st Ladies Vet team and 3rd overall ladies team