Posted: 12/06/2016 at 22:01
Quiet on here! Hope you all had a good weekend.
Pleased with my race today - summary is I won by about 45s in 73:05 on a very undulating course (maybe worth 2 mins).
Living less than a mile from the start was very handy with the rain - just sat at home until 15 mins to go and then jogged down. On the line I couldn't spot any of the really fast guys I had been expecting to see so thought I might have a chance.
I immediately seemed to be in the lead, but didn't really want to be so wasn't pushing it, so was surprised with 5:30 for the first mile. One guy was on my shoulder but I didn't know who he was. A couple of hills in the next 2M and we were together, not working too hard. On the flat section from 3.5 to 5M I pushed a bit to see how he was but he seemed to stay with my reasonably comfortably. So eased off a bit and waited for the top of the biggest hill at 7.5M. Got a gap off the top and just kept pushing - the gap opened up gradually and by 11M I knew it was in the bag so didn't need to completely bury myself. Splits were (all 5:xx): 30, 57, 25, 50, 34, 36, 48, 22, 20, 39, 31, 23, 28. The hills are fairly obvious at 2M, 4M, 7M and actually mile 10 is tough but I was pushing hard there (pleased with that split). Anything in the 20s had at least some downhill!
Some decent prizes which is nice for a change!