Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:13
Slightly fuller report....
Felt pretty good this morning - nervous but rested and ready to go.Got there in plenty of time and the weather was pretty good - already breezy but cloud cover and a nice temperature.First 3 miles were cross wind so just relaxed and didn't pay much attention to the watch. As we turned into the wind there was a group of 8-10 about 30m ahead so checked the pace (6:18ish) and decided to catch them.
Miles 3-10 were all into the wind but particularly 7-10 so spent most of the time sheltering at the back of the group. Garmin was over-measuring (26.5 at the end but it mostly seemed to happen in the first 3 miles) but went past 10m marker in 63:30 so 6:21 avg which was fine for into the wind. The group didn't really accelerate with the wind behind so I went on alone.
At 13 I could see a group of 3 a way up the road (200m at a guess). I knew we would turn into the wind at 16 so decided to chase them down (6:00, 6:04, 6:00) which took a lot of effort but was definitely worth it because the wind had really picked up. By 18 it was just me and this guy from Thames taking turns and we stayed close for the rest of the race.
Went through 20 in 2:05:25 so 61:55 for the second 10.Felt ok at 20 but not as strong as at London and I suspect the surge had a lot to do with that. Next two miles were 6:08 and 6:09 but I was starting to struggle. 6:22 and 6:24 for the next two but it was everything I had. 6:35 and 6:31 made a PB unlikely but managed to find something a bit extra on the track (6:10/mile for the last bit) and as I came into the home straight I started a 'sprint' but the right hamstring threatened to cramp so decided to enjoy the moment instead of damaging myself.
Official time 2:44:59 for 12th
Looking forward to some beer later and then a nice rest