Posted: Yesterday at 17:22
Race report - Hayling island 10m
So it was always going to be somewhat windy, exposed sea front course and then the weatherman giving us bad news! Same for everyone though!
I knew James baker and Rich Waldron were running, with richard messaging me on FB to say Peter C maybe running too (Great too see you back and running so well)
Prerace I would have snapped 4th any day of the week at this stage. I knew I was fit and running well since Brighton. The mileage in terms of base has been fine but single runs of 6-8 miles mainly would leave me a little tested in the latter stages.
Belly wasn't feeling great and was faffing around at 9:55 trying to get to a portaloo but managed to get to the start ok.
Richard always starts hard and drags a few keen noobs with him. Of course one of them is always me so we are off fairly hard with the wind behind us maybe a little cross from our left.. I feel super comfy and have James beside me I tuck in switching places, I am sure Peter is behind me and he comes though indeed after about mile 1 - 5:09. Richard of course has allready gapped the field here
Mile 2 out and it's feeling nice out of the wind and we're all settled back now into 5:2x pace.
Mile 2 - 5:21 and the front 4 have been established and we have a gap on 5/6th which was Zack Lahal and one of Southamptons Costley brothers (Forgive me I don't know Max or Sam) Either way they have ran 55-57 over 10m so handy boys and I have to be kept honest..
In no mans land allready though but I can cope, we've turned and now face a glimpse of what's the come. Huge headwind smacking us and crossing into our right now. I can see Peters legs banging together up ahead with the wind realyl sweeping us
Not too far ahead..
I pass 3m in 16:18 (Garmin) Mile 3 - 5:45 and I think I could sustain this pace in the wind which gives me my rough guess at the start of time anyway
We are getting battered and here on out the about 5.6m was no better, really blustery and headwind the whole way..
I am feeling strong though and keep James and Peter in my sights who don't seem to be pulling away just yet. I fear the wind will be worse once out of the town and rightly so as we stretch out 4-5m
Mile 4 - (22:10) 5:45
Feeling good still and I know from the first 2 miles I have some time banked, with the wind helping that though. Out now on the roads and just driving through the wind, pass Sinah Warren but no time to relax..
5m Split - (28:10) 6:00
Turn up ahead and the 3 boys are much more grouped now, I fear Richard will be passed.
Now I know it's probably 2m or so with the wind behind us and we're going back the same way. I do my best to push on but the effort level was up enough to sap me going full pelt.. I'm pushing down through to 5:30s though and gradually find my legs coming in mile 6 - 5:45 (Half way into wind though) and mile 7 - 5:35 and down along the seafront now wind behind us 5:24 for mile 8 and another turn..
10km - c35:10
Now I know we are into suffer. The wind was strong with us but it doesn't impact as much as a headwind.
I see Pete has caught Rich and they are practically walking in the other direction. FML I want to go home I say..
Turn and the wind was a joke, I literally contemplated giving up purely on the "point" of it. I was 7m/m and going no where. Full beans head down and the biggest slog of my life.. Luckily James Baker is on my fishing line coming back to me so it renews me a little and I try catch up. Probably 250m though not going to happen really..
Pass through mile 9 - 6:19 (James later said he did mid 6:30s)
I glance at the watch and still know a respectable time is on the cards so wind back though the