Posted: 08/06/2015 at 10:13
Lovely day out at Strathearn yesterday after some truly horrific driving conditions on the Saturday. Wind stayed with us but thankfully the lashing rain buggered off to give some glorious sunshine for race day.
A nice measured relaxed plod for me, enjoying the scenery, just getting the miles in. Learnt my lesson to start slow after the mass hysteria start at York last year where everyone hairs off like they are doing a 10k . Took my time and enjoyed the long climbs up over the moors but had forgotten about some of the really steep descents, not having done this since 2012!
Very strong cross-wind at about 11m-14m seemed to slow everyone down, by 15m we turned up a slight hill then dropped down into a lovely wooded valley and it was boiling hot, but much better without the constant gale hammering you. Right hip was yelling Oi over the last 5 miles, and then just as I approached 25.5 with the end in sight, it was like someone stabbed me in the middle of the stomach and I had to try really hard not to just double over. No idea where that came from as had had no 'issues' on the race at all. Consequently when the guy at 26m asked me to wave at the camera all I could manage was !! And then it was the finish Hurrah !
Really great race, very well organised. I like that they take your drinks out to 10.5 and 18.5m, that seems perfect spacing, and this year they had them ready to hand out so there was no fumbling about. Also liked the squirrel medal and the cake at the finish .