Posted: 23/02/2003 at 15:14
First off a big thank you to Denise, the 4.30 group pacer.
Managed to keep up until THAT hill at the end of the first lap when I wimped out and walked. Used the down hill to try to catch up with the group and tagged onto the back shortly after Kingston gate. Felt OK until about halfway between Roehampton and Sheen gates when I ran out of oomph and had to slow quite considerably. Think the problem was I overheated - should've worn my shorts.
Made it round to the end with a few walk breaks but did manage to run, or at least not walk, up THAT hill to finish. My watch said 2.24 which means I still made it round inside the target pace time for the 14.5 miles. The main group must've been well inside which could also explain why I dropped back.
Had a brief chat with Jez before the off and ran most of the first lap with Crazy , and Gary (I think) plus on and off with Josie. Annajo and Slippery were recovering at the top to THAT hill when I got to the end.
All in all a good run but hard work though I'm glad I did it. Am I really on track for a sub 4.30? Definitely not on gun time so wont be joining the pacers on 13/4 but might just scrape in on chip time if I have a good day.