Posted: 16/02/2003 at 13:27
As this race came in the middle of FLM build up I thought I'd turn it into a long run rather than pull out. My plan for the day was to a gentle 5 mile run to the start, complete the race in around an hour, then a gentle 5 miles home.
So the 5 miles out was fine - arrived at race HQ with enough time for a loo break (no queues!) which I didn't really need and a gentle jog to the start. Didn't actually hear the start gun but that's not unusual for me. Quickly settled into a comfortable pace. 1st km marker - 5.25. Didn't think too much about it cos I'm not to hot on pace/km, felt fine so just kept going. Pace dropped slightly in KM4 due to a few undulations then picked up again as the route leveled out again. HR remained fairly steady which is what I was after. Got to about 9km and looked at the time for the first time. To my amazement, saw that I was well inside my PB and could possibly break the magic 55. Picked up pace despite slight incline, feeling the strain now, not a lot left in the tank, turned the final corner to see the clock 100m ahead just coming up to 55mins. Despite the last 100m being downhill, I just couldn't push any harder so came in at 55.10 on my watch.
Previous PB beaten by a good minute and I wasn't even trying to beat it! Chuffed to bits but definitely tired at the end. However, after a short breather while other club members finished, four of us then set off for home again, at a more conservative pace!
I'd recommend this race to anyone. Nice course with a few little hills to make it a bit challenging, excellent marshalling and a nice t-shirt too.