Better late than never :o)
Had a manic two weeks at work is the excuse.
Only a couple of weeks after Callanish Stones Marathon, but i couldn't resist Johnny's call to battle for late entry into this nice lil' race. It's been on my radar for a few years, so i was pretty chuffed to finally make the start line. Krim was also well up for it.
A quick blatt across country had us there in plenty of time for the 10-15 min walk to the race hq/start area from the spaceous race car park. We picked up our numbers, pinklepause, bag drop and then headed to the start. Bumped into Russ, who said Bishop was here aswell.
The plan was to push Krim close to 1:50 which would be a pb by 1+ min. We all set off together, that's minus Andrew Bishop who we never saw till after the race. Right from the start Russ headed out in front and was pushing the pace. I was with him and urging Krim to keep up. I think Krim was feeling rusty or something, and so i eased up until Krim & Johnny came level. I told John to get on with it, who was having none of it, he was just along for the ride, but said he would push on later.
The course was a 2 lapper and it was undulating to say the least. It was pretty windy but we were lucky in that the rain held off.
Now, again the nip thing came to the fore. I bought some super strong sticky zinc tape, which seemed to perform well under testing yet come race day, 4 miles in with a sweat on and it was coming loose... aw crap. So at risk of losing my finishers medal (steeplechase gold DQ) i ran the rest of the race (till the last mile) with no top. The marshalls were in good humour about it. I said that they were welcome to keep the medal but i wasn't going to lose my nips x
We weren't doing bad for pace but we were slowly just missing the target. Also i was noticing my garmin fenix 2 was running long which would also meant the pace was actually slower. At mile 10 i told Krim it was now or never. He said he would rather go round as we are. I stayed with him till mile 11 marker then pushed on ahead. Finishing in 1:51:51, and Krim a little later in 1:54:25. Job done.
Andrew Bishop stormed home for a new pb in 1:39:25, as did Russ in 1:46:45. Broom 1:48:27, positively pedestrian for him :P
Full results HERE
Bumped into Ryan former manager of Up & Running Watford, now of Apex Sports, Farnham, who had an advertising stall there. Good to see the fellah.
Cheers Burnham Joggers for a brilliantly organised event, shame we got caught in a torrential downpour on the way back to the car, guess that's not your fault tho' eh? :o)
Been looking for an event to do in October, was thinking Bournemouth marathon but there are only charity places left. Maybe make a charity an offer in the last week(?). Is that even possible?
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