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Good stuff. I was lucky enough to win the Stevenage half one year - that was my biggest win and I think it was in the 74's. Not going to win a semi big race in that time these days.It's good to go for the smaller races now and again - but then it's the bigger races against faster runners where you tend to get the PB's etc..Only did about 4 miles yesterday, trying to get my legs ready for the 5k at MK tomorrow - which I feel isn't going to be nice. I'm off at 17.05, so the warmest part of the day. They are going for 78's - which is low 16's, which wold be great - but I feel it will be slower.Got a 9.2 mile relay leg Sunday morning. Going to be a busy one.
The Bus said:
Which is odd, as the highest point in the Chilterns is Haddington Hill, just east of Coombe Hill...barely a molehill though, let alone a mountain
Agreed with the others, Pete. 10M at MP is a big ask at the best of times, never mind Costa del UK and 65k on the bike.
A good week, Bus. 0815 early 😆.
Running that kind of pace in that heat is impressive, SC. Presumably zero danger of any shade as well.
Linda Franks 5M last night, put on by my own club, Almost Athletes.
In the ‘COVID learnings’ category, I really like the race briefings being a pdf in advance. So much less fannying about on the start line.
Goes without saying, but it was HOT. 32C when I left the car, only having dropped to 29C by the time I drove home.
Took a couple of frozen water bottles with me, assuming they would melt pretty quickly and I’d be left with a nice slushy to do some pre-cooling. Bloody things wouldn’t melt! And incredibly, one I left in the car was still 80% ice even after sitting there for a couple of hours or more.
Wasn’t expecting great things, with the chances of maintaining the sub-30 streak seeming extremely slim given the weather and current lack of pace.
Upon lining up, it was clear the field wasn’t quite as strong as usual - a clash with a local track race taking some away. Settled into 6/7/8th with the front five edging out of sight.
Pleasantly surprised to see a 5:59 first mile, and really pleased that each of the first three miles were sub six.
I led our group of three which became two and picked up an overkeen starter or two. Gently encouraged the other chap, Abingdon vest, to share the workload, but he said he was absolutely on his limit. Fair enough. A little disappointing when he then sped off with a mile and a half to go, absolutely dropping the hammer!
Finished up in 30:19 for 5th overall and 2nd SM. Feeling really positive and hopefully means I am moving in the right direction.
Ran a lap cool down in reverse - lovely chance to cheer everyone else on, thank club mate marshals etc. Half way round, saw a 70 year old Cirencester runner who must have just had a massive fall. Blood everywhere with a gash on his head and arm. Conscious, but not exactly coherent. He was being helped by a couple and the ambulance was on its way, so I directed runners to avoid him. Pleasingly, he was discharged from hospital this morn. Poor bloke.