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That sounds like a long drive Lorenzo.
Good work at the XC Speedy. My club had it's first race
yesterday in the Chiltern XC League but I decided to pass - I may try and run
one or two of the races later in the season.
Hope OO had a good 10K.
Great South Run 10 miles this morning. Have fancied doing this for a
while but the timing always clashes with Autumn marathons. Given we're still
in the post-London 21-day recovery phase the timing was not ideal but I thought
I'd give it a go anyway. The race attracts some big names - so
Chris Thompson and Eilish McColgan among others and has a good quality sharp
end field - so 101 runners finished below 60 minutes today.
I’ve never really raced over 10 miles so my PB at 66:46 from
an MP run in 2013 is a bit soft. At
London I went through 10 miles in 1:02:59, so that was the ballpark I was
Conditions were reasonable.
Although the forecast winds were only 10-11 mph, it felt it a bit
stronger on the exposed coastal roads. Despite
the large numbers (c. 20,000) you were able to get in to the fast club runners
section behind the elites five minutes before the gun.
Managed to hit a good pace off the start, so first two miles
in 6:14 and 6:06. Found myself a little
detached from a reasonable sized group ahead so made the effort in mile three to
close the gap and get some shelter on the windier sections. Miles 3-6 of 6:00, 6:11 and 6:06 to give 30:25
at the five mile point (an unofficial PB by 1:23!).
Most of the group had fallen back by 6 miles, so from this
point I was either running on my own or with one or two others. Mile 6 complete
in 6:06 and still feeling strong but mile 7, at 6:15, felt a lot harder and I
was beginning to count down the remaining miles. The two last miles are along the coastal road
back to the Southsea Esplanade. Although
the wind was mainly a cross wind, these felt like very tough miles and the pace
dropped to 6:22 and 6:16 (with a sprint finish).
So 31:08 for the second 5 miles and 1:01:47 for the
race. Placed 139th and first
in AG (although no prize!). A lot better
than I was expecting and of course a shiny new PB. Sixty minutes is beginning to look a little
closer although still probably a little bit too far for these ageing limbs!