Woodhall Spa lies about 40 miles east of Sheffield and offers a fast, flattish course. Today's field numbered about 500. Weather was quite mild but with a strong blustery wind coming in from the North.
Wasn't sure what to expect today as I've been suffering from a stomach bug all week which has left me a bit tired and lethargic. Here's what happened..
1st km was downhill with a following wind. I'd promised myself not to start off too fast so was a bit suprised to reach the 1st marker in 3:20 (5:20 pace). Lying in about 15th position. Settled down after this and a group of 5 of us raced quite happily to the 5k point in 18:09. Next 1k was done in 3:36 and the group started to break up. Now lying in 17th position. Managed to chase down 2 other runners who had started off too fast and were suffering over the last few Kms. Managed a 3:29 final km and finished in 36:17. A new PB by 30 seconds and 15th position. Also achieved a negative split.
Apart for the 1st and last km this was a very evenly paced run and despite the PB one of the most comfortable races I've ran. (It still hurt though!)
Sub 36 min may still be possible this year.