Conditions: hazy sunshine, moderate, slightly gusty SE breeze, 15 deg C. Breeze would be mainly across but also a bit against for most of the way. So no fast times today.
Lack of daylight forces the Seaside Runs to move to Sunday mornings for the March, September and October races. Not ideal with a large car boot sale taking place nearby and lots of congestion. Maybe this was one reason for the small field (51).
Delighted to meet a fellow forumite for the first time - FatFace aka Rob (sporting URWFRC colours), with bride of 8 days Nicky also racing. However, disaster had struck as they'd locked themselves out of their car!
Away we went -at once it was clear this was also a weak as well as small field - I was 5th and keeping company with the leaders. Even allowed myself to fantasise about winning - for a short moment. Then eventual winner Ian Magill started to ease away and was 10m clear at the first corner (500m). 4th there myself in 1:44 and HR very high (175) - must have got myself excited!
Out onto the embankment and tried to settle in just behind 2nd and 3rd. Was finding it difficult to stay in touch, and by 1 mile a gap had opened up. I'd been dragged along far faster than I'd intended in these conditions - through in about 5:38. No wonder my HR was way up.
And errrr....that was about it really. The gap to 3rd just carried on widening, and 4th was where I stayed for the rest of the race. Having lost my visible targets, it was difficult to stay focussed all the time. Got thru the difficult 2nd mile in just over 6 minutes, and really should have done 17:45, but every so often concentration drifted, the stride lengthened and slowed. In the end barely broke 18 mins - 4th in 17:59. Avge HR was 178 which for me is incredibly high - don't know why as I didn't feel totally wrecked. Something to keep an eye on in the next few days.
FF was pleased with his time - but I'll leave the details to him. A great effort anyway in conditions which are usually a lot easier than they were today.
Jogged back up the course to the cars. FF insisted on calling the AA rather than be driven back home for his spare keys and was last seen jogging off with Nicky to a nearby greasy spoon to have a coffee & await the arrival of the AA. Hope it was all sorted for you Rob...
Result: 1st Ian Magill Liverpool RC (16:16 I think)
2nd Michael Boyd Wallasey RC (17:16 - apparently a successful race-long piece of tailgating!)
3rd Dave Farrington Southport& Waterloo (17:17)