Sunday, 21 February 2010
IT AIN'T HOT HALF
Not very happy bunnies Andy Wiggans and myself as we surveyed the course 45 minutes before the start. My mind starts thinking that this race is going to be reduced to the level of a fast training run: shifting the emphasis to the Haweswater in two weeks time. Joining the assembled throng from the front as usual, I slot in a few rows back and then we're away. A cautious first mile on the unwelcome surface but I'm only 3 seconds down on target pace so slide on. The "plan" is to keep all the miles below 7.15.......7.10, 7.10, 7.16,7.16...to 5 miles. So it's going pretty well.
But was it ethical to leave me alone to thrash through that 13th mile in 6.42.....was it against your religious beliefs....I could philosophise!
The charge on the second lap with my young Lancaster student companion brought me back on track for the predicted target time of 95 mins with a time a few seconds slower than Freckleton last summer. 101 done .....a very interesting day!
Late night confirmed results show that Andy W. was first in the M45s, I was soundly beaten in the M60 group but managed 2nd. in 94:44. 7.14 mileing average. The students?? Will H. streaked away to 1:32.23.
A truly metaphysical performance.! Andrew H. fared less well over the second lap but still achieved a creditable first race time of 1:42.14 whilst Gill Capstick of Keighley, clearly less than 100% on the day persevered extremely well to record 1:40.56.