|Top two thirds of me (473) with new streamlined hair in the charge at the start|
Pic from http://www.racephotos.org.uk/
I entered almost on the spur of the moment having come really to support friends. I had no idea how quickly to go or anything like that, having only done one 10k before (and that was advertised as a trail 10k and had climbing in it). I guessed I'd be pretty happy with around 8 minute miles (i.e. anything under 50 minutes).
The registration and set-up was very efficient, with loads of marshalls and all the traffic stopped, and timing was electronic, with chips on our shoes - a change from dibbers, although there might have been a queue if there had been 500 runners with dibbers...
I started way too fast, doing the first kilometre in 4:02, and gradually backed down to a more suitable speed.
|Nice to find myself in friendly company, a few hundred metres in|
|Running around the Mere - strangely concrete setts were easier to run on than|
the loose gravel on the path. It was getting quite hard at this point (7.5km)
|Coming in to the finish funnel.|
Nonetheless I think it's probably pretty good training, although I might do a 5k rather than a 10k if I was looking for flat speed for fellrunning.
I obviously have new PBs as below:
- 5km : 23:34 [4:43 per km or 7:35 per mile]
- 10km : 48:00 (chip time) [4:48 per km or 7:43 per mile]
- 5 miles : 37:53 [7:33 per mile]