So after a few weeks of unusually consistent training and setting a few PB's on the weekend before things were looking good. Then the aches and bunged up nose started on the Thursday and I had to invoke the infamous Rule #5 - and stocked up on paracetamol and nasal spray.
Organisers suggest you get there for 10:30 to allow time for parking and the 20 minute trek from the car park to the baggage area and start. Left Woodbridge at 7:45 and hit the A43 tailback with 7 miles to go at 10:15. Eventually parked and turned the engine off at 11:40 - 20 mins to race start ! Very quick blood sugar check, change, wee in the bushes, flapjack and warm up consisting of a slightly stressful jog to the drop off and start at the end of the old main straight on Copse Corner. Still - at least the weather is good - sunny, no wind and about 10C.
|Start just before Copse Corner|
|Looking back down the old start straight|
Have to start near the back of the field and revise the race plan to go out a bit smartish to get past the plodders and hunt down the 1:45 pace runner, hang with them for a while then go for it once into the final lap inside the circuit again - 3 miles to go.
Catch the 1:45 group after about 5 miles and stay with them, recovering a bit. Have time to admire the new pits complex which we get to run past a lot closer on lap 2 and even take a snap while racing...
|New pits complex just after Club Corner - action photo!|
|A bit chuffed|
Get in. 1:41:05.
854 out of 6188
33 out of 303 in M50-54 group
A few more stats here
Time to treat myself to a huge bacon baguette and coffee while listening to a really good live reggae band.
I love it when a plan comes together - TShirt was pretty cool as well