Yesterday I took part in my final race of 2012. It is a race that many people I know have run before but that I had always failed to get into before. The day before I heard that 2 of my friends had dropped out which I found to be rather sad but I was determined not to be put off (by that or the weather forecast!)
Now many of you will know that I live right on the edge of the fens and the fens are very flat.
This is the view of Ely Cathedral across the fen from where we were.
This probably shows the type of day in a better way.
Being very flat and open means that there is no wind break. This was a bit of a shame as the weather was a little blowy but at least the rain held off.
Parking in dedicated car parks was limited so there was a lot of street parking. This ended up working in our favor as we were able to nab a place really close to the start :). Collecting our numbers was easy and there was no queuing for the conveniences!!
At the start there were some bagpipes which then moved to the top of the hill towards the end to encourage us up. (Despite being very flat there were the obligatory ‘hills’ of course.)
I had been warned that the first part of the course was fast being down hill. Which it was. I did the first mile in 7 minutes 56! No doubt my fastest ever. Here are the rest of my splits:
Mile 2: 8.29
Mile 3: 9.12
Mile 4: 9.11
Mile 5: 9.51 (this the windiest and uphill part of the course!)
Mile 6: 9.02
Looking at these I am fairly pleased with myself. I did an average pace of 8.55 min miles which in the conditions was very acceptable.
I really enjoyed this race although towards the end I did have to dig deep. I felt that I did myself justice (wahooo!).
Here are the official stats:
99th out of 198 ladies.
Place: 375 out of 539 total.
23rd out of 42 in my category.
A great way to start the New Year if I do say so myself!