13 26.2 racers finished the 10 miler in glorious, if chilly, sunshine, and those who are marathoning later in the month will be praying for similar conditions then, so good was it for running.
This race is a perennial favourite, slickly organised, pancake flat and with encouraging marshals all the way round. To make sure nothing can go wrong, they even have a lead bike, and that bike set off on the hooter, immediately taking us on a wrong left-turn out of the office park on which the race is set. I imagined him irritably shrugging off any attempts to remind him of the route at the start “yes, yes, of course I know it”, and no one is convinced by the official explanation that a spectator was in the way, needing an emergency swerve. Unless they were invisible, of course.
As a result, we passed the mile marker in record time – about a minute and a half, I think – and then had to do two laps of the office park as a group, rather than one lap, a switchback, then another lap, which may have confused some who didn’t realise they needed to do two laps before following other runners who were leaving the park. No great harm done, though, and we had some decent runs. It was particularly good to see Dave Wilson back running a distance race, and congratulations to Alice and Kevin Stone on their pbs.
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