|Sky on the way in|
Sun, Dry, Mud-Free, Puddle-Free, 13 degrees with very little wind. Near perfect conditions. On the drive into London the sky was amazing and red from early.
At 6.6 miles out and backs 4 laps was a marathon. Around 100 were here for the race. As a nice addition to this race series the local leisure center was open for registration, toilets and showers afterwards.
|Registration in the leisure center|
I started off steady enough breaking the race into 8 sections. 30 minutes each would be a 4 hr marathon. I was tracking Michael and the Fox for most of the race and there were a few that went off fast. I was only lapped by the winner though who came in with a very impressive 2:53.
Splits were pretty even and as I came through half way in 1:54 a sub 4 was on.
2 57:27 (29:13)
3 1:25:48 (28:39)
4 1:54:59 (29:11)
5 2:24:36 (29:47)
6 2:54:37 (29:59)
7 3:25:04 (30:27)
8 3:56:51 (31:47)
I felt good today and ran very steady especially the last couple of sections which were very steady and a 2:02 second half was pretty good.
Rik and the crew from Phoenix running put on a great event today and was faultless.
The weather was absolutely extraordinary for the time of year and it was like being on a different
course compared to the previous outing. I much preferred today. i was absolutely delighted with the time today and it puts me in a much better place than where I started last year. Focus now is Donadea in Feb followed by Seville a week later. The hard 5hr cut-off in Donadea now gets my attention and if I manage a marathon in sub 4 there I should be OK.
Nice video of the day:
Polar stats for the day Click Here