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PhilPub

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Jul 2021

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    Bedford Autodrome Marathon yesterday. Good job I booked it in as a last-gasp attempt at a VMLM GFA-to-Champs place upgrade, since I ditched the previous week's half marathon at Dorney due to the massive bloody heatwave.

    So the target was always sub-2:40 and I had a chat with a couple of guys on the start line with similar ideas, and despite the rather small field I did end up running a fair portion of the race with others. Conditions were a lot easier than last week; way cooler, overcast, bit windy as the aerodrome is prone to be, but not awful. Set off around 6m/m and actually went through 5 miles in around 30:00 give or take a few seconds. 10 miles 60:30-ish, all good. One or two splits went out to ~6:10 with a stiffening wind or fiddling with my half-way gel, but it was all pretty textbook and I didn't really start stiffening up till the last couple of miles...

    2:38:19 official, 2nd overall, in yet another race this year won by an oldie, so I was only 2nd V45, but I was only ever running against the clock yesterday. Really happy with the execution, not a jog in the park but very controlled, and a massive contrast to my last actual race attempt at the distance, 2:42 at Frankfurt in 2018 finishing in a niggly hobble.

    Sub-2:30 still feels like a huge challenge but at least I'll be starting that bit nearer the front, potentially with club mates going for the same target. (And after a less stressful toilet queue experience prior to the start.) Game on!

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    I think Q Factor would be an excellent re-branding name. Kind of X Factor-meets-James Bond.

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    Bike Ribbon Pro. Old school, very cleanable.

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    Just about got over my quad-DOMS from the weekend. Sunday was the North Downs Run - 30k, pretty hilly but a slightly quicker course than previous years with its new COVID-friendly start at the Gravesend Cyclopark. I managed to bury the demons of my last attempt at this race in 2018 where I hit the wall badly, most likely due to dehydration on a warm day + under-trained; kept going this time for 5th overall, only 2nd V45 in the British Masters' Multi-terrain champs, but no shame in losing to a former winner of this race and the Beachy Head Marathon.

    Cracking race, thoroughly recommended.

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    I popped it in the Running thread a few weeks ago. #niche

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    A mackerel sky (?) over Padstow last night.

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    Thanks! Yes it's a really well organised race. A few hundred runners but starting in waves, and mini-waves on the start line with 4 runners going off every few seconds. I don't know if you're familiar with Battersea Park but the bandstand area in the middle is race HQ, with the actual bandstand being used as an informal but marshaled bag drop. The regular park toilets are bolstered by several porter loos, the people at the information desk know what they're doing and marshals on the course are very encouraging. Add in a perfectly flat course with gentle bends and not too much people traffic, it's all good. :-)

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    An actual race! Not including a HM pacing job just before first lock-down, this was my first time toeing the line with actual people since January last year. RunThrough 10k in Battersea Park. Recent sessions suggest I've been getting some speed back and I set out to break 34 mins, so 33:41 chip with even splits was very satisfying. 5th overall, although 3 of those in front of me were also V40! So good to be back. :-)

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    8 days

    Nice!

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