14 March 2010

Feeling All Right

My third Banbury 15 today, and possibly the slowest yet. I definitely felt the effects of age creeping up on me, and after a modest 2:08 or thereabouts I feel absolutely shattered. I cannot believe that only 10 months ago I ran a 4:20 Marathon then partied solidly (except for the early morning runs, which I didn't miss) for four days. It was rehydrating on beer that did it then ...

The weather was, for the first time this year, perfect as I drove up to Banbury. There was a cool breeze, but the sun shone most of the time and my wan complexion improved a little as a result. The wind wasn't enough to stop perspiration: I passed and repassed one competitor in hat, gloves, tights, jacket - a mystery how he kept going: he must have been boiling alive.

Not much more to say about it: I have already written everything that I can about this event. Well, not everything, but quite enough, including my first RW review last year. A nice race, marred by three small matters: several competitors ignoring the command not to run with earphones in (none of them got ni my way, but still, this is a busy and not traffic-free course), and marshalls doing nothing about it; runners failing to obey the instruction to keep to the left (as required by UKA rules, too), again marshals not doing much about it and two runners cutting me up quite badly owards the end as a result; and finally, a group contriving to run it as a relay, each doing about 2 or 3 miles, which is perfectly OK in itself but not when it introduces an unnecessary car into the mix, especially along some narrow lanes where there really isn't room to pass.

I guess that's another sign of getting old, and more grumpy ...

Garmin data here.

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