My second running and the second running of this flat fast 10K. No wind this year, and conditions were right for a PB. I was out to beat my PB from 2011 and by as much as possible. At the half-way point I was well up on my best time and was feeling good so lifted the pace and turned for home.
There’s a really nice section that runs around the lakes and over a wooden bridge that reminds me of the Parkrun ‘noisy’ bridge, except that it isn’t noisy. It should be though. The last few kilometres in perfect conditions and all the time trying to balance an optimum effort without burning out before the finish.
It wasn’t quite there though. 2km to go and I latched on to someone who passed me. He would be my pacer. The gap was widening but he had a slim build and a distinctive gait. In my head a photoshopped a reddish wig and a raucous cackle and suddenly it was game on. I clung on all the way to the finish and my watch showed 46:59. Fairly pleased, but a PB by a smaller amount than I hoped, and, I thought, knowing my luck, the chip time will be 47:01. Sure enough.