I really enjoyed this race last year which is why I chose to return. This race has a definite maritime theme to it. The registrations were in a restored paddle steamer. The starting gun was actually a cannon from the nearby Maritime Museum. The course took us past the HMS Trincomalee; a magnificent 19th century warship. This is an “out and back” race with most of the course along the promenade looking out to sea. It was really sunny and the breeze was refreshing but not slowing us down.
I started out with the aim of a setting a new 5 mile PB. As I was feeling strong at mile 2, I got greedy and set my sights on a sub-40 minute time. Not a good idea to change plans in the middle of the race as I soon discovered. By mile 4, I had developed a stitch and had to slacken my pace. It was a desperate finish as I fought to hold off a pair of runners that were trying to overtake me – after I had cheekily overtaken them!
I was 14 seconds short of the 40 minute mark. Karen Chalkley the only other Strider present finished shortly after and was looking strong. I am surprised that there weren’t more Striders there today especially for a nearby, scenic race. It ties in with a good day out, as I spent the afternoon exploring the old ships and boring my wife!
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