Another attempt at the Hatfield 5 mile. Same starting point and same route. Some people who I know and a sea of faces that I didn’t. Rain was forecast but not until after the event – decided to wear not-rain gear and keep fingers crossed.
Ran well, ran hard but suffered towards the end. Walked a bit as I felt a little nauseous but as it is with these races, fellow competitors and marshals gave me lots of encouragement to move up a gear. When ‘you’ve got 400 meters to go’ was heard I dug deep and got the energy to gallop across the line.
And as I collected my medal and water bottle it began to rain.
Gun time 38.15. Chip time 38.06. Overall 139/391. Female 38/208. Category W50 4/29.
My 4th HM of the year – not bad considering I was only going to run one.
Started at Ridlins sports ground and ran along the cycletracks around Stevenage. 2 loops, the second being slightly longer to incorporate the top lake and out onto the roads before heading back into Fairlands.
I really don’t like the ‘down and up’ of the cycle ways as they pitch under the roads. Thankfully some of the HM route was along my usual training grounds so knew how to focus on certain objects (mainly big strong trees) to get me up those hills.
Finished with half a lap of the springy sports track and into a super crowd of cheering supporters.
Got a medal and tshirt.
Chip time 1.48.43. Overall194/514. Female 21/146. Category FV45 6/34