Sunday, 25 April 2010

5 seconds from my target

I was turning the corner of the field with the finish in sight and looked at my watch to see I had 10 seconds to run the last 100 metres in order to get my target time. I did my best but sadly my olympic standard sprinting is not up to much after nearly 10 miles. Still, my finishing time of 1 hour 17 and 5 seconds was very pleasing. That's more than two minutes off my PB.

I stuck to my normal race plan off setting off like an idiot and then dying on the second half of the race. I was 12th at the summit and finished 17th. I suspect if I had been 15th at the summit I might have finished in 15th, but as I'm a better climber than a descender, it always seems foolish not getting the advantage when I can.

That completes another 30-mile week for me. Another 3 or 4 of these and I'll be properly in the swing of things. It's starting to get a bit hectic now. I think I've got about 10 races in May! However, three of these are over 3 days. May will be interesting - it's hard to plan in a steady 10-miler in the two days between races.

NEWS UPDATE: I've just looked at the results for Kinder downfall, and despite me hearing them say "1,17,05" my official time is dead on 1 hour 17 minutes. I'm glad I tried to do a sprint finish now.


  1. great result, more evidence if it were needed that sand castles and beer is the best training strategy. if you check the provisional results here-

    you will see you came in at 1.17 exactly so not 5 seconds over at all...

  2. Cheers Dave

    I'll have to amend my post. It's a bit spooky that I'm dead on my target time.

  3. Hey up! Noel
    Cool blog.
    We had a very enjoyable trot round Kinder too. I managed about 17hours 1 min, Which i was quite happy with for my first attempt.

  4. Thanks Steve

    That sounds like a much more civilised outing. I hope you'll be back next year - Kinder Downfall is a firm favourite of mine.