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Thames Towpath 10

Sun April 9 2006
7 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
Alceste Barnes Runners 1:17:12 1:17:12 1:17:12 59.69
Andrew I'm sticking my neck out and predicting I do better than 8 minutes per mile.It's supposed to be a flat course,after all. Unaffiliated 1:20:35 1:20:35 1:18:00 1:20:35 61.63
Hollywoof! Thames Towpath Ten - 10 miles.
Current PB - just over 1:14 set during MK Half a few weeks ago.
Target time - Plan to go out fast just like at MK Half and see if I could break 1:12:30...

Mile 1 - 7:48 - what happened to the plan??? Curses!
Mile 2 - 7:16 - realise I'm over a minute behind the splits I did at MK Half - oops.
Mile 3 - 7:18 - gorgeous running alongside the Thames and Kew Gardens - the wind against us but the sun getting warmer.
Mile 4 - 7:19 - feeling slight twinge in right leg - why did I race the 5km yesterday? Why did I go for that cycle ride yesterday? Doh!
Mile 5 - 7:17 - half way in 36:58 - easy to work out I'm just inside my current PB but way outside the target time of 1:12:30... ho hum
Mile 6 - 7:11 - turn away from the towpath back and onto some pavement running.
Mile 7 - 7:06 - work out it's a 5km left to run and try to push
Mile 8 - 7:19 - mind under matter again - I should just stop pushing... it always seems to make me slower!
Mile 9 - 7:09 - watch tells me I have to make the last mile a 7:20 to get under 1 hour 13 minutes so just need to keep going...
Mile 10 - 6:26 - that's a new mile PB :-)

Time at finish 1:12:07. Cloud nine for me - much faster than I'd hoped despite the slow start - and I'm not talking to anyone who ran the race with a Garmin (just in case!) Unaffiliated 1:08:47 1:08:47 1:12:07 61.12
Kinsey Nice day for it!  Started off sunny but clouded over.  It felt like there were more people than last year, and possibly a quicker field as well (but maybe I imagined it).  
It was the first time I've run 10 miles for quite a long time, but I did a similar time at the Cabbage Patch last Oct so I was pretty pleased.  Opened up in the last half mile to try and catch Stumpy but missed it by a couple of seconds.  Maybe next time!
It's a great race anyway if anyone is contemplating it for next year! Unaffiliated 1:23:25 1:24:41 1:25:00 1:24:41 58.34
PeterS Unaffiliated 1:24:09 1:26:24 1:27:37 52.18
stephenV Managed to get late entry due to poor Go Martini's stress fractures. Went faster than I had intended with only 2 weeks to FLM, but just couldn't help myself. Although I did my frst ever negative split.Great race and another fab Fullers pint glass to go with my collection. Clapham Chasers 1:13:19 1:13:19 1:17:00 61.32
Stumpy FERC 1:22:33 1:24:26 1:24:26 59.03

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