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Victory 5

Sun December 2 2007
30 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
5hep Copious use of co-dudromol and a damn good massage meant I was able to run this as quick as I could have hoped - even allowing for the wind!! Farnham Runners 39:47 39:47 40:00 39:47 56.37
Aaron K Unaffiliated 34:51 35:11 35:11 60.61
Baron City of Salisbury A & RC 29:00 29:11 29:39 71.95
Berni It was cold, wet and windy same as last year and I found it difficult, the same as last year. 5 miles of flat  running and I found it hard. Hedge End Running Club 33:55 33:55 33:00 33:55 73.99
Blackers800 Nice and windy again - well organised - good run. Southampton AC, Southern Counties Veterans AC 27:28 28:15 28:15 78.78
Blugirl Hardley Runners 37:55 46:42 47:00 46:42 51.76
CaniRuna Stubbington Green Runners, Royal Navy AC 29:34 32:54 32:54 65.94
Chich Stubbington Green Runners 33:50 35:41 35:41 62.37
Crossy81 Very windy as usual!! Went off to fast 4.58 1st mile!    51st postition Southampton AC 27:15 27:49 29:34 72.12
Delboy Winchester & District AC 33:09 34:27 34:27 71.03
DPowles Portsmouth Joggers Club 32:12 33:55 33:55 63.67
Eeyore! Alton Runners 37:08 37:08 40:00 40:19 62.49
eMpTy That was a really tough race with winds between 29-36 mph and the legs really felt tired after the half last Sunday and Fridays 5k - possibly one race too many !! Denmead Striders 33:33 33:51 33:50 35:03 68.68
Hectors House Stubbington Green Runners 34:22 39:11 39:11 63.13
Just me! Well there is wind and there is wind, but first time I have run in a gale.Flat out from the gun, paid for it into wind in last mile 7.01 pace. PB'd by 10 seconds, which on  a calm day would prob have been a good 1 minute of previous best. Alton Runners 30:50 32:36 30:00 32:36 66.90
Pain Train My personal watch time: 34:24 Unaffiliated 34:38 34:38 35:00 34:38 61.57
RFJ Would be good to get under 35 mins..... well outside PB but will be a good marker for the continued come back (plus have hants XC the day before). Update, no longer doing the XC, am in good shape, a fetch PB may be in reach...

Well, the forecast was rain and winds of upto 60mph..... the rain stayed away for most of the day but the wind didnt.... at times it was like being in a wind tunnel, being tested  from the front, behind, the left and the right.

Good warm up with 5 clubmates, 3 of us gynning for around 33:50-34 mins. For once and coz I felt good I decided to push up towards the front for a start so was about 8-9 deep when the gun went.....

after a lap and a bit of a shetered track it was onto the pomanade...... and getting blown from the sides and behind, found my rytham very quickly and felt very comfortable, went through 1 mile in 6:34.

The second mile there was less wind but did have a stretch when we were heading right into it, and this was hard work, as well as concertrating on the flooded / large puddles pathways, not quite knowing where the foot was going to land. Mile 2 in 6:39 and still felling good.

The third mile was all about hanging in there, there was little overtaking, but a lot of jostling in a group of 10 or so runners. Mile 3 in 6:40.

Onto mile 4 and homeward bound which meant wind, wind and wind from about 3.5m so where it was sheltered I was try to really push it on, but still was a slower mile, 6:43.

Then to the killer, the big slap in the face, repeated too many times, the wind was vicious, thats the only way I can describe it, at one point it felt like I was going backwards despite maximum effort, on and on one and all struggling with the wind, then releif as we enter the staduim and the track for the last 400m. Mile 5 in 7:01, despite max effort....

So watch time of 33:39, much better than I had really hoped for and would have been a good 30 secs faster over the last mile if there had been no wind.

Very happy. Swindon Striders 29:31 33:39 33:50 33:39 65.65
rimmer Unaffiliated 46:38 46:38 50:00 46:38 47.73
roadplus Andover AC 35:52 35:52 35:52 59.45
roverman 100 Marathon Club 35:32 45:37 45:37 49.92
Si55 Totton Running Club 35:55 35:55 35:55 0.00
Slimster Can't be outdone by Barnet! Update: Met Barnet at the start had the gentleman handshake to start our challenge, led him for the 1st 400m and well that was it!!! 1st mile in 6.24 with a strong wind behind me, just got slower and slower, last mile I probably could have walked it quicker!... Well done m8, no excuses from me, completely outran... Positives some of me fellow club runners were laughing as they passed me in the last mile, @ least I made them smile! Stubbington Green Runners 34:30 34:59 33:09 36:20 59.44
Southampton Tony Lordshill Road Runners 31:10 32:32 32:32 65.91
SuperCaz Portsmouth Joggers Club 48:17 51:26 51:26 47.11
SuperSooks Got a PB!  Was flying and feeling great at 3 miles, but it went a bit wrong after hitting that windy patch along the cycle path on the way back... I was hoping it wouldn't be as windy as last year, but I think I was wrong! Winchester & District AC 31:24 33:33 33:00 33:33 72.07
Tabasco First ever race!! Bit nervous. Like the sound of the flat course but looks like it was very windy last year. Prediction is a bit of a guess - hopefully will go faster than this on the day but thought I'd start with a conservative estimate!

UPDATE: WOOOHOOO! Almost backed out this morning when I saw the Met Office Severe Weather Warning. So glad I did it. Last 2 miles were really hard, directly into a strong wind but the stadium finish was great. Unaffiliated 43:48 43:48 45:00 43:48 55.19
Tappers It was unbelievably windy, last mile was straight into what felt like a dream sequence/stop you dead in your tracks gale. I did real well, I kept overtaking but a really decent time evaded me, still a pb though. Walton AC 33:58 33:58 33:00 33:58 65.04
The Plodder Victory AC 43:19 45:52 45:52 54.93
Tone Stubbington Green Runners 30:13 31:59 32:00 31:59 67.83
waxon Farnham Runners 33:10 36:16 36:16 66.66

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