Running race 37:09  9.42 km (3:57 / km)
shoes: X-Talon 212 2016
Civil Service X-Country Champs Parliament Hill - 12th
Goal for the race was to be near the fastest OS and enjoy some racing (before Saturday's HCXL). Legs were feeling good and I was feeling up for it. Race plan was to start steady and build on it, especially trying to hold on the hills to then attack after. For the first two laps had a little race with leading lady ultrarunner Jo Meek who was beating me on the descents.
Started to push a bit on the 3rd lap, trying to stick with the guys ahead. Overtook one on the steep hill halfway round the lap and pushed on to overtook another. One of them attacked my shoulder on the long finish descent but held him off and put in a burst.
Really chuffed with fastest OS and 12th overall. 2 years ago I was 8th fastest OS behind 65 year old Mick and 55th overall! Chatted with a random guy in the park who was inspired to try running after seeing us, told him about parkrun and couch to 5km plans and got inspired too!
Need to work on my descending skills, would love to be able to drop quickly and confidently.