Entered this before the Four Fans got moved - and for the last few weeks have been a bit conflicted as to which I would do. In the end decided to do the fell race only if the weather wasn't good as have been struggling with heat (especially since Guto Nyth Bran weekend), and the first few k are so rough underfoot that I would have expected to lose more time to the leaders than if it was bad conditions, and would lack the advantage I had on boggier terrain. Pretty warm when I got up this morning - and mostly bright sunshine so doing the 10k.
Knew my "result" was never going to be good as most road runners care about their PB so much that this year they've spent £200 on Vaporfly 4% springy shoes (gives 4% improvement in performance), and half have since already spent a further £250-£300 on Vaporfly next% which are 6% faster than normal trainers. I don't care enough, and wouldn't value any PB attained in them as wholly down to my own hard work - so accept that I'll get well beaten by people that are much worse runners than me. 9 of the 10 people in front of me had one of the two generations.
I also accepted that I've done next to no relevant training for a road 10k since April - and very little speedwork at full effort. Breaking 40 mins would be quite an achievement. But there's some value to having another go at something I'm not good at, a long hard effort, and guaranteed to be one of my top 4 10k times *ever*.
Wasn't exactly prepared for start as had been talking to Jon Like. Got quite boxed in when I wanted to move a bit faster then settle into rhythm, then from about 1k had a lot of people sitting on my shoulder and in empty space in front for next 4k. Not quick, a little disappointed at the time for the amount of effort I was putting in and didn't feel I could go any faster. Not sure this is quite such a fast course as camber is quite severe on the edge of the roads and that could be part of what was getting me (possibly same for Rose Inn).
After the turn was passed by the group that had been right behind me for ages. Almost immediately they cut in tight in front of me, slowed down slightly and were 3-4 abreast taking up whole road, I didn't have enough energy for force past so had to slow a bit and just stick with them until there was a gap wide enough. Found the hairpin quite unpleasant and tough to get going, mentally had given up by now so cheering people heading other way.
Managed to increase pace a bit for the last k or so - as just willing it to be over. Overtook a Forest runner to get into 4th place Forester, and closed in nearly 100m on Niki (in 6% shoes) to be right behind her at the finish. Broke 40 mins by 16s and to be honest quite happy to be only 45s slower than my time from January, when I had been training (and that did feel a lot harder).
To a degree, type 2 fun. Very hot for running (23C, cloudless sky). Won the team prize so have a glass trophy and bottle of bear in addition to water/fruit/cereal bars. Probably just about pays for itself.https://www.strava.com/activities/2566683931
Now see Four Fans times all quite slow. My 2:28 PB from 2016 was set whilst I was feeling really unwell and not eating much, and weather was foul. There's scope for 10-15 mins to come out of that if everything comes together - and that would have seen me fighting for 2nd place! Maybe next year...