As I had not done this race since 2005 I was a little
apprehensive to say the least. My time then was 1hr 37 mins but now
that I am in my late 60's I knew that I wasn't going to beat
that!!! Although it was a respectable start time, 10.30 am, I was
up early as usual and had my porridge like a good "boy". I
left home about 8.00 and arrived at the designated car park with no
problems at 9.00 giving me plenty of time to chill out before the
start and of course my warm up, a walk to the loo and back!!
On arrival at the start, which was approximately 10 mins walk
from the car park I met up with Kevin [James]. The weather was
reasonably warm and dry with a slight wind, so was probably ideal
running conditions. Just before we lined up Steve [Birchall] and
Pippa [ Crouch] turned up.
Then it was gun time and there was no turning back! We all know
Hastings is a hilly course but exactly how hilly I had forgotten as
it was 9yrs ago the last time I did this race! Obviously another
C.R.A.F.T. moment!!! The first 5 miles is basically up hill, so
there is got to be a "down" somewhere!! The crowds were very
encouraging along the way, which always helps, plenty of jelly
babies being given out! Once I got to mile 7 I thought well there
is only 6 miles to go!!
Dropping down out of Hastings Old town you then find yourself at
mile 11 on the seafront and that always seems like a lot further
than 2 miles to the finish! With just under a mile to go you can
see the finish but it feels like someone keeps moving it further
away!! I ran the whole way round and even had some left in the tank
for those last two miles. With about half a mile to go Jules
Stuart- Colwill] came up alongside me and we were nip and tuck
til just before this finish line when Jules had that extra bit in
her tank and crossed over just before me, well done
My race time was 2hrs 2 mins 36 secs
My personal time was 2hrs.1 min 48secs
Will I do it next year, maybe if I have another C.R.A.F.T. moment!!!