This race is usually around 2 to 4 weeks after the Great South Run so it is interesting to gauge the 2 against each other. Those disappointed with their GSR had a chance to show their true speed over the increasingly rare 10 mile distance and those who had done well were keen to get another PB.
The weather was warmer than expected but we still had a strong wind from the east/north east to contend with. My choice of vest and T-shirt was soon seen to be a mistake. I saw another runner take both his shirts off and than just wear the vest and for a fleeting moment I thought of following his lead. However visions of dropping my drink or shirt or ripping my race number off stopped me. I just poured water over myself at the water station. The route takes in an out and back on the Hayling Billy Line, again to the Ferryboat Inn and a third to Eastoke. There are also three 90 degree turns in the last 300 metres or so, making a sprint for home more difficult. My plan of running with Paul Ingleby (we have quite close times at a number of distances) worked to a point but he had got away from me after the Ferryboat Inn. It is good to be able to see others and encourage them as we cross paths 3 times on the route. With about 3 miles to go I noticed a Liss Runner who was near me most of the race. I said to her 'Let's go for home as I want to catch my teammate' and we did work together for a while. I pushed hard into the strong wind and eventually caught Paul by Eastoke. A lack of much recent training meant I was able to pass him on this occasion but he still ran a great race as did Louise Griffin who smashed 3 minutes of her GSR time.
Emma Jolley, wearing her City of Portsmouth vest, was first lady in a great run. There were many PBs and another highlight for me was seeing Ashley Mayhead just out-sprint Helen in the last 100 metres. It was nice to see some of our newer members running well.
The legendary Baffins support was evident at the end as at this smaller event, it is easy to line the finishing straight to cheer others in. A few of us, including some more recent members adjourned to the Barley Mow pub for a quick pint and chat about the race. We all love a chat especially about running! Thanks to Havant AC for staging the race.
Here are the Baffins times as far I know and a link to the full results. I will update with PBs.
|Hayling 10m||4.11.18||407 runners|
|Race pos||Gender pos||Name||Chip Time|