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Action Heart 5
Sunday 23rd February 2014

As copied from the Runner's World 'Sub 3' forum:

I did the Dudley Action Heart 5M today. It was supposed to provide a fitness barometer, but comedy winds and signficant hills meant the pace was all over the place (mile splits between 5:09 and 6:24; I did a double-take near the end of that fast mile when my watch said the lap pace was 4:48/M, but that was before an upward bit). I started in about 9th, got as high as 4th overall and 1st vet, taking a lot of people on downhills, but ended up in a ding-dong battle with the other vet and he bested me by 9 sec in the end. Scores on the doors: 6th overall (/440), 2nd V40, some Severn Valley rail vouchers (useful actually) and a surpringly good T-shirt. 3M before and 12M after to make 20 for the day. Unforunately I also developed a very deep (but not very wide) blister in my slighly clapped-out race shoes, so maybe a quick purchase is needed before the Cambridge HM in 2 weeks. Did a bit of surgery in the car before doing the 12M and it was fine.

Oh, and a minute of panic when I returned to the industrial site where I had officially parked, along with about 200 others, to find my LSR extension meant my car was the only one left -- and the gates were locked. And the car was needed to drive back from the in-laws to Cambridge. Got my phone out to ring the security company, but fortunately the guard was still around and let me out (needing my help to close the gates because the wind was too strong for him to do it alone!).

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