Sunday 5th October 2014
So its Sunday the 5th October and it seems like Autumn has finally landed, and about time too!
Turned up to Granta Park stupidly early, but was glad to see I wasn’t the only one as there were plenty of familiar faces spotted once I headed over to the number collection tents. First things first and it was time for the usual chin wag to find out who has been doing what.
Weather was perfect, the sun was out but with a slight cold breeze, but overall perfect race days conditions.
Warm up runs were being finished off as eventually the masses started to head over to the start line. Once in the starting area, was great to see C&C vests everywhere. There wasn’t a team prize unfortunately, but we would have nailed that one if there would have been.
However, it did appear that John Uff got up late and in a mad hurry “accidently” put on his Hunts AC vest instead of the mighty blue and white of C&C. On this occasion he can be forgiven, but this will be monitored at future races. So if this is spotted by anyone please do feel free to report this unacceptable behaviour on the website.
Having done a few recon runs in the weeks up to race day it was clear it wasn’t a flat course, however it could definitely be a fast one, if tackled right and which proved to be the case. First 3K was a steady incline, followed by a well-timed down, but at just before the 9K mark everyone would be greeted by a rise up the road back into the park, before a very nice and fast downhill finish onto the field.
John “wrong vest” Uff finished 2nd with a 34:38 (PB), followed by Istvan who finished 4th. First female to finish was Carla Brown with an impressive 36:08 (PB) I would like to say I kept up with Carla for the first 3K, but it was more like the first 300m and which put it was clear she was on a mission, which proved successful.
There were also PB’s for Claire Somerton, Jon Anderson, Neville Hawkins , Sam Barr and Liam O'Grady but overall some great running from all the C&C team (Full results found in the usual place)
Overall it was a great day and well organised event, and not far from home turf. Would recommend this race, and proves that you don’t need a pancake flat course to run a PB.