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Lancaster Prudent Riverside 10

08/08/2016

On Sunday 7th August, Sian Finlay and Les Hill travelled to Lancaster for the Riverside 10 mile race.  

Sian wanted to judge race fitness ahead of the Reykjavik Half Marathon in 2 weeks, and was aiming for sub 70 minutes.  With just a week to go before the British Masters Marathon in the Isle of Man, Les was primarily looking for a hard training session, and was content to run at Sian's pace and provide support.  It was immediately evident that conditions were going to be very challenging! There was a strong headwind over the opening miles, masking the fact that it was a deceptively warm day.  Most of the race was flat, but there were a couple of hills around 6-7 miles, and by the time the pair had reached the top of these, they were a little outside 7 minute mile pace.  Sian was greatly reassured by Les's confident prediction that they could make this time up on the homeward stretch.  And indeed they did make progress, aided by occasional transient gusts of tailwind.  In a cruel final test, the finish line turned out to be just a little further away than expected, being still 0.04 miles away when Sian's watch pinged for the finish!   Les's exhortations made it clear that failure was not an option, so she knuckled down for a further sprint, crossing the line with just 4 seconds to spare in 69. 56, 1 second behind Les. 

While 2 minutes slower than last year, this was good enough for 4th place and the F45 prize, while Les found that even his training pace was good enough for the M55 prize!  So all in all, a successful and enjoyable day, with both runners taking away some confidence for their target races over the next two weeks.

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