|A warning sign at the cliffs and a sign for the Samaritans...location, location, location.|
232 of us took off at what felt like a sprint. I held back trying to run comfortably and found myself in around 20th place 400m into the race. I slowly moved up and hit the 1km mark in 3:18. The first K had a slight downhill and a bit of a tailwind so I was pleased with that.
I caught the two Gallway guys who also looked like they might be 40+ runners (although it is really hard to tell) and together we passed a couple of guys and I got myself into 7th. The slight down hill had me passing 3km in 3:22 (total 10:10). We hit the bay and I knew where I was from driving on the course.
A bit of a tailwind kept us rolling from 3km to 4km with me staying with 6th place and pulling away from two guys who lost a few seconds in that 1,000m stretch. I was pleased with the 3:26 split and began calculating what I'd need to run under 17:10. I knew there was a gentle (not so gentle in the last K) uphill toward the finish as the last 800m was the reverse of the first 800m.
I was pleased with the effort although I'd hoped to go with 6th place who ended up breaking 17. At least he wasn't a master!
1 15:10 Gerry Ryan 19-39
2 16:10 Matt Bidwell 19-39
3 16:17 Michael Shannon 19-39
4 16:46 Timmy Glavey 19-39
5 16:54 Peter O'Sullivan 19-39
6 17:04 Dave Dunham 40-49
7 17:10 Johnny Lane 19-39
8 17:11 Dermot Lowe 40-49
9 17:25 Tommy Niland 19-39
10 17:35 Kevin Doyle 19-39