Portland 10mile race
tale of mid-field rivalry
Having run the Blandford Bridges 10k in
45min-plus, I decided to improve my pace over each mile aiming
ultimately for 6:30min, so I have been running faster than my current
race pace over short distances and will continue to increase the
distance over time, at present I can run 7:15min miles over 10k.
Entering the Portland 10 I hoped to run
some fast mile times near to 7min, but also wanted to race against Ian
Kennedy with whom I had a evenly matched encounter with in the Wessex
Ridgeway race earlier on in the year, I beat him on the first leg and he
beat me on the second run of the day ending with similar overall times!
I come from a sprinting background and he comes from endurance, two
totally different angles of attack for the same result. Interesting, eh!
We lined up on the start line together
and his words of wisdom were ‘Do not get sucked along at too fast a pace
by the leaders’. The gun went and within 400m I was stretching out ahead
with a big dose of ego, etc.
The first mile was run in 6:45min, too
fast considering it was mostly up hill climb, so I relaxed for Mile 2
which took 6:21min to complete. Way too fast, but it was down hill. Mile
3 was 7:31min and a better time for me. Mile 4 was uphill and hurt,
8:18min, I held my position in the running group. Mile 5, 8:14min, was
down hill and I lost position within the group, but I needed to recover
anyway. This was much too slow, so I started to push again heading out
towards the lighthouse at Portland Bill enjoying the views etc. Miles
6-7 completed in 13:30ish overtaking the group I dropped off from
I was running well but feeling tired.
In Mile 7 you come to the lighthouse and turn round and run in the
opposite direction passing the chasing runners, there was Ian about half
a mile behind and running well! I did mile 8 in 8:40min climbing uphill
and hurting like crazy! Mile 9, and I was in trouble big time! Anything
that moved (and some that didn’t) overtaking me. I had hit the wall!!!
Every runner that overtook me was one less between myself and Ian, Mile
9 was completed in 9:29min.
The last mile was all up hill, the legs
shot, and the will to run anymore all gone! I was running and walking,
spectators encouraged me onwards with the finish line in sight, Ian must
have been closing me down fast! I crossed the line, my last mile was a
10:30min one (1hr 19.47min – total), I grabbed a drink turned around and
Ian had just finished (1hr 20.27min) less than 400m behind me. 10miles
and nothing between us, so I will call it a draw!
Watch this space as the next re-match
is the Sturminster Half Marathon.