Well, it was done yesterday and I was nowhere near a computer to write it up. It was tough. To give you an idea, the leader finished in a time that was 10 minutes over his pb. It seemed if we weren’t running up a hill, we were running into the wind.
There was one glorious moment with a downhill that seemed to take only 3 miles to lose all the height we’d gained in the previous 7. But, there was a lot of it that was just slog. The course itself is not pretty, one section is on one side of a motorway. There’s another piece through an industrial estate. And it’s hilly. Falls road is one long up and just as I started to think that we were going to be level until the finish we had another hill that lasted for all of mile 24. I mean, come on, who puts a hill at that point in a marathon.
Moira was there to cheer me on at mile 20 and said I looked tired. Too right, I was tired.
Anyway, God knows how, I managed to summon up an insane sprint finish (hope the pictures are good) and came in at a gun time of 3:30:59 and chip time about 10 seconds faster. As far as I can make out, I came 268th overall (3,000ish runners) and 4th in class.