Created on Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:16
Written by Chris Barton
Despite the City of Lincoln council planning roadworks on every road into the city, this sole harrier made the pilgrimage back to his home city to take part in the city's second biggest event behind the Christmas market. Things turned more serious this year about 30 mins before the start, the perfect running conditions and flat course meant my first sub 40 attempt was on the cards.
Stepping into the sub 40 pen things seemed serious and despite the knowing look from the Barnsley AC runner in front, everyone seemed focus. The rave started about 10 mins late but that wasn't a problem as it was so sunny
The first four miles ticked by at 6:24 average, the sub 40 was on. The crowd were great, lining much of the course around the historic part if the city.
Deep into mile 6 the legs were screaming as loud as the crowd were cheering giving everybody running around me a visible lift.
a glance at the watch as I crossed the line left me slightly gutted...40:10. After the initial disappointment I managed to cheer myself up with a pint of black sheep and worked out I was 5 minutes and 45 seconds faster than 2014, pre-harriers days.
all in all a good race despite the fairly high entry fee (but at least there were t-shirts this year, and TWO chocolate bars), boring in parts but flat as a pancake and a great atmosphere. Great PB potential!
only 1 harrier on the results as far as I can see:
Chris Barton - 40:10