On Saturday afternoon I lined up in Rosscarbery Town Square
and the well known GAA Announcer Michael O Muircheartaigh
counted us down at the start line.
My casual training of late would get a good test and I was hoping to
get under 19 mins. (PB is 18.18 on a flat course)
Downhill start out of the village and we speed down towards the main
Clonakilty Road. Cross the causeway and turn left for 2 laps of the
lagoon to an uphill finish of about 600 metres.
I set off fast and have about 8 or 9 runners ahead of me.
Kilometre 1- 3.30
the road levels out and 3 guys go past me - I recognise 2 of em,
Joe O Sullivan from Bandon and Sean Allis form Clonakilty.
I have had a few battles with Allis this season over 2 10k races
and the score is 1-1.
I decide to let them go as I am happy with my pace - so I keep them
within striking distance and hatch a plan to maintain current speed and
go for a fast final kilometre.
K2 is slower and K3 is steady and I remember to hit the watch this time!
3k in 11.05
K4 is back around the lagoon and I am gaining on the Bandon Guy and Allis.
As I come up on the shoulder of the Bandon Guy he hitches a ride and we
cut a few corners to get a good racing line.
4th K 3.58
Approaching the 4k marker we catch Allis and I can hear him
just about hanging on at the back.
As we turn for the last kilometer I pick it up a small bit more and
the Bandon Runner tells me to go for it as he is all out..
I race on and manage to pull away from the 2 guys,I see one runner
in blue 20 or 30 yards ahead as we start the final climb but I cannot
gain on him so i dig in and climb reasonably well.
Back into the square with burning legs and cross the line in 18.59.
10th place, a good speed session and happy to (just) hit my target.