I have the 'honour' of sorting out the handicaps and was slightly embarrassed that Katrina won the 4.2mile Christmas Handicap a week or so ago. This time I thought I'd been very ungenerous to Katrina and assumed that someone would catch her .... hopefully me!
We only had 7 individual runners and 2 relay teams. Here is a picture of the group before the started ...
Katrina set off with 8mins on the clock and I was at 17mins so I had 9mins over 11miles to catch her. Often when we do a race together I'm on average 1min a mile faster so thought I had a chance!
The first 4 miles are mostly uphill and quite a challenge. I took it steady and was feeling okay. Here I am at the 2.75mile point ...
When I arrived at Bridge of Weir with just over 2miles to go Richard said that Katrina was 4-5mins ahead so I knew I wasn't going to catch her!
Donald went past me on the cycle track through Bridge of Weir. I caught Dougie on the hill out of Bridge of Weir then Carol a few mins later. James went past me with a mile or so to go.
Meanwhile I was hearing that Katrina was running really well and ended up winning again! Donald almost caught her but not quite!
So congratulations to Katrina but I think I should retire as the handicap master! Katrina ran the hilly 10.56miles in 1hr 25mins 02secs. My time of 1hr 19mins 40secs was a couple of mins slower than last year and 10mins slower than my best in 2008.
We had been invited to Thomas & Silke's to bring in the New Year with them, Marco & Debs and Neal & Caroline. We are home now having had a great time.
Thomas, Marco & I ran an easy 5mile run this morning along the costal road from Greenock to the Lighthouse and back. Well I say easy I reckon it was a lot easier for Thomas & Marco than me! My legs were feeling the effects of yesterday's race.
So I have started my 2013 training. I'll be doing my review of 2012 in the next day or two.
Thomas & Silke made a West Highland Way Game which was great fun. Here are some photos ....