Not the performance I’d hoped for.
I’ve completed this race a few times in the past, with a course best of 52:47, albeit on a slightly different route.
The weather was nice on the day – sunny, but a bit cool – ideal running weather.
The route starts at the Garioch Sports Centre, then passes through Inverurie out into the open countryside. It then re-enters Inverurie and loops though a couple of housing estates (one of which is still being built) and back to the sport centre.
I’d trained reasonably consistently coming into the event. However, on the day, I just didn’t have the speed that I’d expected – last time a ran this, I finished in 52:47 after a similar build-up (Lanzarote training camp, followed by consistent runs back home). This time, however it became evident from the start that I wasn’t going to come close to that – every time I tried to speed up, the legs just weren’t there – I ended up briefly walking at a couple of points after the 5km point and a couple of the climbs through the new housing estate. In the end, I finished in 58:21. I’m not too unhappy with this time – after all, you can only do what your legs will let you do on the day.