James and the dog took me to Port Sunlight, which made the whole morning a lot easier,
|BTR Port Sunlight t-shirts, medals & goody bags|
|BTR Port Sunlight Route|
|BTR Port Sunlight Elevation|
After getting my medal and a hug from the infamous Keith Peacock I had just enough time to get a drink and a quick toilet break before it all started again. The 10k started at 11am and it was quite a bit more congested than the 5k. I started right near the back and the plan was to do a nice steady plod. I meant to have a gel between the two races but I forgot so my legs were really feeling it and was sooooo tired (least now i know how it will feel on the tour) but surprised myself by how I managed to keep going. I was trying to keep up with people in front of me but had to stop and fasten my lace at around mile 4 and lost the plot, my brain completely forgot how to tie laces and so it took me a good couple of minutes. That rest probably helped me pick up some speed for the remainder of the second half though and by now I knew the route really well which I think helps a lot. I crossed the line in 58:39 which isn't my fastest time ever but I'm still pretty proud of it. I really enjoyed both races and I want to do both again next year without the other 44 miles beforehand. The support from BTR, the volunteers and the residents was amazing and I loved the whole experience. BTR certainly know how to put on a good race.
So, 2 BTR races done. Only another 13 to go. Hopefully a few more will include Keith hugs too.