20 Jul 2016 – Notts 5

Weds the 20th July and 5 of us made the trip to Nottingham Embankment for the Notts 5 road race, now in its 23rd year I’ve not done this version but it’s similar to the original course and still extremely flat, just 19 ft of elevation gain for the 5 miles (according to Strava).  Perhaps not perfect conditions for quick times as it was a bit on the hot side and there was a nagging wind which was quite tough in your face in parts but saying that some great times in a decent field of 273 finishers.
Won by Alistair Watson of Notts AC ( midland x country champion ) in 24.55 , not bad eh?
Anyway, first back for Striders with another brill run in 30th place Luke Eggleston 30 min 38 secs, he was chasing sub 30 but it’s only a matter of time, next was Darren Glover in 41st place 31 min 42 secs, I was hoping to get under 31 but happy with my run.
But run of the night must be Brian Walkling who was chasing a target of 38.20 to achieve his 3rd bronze standard target he brilliantly ran 38min 05 secs  for 129th position, great effort, marvellously paced by Ben Pickard who was just behind in 130th in same time (or was it Shane 😉 ) and our 5th runner was the ever improving Vanessa Walker in an excellent 236th place with 46 min 29 secs, great atmosphere and a bottle of beer at the finish so all good.