I’m enjoying being able to do some shorter faster runs at the moment so I was keen to run Victoria parkrun as I’ve not done that one before.
Neal and Caroline were also going so I picked them up at 8.45am and we drive to Victoria Park arriving at 9am in plenty of time for a warm up.
We were met by a marshal who explained that the paths were quite icy so he thought there was a good chance it would be called off. He suggested if we were keen to run then it might be worth going to Tollcross or Pollok.
We decided to jump back in the car and go to Tollcross as they have a grassy alternative route if the paths are icy there. We discovered later that the Victoria parkrun did go ahead as the park keeper took out his tractor and gritted the paths so well done to him!
We arrived at Tollcross just after 9.20am so just enough time for a quick warm up before the start. I’ve not run this one before but Neal warned me that it is very hilly so my aim of 19:30 was out the window!
We saw ultra runner Katie Smith who is on the organising committee. She obviously loves this route and reckons it is great for ultra runners! There was a good crowd including a lady who was doing her 100th parkrun, the vast majority at Tollcross.
The route is two and half times round the park which includes a good hill to start with which you go three times.
Neal was making excuses from the start that he still getting over his cold and his legs are sore from all the miles he has run this week. I think he was just scared I would beat him so wanted to get his excuses in early!!
Neal and I started near the front and ran the first lap together. I was breathing fairly hard but happy with how my legs felt. We chatted a little bit. Well basically Neal told me what was coming next and how his gubbed his legs felt!
Photo with Neal (Thanks to Tollcross parkrun)
As we approached the second lap and the main hill for the second time Neal said, ‘See you at the finish!’ so I pushed on up the hill.
A lady had gone past us half way round the first lap so I tried to keep in touch with her. She was about 30 yards ahead and I never caught her again but didn’t loose too much ground either.
I was pushing as hard as I could and felt fairly strong on the many little hills. On the third and final time for the main hill I caught up with a runner who seemed to be slowing quite a bit.
I then pushed as hard as I could to the finish. I passed a few runners who were on their second lap.
The final 100 yards is slightly uphill and on the grass so I pushed as hard as I could to the end.
I finished 8th in 20:29 which I was very happy with. My splits for the 3 miles were 6:32, 6:48 and 6:36 which is encouraging as recently my 3rd miles has been a lot slower than the first two.
After the run we enjoyed some cake courtesy of the runner who completed 100 parkruns then headed over to the Swimming Centre for a drink (hot chocolate) and a sausage piece. Thanks Caroline!
If you sort by age graded % I won!!!