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Race Report: Lliswerry 8

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Running up the only hill on the course Image by Lliswerry Runners
Race Details  
Event Lliswerry 8
Date & Time 29 January 2017 11:30:00
Distance 8 Miles
Type Road Race
Time (PB) 56:36.45 (53:49.95)

This past Sunday, I ran the Lliswerry 8 Road Race for the second time. It is a fantastic race organised by Lliswerry Runners and it is absolutely flat! The picture above shows me running up the only ‘hill’ on the entire course.

I arrived at registration at about 10:30, picked up my race number and timing chip and was ready to go in less than 5 minutes. I met up with a load of the guys from club, but we didn’t start heading over to the start too early due to the weather conditions. The forecast was predicting heavy rain all day, which would have made for some treacherous running conditions, but thankfully the heavy rain held off and we only had to contend with fairly light rain (which actually kept me cool). I got off to a reasonable start, but unfortunately I started to drop away from the other guys at around the 2 mile mark. My legs felt heavy and my pace steadily declined and people continued to pass me for the remainder of the race. It was quite demoralising having people continually passing me, but I still managed to keep a reasonable pace and I finished just over 2½ minutes behind my time from last year. Although I am slightly disappointed with the performance this year, I took nearly a month off over Christmas and haven’t been very consistent with training so far this year, so it’s not really surprising. In fact, given all that I think I did much better than I should have :smiley:.

The event itself was very well organised, despite the issues with the online entries (which were handled very well by the event organisers) and everything went very smoothly I think. During the race the marshalls were all very cheery and supportive and the overall atmosphere of the event was excellent. After the race, back at the stadium, there was a huge selection of cakes laid on which is always a good thing in my book :wink:.

There is no doubt that I will be taking part in this event again in the future (especially given it’s a local event), and I will have no hesitation staying up until the early hours of the morning to make sure I get a place :smiley:.

Thank you Lliswerry Runners for a great race to start off the year.

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