It was the first time I had run in the Hayling Billy 5 last night and what a great event it turned out to be. It was very well organised by Victory AC and well supported by runners and clubs from all over, entries to the event was fully subscribed which added to the atmosphere. There was so many faces I recognised from parkrun it was great to have a chat before and after the race.
The route was along the Western Coastal trail of the old Hayling Billy railway line, we had it all, a bit of countryside lined with trees and coastal views across Langstone harbour and weather perfect for a run. The trail was fairly flat which made it a place to possibly get a PB if you felt inclined? At the start line, it was sectioned into estimated time slots from the speedy to not so speedy but as what happens the runners soon get into their rhythm and find their natural position and the group start to stretch out. Along the route there was plenty of support and encouragement given and several people taking photos.
I was very pleased with my run covering the 5 mile route in 42:07 with a pace of 8:25 per mile, but then I got talking to a runner in his 70's who completed the run in 35 mins how good is that, still this 64 year old has time to catch up! Bit more training for me needed I think, or maybe stay as I am, yeah that sounds more like it. 🤔 all in all it was a great evening and event and I will definitely enter again next year, all credit got to go to the organisers. No bling but a great tee shirt. Happy running all. 😎