I'm lazy (or is that tired?) so rather than mess around doing a montage, I'll post a picture of the gorgeous bling later.
This was a fantastic day. Made better for meeting Phil (Usain Balti) and several runners from the C25K groups on Facebook. The event was organised superbly - you get a text with your chip time immediately after finishing, and a second text with a link to a photo of you crossing the finish line shortly thereafter.
Arrived at about 8:30, and met up with the others (including Vicky Burr - what a character!), did the bag drop thing, and queued for the loos, then made our way to the starting pens. I took up position close behind the 2:15 pacemakers, and we waited for the start. And waited. Apparently there was a train full of runners delayed from Didcot, so the start was delayed by 15 minutes. A bit of a bummer when you're crammed in a crowd slowly cooling down.
Eventually we started - the faster runners first, of course, and we walked towards the start line. As we got closer, things thinned out a little and we could jog, then cross the line, press the Garmin, and start running. After several minutes, I found myself passing the pacemakers as they were going too slow for the pace I felt was right for me. Shortly afterwards, I consulted my Garmin and was shocked to see the pace I was running - 5:40 or less. I knew I couldn't sustain that, and expected to have to back off. I felt good, though, and decided to play it by ear. Lots of people lining the course, clapping and cheering. I still felt good as the miles passed, and was only feeling it a little as we reached half way. Then I kept myself going, countine the distance left down. At about 9 miles or so, as we turned a corner, the woman running directly in front of me suddenly stopped completely to a standstill. I stamped my right foot down to prevent myself clattering into her, and my foot slipped forwards in my show, jamming my big toe against the end. Oww. I just took my shoe and sock off, and there's quite a bruise.
Anyway, carried on through the University Parks, out the other side and round city centre streets, past the Radcliffe Camera, and round towards the finish. Are we turned the last corner, I still fellt strong, so I upped my pace, and sprinted to the finish.
My time - 2:12:25. I. Am. Chuffed to bits!
My run - connect.garmin.com/modern/a...
Bling photo to follow.