Well, that was quite an experience! Hundreds of people, lots of dogs, lots of yellow and an obscene amount of mud.
I ran Leamington pr this morning with a good friend who has done several prs and is helping to set up the Bromsgrove one. Right from the off the mud was ridiculous... or rather my footwear was. I ran in my old Nike cross-trainers which had NO grip whatsoever and every time I planted my foot at a bit of an angle I slid slightly - it was really disconcerting! I could barely find any rhythm and only halfway around did I realise that running through the puddles was going to be a lot easier than dodging them. That and finding my way past people (difficult with the mud and the narrow width of the path in places) slowed me down somewhat.
Got a bit of space in the final stretch but I must have looked a right prat in the final few hundred metres when I found a bit of space and overtook 6-8 people at pace; only to nearly slip on the mud and had to slow to a crawl to avoid falling!
Anyway, my official time was 29:06 and I was 184th (not 100% confident of the time or position at all as the funnel was a bit of a melee). I reckon there was at least 10 seconds of shuffling to get to start line after the whistle went and Lime Green Laura said I'd been running for 28:46 so I'm pretty sure I was underneath 29 mins for the 5k. Pretty chuffed with that given the conditions. And I was only about 20 seconds behind my friend too.
Will definitely do pr again but I am not going back to Leamington until there's a drought.