I just wanted to complete the course in a fairly reasonable time so I have given myself a 1 hour 15 minute target which I knew was easily achievable. I still have a dodgy ankle so yesterday I bought a ankle support but as I hadn't run in it was a bit worried about a) my blood circulation b) it rubbing c) having to stop and rip the thing off. Went through a whole should I wear it or shouldn't I before the race. I wore it !!!
It was nice when I left home and quite sunny but when I got to Dorney lake, you could see the wind was really strong and it was freezing, so glad I packed an extra top and my buff. Collected my number and my timing chip which I had to wear on my middle finger.
We were soon off (a bit like at a Parkrun really) it was all quite calm. I just kept a steady pace, a friend from work was running too and we started off together but I went off in front after a while (hark at me). You have to do one lap of the lake (5k) and then another but the wind the second time just took my breath away but once I'd got to the bottom of the lake (7.5k) and knew I didn't have to battle against the wind and decided the next 2.5k was where I needed to make up for any lost time. So dug deep and off I went the last and the last 1k I dug even deeper.
Went over the line with a time of 1:03:10 - I am so chuffed even beating my dear friend from work who is 15 years younger.
There is another one at Eton Dorney on 7th April very tempted to enter and beat that time!