Race distance: 7.0 km plus 5.9 km warm up and cool down
Race time: 29' 50"
Race rate: 4' 15" per km
Finish position: 13th
Weather: cool, cloudy, temp 8-10 degrees, humidity 70%, light sth breeze
Week: 12.9 km
August: 255.7 km
Year: 2731.3 km
Vet's handicap at Blewitt's Forest area with few trees, just regenerating after recent bush fires. Good run today on a course I like with plenty of uphill and long downhill, not much flat. Conditions really suitable with clouds and little breeze. Started in group 37 with only a few really good runners behind me and no one passed me at all, that is always a sign that the day has been OK.
Ran well if not fast on the down but managed to go strongly uphill. Speedygeoff called out placings just after the 5km mark and I was 54th so I managed to pick up over 40 places in last 1.5km. Must have been those couple of trips to the top of Mt Taylor in recent weeks.
The handicapper will have a big say in next month's start group, would have to go back one if not two groups. I may have been just outside of the top 3 placings after ineligibles. Happy with the day's effort.