An indifferent start to the day – I was advised by Tom Paget, the driver, that he nearly had to spend the morning in A&E after his son got lego stuck up his nose. Fortunately, Tom resolved this himself courtesy of tweezers so we made the early start to Clowne.
Having arrived to collect my race number, my name on the registration list was nowhere to be seen! However, thanks to Liam (who had entered but didn’t race), I was able to run in his place. I would have felt a bit of a “clowne” otherwise…
As for the race itself, conditions in Clowne were not at all comedic with strong headwinds for the first three miles. We were then given some respite for a couple of miles which was largely flat until the next instalment of Hurricane Sandy, worsened by running on open, unsheltered country roads. A fairly undulating course with plenty of minimal ascents/descents and a challenging final drag on the dual carriageway leading back into Clowne.
Graham Lake lead us OAC home in 30th position overall (87.32) (a big pb by ten minutes), I was just behind in 31st position (87.39 -another big pb by seven minutes), and Tom Paget finished 51st in 91.41.
Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.