Report from Liam:
Tom, Richard and myself traveled over to Hull bright and early this morning for the fairly flat Hull 20 miler. It was a London Marathon warm-up race for Tom and myself and Richard’s tester before his Manchester marathon.
Tom and I do a lot of training together and it has been a recent discussion between us as to whether we should use this event as a marathon pace training or go full out for our best result and hope to have time to recover for London whilst not hindering our training plans in the remaining few weeks.
We decided that it would be more beneficial to run at our predicted marathon pace and hope that we had enough left in the tank at the finish to go another six miles. Richard took the other approach and went out to race it hard all the way and try to beat his previous time of 2 hr 17 mins on this course.
Although there was a little wind out there it was nothing to worry about and didn’t really affect times. As the race started we had a lot of runners whiz past Tom and myself and we soon settled into a comfortable pace of about 6.05 m/m sitting in about 21st and 22nd place.
We kept a steady even pace for the first seven miles until I noticed Tom was chomping at the bit, it was obvious that his pre-race plan was going out of the window and sure enough within the next mile he had started to put the pedal to the metal. It wasn’t long before he was in the distance motoring up through the field to finally finish in an excellent 6th place with a time of 2 hrs and 45 secs.(Pb by 3 mins)
Although feeling very comfortable at the time, Tom left me. I held back and remained at my planned pace, lucky I did, as at mile seventeen I suddenly started to feel my legs turning to concrete but I held on and managed to drag them home for the last three miles to finish in 10th place with a time of 2 hrs 4 mins 24 secs. Richard had a very good run also to finish in a time of 2.13.00 and got a Pb by 4 mins. We also bumped into Tom Potter who got around in 2 hrs 26 mins.
After the race there were sports drinks and a buffet for all at the finish line. Inside the registration hall there was the best display of post race buffet food and drinks that I have ever seen.
Out on the course the race was well marshaled with plenty of drinks stations. Overall it’s a long way to go to race but feel it was a good pre-marathon race and worth the trip and it has helped me confirm my predicted marathon pace.
Full results with official times and positions here.