Lesley Pymm reports on the final event of the Centurion Grand Prix Series 2012-3. This was really hard work on a VERY windy morning. It was also very warm, which we are not used to!
The course that has been used as an alternative this season was used again. The path that had fallen away has now been repaired, but it was decided to keep to the same course for the entire season. There is the possibility that the two courses may be alternated in future, so next season is likely to be the old course.
Strangely, the runners did not seem very keen on getting to the start line! The wind was so strong. When we started, we had gone a few yards and seemed to get blown all over the place. At the end of the straight path, when we turned to run at the end of the lake for the first time, the wind dropped and it was very warm. It was a relief when we were suddenly blown around again by the wind – at least it cooled us down!
The cycle path that they had been building has now been completed, so the surface was probably the best it has been – but I don’t suppose there were any pbs out there! The track back from the road to Babs Mill was dry and as I turned along the path to the finish area at the end of my second lap the wind seemed to drop a bit, so it was not as bad as it had been.
Just once more around, battling against the wind again, and I was home. My time was a bit slower than previously, but who cares – I had finished. I was first W55 and got most of my series entry fee back, so I can’t complain. A good series and friendly marshals and officials.