Finchley 20M: 13 March 2005
|19||19||Tony John Murphy||3:13:00||V45||Serpentine||52.1%||9:39|
Well done to Simon Barrett who was fourth. The men's team were second (Simon, Steve Brett, Matt Brito). Jamie Felix was second woman, and the women took the first team prize -Jamie, Lynn Plumbley and Bethan Fallon.
Slight chilly northerly wind, but otherwise ideal conditions for a race of this distance. Four five mile loops over an undulating uninspirational course, with dubious mile markers. The fact that no Mars bars were given to those that failed to complete the last circuit gave the race that extra edge. Fun runners are obviously not welcome in Ruislip.
report by Paul O'Donnell
This long-established pre-London 20 miler took place in the suburbs of west London. The course comprised four laps, passing through a little countryside, some housing estates, and along a number of busy roads. The route was undulating, although by lap four many of the gentle slopes encountered on lap one had turned into full-scale mountains! The race was well organised by Hillingdon AC, with two water stations on each lap, a medal and a Mars bar given at the finish, and refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards.
However, the mile markers were somewhat out of place, with miles one and two being much longer than any of the others! This made pacing quite difficult, although on lap four it was a real boost to know that the final mile was a short one! The race was psychologically as hard as it was physically
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