new years day must have been one of the warmest on record.after the start at hall road we were soon stripping off clothing as we over heated.
about 24 of us set out on the 19th edition of the clubs new years day run.a fast section soon formed at the front and i found my self hanging on to the front group.this felt more like a race than a social run !
we regrouped at lifeboat road car park at 7 mile and took in refreshments.after about 10 mins we took off again over the big sand dunes.at this point we took a wrong turn and ended up taking a short cut,it was decided to add in an extra loop of the pinewoods to increase the distance.
it was sad to see so many trees being cut down,are we going to lose this beautiful area for good and what the hell are english nature up to !
ask your M P before its to late.
i was asked to take the lead after coming out of the woods which was a relief to me as i could control the pace abit !
i led the guy's back over the final sand dunes following the white posts back to birkdale.we hit the firm tarmac of the cycle track with just 1/2 mile to go.the pace picked up to a steady 10 mph and i was once again hanging to to the back of darrel steve and rob. we ended up with almost 17 miles run at 7.5 mph average speed which is pretty fast going taking into account all the sandhills and soft sand. it was a very good start to our marathon training,as this year we have good teams going to blackpool and london both in april.
after we spent the afternoon drinking pints and playing pool,what a fantastic way to start the new year !