Blue skies greeted us today after the wintery storms of yesterday as Rob and me set off on a long run. After a short stretch on the road we made for the tough sandhills inc the infamous BIG DIPPER , we then went through the ainsdale and formby pinewoods before returning along the beach. Rob was setting a rapid pace and i was happy to follow in his shadow.
At 19 miles we hit the coast road and picked up the speed as we ran down the cycle track.the plan was to hold marathon pace back to southport. I pushed the pace up to 10mph for the 1st 1/2 mile then settled into 9.5-9.7 mph till the end. With 1/2 a mile to go Rob passed me and pulled away to finish very strongly ! taking into account all the soft sand and sand dunes our average speed of 8mph is quite impressive and the fastest i have ever run on this sort of course.
23.05 miles =2.53