Its a new PB of 87:16. Old PB was 89:51 set at Bendigo in Vic and equalled at SMH Half last month.
The race was held at Dapto just South of Wollongong. About 90ks from my place.
Drove down through pouring rain which was really heavy. No way was I running in this rain.
The rain cleared off when I got to the start. We had about 60 starters for the race.
I was told the course only has a few hills between 8-12ks.
Close to the truth. There were a few hills getting to this point and some on the way back as well.
Started out ok and ran through the 3k split in 12:25. I only took my stopwatch instead of the Polar unit. The showers started falling lightly at about the 5k point. They gradually got heavier as the race progressed.
I ran most of the race with a KJ guy called Andrew who had done the Forster full in April.
My split at the 11k almost at the end of the hills was 47:01. Appeared to be holding my pace quite well. But the rain was getting heavier.
I eventually left Andrew and another guy who I have forgotten at about the 15k mark to chase two guys ahead.
I went passed the two of them with about a k to go.
Finished in a new PB of 87:16. And I came in 14th out of about 60.
A PB by 2:35. I also managed to do the last 10.1ks in 40:15. Excellent.
The run was well organised with 4 drink stations on the course.
Of which there was a 15k and an 18k. Right when you need the fluid.
Thanks to all the organisers and Kembla Joggers for the race.
Male winner did 75:40 and female 89:27.
The male record of 72:xx was run when the hilly road between 8-12ks was unsealed dirt.
I met Run 2 Become on the course as he was doing drinks and at the end.
Definitely worth a shot as a PB course. All on sealed roads and mostly car free except the Princes Hway 500m section.