I lined up next to Clare Geraghty along with 2500 others. My intention was to race this one in the hope of repeating my 3rd place of 2011 and 2010. The 'siren' started us from a narrow funnel and we rushed downhill for 200m then turned to run along the riverside pathway, I covered the first K in 3;07, as I took up a back of a pack position as a group of about 4 chased Clay Dawson (not fresh from running a debut 2;30 Mara at Melbourne and Alistair Stevenson former Sub4 miler (is that right Peter?) Who has made a come back over the last couple of years.
I felt quite comfortable as we headed over the Goodwill Bridge. Sadly I must have been taking it too easy as I got gapped as we headed up the incline. Some tight turns then up The South Bank parklands, I managed to catch one of the pack , as it turned out Scott Britain - a famous Ipswich ? runner. Past 3 K and we run under the Victoria Bridge then up the circular ramp onto the bridge - my sore knees nearly buckled as the combined tight circular ramp and the incline gave me difficulty. Along the Victoria dodging pedestrians I thought I might just catch the next guy who turned out to be Mick O'Shea about 75m up the road. More tight turns as we hit the down ramp to get back on to the Riverside Pathway, that 4th K took 3:30 !!
The last K at least was pretty straight just the odd few turns as we head back into the Botanical Gardens and the finishing area. I was looming in on Mick but calls from the crowd alerted him of my approach and he ward able to lift the last 50m and finish 1sec in front of me.
I finished 6th in 17:02. My Garmin measured it at 5.13km, 24 secs for those extra 130m which goes to show the toughness of this course was another factor. Stevenson ran 15;58 and I think he has run something like 67 for the Half this year . Clay dropped back (that cracker of a Mara was obviously still heavy in his legs) and finished 4th about 15secs in front of me. Young Patrick Hagan was 2nd. Care Geraghty was first lady in 18;27
2010 race post here http://runningmasters.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/cool-night-classic-6th-1702.html
2011 race post here http://runningmasters.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/cool-night-classic.html
and here http://runningmasters.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/cool-night-classic-update.html