The Stragglers Cabbage Patch 4 – 26 December 2008

As predictable as running 5k in Bushy Park on Christmas Day, on Boxing Day the local race is the Cabbage Patch 4, based from the Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham.

I first ran this in 2006 and had a pretty good run (finished in 24:40 and 8th out of 64).  In 2007 I was flying and ran a superb race, finishing 3rd overall in a time of 23:08.  Because of my lack of training (and indeed running!) over the past few months I wasn’t expecting anything special from today so just set out to enjoy it.

Well, I find it very hard to hold back in races and my planned 7:30-8:00 minute miling pace was soon thrown out of the window as I ended up on the front row of the start!  I had a great first 100 metres (well, my friend Guy was there with a camera so I had to try and look good!) and then eased off a little.  After a few people overtook me I settled into a solid pace.

From here on in not much else of note happened for me.  Just ahead of me was the leading lady and I could hear the puffing/panting of the person behind me but didn’t know how close they were.

It was lovely weather but with a cold Easterly wind I was wrapped up in running tights and a thermal base-layer and gloves.  There were quite a few families walking alongside the river and I think their surprised looks as 100 or so runners race past them makes this one of my favourite races of the year.

I crossed the finish line in 15th place (out of 74 finishers) with a time of 25:27, which although being the slowest of the three times that I’ve run this race I was happy with how I ran so am not complaining.  2009 will be a much better year and I’d love to run as well next year as I did in ’07.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and see…

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