The weather forecast was more or less spot on for this one...windy with scattered showers. Certainly the wind was a factor in the first half of the race but it wasn't so bad after all. It's just as well it was from the west because we were well protected from the wind by the big hill above the village. Any showers that we did get were very light and no big deal. It could have been so much worse.
As for the race, it more or less started on time....no small feat with a field of 2,000+ runners! As far as I can see, everything seemed to go like clockwork again. There seemed to be volunteers and stewards everywhere which no doubt helps a lot. The fact they keep people moving and stop bottlenecks occuring helps a lot as well.
Results....The results are now HERE. Note that these contain the 5 mile split times as well. These are the final results and there was 2,402 finishers. This is an increase of 200 on last year and the 2nd highest of all time. (Updated...17th Mar)
Photos... (Updated 17th Mar)
1) Paudie Birmingham now has 748 photos up on his photo gallery.
a) 52 pre-race photos HERE.
b) 90 photos of the start of the race HERE.
c) 315 photos of the first half of the field with about 800 metres to go HERE.
d) 291 photos of the second half of the field with abut 800 metres to go HERE.
Paudie also has his own website with photos of other road races at http://runningpictures.blogspot.com/
2) Finishline Photography have photos of everyone finishing. You can also order copies from them. Their website is http://www.finishlinephotographs.com/index.htm
3) There are now a set of 72 photos up on the Eagle AC website.
4) There is a gallery of 41 photos up on the photo gallery of John Hennessey.
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