As most of you know, the Kinsale 5 mile road was last Friday and it is noted as a very fast course. The start is about 55 metres above sea level and the finish line is very close to sea level with nothing really in the way of hills along the way.
Someone left the following comment regarding the race...
The course was so ridiculously fast(so much downhill) that I'm totally disregarding the "new PB" that I set. Sure I'd nearly run a 4 min mile if I ran down the side of a mountain...doesn't count!
Now the thing about personal bests is that they are 'personal'....i.e. they only really matter to the person concerned. It's really up to each individual to decide whether to count them or not or if they really care anyway.
My own personal take on it is that I would be inclined not to count it. If my PB was on the Kinsale course, it would have a certain 'Yes...but' about it. Given the choice, I'd much prefer it to be over a route where the start and finish are more or less at the same altitude....or at least, there was nothing there giving me what I felt to be an unfair advantage.
So, my question is..........
When is a PB not a PB? Would you count a PB if it is over a largely downhill course?
Leave a comment below and vote in the poll on the right hand side. I'll put it up for 2 weeks and we'll see how it goes.