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Dave England, Jersey, , Jersey

Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool 5k

The weather throughout the build up to the weekend first said it was going to be hot then it was going to be very wet.  The Saturday weather was hot in the end so not ideal but better than the practical issues we'd have had if it had have rained instead. This was all not before I popped outside before the race to check on the weather - it was barely raining but in the end that was about the only rain we've seen so far this weekend.

The first race of the weekend then was the 5k run.  Over 3,000 runners lined up for the start next to the BT Convention Centre by the Mersey. We all lined up in our pens and waited. A hush began to work back down the runners as everyone eventually realised there was a moment's silence in remembrance of the Manchester attack - a silence that was impeccably observed and was quite eerie in itself.
As the waves of runners started we actually got to the start line before we expected to but our rhythm wasn't particularly affected by it.

What we didn't know was that up ahead of us there was a huge problem as the first three waves of runners (or possibly two or four waves depending who you ask) followed a lead bike which had turned right in front of the Echo Arena rather than around the back of it meaning they cut about half a kilometre off the route. I don't really know how, or if, it got resolved.

As expected there were a couple of bands on the course adding to the atmosphere 
but it was over much too soon really in 32:47.  The finish in the Echo Arena itself was a bit of a novelty but because it was really dark it was also really hard to see anything - that was a pain really.  That evening we observed what is now our normal pre-race steak dinner - Miller and Carter really does come very highly recommended.

 

Type: 
Run
Workout_type: 
race
Date: 
2017-05-27T08:43:34Z
Avg Pace: 
6:29/km
Elevation: 
52.9
Distance: 
5053.6
Moving time: 
1966
Activity id: 
1007621910
Strava title: 
Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool 5k
Total photo count: 
3
Title: 
Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool 5k
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Average speed: 
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Language: 
English
Cover image: 
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Dave England, Jersey, , Jersey
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