Today, a considerable group of Namban turned out for this conveniently located, but not too well-organised race in Ota.
There were no k-markers, so I took Gerards splits at certain points to try and time myself accordingly. The race had three loops, and after the first loop, I was just 30sec. back. After the second, it was about 1:20, but I slowed down just a bit to finish 2:25 behind, which is as close as I have ever got to Gerard in a 10k, so I think I ran well. But I still pity that I ended up 3sec. slower than in Korea, but a 37:35 is still a confirmation of my good shape. Windy conditions didn't help either, so I can hope to improve next year!
Thanks a lot to Ed and Gerard for running with me on the last kilometer! Too bad I didn't have the speed to get under 37:30!