A wet and wild start to 2014 at the Serpentine New Year’s Day 10k

There have been some inspirational athletic feats in Hyde Park over the past 18 months. Not me. Not today. Hyde Park – the grey setting of the annual Serpentine New Year’s Day 10k – was wet, windswept and wild. The new year had awoken with a hangover. Some races you enjoy; some you endure. Today was endure, endure, endure. Setting out too fast I went through 5k in around 17.30. Several minutes of feebleness ensued. I searched for blame. Christmas indulgence? A fortnight of iffy training? The remnants of illness? I scraped over the line with eight seconds to spare before the clock hit 36 minutes. A hurricane, meanwhile, was blowing across the Serpentine.


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