Well I did say it would be a case of seeing how it goes. Unfortunately it didn't go that well.
As I warmed up before the race I was happy to notice that the recent knee pain had disappeared, so started in a positive state of mind. Going through the first mile in 6 minutes dead, I felt as though I had made a conservative but steady start. However, things soon started to backfire, with twinges from my right hamstring.
Reaching 5 miles in 34minutes, things were looking bleak as I as I continued to drop back towards the rear of the field. Fearing the worse, I decided that if I could not break 70 mins for 10 miles I was going to retire from racing altogether.
It was shortly after making this decision that I latched onto a group of four others and was able to use the group to up my pace with some success. However just after 7 miles, my lower back, glutes and both hamstrings had tightened and I was some discomfort as I had to let the group go.
The next 2 miles or so was as quick a shuffle as I could manage, reaching the finish in 66min 33sec and 106th place.
The race was won by Ricky Stevenson of New Marske Harriers in 48.03 which I think is a new course record. First M50 went to Philip Teece of Billingham Marsh House in 60.00