I followed the pacer for the first 3 miles, then stepped out a bit myself, and managed to hit my target pace absolutely on the nail - 6.45 milling all the way. There were a few tough moments at around mile 8-10 - the course is a bit more hilly than you might think! - so I just pushed through. My new mantra is 'Tarahumara' after finishing reading the brilliant book 'Born to Run', which I cannot recommend too highly, about why we should run and why we should probably be in lower profile shoes (if not absolutely barefoot).
So, on to tonight's victory wine. This evening's treat is my last bottle of Ch. Tour du Mons, a cru bourgeois Margaux, from the excellent 2000 vintage. I suspect this is 50% Merlot, the rest Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc. I had 6 of these from the Wine Society a few years ago, and they have all gone down very well indeed. The timing is perfect, I am not sure this has a lot of life left in it. Right now, this wine is a delight, elegant, a bit of blackcurrants, a hint of cedar and wood, and altogether a classic claret. Just right to go with the beef joint that is cooking away...if the bottle can last until it is ready!