It was pretty windy down the back straight, and Quentin set off quick. He was stretching away on the home straight, my guess being that he was trying to gap me before the windy back straight. So for the first few laps I was digging in to stay in touch. Carried on like this until 3km. Went through 1km in 3:03 and 3km in 3:21. Then on the lap between 3km and 3.4km Quentin seemed to slow and was breathing hard so I thought, here's my chance, let's go. Went into the lead and tried to push the pace but, of course, being the dogged bugger he is, he just tucked in and held on. With 2 laps to go Q takes the lead again and starts upping the pace. With a lap to go, I'm feeling pretty good, don't go too early lest I hit the wind, come around the final bend and then unleash the famous Highnam kick. Which of course, Quentin matches fairly easily by lifting his pace only slightly. To be fair, it was neck and neck down the straight but he won by 0.34s according to Paul Hannell's impressive looking 1970's timing machine, complete with biddy printer. 15:37:51 to Q and 15:37:84 to me.
Next home was Ollie (plainly taking it easy or not in form as he ran 45:08 for C2S last year), then Enda in 16:10, disappointed not to be 11s quicker, then Andy in 16:32, then Angus in 17:01 (I'm guessing disappointed not to be 2s quicker!), then JFen on the comeback with 17:18, then Jeet in 17:56 and finally Renee in 19:11. Great crowd, great night.
Happy with the time as it's been a solid week. Will take tomorrow off before running ANSW Short Course XC against all the quicks on Saturday.