The Stamford 30k is a tough undulating road race through the country lanes North of the Lincolnshire town of Stamford. I remembered running the race in 2010 in 2hrs 06 minutes and I could distinctly remember feeling good throughout, such memories are dangerous and can lead to a mental preparation that under estimates the challenge ahead.
I clocked 2hrs 11 minutes, a full 5 minutes slower than the previous year despite thinking I had trained harder post Christmas. There are rules related to running and after much sole searching looking for excuses I have to concede in comparison to last year I'm a bit fatter and must train harder. On reflection the previous years result of 2hrs 06 mins was a better result than I imagined at the time I should have wallowed in it more in 2010!
The Stamford 30k is excellent training for the London Marathon. The race is well organised and finishers receive a t-shirt and goody bag including a banana and shower gel. Results are posted quickly as are the photos from the official photographer. Put it on your to do list but don't underestimate the event, Lincolnshire's largely flat but the Stamford 30k somehow undulates throughout.