Two weekends ago was my first time at the Illawarra's Premier road race hosted by Kembla Joggers. The Fitness 5 consisted of a 5km road run starting from in the middle of Wollongong down to the harbour along the beach road and back again. The weather was really good, sunny and a little breeze. Race start was scheduled for 8:30am and there was a tough field getting ready to line up. The Field included some of the best Australian triathletes and a few international women triathletes.
The start of the race was fairly fast and the pace was set early on. I was able to stick with the lead pack for about the first 2km but then started to drop back a little, although still running strong. The course itself was pretty tough, a few hills and a slight headwind on the way back made it a difficult run. The pack started to break up a bit with a couple of km's remaining. The front 3 guys kept powering along and myself and two others ran solo between packs through the last couple of km's. Unfortunately it was a bit of a boring finish as I did not have anyone to sprint with to the finish line but still came a solid 6th overall and 1st in the U18 category.
Happy with the outcome, 16:12 for a 5km road race. 6th overall and 1st in the U18 category.