It's the shortest most of us compete, I would imagine and as an "eye balls out", gun to tape event is the most intense. It demands our fastest race pace but brings benefits aerobically and I think those who do dismiss the 5K as "not worth travelling to" perhaps don't appreciate the benefits.
Only 117 assembled on the track for the start and as expected it was an all out charge for the first 300 to emerge through the track gates.
who had beaten me at Salford 10K but I couldn't reach Bill F., making a comeback after injury. As at Salford Cara K. of Sale (pictuired below)
was a few seconds behind again but only a matter of time I feel.......
Time? Well, I had hoped for something in between my 2008 time of 19.50 and last year's best of 20.35.
So at 20.20, 40th of the 117, I have to be pleased. However, the course had a dozen 90 degree turns and 2 out and back turns so who knows on a less convoluted course........?
The qualifying time for Power Of Ten UK rankings we M60s have to run 20 minutes. A big ask for us old guys but apparently if "they" relax the standard it means more work for the volunteers who have to deal with the data.
It was good to run a couple of miles after with Mike D. as we are probably the last 2 of the the 1960s teams still racing as you might expect. I'd like to be able to say neither of us have changed a bit but 'fraid not. We're certainly slower .......but respectably so , I think.
It was good to see Arthur Walsham competing yesterday.