Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Regular readers will recall that I took up the offer of a free  place, compliments of Nike. in the GREAT MANCHESTER 10K back in May.   Of the 28, 000 finishers there were 300 ,male and fenale, in the 60-64 age group.
  I received email notification today of my prize for that 3rd place  in the age category .......a FREE PLACE FOR NEXT YEAR!  Grateful for any thoughts via comments.
 I'd just returned from Manchester having delivered the start and finishers banners for Sunday's SALE 10 mile road race.  Plus COMPLETE RUNNER race prize vouchers  totalling £1150.   If you are feeling on top form there is £100 for the first male and first female!  Mind you the mens winner may have to break 48 minutes to claim the first prize.  You can enter on the day. Check out details on    9.00 a.m. from Wythenshawe Park venue as usual.   Bit early for me, however.   Maybe next week.
  Another visit to the Alexandra Park 5K is a possiblity so I thought today was the best option for this week's track sesssion.   Again, disappointingly, another damp , cool , breezy day at Nelson which did little to warm the body or fire the enthusiasm.   Moreover,  as last Thursday's  600 reps in that wind left me feeling pretty wasted the approach  today was a tad cautious.   Opted for 5 x 1K. .A very modest 4.46 for the first clad in thermal long sleeve as you do in July in England.     Not much better on  the 2nd and  3rd in 4.41 and 4.41  but I was feeling reasonable  so  accelerated on the last 2 to 4.26 and 4.29.   So solid.....averaging  4.36....but far from outstanding  based on even recent race pace. 

1 comment:

  1. With entry fees of £35 and a another chance for you to run the streets of your youth possibly not a bad prize

    However with the amount of money generated by this race (and the other Nova events) Atrracting one or two less foreign athletes (expenses paid) to give more substantial incentives to domestic runners Senior and Veteran) would increase depth of top end domestic particapation and help improve standards.

    This may be a little hypocritical as 3 years ago I ran Manchester at the invitation of NOVA to accompany one of the celebrity runners (Kelly Holmes!!)accomodation and travel included.