The first of 4 Sale Harriers Centenary Manchester 5k "Sizzlers" took place on Thursday evening last week. Back to Wythenshawe Park for many who had previously run there in the Northern Relays, the Sale 5 miler and the Sale 5K. Familiar ground. Race director, Fechin McCormick was rewarded for his attendance at many races prior giving out his entry forms, with 407 finishers. Not bad at all for a midweek race. Simin Horsfield of East Cheshire won in 15.15 with Candice Taylor (Clayton) first lady in 18.17 followed by a young lady with whom I've shared many a mile, Amy Green of Keighley in 18.28.
Of course, several turned out who had endured the Platt Fields 10K just 4 days before in high temperatures; yet felt "recovered" and enthusiastic enough to toe the line for more race pace running. A decade or so I would have probably been there with them; but wasn't inclined to do so this week.
I've found with age that the first "session" after a race has gone out from Tuesday to Wednesday to Thursday very often. This week I was quite happy to leave the track session until Friday; knocking out a 2x 2 miles, my favourite "return to pace" session after a race. Twenty years ago, following a 78.31 tough hilly Bradford half marathon I was happy to do this session on the Tuesday in 12.11 and 12.12 followed by 14 on the Wednesday. Then eased down for a another 10 mile race on the Sunday. Those were the days.