My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
LONGFORD PARK RETURN........AFTER 42 YEARS!
Having to be in South Manchester for a meeting at 2 p.m. today, I decided to have a change of scene for this week's track session; using the Longford Park Stadium track in Stretford, the home of Trafford A.C. Late morning, the facility was seemingly deserted, even more so than Nelson but a young man eventually stuck his head out of his office. I gave him £2 and asked did I have to sign a form as I'd been told I might have to for "Health and Safety".
He said, "No, you know what you're doing don't you?" I couldn't resist saying , "Yes, I've been here before.....in 1968"
In the June of that year, I ran for Sale in a 2 mile track team race part of the Manchester Police Sports.
A popular event back then. Despite being only 19, I recall being put out having been assigned to the "B" team. Determined to show I should have been in the "A" team I clung to the tails of some top seniors, going through the first mile in 4.30 falling slightly off their pace in the second to record 9:13. A time which I recall making me think that mixing it with seniors wouldn't be too intimidating after all. But, sadly this was to be my last race for many months as soon after my pneumothorax occurred resulting in lung surgery in the September. The track was also venue for our St. Bede's College (Manchester) "school" sports. A day when "great expectations" made for a nervous experience.
I opted for the same rep session as last Wednesday hoping for some improvement. So 5 x 1K. To help I increased the recovery from 200 to 400 metres. The huge trees surrounding the track seemed to provide more shelter than the exposed Nelson track and probably contributed to the overall average improvement of 10 seconds. 4.35 4.29 4.27 4.22 4.18
As I was leaving a very familiar face appeared. Trafford A.C. stalwart, life member NEIL CANHAM. He had arrived to celebrate his 61st birthday by running 39 laps of the track. 39 laps? Well, reason being that he was working on the theory that after 50, a runner's performance deteriorates by 2% per year. So he was going to attempt to run the 39 laps in the same time that it took him to run 50 laps when he was 50! Hope you managed it, Neil, and happy birthday!
SYNCHRONIZED RUNNING. Ran with Grete Waitz from 17 miles point to Westminster Bridge. She ran 2:25:29 for a World Best Time to my 2:25:35. , beating my 1982 PB by 4 minutes 10 seconds.
2011 2012 races
Mar 11 Haigh Hall Relays
Apr 6 Salford 10K 43.29 M60 4th
Apr 26 Salford 5K 21.32 M60 4th
May 13 Beaverbrooks 10k 43.00 M55 3rd
May 27 Sale 5 miler 34.24 M60 1st
June 24 Platt Fields 10k 48.03 M60 3rd
July 8 Debdale Park 7K 30:57 M60 3rd
July 22 Moonraker 10KMT 44.47 M60 1st
July 28 Lancaster 5K 20.59 M60 2nd
MAR 5 STANLEY PARK 10K M6O/2 43.28 MAR20 N.OF E. 12 MAN RELAY incomplete team MAR 27 GREAT GRIZEDALE TRAIL M6O/1 74.10 APR 22 SALFORD 10K M60/5 42.59 MAY 1 ALEX ANDRA PK 5K M60/3 21.11 MAY 15 GT MANCHESTER 10K M60/5 42.39 MAY 22 SALFORD 5K M60 21.40 MAY 30 SALE 5 MILER M60/3 34.10 JUN 26 PLATT FIELDS 10K M60/3 44.17 JUL 10 DEBDALE PARK 7K M60/3 30.32 JUL 23 ELSWICK EXPRESS 10M M60/1 71.34 AUG14 CHERNOBYL 10K PRESTON M60/1 44.03 SEPT 4 GREAT ECCLESTON "FAST 4" M60/1 28.07
SEPT 18 BOGGART CHASE 10K M60/2 45.52
SEPT 24 NORTHERN 6 STAGE 6K 25.27
OCT 23 LEA TOWN 10K M60/2 43.23
NOV13 WINDMILL 10K M60/2 43.08
NOV27 THE"BEST" 5K M60/4 23.32 (calf strain at 0.5 mile)
Started club racing in 1963 at the age of 14. Finishing 7th in the Machester Schools XC champs. Consequently,was invited to join SALE HARRIERS by coach Alan Robertshaw. Enjoyed good times and success with Sale Harriers on the country (9th. Northern Jr. 12th Inter Counties for Lancs) and steeplechase (3rd AAA Jr.) Moving to Yorkshire, establishing THE COMPLETE RUNNER SHOPS and the FASTRAX brand I joined Bingley Harriers, Valley Striders,Ilkley Harriers, returning to Sale Harriers in 2009 to bring running
career to full circle.
Now 2011, with 139 10ks done, 103 10 milers, 102 half marathons (3 wins)and 26 marathons (2 wins)
completed. (PBs 15.15,31.45 51.14 67.55 and 2:25:33)Still
running every day,managing 45 miles most weeks but P.Bs very much a thing of the past! You can see details of the decline on my athletics data/power of ten profile! www.athleticsdata.com.So, yes, running on empty....where do we go from here? Time...and this blog..will tell!