My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Friday, 3 September 2010
NEVER ON A SUNDAY
It's 3 weeks since the 4 miler up in the Yorkshire Dales at Arncliffe. I haven't entered a race this weekend but I've been consulting websites which I'm pretty sure most of you also use. The most comprehensive one for us northerners is surely John Schofield's site http://www.ukresults.net/ . Then there is http://www.race-results.co.uk/ , and http://www.shoestringresults.com/ . A good insight into north eastern races can be gained at http://www.barrycornelius.com/ The internet has quickly become taken for granted for so many things including searching for and entering races. The latter being a process which I find tends to take more time and effort than filling out and posting off an entry form. Besides I like having my number before the day and many races make online entrants collect number on the day.
But how did we go about finding out about races before these the sites listed above came into being? The magazines were obviously a key source and way back in the '60s that meant mainly the back page of Athletics Weekly. This one is the back of the 5th August 1967 edition mainly advertising September races. You will note that all the races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon or evening . The Freckleton half marathon in 1967 started at 7 p.m.(!); possible because only 57 ran . The winner ran 67:35, the 56th 93:33 but a 14 minute wait then for the last straggler in 1:47. The last runner of the 532 competitors in the 2010 took 2:51.29. Ben Fish won in 2010 in 68:27 not much slower than the 1967 winner but 2nd in 2010 (75:03) would only have been good enough for 20th. position in 1967.
Confirming once again that despite the numbers of runners increasing 10 fold the quality at the sharp end has diminished. ( We'll leave reason why to another blog, Rogan!)
Check out the entry fees as well. For example, the 7 mile road race on the Fylde Coast at Thornton Cleveleys will set runners back the grand sum of 2/6.....12 1/2 p in new money! Interesting the prize for the winner is 40 times the entry fee! Similarly with the 5/- (25p) entry fee for Ben Nevis race with £10 for the winner. Not many races today where you pay, say, £10 to enter with a £400 prize up for grabs!
By coincidence there is a race on the Fylde Coast this first weekend in September. The BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS10K will run from the north pier up to Bispham just south of Thornton Cleveleys and back. Puzzling title for the race really. With the event starting at 11 a.m. there'll be a long wait before dusk when the lights will come on. Fair enough for those making a weekend of it, I suppose. With a journey booked to Manchester on Sunday, the Blackpool race looks my best bet.
I leave you with the front cover of that 1967 Athletics Weekly....the blue period...
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!