Monday, 28 March 2011
GREAT GRIZEDALE TRAIL RACE 2011
An away fixture but plenty of familiar faces of course. GB international TARA KRZYWICKI, famous for her Charnwood A.C. successes but now running with Accrington Road runners
discussed with me what the lakeland trail run might have in store for us.
No matter how hard it might be I said I couldn't see anyone around to beat her.
Pat asked me what I was hoping for. I said that it was bound to be at the very least undulating and that if I could maintain or average 8 minute mileing I'd be happy.
Couldn't see an age group win if Dave Waywell of Wesham, last year's M60 winner, turned up. Never usually near him but he did tell me at Blackpool that he was suffering from arthritis. So who knows?
than 2 miles as rather disturbingly we lost a lot of
height from the Moor Top. My excesses in the garden could be felt in the right hip and the hamstring felt vulnerable as dozens swept past me on the downhill and shot on. Despite miles in 7.18, 7.29 and 7.39 for the first 3 I must have been way back in the hundreds. No sign of Dave W. but I knew he was well ahead. I could see by now we were nearly back in the valley and knew there had to be some tough climbs to come.
Didn't have to wait long! Around a bend and the fourth mile sees us climb with a resulting 9.50 mile. But many can't cope with this drag and several are actually walking. The tortoise is beginning to catch a few hares, I thought.
Meanwhile, my M60 rival, who is actually M65, came into view and the gap was closing, slowly but steadily.
We reached mile 8 and I did think that from there we would coast down to the finish but no such luck. A very nasty sting in the tail with a half mile climb which did however play into my hand as I was able to pass Dave who seemed to be limping. He explained afterwards that his painkillers didn't last for that length of race.
Meanwhile, 10 minutes in front, first lady Tara K. (63.52)
and partner Chris Black , pictured here ,were no doubt already
enjoying their cake and isotonic drink. Finishing in 21st and 22nd place. Well within themselves I suspect.
It was good that I had not left my effort to win the age group any longer as the last "mile" only took 3 minutes and 20 seconds!
Actually it was only .49 mile from 9 to the finish. The total course just 9.49 miles....... not 10 miles after all.
The organisers do describe it as the most scenic traffic free 10 mile (approx.) forest trail race in the country so in truth they don't claim it to be accurate.