Thursday, 27 October 2011

Windermere 10K 1986......a triumph for the local boys.

  The 3rd 4th and 5th miles of last Sunday's were covered in 6.55 6.57 and 6.43.  I have "run" 24 miles since  (Monday 4, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and today 7) and I haven't been anywhere near 8 minute mileing for any of them!
  The 10K race certainly seems to have taken quite a toll!  But I was quite pleased with the way the race went ; if not entirely with the time.  The LEA TOWN race was the 138th 10K.
  This date 25 years ago I was in the Lake District for the 11th.......
              A LOOK AT THIS DAY 25 YEARS AGO
 For the first time in 1986 the organisers staged a supporting 10K to the Wimdermere Marina Marathon. It was to be over a one lap route taking in  part of the scenic marathon course.   8oo extra runners were attracted to the region from all parts for the shorter event, held whilst the 26.2 mile race was in progress.  But it was local runners who filled the first 3 places.

  Unchallenged out front was a local runner who had already become a dominant figures on the fells......
.........KENNY STUART of KESWICK.  Between 1983 and 1986 he had swept all before him in fell races and has since become a fell legend.  He was the 1st to win the British fell Champs. 3 times.  1st Brit to win a World Mountain Championship.  His record times for classic events like Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Skiddaw are still standing.
 By this year perhaps he felt he had fulfilled all his fell running ambitions and decided to turn his amazing talent to road running.  He had already made a tremendous marathon debut in Glasgow winning in 2:14.03!  He would go on to record 2:11.36 in the 1989 Houston marathon; not bad for a "fell runner".
 Hardly surprising then that on October 26th he was the target for all the spectators' attention as we lined up the WINDERMERE MARINA 10K.   He went on to win relatively unchallenged by just over a minute in 29.55 from CRAIG ROBERTS (Kendal) 30:57)  with GRAHAM HUDDLESTON (Kendal)  3rd in 31:07.
 Craig Roberts, now 48 has recently won the World Mountain Champs in the M45 category; so still going well.   In 21st place was PETER HALL (Barrow). Peter has no races listed for 2011 but his record shows a 40.18 10K at the age of 69 last year.   A "slow down" of just 7 minutes in 25 years!  

 In 4th place was PAUL PICKUP (Longwood) who had won the Malta Marathon I ran back in February  beating me again as I ran 32.22 for 9th place.   Perhaps if I hadn't run 5 races in the previous 7 weeks I might have done better but that's the way it was back then.
 There would be only one more race in November before the end of the year and so the training intensity continued with weeks of 89 and 83 miles.
 I  no doubt knew that the PRESTON 10 on Nov.16th would
attract a high quality field featuring some talented much younger runners and would be a severe test for a 37 year old.
       No rest   let up for the wicked!

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