Leeds Abbey Dash 17.11.13
Congratulations to all who ran in this fast race. Some great times and personal bests. Particularly happy will be David – check the results below! Also to Paul who got a pb despite having missed a lot of training due to injury. Also a pb for John who is running well after all that marathon training.
Apologies to any missing from list. Hard to check on results on their Webpage.
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Town Moor 10K 10.11.13
A great entry to this year’s Town Moor 10k with some 14 Club members making their way to Newcastle for this popular race. In the event there was tremendous success for the club with many coming away with prizes. Chloe was second in the Senior Women’s race in the great time of 36.43. Lizzie was second in the Women’s V55, Alan was second in the Men’s V65 and Fantastic Fred was first in the Men’s V75. Well done to all and to all the others who raced and achieved some excellent times and pbs. This was the second race in the Winter Grand Prix Series. Positions can be found here.
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Derwentwater 10 3.11.2013 (report by Alan Rowell)
Strange how these things keep happening! We were going for a two night stay at a ‘posh’ hotel in Windermere ( a present from daughters) and I happened to notice this race. Well, one can’t miss an opportunity like that, so I entered. It started at a very sensible time, noon, in Keswick Main Street, with changing in the local school. Lots of very fit looking bods running around before the start and another DCH, Rachel Bentley, who is working in the area. The route is all road, around the lake, finishing at the school. It is undulating, with one very long mile uphill drag at 5 miles, but very picturesque with great views of the lake. Well organised, they have had plenty of practice as it’s in its 54th year. One to do again, especially if the weather is good, so you can appreciate the scenery.
Alan 73 min 2nd 0/65 Rachel 78 mins
PS there were no Elvet Striders running, the first race I have run without seeing the purple vest. Where were you Jon Ayres?
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SMITH, Rosie Female Open Durham City Harriers 0:34:52 00:03:29 7th (1st Female)
BAINES, Jonathan Male Open Durham City Harriers 0:35:31 00:03:33 9th
HUNT, Anthony Male 40+ Durham City Harriers 0:37:56 00:03:48 24thIt’s my second time running this, with both attempts being one week after the Darlington 10k. Last time I followed a 10k PB at Darlington in 2011 with a slower time and today was the same finishing around 30 seconds behind last week. A quick glance at
Great weather, sun, not too warm, slight breeze. I started close to front hoping to get a good start and try to best my recent 10k PB. Had a quick chat with Daniel Jenkin, Andy Biggs and Jonathan Wilkinson prior to the start. All in good spirits.The race went to plan for me as I held my target pace pretty well and finished strong to improve on my PB by a good amount. Many other good performances were had with top of the bunch being Daniel who finished 4th overall and grabbing a PB for himself. Also, Elwyn finished 2nd in the V65, Kirstin was 5th in the V40, Elizabeth was 3rd in the V55 and Fred was 3rd in the V70+. Good show for Durham. Shame Rosie wasn’t around to defend her recent success of 3 consecutive wins with Alyson Dixon winning yet another local race.This is a really good race I think which always generates good support spread throughout the route. There were a few cheers for Durham coming from the crowds, including Paul Adams and Bryan among others.
I set off in glorious sunshine, although it was still cold, 3C at 9a.m. The journey over was uneventful, but as I approached Brampton I could see the Lake District fells covered in snow and sparkling in the sunshine.Magnificent!
The Longtown 10 is a brand new race organised by Sport In Action, who run events in and around the Lake District. The run blurb promised a fast but testing course:-A traditional 10mile looped course that has it all, stunning views, great road surfaces and virtually no traffic, this event promises to be an instant favourite. This is certainly a course that will test athletes, but also has the potential to be a fast course.Initially heading East towards Penton, the route gradually climbs withonly one major hill to speak of. The route then heads back towards Longtown and includes a fantastic 4mile descent into the finish.Number collection was easy and there were several VERY fit looking runners and triathletes jogging around outside Longtown Primary, race Headquarters.
Start time was noon, but there were only 90 entrants. Did everyone know something I didn’t? The first mile was table flat, so a nice 6.30 pace. However, from miles 2 to 6 it was a gradual uphill pull with a steep hill from 4 to 5 miles. My pace became 7 or even 7.30 and half way was reached in 37 minutes.
As promised the last 4 miles are mostly downhill, but unfortunately there was a stiff westerly wind blowing straight in our faces all the way to the finish. Still I was pretty pleased with my time of 72.29 considering the nature of the course and my target
It cost a mere £8 and for that you get excellent organisation, marshalls on every turn, quiet roads( 8 cars only passed me) and free food and drink at the end. VERY good value. Why are so many other races so expensive?
Would I do it again? OH,YES! I’d make a week-end of it next time though..
Mile 1: (6:37 HR 152) Looks like this was was either measured short or my Garmin has mis-measured – mile marker came 0.05 miles before my Garmin lapped. Got ahead of traffic early and settled.
Mile 2: (6:27 HR 174??) Feels steady, but Garmin is less warmed up than I am. The mile marker confirms the first mile error, but there’s no way I’m at HR 180 as my screen says. It settles down near the end of the mile and so does my rhythm. Ooh –
Mile 3: (6:35 HR 164) At the first turn point I can see all the runners ahead of me as they go round and come back in the other lane. I am in 40th place, including some full marathon runners. Pace feels a little sharp if I am trying to clock around 1:28 and my heart rate is creeping up. I slow slightly for a few hundred metres and half a dozen edge past me. I let them go – I am running my own race and there’s still a long way to go.
Mile 4: (6:29 HR 161) A slightly downhill section onto the promenade brings a short-term injection of pace and no-one is going away from me ahead. I’m getting a really good rhythm going. Focus on fast leg turnover – save the strength and cardio system for the last 5 miles!
Mile 5: (6:37 HR 160) I want to make sure I don’t accelerate away, but I’m steady on HR
Mile 7: (6:30 HR 161) Same as mile 6 – several more places regained. I can’t believe I’m close to 40 minute 10K pace
Mile 8: (6:35 HR 161) Holding it steady to mile 8 – a little more discomfort in the legs but breathing still good. Mentally steel myself to push hard for the last five miles.
Mile 9: (6:48 HR 160) after 6 miles in one direction along the seafront, we turn just after the 8 mile marker and head straight up a hill. I say a hill – it’s the first bit that hasn’t been flat and it’s like running up South Road from the New Inn to Mary’s college entrance. Nevertheless, this is enough to upset my rhythm and I can feel myself slowing. I comfort myself by noting that I’m not losing ground on those
Mile 10: (6:52 HR 159) Whilst I could hear “Focus and Relax” in my head, what normally happens at this sort of moment is that I run out of breathing capability so I was careful not to push my HR over the edge. However, instead the legs just started hurting as we had some more undulations on the path. This is therefore the first time I can remember (aside from Marathon) when the major obstacle in getting the time I want is pain. I tell myself that ‘pain is temporary’ and that the glory is forever (unless you’re on drugs and get found out). I overtake another of the runners that went past me at three miles and note that my Garmin split for ten miles (slightly long on the real ten mile marker) is inside my standalone ten mile PB.
Mile 11: (6:35 HR 162) I have lost count of the number of times over the years that I have visualised getting to ten miles on a half marathon and putting the accelerator pedal down for one last 5k push. Before this year is has always been a dream, but
Mile 12: (6:46 HR 162) I felt a bit more fatigue setting into my legs. More (temporary) pain. Don’t let your concentration drop Andy! There’s another guy about 50 yards ahead – close that gap – he’s beatable!
Mile 13: (6:35 HR 165) Last full mile – just 4 laps on the track – I can allow myself to
The run in: (5:11 HR 168) I enter the stadium with no-one ahead. The commentator is the only person all day to notice that I am running in Blackpool FC colours. He calls out my name and club and then says “but it looks like he is going to get caught”. I put in an injection of pace, born on those cold nights of track intervals (thanks Gary), before he calls out “only joking’ just as I get within yards of the line. No hard feelings – that’s proved that I’ve still got speed and must have been worth a couple of
Garmin reads 13,05 miles – looks like all the mile markers were good and I only had a mile one problem when we ran through streets with tall buildings.Relax, pick up medal, stretch and consume recovery drink, get changed before the masses come through and then go and sit in the stand and EAT!!!
|1||James Askew||33:05||Open Men||81.53% Age grade|
|18||Chris Walker||36:52||Open Men||73.16%|
|24||David Cross||38:06||Open Men||70.8%|
|34||Chris Herkes||38:58||Open Men||69.22%|
|70||David Henson||42.20||Open Men||63.72%|