Nearly able to claim to be a sub-6 minute miler in the Club 1 mile championships !! But missed out by 0.20 seconds on a hot July Tuesday evening at the Paddington Track : Most frustrating.
Then ran the Regents Park 10k on Sunday : Coolish & damp morning in fortunate contrast to the 25+ degrees of recent days. I felt far harder than it should have been but still managed a better time than previous runs so far this year. But way short of my 43 minute best from last year.
The ‘British 10k’ around the centre of London to follow next week then in the week following by the 5k Club Championship in Battersea Park.
Ok its just a bunch of 4 races that the club arrange for members – 1km, 1 mile, 3000m and 5km. We’re half way through with the 1 mile & 5km to come. Saturday was a lovely day for the 1km race held by the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park … as you can see.
I am one of the slowest in these races but also one of the oldest so …. in terms of age graded performance I am sitting comfortably in ‘mid-table mediocrity’.
Well I finished but disappointed with my time of 3h 47m when I was targeting under 3h 45 m. Given the rather more favourable running conditions than in previous years (where it was much hotter) and that I had run 3h 46m two weeks previously in Brighton it was particularly disappointing.
But as always the crowds were wonderful and it is a really great occasion.
And thanks to the MS Trust for laying on their usual most welcoming of post race receptions. Thanks to all of those who sponsored me to run this year’s Marathon. Photo of medal to prove it and a link to see where it all went wrong ….
And now on to think about next year and perhaps some other races before then.
Recovery from the cracked ribs continues and while they’re most definitely not healed I am able now to run. Indeed I managed to run the Brighton Marathon last weekend: My time of 3h45m was OK but frustratingly less than a minute outside the current London Marathon qualifying time. I shouldn’t complain as I have only had 5 training runs & 2 races since the end of January so I am somewhat short of ‘match fitness’.
It was a beautiful day and favourable running conditions – there’s even a hint of a tan!!
So on to London on the 26th April for which I now need to do some serious fund raising for the MS Trust. So if you are reading this please click on the link below to donate.
Beware unexpected traffic cones on the racing line …. I was momentarily distracted and came a cropper, tripping up over one traffic cone and landing on another. Fractured ribs and a lot of pain was the result : But what were the cones doing on the racing line one might ask ?
I did complete the race in 1h 45mins but its the last race for a while and I doubt that I will be able to run the London Marathon this year. That is a real blow,