Sub 3h15

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26/05/2013 at 13:14

My first 'race' today.

Entered Newbury 10k with little research thinking it might be a good 10k test. Turned out to be a multiterrain course with a bit of uphill in the first 3km before levelling out.

By the 3k point, knowing this was not going to be fast, I had a PMJ earworm looping round ("it is useful practice to get into head to head race situations where position is more important than time").

I tacked on to the back of a small group, and we traded places for the next 4km. A vet60 went cruising by (dead impressed), and some fell out of our group. By the 9km mark we were down to 4 runners duking it out for that all important 13th place, and we were back on tarmac. You could physically sense the excitment of the crowd - this is what they had come out to see. The buzz of the tv helicopter no doubt tracking us added to the occasssion.

Two guys push ahead. I was along side another guy, and the games began as I was nudged out so that had to run over speedbumps (I heard the ooo's of the crowd) . PMJ warned me about the tactics of the experienced guys, so I took control and recaught the two ahead. Now it was a question of risk - who will go first. One guy tried and failed, and started blowing. The 200m to go board was my queue as I powered ahead. The crowd were on their feet. Had the also-ran gone too early? The Finish line is in sight, but the guy who blew up is suddenly on my shoulder - the crowd are screaming. 50m to go - we need more power captain. The heart rate is maxing out, 4.30min/m pace now. Who is going to be 13th? Wow I made it.

I am honoured to have provided the Newbury public with one of the finest sporting moment they will ever have seen.

But in all seriousness, the racing bit added a lot of fun to this, and I am more competitive than I thought. Finishtime was 38:39. Enjoyed it much more than the last 10k.

26/05/2013 at 14:18

In fairness, AR, for Newbury that is pretty exciting!  Well raced and great report.

26/05/2013 at 14:27

Cheers Jools. Great having the Lady mayoress trying to give me a medal whilst doubled over in pain. Are you good for tomorrows jaunt (fitness and work wise). You kind of sound busy with work at the moment ( understatement )

26/05/2013 at 15:01

AR - with you every step on the way there. Loved watching the highlights on


26/05/2013 at 15:12

Excellent report AR - a tale to regale your grandchildren with.

Violent warm up for Menna.... Full contact parkrunning could catch on.

Interesting system PMJ!

Lorenzo, can't really offer any advice as a novice myself but it all seems to be about position and set up for me. This morning's ride went fairly smoothly apart from having to stop 13(!) times for tractors. I have a low level cold and couldn't get warm today so a touch slower than last week - 85miles in 5hrs, all very relaxed.  6 slices of malt loaf, 2 slices of fruit loaf with jam, flapjack, 2 ginger stem biscuits, 750ml of Hi5. Then home for lunch....

26/05/2013 at 15:17

Nice AR - Great time there and report!

Menn another astonishingly quick parkrun.

Poacher - Great time too. Have you done many 5k's?

7th day now of no smoking now and I have to admit the past few days have been really tough. I keep telling myself about how bad it is etc but the addiction plays nasty tricks on the mind. Anyway need to stay strong and focused.

Set off on my run today and I think I may have saved someone from potentially drowning. I was literally 100m into my Sunday morning run along the cycle path where I live and noticed a man, unconscious & face down next to the edge of the wall within a few metres drop into the ocean. It was a particularly high tide this morning and this guy was a few inches away from his end, drowning is a very silent and quick death. He is a homeless chap and must have had a bad night. I was running past and decided I had to turn back and try and move him as he was too close and tell you what, trying to move an unconscious man is not easy! I did and moved him away from the edge of the wall and left him near a bench. I was meant to be covering 8 miles this morning but could only do 10k because of time constraints. 43 mins later and as I am just about to finish my run I notice our man is still unconscious exactly where I left him. One hour later and a walk down to the beach with my son to play some footie and he's gone. Apparently another homeless chap came and bought him some food and took him away somewhere a bit safer. So glad I stopped as I would had felt awful had something bad happened to that man. Anyway thought I'd share that with you all as it ranks as my weirdest running moment.

26/05/2013 at 15:20

Nice parkruns from PMJ and poacher. good work fellas

Should we alert the international media to come over to Newbury AR and leave trivialities such as Afghanistan and the global terrorist threat for the inside pages sounds like you raced well

Enjoy comrades Bikeit. Sounds like an awful long way!

Was a pleasure to play host Speedy for the weekend. I'll leave her to fill you all in as per forum eetiquette.

I pootled round the half early doors in 81.46. Having not really been putting in enough miles due to a million other commitments recent weeks I'll prob take that. Still keen to try to crack the 80 mins in summer though 

26/05/2013 at 15:22

Cross post. Great work GM. A lot would have turned the other cheek...

26/05/2013 at 15:30

Well done GM on keeping off the fags and your new hobo dragging hobby!

Well done Frazer! That's a great time and sets you up nicely for an assault on the 80min barrier.

26/05/2013 at 16:34
AR- nice racing, I look forward to seeing your heroics in the Newbury weekly news. That's a decent time on that course as its definitely long. I managed 15th last year 39.13.

Lovely picnic Slokey, did you have a flask of tea with it. Decent milage as well.

Well done on the half marathon time Frazer.

Keep up the good work with the fags and the homeless, GM.
26/05/2013 at 16:56

Anyone else on here got Kinvara 3's? Ran in them for the first time today and got matching blisters on my feet caused by the the inside bottom of the lacing section. Perhaps I should have bought the rides instead.....

26/05/2013 at 19:34

Evening all. The train was too cramped to get the laptop out so I've only just read back now. Plus I was too busy troughing down the food that Fraser and Paula had provided me with. The hunger kicked in all of a sudden around 4pm! 

A good day in the office for me. Target was sub 3.05, pace band was for 3.04 to play it safe. Result was 3.01.50. Full report will follow when I have the energy to type it but suffice to say I'm happy!

26/05/2013 at 19:38

Get in, Speedy !!

26/05/2013 at 19:38

Wow, great work Speedy and very well deserved! 

26/05/2013 at 19:42

good 5K's Menna/Poacher
Great reporting, AR - raised a chuckle  . . .
Gerard - good man  . . . .
SJ - fine snap choice
Frazer - well "pootled" 

decided to rest here after y'day's 20 - plan 10 in morn
hope Gul enjoyed Derbyshire  . . . .


26/05/2013 at 19:44

of course, we expect the splits to be 1:30:55 (x2), Speedy  . . . .

26/05/2013 at 20:05

Great Time Speedy G. 

areeba areeba, undalay undalay.....race report


26/05/2013 at 20:37

I suspect a positive split this time round. The first few miles are downhill and the last five were into a headwind. And you can't hide behind runners who are going slower than you!

26/05/2013 at 20:41

Well done AR.

fraser - 81 minutes is a pootle???!! Sounds fast to me! 

Speedy - many congratulations. That is just brilliant and so well deserved.  Really looking forward to your report. 


26/05/2013 at 21:08

reading back - good result there Fraser. Some decent training over te summer and I see that sub 80 on the cards - and good work with being Speedy' back up crew. Fuel her up and set her off

Edited: 26/05/2013 at 21:09
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