I think there is a general lack of interest, whether this is because they aren't publicised or vice versa I don't know. I think Warks has decided to drop the specific distance championships and just crown the league winner as county champion.
Well done Tommy, for keeping up the impressive race frequency if not always getting the results you would like.
And to Charlie - decent result from your current 5 miles per day regime.
Skinny - I'm not sure about the fast finishing. Garmin says 5:19 for the final 0.17 miles. It's a certified course - Worcestershire AAA championship race; there are a few tree and a few corners, but nothing out of the ordinary. I've stopped worrying about course length etc it is what it is (unless it in the Lancashire area). No doubt some are a bit long and some are a bit short.
It's obviously a quick course, though surprisingly low key. Looking at the results, despite it being the county championship race, only four of the top 10 were worcestershire runners.
McF mentioned prizes: annoyingly prizes went to top four overall, but then only top two age category places. totally unfair: Surely I deserve a point Skinny?
Looking at McMillan - yesterday's result is equivalent to my HM time earlier this year which is reassuring in some way.
This weekend was Pitchcroft 10k. I'd done it last year and got a pb without much specific training so knew it was a fast course and though I'd give it a proper go this time.
There was a 2 mile funrun before the 10k so we took the kids along; however, eldest refused to do it, so I had to take middle daughter round and that was my warm up. Briefly said hi to Charlie at the start and then we were off.
There's a bit of a bottleneck shortly after the start so I lined up near the start and set off quickly. I continued the fast pace probably longer than I'd planned so was quite surprised when Charlie went past me at around the half mile mark. Maybe he realised his error, because he slowed a bit afterwards an I passed him at around 1 mile.
So we went on, course is 3 two mile laps with a bit of overlap to make the 0.2 and the first lap was bang on pace and caused little drama. Second lap started to hurt and as I went through the start/finish area I briefly developed a very negative mindset and even considered quitting for a time. I didn't quit, but mile 5 was slow. then I was into the final mile and started to press on, picking up the pace a little through mile six and still finding a bit left for a fast finish.
So - splits were 6:05, 6:08, 6:04, 6:11, 6:19, 6:02 and 53s for the bits: Total 37:42 on my watch.
All this politics is leaving me with little time for race reports. I now owe two and the sphinx 5 was pretty poor.
So last weekend I had a crack at the fledgling Stratford park run. I thought it was at the racetrack so I went there jogged round looking for parkrun looking people. Found some and asked where the start was; they told me it was on the recreation ground a mile or two down the road, so I jogged down there, arrived in plenty of time and ran a nice evenly paced 5k for 4th place in 18:15.
The course had been altered last week as there was a rowing event on the adjacent river. The rowing club generously offer a free bacon or sausage sandwich for all parkrunners so I went straight round there to claim mine and this time I was first in the queue.