All of this set me looking at some of my previous results, and it shows how strangely these things can work out. Last year I ran a 10k in Kew Gardens that was won by Chris Thompson. I was the third M50-59 by position (I don't recall getting any money or a trophy, however, which is something I hope they'll rectify next time. Harumph!!), but only the sixth in that age group by age grading, which goes to show there are some good ageing runners around. By overall position I was 62nd, but was 33rd overall by age grade (oh, and bizarrely, 64th by chip!). I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes you're running better than you think you are for your age...
I've often thought this. I ran in the Richmond Running Festival 10k last year, in which Chris Thompson finished first and Andy Vernon second. They more or less strolled round in just over 30 minutes, but the difference in their physiques was striking. Spoke to Chris after the race: ever such a nice guy.
Peter Collins - how very PC of you. Sorry, couldn't help it.
I forgot about the kids - again, slightly hard to take when they pass but fair play to them. There was a mile race before a 5 miler I did a few months ago and the kid who won it came in pretty much dead on 5:00 and he must have been under 13 - most would find it hard to compete with that.
Ho ho. I help out at one of the junior parkruns, which is for 4-14 year-olds, and the course record (2km) is held by a girl at 7:27. I mean, it's not amazingly fast, but I think I might have trouble competing with that these days.