Indeed, in tw@ttish corpo speak, I've been told not to drop the metaphorical baton in the past. Now I get the opportunity to do it with the real thing!
Sounds great, Lit. You should have a chance of winning as well looking at the below, previous years' results, and the runbritain SSS ratings which suggest it's not exactly fast, but not that slow either, so the winning times ought to be within your range. Hopefully there's a good prize list.
Good news, Skinny! Look forward to having you back in the game.
Muddy - Are you MVTFL'ing tomorrow night? 3000m if so? Don't think I've seen him specifically mention that he's racing, but guess there's a pretty good chance you'll get to meet Dean and see him in action if you are. He's one of the few on this forum who I'd still feel confident in predicting that you'll be looking at the back of his vest rather than vice-versa!
Is this 5k the one along the beach, Lit? Assume the sand is fairly firm, but how do times compare to the road?
Good stuff, madbee.
And 3000m races aren't too bad to start with if you pace them right. Feels like an overly enthusiastic start to a 5k for the first few laps, before degenerating into a lactic/oxygen debt fest over the last few which can get quite unpleasant, yes! I was toying with the idea of running the 3000 tomorrow night as a guest if the 800 didn't wipe me out too much actually, but will now be dipping my toe into the choppy waters of 400s as part of the 4x400 relay which closes the meeting - should be interesting!
Best of luck for tomorrow night, Mr V - hope the weather is a bit more kind to you than it has been recently. I had my leg stretch + strides at lunchtime...in a monsoon, though at least missed the hail which followed in soon after. Spring eh? Marvellous.
Evening all - finally a chance to poke my nose in.
Some very solid relaying over the weekend - well done to the Hilly 3. Not so keen on the aftermath though - bugger. Get healthy soon, people. Congrats on the prize, McF. Happy birthday, Lou and happy hols, DT.
Excellent to see Charlie continuing his rapid progress - without any 5k specific work n'all. Was windy enough on Saturday for me to have been moaning bitterly had I been racing too, so makes the PB even more impressive. Fair conditions and some faster training (if that's the way you choose to go) should see you sub-19 by and sniffing at that silver cell by mid-summer I'm sure. We might have to arrange a smackdown at some point.
Well done to Madbee too, sounds like a fun way to get back to it.
Good effort, Tommy! Ha! One day you'll get to attack that 5k PB fresh...and sober.
Ta for the table updates and commentary as ever, Skinny - good work.
Admirable commitment to the cause to measure your HR whilst asleep, Mace! Interesting with the early hours heart racing too - I wonder whether you were dreaming of running or...er, something else. Think I'd agree that sleeping HR isn't the same as resting HR though. I'm currently using 38 for mine having seen that one (very rare) lazy Sunday afternoon. Good to see another other half getting into the running. Mine wanted a Garmin for her birthday, so I think the bug has well and truly been caught.
Speaking of other halves, good luck with the wedding prep, Dan.
Just easy running for me over the weekend. Skipped the planned hill reps as the lower legs in particular felt like they needed freshening up, never having quite got their zip back after the hill drills around Easter time were followed by the rash of racing and a couple of moderately hard sessions. Rest day today to hopefully help fully freshen up for three races later in the week - 800s on Wednesday and Saturday, and a 3000 on Sunday.
Looks like you're not particularly well served up your way (or in the north in general) by that website, Skinny, you're right.
Another option would be to use some of the filter settings on runbritain - so for instance the below will show you all track meetings in June. A bit unwieldy as it includes all league fixtures too, but you can Ctrl+F and enter 'open' to scroll through the open meetings. Not all (and probably many) of the open meets will have Mile races either, so perhaps only of use to someone like Mr V who is keen to run an event and might not mind a bit more legwork:
Another option to give you an idea of what might be available road wise is to use the below, which shows you where Mile races were run in May and June last year. Probably a good chance there will be repeats of those events this year:
Is that the club record for the classic nearly 3 miles distance?
It's a full lap of the HP lake, and the club handicap has been run several times per year for most, if not, the entire life of the club (about 30 years) I think, so is a good benchmark for club members, particularly those setting records now when we're constantly told how much faster everyone was 30 years ago!
Good effort, Tommy. GPS has a lap of the lake at 2.95m I think, and with long straights and little tree cover that's probably accurate. I make your 18:49 worth about 19:50 pace for 5k, so if it didn't feel like 5k pace then that's got to bode very well indeed...particularly with the HP wind to contend with.
G'luck to the relayers, 7.8 milers and any other racers that I've either forgotten about or have been hiding their light under a Garry Bushell.