Posted: Yesterday at 02:02
Ric Good to see you starting back with running
sg consistanr session the other day. Looks good
pete - congrats with the mile. You should find a track mile and go for it.
as Simon says above the conditions for Watford open was perfect...so as I sat in my office in Cheshire I made the call at 2pm to change all my meetings to calls so I could keep working from the car and head down for the 3hr journey to Watford. Get there and spot a few familiar faces...one being mr Simon Coombes. A quick chat then found out that les, Simon and myself were in the same race at about 9.30 pm. We are 3 of the top 4 v40 1500 uk rankings so the race took on another dimension. It was a proper race as well as a time trial. Gun goes and I get to the front and it felt too fast so I ease off a bit which was a mistake as we went through 400 in 66/67. Should have been 64/65. A couple of youngsters went past so I try and go with them. one opens up a 5m lead but we reel him in. Through 800 in 2.12. Piss! I was working hard and was 2 secs down on the minimum target. Another couple of youngsters come past so I work hard to go with. I know I have to put in a big 3rd lap in to get back on target and fear Simon and les on my shoulder ready to pounce. I'm actually feeling good, I'm working hard but not filling with lactic. Through the bell on the shoulder of the leader in 3.00 So I had found the 2 secs and back on target. The race come to life with the odd youngster trying to get past but me responding. Then les newell, who made the world v40 1500 final last yr, flys past at 200 to go. He looks strong, I try to respond and manage to not let his lead grow beyond 3 or 4m. I go to make my move and a young 'un comes alongside and boxes me in......balls to that. I give him a decent nudge to keep me in attack position then cut in front of him so I can concentrate on just catch les in the sprint. I take off and am alongside with 80 to go and burst past into the lead. On the other side a youngster goes side by side to the line in a sprint finish but I beat him. A win, a proper race and a big SB in 4.04.12. so it was defn worth the long drive. Was even better that it was a direct race against top chaps in Simon and les who on another day either could have won it.