Posted: Yesterday at 19:07
Midlands vets cup final for today. As I hadn't raced in any of the 4 league fixtures to qualify I let the chaps that did have first choice of races. As such I was left with the 3000. I'm in poor shape and struggling a bit recently, so planned to sit at the back of the lead group and blast the last lap.
We went through the first k in 3.06, I was struggling a bit and the leaders went away from me. I clung on but was losing ground. 2nd k was 3.10. I decided I needed to move at 800 if I'm to close this gap but they raised also so I didn't make much gain. Approaching the bell I move into 2nd but the leader (a 68 min half mara man and 2.22 mara) is 20m or so ahead and not showing signs of falling apart. I raise the pace and by 200 to go I'm about 15m back.
Right I'm all in, its my home track and plenty of support so I want to try to win this. My kick is good, I'm gaining all the time, slaloming round lapped runners and I'm on his shoulder with 40m to go and he responds but in truth I'm in 800 mode now and confident, so i go again to put some air between us. Taking the win by about 2 secs In 9.15 unofficial. A 2.59 last km. No where near a pb but felt really good winning in that manner against a very good runner.
As I was warming down I was asked if I could do the 400 as well as the original chap couldn't do it. Bit nervous as I know my speedwork is non existent since holidays. Went out ok then kicked it to the last 200. I was in lane 1 and by 200 I was already leading so when the stagger unwound I was well clear. Finished strong easing off in the last 10 or so. Was surprised to hear unofficial time was 55 secs. So maybe some speed still left in there.
Track season official over for me, roll on a few road races.