[Wed 18th Jul]†
What a great race by Steven French.† He certainly put the old
On what was a great effort by Steven his PB was smashed by about 1.5 mins.† The handicapper needs to be careful here for the next Summer Cup!
Sunderland 5 km has been around on the same course
since I joined
The course is frighteningly congested and fast at the start, the first half a mile or so is a flat out sprint to get away from the masses or be trampled on!† Although the sight in a previous year of Andrea Scott flying past Gareth, Helen and I keeps you focussed.
This year no Andrea, just a lot of runners with the same plan.† Go off hard and pray!
As usual I did go off too fast and was in front of those who I have recently been behind on say 10 km races.† That was probably a warning I should have heeded.
Itís a 2 lapped course of un equal laps to allow for this fast starting point.† There are a couple of very short drags in it, but overall it is a flat enough course.† There was a stiff breeze at times, but this was both on you and then with you as you went around the lake.
Back to Steven, a great race and well paced overall.† Thatís the way to do these 5 km races!!!† Are they still too long for me or are they now too short??† I have no idea really and I doubt whether I'll ever work them out.