Sunday, 16 November 2008

Race report

I woke up a bit discombobulated and not really feeling much like racing but off I went to do the Gill Pimblott Memorial 5km in Tyldsley. Met up with Trio and Ali as I got my race number, was surprised but pleased to see Ali was racing, hopefully this means she's mended now! A really nice course, well marshalled, very friendly atmosphere. I finished somewhere near the back (25'38"), I didn't get the results print out so don't know my exact position, I was however first in my category (advantages of being old) so won a big tin of choccies, presented by Ron Hill, who'd also happily posed for a photo just past the finish line too. 

I had a good afternoon, despite anxieties I'd had, running in a club vest is actually really nice, having a club name printed on your shirt gives people something to yell out and the extra personal encouragement is nice. I was pleased with my time but similar to the club race on Wednesday I don't feel I pushed myself as hard as I could. I've got hardly any race experience and I'm hoping as I do a few more races I'll get better at judging pace. I also have a suspicion I'm more suited to a longer distance than 5km, I feel like just as I'm warmed up, past feeling all painful and in a bit of a groove, the race is over. I'm going to look for some longer races to enter and see how I go.

7 comments:

Arleigh said...

Good job! Winnning your age category is always fun.

kate said...

excellent result and a photo of ron hill too-very jealous! well done

trio said...

I think I was just get warmed up as well. Although I certainly did push myself hard!

You finished 64th out of 80 finishers, so not really at the back!

Great race and thanks for suggesting it!

jonathan said...

Just read this on Trios blogg.

Well done Jumbly, great win!

jumbly said...

Thanks everyone!

sarah said...

Choccies are a nice prize! You did great!

Julbags said...

I know what you mean about the club vest thing - my name changes to "Chorley" for the duration of a race! Even on the rain drenched Coniston trail race a gate marshal shouted it out really cheered me up at the time.