Dead Runners society race report
Daresbury Dash 2 mile race – Wednesday 25th June 2003.
Back to my old stamping ground for a race I helped to found. Yet another race up the hill to the Firs and another opportunity to find out how unfit I have got.
Tony here with a report on his third race in 5 days. Back in the early/mid 90s I used to work at Daresbury Laboratory near my home town of Warrington. There were a few runners at the lab and in 1992 we joined together to form "Daresbury Accelerators" Running Club. I helped to form this club and the annual "Daresbury Dash" 2 mile multiterrain race for all the runners and anyone else interested at the lab.
I left Daresbury in 1995 but have been a frequent visitor to the lab since then doing experiments at the UK Synchrotron Radiation Source. I have even been around to do the Dash every now and then when my visits to the lab coincide with race day. My current job at Manchester University involves a lot of work at the Synchrotron, next week we have some more experimental time. I just happened to be visiting the lab today sorting things out for next week's experiment on the day of the Dash, what a coincidence :-)
After two races last weekend I was still feeling tired and a bit sore, I just wanted to run round today and support the race. I signed up for the race and jogged a mile to warm up, it was another warm and humid day. A lot of the original DARC members were there to run as well as a few keen looking youngsters, 29 lined up and the new Synchrotron Director said go.
Off we went round the lab perimeter road, usual fast start, I didn't try to go off too hard. I passed a fast starter as we left the lab, which put me in 7th place. Over the canal bridge and along the Bridgewater canal towpath, I could hear heavy breathing behind me but I was able to hold my position down the fairly narrow towpath. We come off the canal at the next bridge and then the fun begins, cross the canal and into a field and then up we go. Up the steep climb through the woods above the lab, I found it pretty tough going up to the top but I ran all the way and passed two walking on the way up. Very tired at the top, the secret of this race is not so much running up the steep bit but keeping going at the top. Descending through the woods I lost 4 places before emerging onto the road again. Picked up pace on the steep descent but I couldn't catch anyone, into the lab and on to the finish.
Pretty tired on finishing, 13.53 for the nominal 2 miles, 9th out of 29 finishers. A new pw for me in both position and time, back when I was young and fit I did nearly 2 minutes faster, still I didn't try to kill myself today. After the presentation of prizes I did another 1/2 mile to recover. No more racing for a while, a busy few weeks awaits me with my work, time to push back the walls of ignorance again.
Midweek. Warrington, Cheshire.
Weekends. Milton, Cambridge.