Dead Runners society race report
Daresbury Dash 2 mile race - Wednesday 16th June 2004.
A brief return to running as I pushed back the frontiers of Science at my old workplace.
Today I returned to my former workplace, Daresbury Laboratory, for the annual 2 mile "Daresbury Dash" race. I worked at Daresbury 1990-5 and helped to organise the first race in 1992. Since I left in 1995 I have been a frequent visitor to the lab to use the scientific facilities. My current job at Manchester University involves very frequent visits to the lab and so it wasn't too hard to find a reason to be on site for the race.
I signed in for the race, former dead Robin Tasker was organising the race again, I got my number and jogged 1 mile to warm up. It was a warm sunny day but after a tough track session last night I needed to get my legs going.
31 runners of all sorts of abilities had signed up, I lined up near the front and off we went, didn't go off too hard. I was there more to support the event than for a flat out run. Off we went on the inner road loop on site, I started to work my way through as we came off site to start the outer loop. I crossed the bridge before we got onto the Bridgewater canal towpath, I was in about 13th place at this stage. Pushed on a bit harder and passed a couple of runners on the towpath. Around halfway we recrossed the canal, then the fun began :-) Up we went into the woods above the lab, it gets steeper the closer you get to the top, I passed 4 runners walking on the way up (as usual). The trick with this race is keep going over the top, I am a good uphill runner but a lousy downhill runner, 2 runners passed me on the way down. Back onto the road and a chance to run properly. Hard pace in on the road, back onto the site and I almost caught a runner on the line.
Fairly tired on finishing, I finished 9th, same as last year in 13.26, 27s faster than last year so a fairly encouraging run. I jogged a mile to recover post race and then it was back to the Science.
Tony Bell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Midweek - Warrington, Cheshire.
Weekends - Milton, Cambridge.