Dead Runners society race report
Enfield Racewalking League 5 miles - Saturday 10th April 2004.
Easter weekend was my 5th consecutive competitive weekend of racewalking. Enfield again, conditions were a little bit better than the previous weekend but not brilliant but it was all worth it in the end!
Tony back here in Cambridge with my beautiful wife for the Easter holidays. Yesterday we headed down to the big city for another Enfield league racewalk. We arrived in good time, I entered the walk and Shelley got ready to do another track session over hurdles at the Enfield track. I was feeling a bit tired before the race but I went through the motions of a warm up, I jogged 2 laps of the track and then racewalked 2 laps of the track. As Shelley zoomed round the track I remarked to her "I wish I could wake up". I felt very sluggish indeed.
On with the racewalking shoes and off to the park next to the track to race, A reasonable turnout of 35 walkers considering the cold and windy Easter weather. Off we went for 5 1 mile laps round the park. my usual sparring partner Alan from Ilford wasn't here today so I went off hard to try and follow Sean from Enfield, I have beaten Sean over 3000m but not over anything longer. I couldn't latch onto the end of Sean's group and I found myself isolated, then I got caught up by the first of the girls (children only do 1 lap). I walked on with the her, appropriately she is the granddaughter of Alan from Ilford. She was getting a lot of support from the spectators as she was on for a good time, I did my best to stick with her. End of lap 1 in 8.57! Ooops, a bit too fast, at the end of lap 1 I was 8th grownup.
As I started lap 2 a walker from Ilford zoomed past, I later found out he had deliberately taken lap 1 easy. I then got caught up by Amos from Enfield (former senior international) and Laurence from Ilford. Paced settled down a bit but I was able to stick with them, working hard on lap 2, I knew I had gone off too fast but all I could do know was hang on and hope for the best. End of lap 2 in 18.04/9.07, slowed a little but not too much. Amos gradually speeded up and I went with him, Laurence dropped back. As Amos turned the screw I was finding it really tough to hang on, especially round the bends, towards the end of the lap the judge warned me for creeping and lifting as I went round a bend and that broke the cord and Amos zoomed away in pursuit of Sean. End of lap 3 in 27.09/9.05, I was still going fast and I could still get a pb if I were not to slow down too much.
Lap 4 and Laurence caught me up but I stuck with him, we were now in 10th and 11th place, working really hard to hang on on this lap, end of lap 4 in 36.32/9.23 and I was still on pace for a pb! Picked up pace on last lap, I fairly quickly lapped the 2 tailenders. I was really tired by now but I got ahead of Laurence, but not by much. The wind had picked up by now which made it really tough into the wind, there were a few spots of rain in the air as well. Finally into the home straight, I was going as hard as possible for the line but Laurence comfortably outsprinted me. Over the line in 45.52/9.20. A new pb by 13s and my first sub 46! I finished 11th, 30 walkers completed 5 laps.
Very tired on finishing, great race if not quite evenly paced :-) Still I got away with it. I thought last months 46.05, in much better conditions, would take some beating but I beat it!
I did 1/2 mile very easy post-race to recover, a very encouraging race. Roll on the track season.
ORN 7.2 miles with the beautiful Shelley along the river Cam today
Tony Bell - email@example.com
Midweek - Warrington, Cheshire.
Weekends - Milton, Cambridge.