Thursday, 12 July 2012
One Bolton 5k by Gary Stevens
It certainly lived up to its billing as there were a mixtures of elite runners, club runners, recreational runners, gym goers, reasonably fit looking people, joggers, power walkers and walkers. .
The race itself started and finished at the Reebok Arena running track and took in some local trails which were pretty wet from all the recent rain.
During the race itself i tried to stick with Sean McMyler of Horwich who i know is coming back to form.
Sean was very encouraging and helped me a lot during the race but proved too strong and pulled away after 2k. I managed to keep him within a few seconds and worked off him as we passed runners around the trails. At the 4k marker Dave Jackson was there to offer words of encouragement and that give me a lift to grit my teeth for the final km. Sean pulled away a little as we turned on the track for the final 300 mtrs but i managed to hold my form to finish 7th with an official time of 17 Min's 58, my first even sub 18 5k run.
Tarus Elly won the race in 15 Min's 34 with Sean in 5th 17.45. Maria Lowe was first lady clocking 18 Min's 57.
Roll on Sale next Thursday for another lung buster, which if all goes to plan could bring a better time, and if not I've got the consolation of flying to Ibiza at 6am the following morning ;-)