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Cleethorpes AC Open

This past Monday was the Cleethorpes open meet, at the same venue where I did the Grimsby Open last year and the recent North of England meet. After last weeks mini heatwave by Monday it was wet and cold! Before I get into Monday’s meet, I had also done a 3000m at my home athletics ground at 18:30 Wednesday night. It was horrible. I struggled in the heat and the fact only 4 people entered! Two U23 from the local university, a young lady and myself, it meant the field was strung out. I scraped to my target pace in the first 1000m but the heat and fact was running solo for 5 laps sapped my pace and I came 3rd in a very poor 10:11.2

However sometimes you need to hit bottom before you can rebuild. I scrapped rest of the week, enjoyed some R & R and took time to reflect on recent performances, training and take action, you can read more in my previous article by clicking here.

After dropping the planned 3000m on Saturday at the South Yorkshire League, Monday morning, I felt fresher then I had done in months. Wasn’t expecting to be setting new PB’s but the plan was to do the 3000m in the morning and mile race in the afternoon and treat it like a very hard training day. My 3000m was first up and at same time my daughter was competing in the U11 Long Jump, thankfully I managed to finish my race before she did her jumps.

Unlike Weds there was a massive turnout resulting in two races, I was put into the A race and first time I’ve raced against 15 other runners in a 3000m. The race was electronic timing and photo finish, so it meant accurate timings etc. As always plan was to go hard and try and get sub 10 at least. On the gun we was off, I still need to improve my start drive as I had to work in first 400m to get settled into position. There was four youngsters who made an early break and I was in the chasing pack, for first 4 laps I was glued to a Scunthorpe & District runner. I clocked a 74s first 400m and settled into a good rhythm.

For first time in a while I felt good and first 1000m was clocked in 3:18, I then dropped off back of the Scunthorpe runner but at same time I had caught two of the early race setters but without realising it my 400m splits during my middle 100m were poor and meant I dropped 10s on the 2000m split with a 3:28 second 1000m. As I entered the final 1000m I was in 4th place but gap between me and 3rd had grown to about 60m and I had a few runners running off my shoulder. I managed to push on in the last 800m, and had a good last 400m tussle, just getting out sprinted in the last 200m to finish 5th. I did clock my fastest 1000m split in 3:12 to give me 9:59.85 on the clock. Just 1s down on my outdoor PB. A great benchmark and I know if I can sort that middle 1000m out I can seriously look at going faster then my current PB of 9:54.76 that I set indoors.

Afterwards I got to see my daughter smash her long jump PB 3 times and clearing 2 meters for the first time. Molly then placed 4th in heat 5 of the 80m races, her highest ever finish. The mile race didn’t happen in the end as only one was a youth mile. So I came away with a good benchmark for which to build upon.

Next up is the clubs track and field league meet in Grantham Sunday. I’m aiming to have a better 5000m performance then I did at the Yorkshire County Champs.

  • 5th in 9:59.85

Kit used in race

  • Zeon Race Vest
  • Adidas Responsive 5inch shorts
  • Adidas Arriba 3 spikes
  • Sockmine lighweight Griplock running socks
  • Garmin 220

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