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North of Eng Div 4EC Meet #1

This past Saturday was my clubs debut in the North of England track and field league. I’ve become the clubs track and field secretary so as to make it possible. Last few weeks I’ve worked hard with Shaun Dimelow to get a team together, not an easy task when we lack depth in young senior members meaning our experienced members had to break out their comfort zone to do events they’ve never tried.

Originally my plan was to act mainly as team manager on the day and just do my preferred event which was 5000m, however at last the minute I had to do some juggling and I ended up down as the B runner for the 800m and A runner for the 1500m. This meant I had to rest and recover between races as well as making sure people was where they should be. Thankfully on the day my wife stepped up and took on the role of making sure everyone was where they should be and had the correct numbers on etc she did a fantastic job. I just had to worry about swapping people round as people got niggles, injuries etc. The day unfolded nicely, despite the windy/cold conditions the team did amazing, with club records set, broken and many new PB’s set.

For myself my first event was at 1:35 and it was the 800m. Now I’ve never raced this distance and usually run 800m reps in around 2:30 to 2:35. So I had no idea how to attack it. They decided to split the races so I ran in the B race. The first 100m was in lanes and then it was a dash to the inside. I went early and found myself boxed in but pace felt slow, so on the bottom bend I had to go on the outside. I did this and then pushed on and soon found myself up to second and held that till last 50m when I was out sprinted on the home straight. I clocked a time of 2:22.2 which was good enough for 3rd place and was also a club record having run 2s faster then out A runner. I’d quite like to have another crack at that and get under 2:20 to start with.

After a couple of hours break it was time for the 1500m, now it’s a race I want to do as really want that sub 5 minute time at the mile. Done it in training but never when it counts. So my aim was to run this hard. However, not only did I still feel the 800m in legs, the long day meant I was cold and the right hamstring that had been causing me trouble all week had flared up. Not only that I failed to do a warm up again and instead it meant the body wasn’t prepared enough for what I put it through, first lap I soon found myself just behind the leaders but instead of attacking on top bend I doubted myself for a moment and meant the second lap was slow, I finally pushed on past two runners to once again find myself in second place and I push hard over the last 800m and on final bend a Grantham runner pushed me all the way and it was on the line he pipped me, as I had to once again settle for 2nd in 4:44.7. Had I continued at that pace for a mile I would have clocked a 5:07 mile which would have been a new PB but still 7s off.

Prediction wise if I can get my 800m down to 2:17 and my 1500m down to 4:37 then in theory I should be capable on right day in the right conditions of doing a sub 5 minute mile.

Anyway my day was not finished as I ended up having to jump into our relay team for the 400’s I was first off and was very slow compared to the natural 400m sprinters and was last on my leg but the team was stronger on other legs and with two teams getting disqualified we got promoted from 5th to 3rd place. As a club we finished 5th overall in the team competition on our debut and we now look forward to our next meet in June.

  • 800m – 3rd in 2:22.20
  • 1500m – 3rd in 4:44.70

Kit used in race

  • Zeon Race Vest
  • Adidas Adizero Takumi Split Running Shorts Black
  • Adidas Arriba 3 running spikes
  • Sockmine lighweight Griplock running socks
  • Naked Runner classic black Ron Hill sunglasses
  • Garmin 220

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