It’s the Bolsover 10k this Sunday and while I’m not doing it this year (mainly because I try and stick to UKA races), it is a popular local 10k and one I look back on fondly. I was in a low patch due to my racing ever week challenge but some how manage to pull out one of my best 10k times of last year at this race. Here is a look back at how last years race unfolded for me. I do think if it became a UKA race it would be very popular with the fast club runners.
While Saturday was all about getting the race done so the challenge continued, Sunday was about getting back my mojo. I had a bit of a dip in form after I won my first race. I had achieved something I never thought possible and then to go out again and try and top it was hard. In November I had tried to up the miles in training and had hopes of getting another 10k PB at Abbey Dash, well the PB came a week early (I still think it was a short course) and then I had nearly a month of bad races (well in my view they were). So Bolsover was all about getting back to my happy place.
I had been given my number/chip a weekly earlier at the 5k so it meant I could relax going into the start. I had seen the race profile and knew it would be a race of two halves. After the bad run of results and my illness, I had one simple goal and that was to go sub 37 so it would give me an idea of where I was and how much work I had to do to get to sub 35 come Feb 7th.
We made the short journey down the M1 and this meant a bit longer in bed much to the delight of the rest of Team Hayes. We parked up away from school so we could easily get out afterwards. The build up to the start was fab bumping into friends from Steel City Striders and other clubs. I also bumped into Caz Kay of Totley AC who is also doing some fundraising for The Children’s Hospital Charity and we got to have a good chat and a few photos. After this I said bye to the familia and made my way to the start. I chatted on the line and then the whistle went and off we set.
It was a quick dash up past the school entrance then around to the right, the route briefly took us round the outskirts of the village before swinging a right and out towards the B6417. I hit the first mile in 5:32 my best start to a 10k for a while and I felt good. The second mile was downhill as we headed towards Clowne I was in a pack of a dozen runners and we worked the pace together, we ran along the B6417 for the majority of mile two and 3 with me clocking a 5:41 second mile and then holding a faster then target pace for nearly 5k, it was only the slight incline to the turning point and then hill to 5k that cost me a 3rd mile in sub 5:47 pace.
I hit halfway in 17:46 and it was the first time I had done a sub 18 for a few months. I knew though the next 5k would be tougher as we undulated back up to Bolsover along country roads. I was having a good tussle with the lad who finished 2nd to me at Retford and a North Derbyshire RC with all 3 of us pushing each other up the hills. The thing is you don’t make up the time you lose going up when you go down and mile 4 was done in 6:04 but average pace was still well under my planned target. I still felt my right lung burning on the climbs but I tucked in when needed. For me the 5th mile was the hardest with some real drags in section and the pack in front that contained a runner I knew from Striders and Totley slowly pulled away and for most of mile 5 it was me and the lad from Lincoln. As we hit 8k (5th mile) in 6:08 he kicked on and slowly opened up a gap that I was unable to pull back in.
By now I was feeling the pace and I just gritted my teeth as we ran back into the village and back along the early part of the course. On the last bend a runner from Blizzard got on my shoulder and out kicked me in the last 400m as I turned into the school I kicked to chase him down and crossed the line in 19th place. I was 8 seconds behind the lad from Lincoln and the pack I had been chasing finished around 20s in front of me. Had I stayed with them I would have set a PB so it’s good to know that I’m getting back into PB shape.
It was also the end of week 1 of my 9 week plan to hit a sub 36 at Dewsbury and with the races on Sunday being tough ones over the festive period. I will be using them to work on my pacing and also using the parkuns on a Saturday to get my 5k pace back. It is a fab race and it just annoys me that ARC races are not counted on Power of 10 yet parkruns that are not races are counted!!!!
- 19th in 36:41