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#TBT – Festival of Miles 2014

With me doing my first track race of 2017, I’ve picked my first ever official track race as this week’s throwback article. I had done two time trials with Sheffield RC but this race in May 2014 was my first official race on a running track, I got my first official mile PB and it’s still a goal to run a sub 5 minute mile. Here is the report I did back on my old blog.

Only two days after doing the Liverpool 10k. I was back racing, this time was only over a mile. The race was part of an evening of racing to celebrate Rodger Bannister’s sub 4 minute mile 60 years ago. The race was held at the same track as I do my weekly club track sessions.

I was in race two with some very quick runners. I traveled down with my running mate who was also doing it. We registered and picked up our numbers and did a few laps on track to warm up. I spoke to Helen who I knew from Twitter who was also in my race.

We then watched the first race and boy it was a fast race with all but one running a sub 5 minute mile, the top 3 all post sub 4:30 times. Next up was my race and was nervous we all had starting lanes and then bang the gun went and we was off. I did my usual bull in china type racing and hit the first bend in 3rd place, I knew the other runners would pass me but wanted a good start and hold it as long as I could.

First lap and I did a time of 77 secs a new 400m PB, I knew I had gone out hard and I slowed into a more manageable pace I could sustain for next 3 laps. Lap two and the field start to spread out and a few runners I knew passed me as i did second lap in 86 seconds. Lap 3 is always hardest and by now the stronger finishes started to make their move and I was just trying to keep my pace. On the final bend of lap 3 three more runners passed me (these all posted sub 5:30 times). I did a quicker 3rd lap in 85 seconds.

The final lap and I was giving it everything Helen passed me on top bend and had a fight with my former club mate Ben on the back straight, he got on my heals on the final bend and passed me and was a sprint to finish I just could not pull him back. I crossed the line and looked at my watch and it was a new PB. I waited for the results to come in.

I finished 11th in my race of 12. I paid for doing first lap too fast but it is how I race and I officially knocked 18 seconds off my previous mile personal best. I was over the moon, I was glad I did not drop down to race 3 as I might not have run as fast. I know have a week until my next race as I’m taking the weekend off from racing and getting some long runs in before my next half marathon.

Good thing is both my past two races have been good scores and has pushed my handicap score back up to 7.3 on Run Britain, hopefully when the parkruns from March and April get added it should make a big difference.

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