Sunday 16th November – Preston 10 mile road race

Report from Tamara Weatherhead: Stumbling around in a mixture of measured panic and bewilderment, I dragged the kids out of bed at 7am, deposited them with the grandparents in Clitheroe, and made my way to south Preston for the Preston Harriers’ 10 mile road race. I felt safe in my anonymity miles away from Otley. I was surrounded by strange accents and exotic-sounding clubs: Penny Lane Striders, Astley and Tydesley RR, Wesham RR and Spectrum Striders. So I decided to pay my money and get my number. The last individual open race I did was, erm, well over a year ago, so I was a tad apprehensive – but figured I didn’t have to tell anyone if it went horribly wrong. Unfortunately, just before the start I bumped into Mark Hall. Oh dear, I’d have to try and make a decent job of it.
It’s basically a flat race around two 5-mile laps, including a scenic stretch along the A59 dual carriageway to Liverpool. I have moaned many a time about running laps because it’s boring, but what do I know, as I don’t run many races? My panicked brain sprung into action: the first lap I could take fairly steady, knowing I could then push it on the second because I knew exactly what was coming. Brilliant idea having laps! In reality, I still don’t have much of a race-head so I was pretty even all the way round, with a little flourish at the end to make sure I got 4th lady, 79th overall, 1st FV45 in a pleasing time of 66:39. Mark finished way ahead of me, obviously, 18th overall and 2nd MV50 in 58.34 – which I thought was pretty good. The winner was Tom Charles from Trafford AC in 52.14 and 1st lady, 42nd overall, was Hannah Oldroyd, UK Net Runner in 1:02:28. Full results
Really enjoyed the race, easy one to make a come-back on 😉 I couldn’t fault the set-up: loads of helpful, polite marshals before, during and after the event, very well organised. Thank you Preston Harriers!

  1. #1 by Andrew Robertshaw on November 16, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    Brilliant runs from you both, a club record category for Tamara & Eric Smith’s long standing V55 records are looking now very vulnerable in 2015. see

  2. #2 by Tom Potter on November 17, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Tamara, You state you dont have much of a ‘race head’. I’d suggest your tactics show you have a great ‘race head’. Negative splits are always hard to do in any race. Well done to you and Mark.

  3. #3 by Tamara on November 17, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Thanks Andrew and Tom!

  4. #4 by Caron Ralph on November 17, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    well deserved club record-you should race more, ROY in the making…..

  5. #5 by Matt Podd on November 17, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    Impressive time oh shrinking violet, having Mark as a pacer (good run Mark) was a Lucky break. Well done both. I’ve always liked Penny Lane Striders as a club name

  6. #6 by Howard on November 17, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Those are both great times for 10 miles well done.

  7. #7 by mark hall on November 17, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    Tamara, you ran really well and recorded a good time, as Caron said you should race more and take confidence from this performance.

  8. #8 by Antonio Cardinale on November 20, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    Congratulations to Tamara W. for the new club record achieved with a strong performance. Well done to Mark H. with 58:34 is indeed outstanding , it is consistency in competing at extraordinary levels .

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