Saturday 4th April – Salford 10k

Saturday 4th April – Salford 10k

Report by Scott Harrington: Since the back end of 2014 I have been training with Zack Whitehead and Jamil Parapia. The target for this year was to smash my pbs in 5k,10k,10 mile, half and full marathon.  I achieved this at thirsk 10mile and brass monkey half, my next target was 10k. Salford has a reputation of being a fast race which attracts a strong field. It is a two lap open road race. On a wet gloomy Good Friday morning I travelled over to Lancashire with Zack, Chris and Charlotte Tomlinson. This was to be my first fast 10k road race in over a year and I was telling myself all week not to go off too fast! Jamil had set me a target of 32.20 (my pb is 32.37) so I thought that was achievable. We set off in near perfect conditions and I hit the first mile in 5.03 which was too fast so I backed off a bit for the next couple of miles. I hit half way in 16.17 being a 2 lap course it was great to see Gemma and the kids which gave me a brief lift and then for some reason went to sleep mile 4 to 5 so had a feeling the pb wasn’t on. I managed to run a great last mile to gain some placings but it was too late, I crossed the line in 32.45 finishing in 19th. I was pleased with my position but a bit disappointed in my time! I got my pacing all wrong and more speed work and race discipline is required. My mood quickly lifted when the other guys came in. Zach (after a nasty injury and who will run quicker times when fully fit) ran a great 33.42 finishing 35th. Chris Tomlinson who has only been running consistently the last few weeks came in at 46.37 a massive pb finishing 319th. Charlotte came flying in at 50.26 again a massive pb finishing 387th which was amazing and I was so pleased for her as she has been training so hard and it was great to see her clearly buzzing! There were 545 finishers overall and the winner was Gareth Raven in 30.40.  If you want to run a quick 10k then I can recommend Salford it’s a well organised competitive race.

5 thoughts on “Saturday 4th April – Salford 10k

  1. Well done everyone.
    Scott It is really hard not to break rule number one.. ‘don’t set off too fast’ ..especially when you feel in great shape and are itching to go. You usually lose more at the end than you gain at the beginning. It does sound like another pb is coming however and remember, disappointment is temporary, great times (32.45, I wish!!) last forever!

  2. Excellent report from Salford by Scott H. and I would say his 32:45 is not bad at all ,especially that it is a result done in a 2 lap course , I never liked races with 2 lap course , once in Milan I was running a half marathon in a 2 lap course,at the end of the first lap and before starting the second lap I could see my car parked on the road and I just wanted to stop and go home ,because for some reason the focus was not there anymore . Also Charlotte T. with 50:36 had a good performance in this 10k. Well done everyone.

  3. Good run all, happy to be back at Otley first claim, looking forward to chasing some fast lads soon

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