Report from Zack Whitehead:
Surprisingly still on the comeback trail from a nasty stress fracture last year it has really taken a frustrating amount of time to get back into the swing of training, my advice to anyone would be listen to the doctor they are normally right about healing times no matter how superhuman you feel you are. It’s nice to be fit enough to try compete in the John Carr series which I very much enjoy doing. These days I have to be more selective with my races due to my fragile body and John Carr is at the top of my’ To Do List’ every year. I think it’s important to run in races you enjoy doing and not be pressured into doing lots of races for the sake of it. Last week I managed to run a New 5k PB at John Carr race 1, after the race when tucking into my free mars bar I remember feeling very fresh and springy…..Turns out it was too good to be true and it was announced by Power of 10 that the course was short, I wasn’t surprised and given the distances it only accounted for around 8-10 seconds, I do feel a little disappointed and let down with the race organisation but I know mistakes can happen. It also casts doubt over some previous races over the years at the John Carr, but anyway… John Carr race 2 and after a heavy stag weekend which involved lots of running, drinking and to my disappointment walking up hills in the lakes I was unquestionably tired on Wednesday. Coach (Jamil) had decided to give race 2 a miss which left Scott, Nicola and myself representing our training group, Scott was also tired from my Stag weekend so we weren’t hopeful of fast times. Here’s a bit of advice for anyone that fancies doing the race in the future, take note of my position at the end of the first Kilometre which was 14th. After making my way through the many fading runners who set off fast I managed a credible 4th (15.59)after disappointingly getting pipped on the line. Scott Managed a fantastic 2nd (15.53). The race was won by Marc Fenwick (Tyne Bridge Harriers)in 15.41 First Lady Helen Singleton (Wakefield Harriers) 17.28. Was the course long???? let’s not open that can of worms 🙂
Other Otley runners were Tom Midgley (17.06) Mark Hall (17.24) Tony Walker (20.55) Nicola Lee (22.20) Toni Midgley (25.55) Donald Buffham (26.57). Full results from Saltaire Striders here.