Report from Mark Hall:
The organisers claim that this is the fastest 5k in the UK and it would be hard to argue with this as it is 5 laps of a totally flat cycle circuit with a super smooth tarmac surface.
However, the evening I decided to do it (18.30 start!) it was raining and very windy, unfortunately, the wind was blowing down the long finishing straight which was not ideal for producing fast times. The event usually runs 2 races for fast and slower runners but due to a reduced entry there was only one race with a very small field. As a result unless you managed to get in a group you were alone for 5k and it was more of a time trial. This was my situation and I ran 5k alone and so was pleased with the result.
Zack Whitehead ran and recorded an excellent time finishing 14th in 16.08, not sure if this is a PB. Looking good for Abbey Dash.
Winner. Phil Sersman Blackheath 14.43
Mark Hall. 17.11 (20th)
Zack Whitehead. 16.08 (14th)
Number runners. 291