Report from Mark Hall:
This race took place in Barrowford not far from Colne. It uses a purpose built 1km cycle racing circuit to be run 5 times and is very fast and flat. It is unusual in that the start time is 18.30 on a Saturday evening. There are 2 races, the B race is for runners with a fastest time of 17.30. The A race any runner faster than this. I opted for the faster race in the hope of getting pulled along to a faster time. The front end of the race attracted some quality runners with excellent times. Elish McColgan and Helen Clitheroe were in the womens field. I started as fast as I could and tried to hold on for 5k, no other way to run such a short event and was pleased to get under 17 minutes which was my target. I finished 36th from a field of 40! 39th place was17.41!
This event generally only attracts racers and did not see any fun runners (this is not disrespectful to fun runners just fact and promise I am not being elitist!) The field is small and fast. It’s £5 to enter, no changing rooms, no t shirt, medal or prizes, unless you win. It is a super atmosphere as everyone anticipates fast times. The organisation is excellent and very relaxed. If you want a PB this is for you the next event is in June.
I took a few seconds off the club record and also set a V55 UK best alongside my 10k and half marathon UK bests (Power of 10)
Winner: Chris Parr, Gateshead Harriers 14.43, Mark Hall: 16.57 (36th) 40 runners, 1st V55