Saturday 5th March: Podium 5k

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

  1. #1 by Matt on March 7, 2016 - 7:29 pm

    Good effort Mark and you are keeping Andrew busy updating the record tables.

  2. #2 by Sean O'Halloran on March 7, 2016 - 7:51 pm

    No frills racing !! Love it, sounds perfect. Well done Mark.

  3. #3 by Howard on March 8, 2016 - 4:52 am

    Well done Mark another awesome race.

  4. #4 by Peter Crowder on March 8, 2016 - 3:49 pm

    Tremendous running Mark. A real inspiration.

    Might have to give the June B race a go. (Pops-off to google the venue…)

  5. #5 by Hannah Lupton on March 9, 2016 - 2:19 pm

    Another club record! There must be someone else in the club that give Mark a run for his money he’s having it far too much his own way at the moment 😉

  6. #6 by Antonio Cardinale on March 9, 2016 - 2:23 pm

    After all Mark your report from Barrowford was good indeed , apart from that , and your performace in a top field of athlets also at national level with 16:57 is a remarkable achievement that gives you a new club record, me as well I might have to give the June B race a go.

  7. #7 by mark hall on March 11, 2016 - 10:37 pm

    Hannah, it’s nice to break a few club records but this will no doubt be the last year. Be good to motivate and encourage the more mature OAC members to get involved with vets races. As for you girls there are a lot of records that are there for the taking! It was really good to see the girls running at the Norton 9m, maybe the seeds of a nascent ladies team?

  8. #8 by Howard on March 12, 2016 - 10:12 am

    Mark, why the last year? No problems I hope. There are still records to be broken. Don’t forget the maxim: ‘You don’t stop running cause you get old; you get old cause you stop running’

  9. #9 by Shane on March 13, 2016 - 8:11 am

    Sounds like a good race to watch the race horses out front Mark! That’s a great effort to maintain that pace on 5 1K laps – I’m not sure I’d like being overlapped on that. You’re running really strongly right now and representing the club brilliantly (more than can be said about me) – top effort.

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