The John Carr series consists of 3 races in 3 consecutive Wednesday’s in May every year. I completed all 3 last year, really enjoyed them and managed to win the series. This year I was in two minds whether to compete as I’d done Manchester marathon a few weeks ago and I also have another marathon in the lakes next week. However, after a successful Harrogate league run last week and a bit of persuasion from training partner Zack Whitehead I decided to give race 2 a go. My sole aim was to try and do the race in 15:50 which would be a 3 second pb. I hoped that this was possible as knew I was in great shape and felt confident in my running ability at the moment. Zack was after sub 17:30 and I was confident we would both get a positive result.
We collected our numbers from race h.q. and went to warm up. For some reason my legs felt dreadful but I put it down to nerves and the fact they were probably scared about what I was about to do to them!!! It was a new course this year and consisted of a simple out and back taking in some of the old course with slight inclines on the way out and a faster 2nd half. Once we set off there was a lead group of 6 of us with a couple of familiar faces and for the most part of the first half I sat at the back of this group with each of us taking turns to lead. I hit mile one in 5:05 as planned. I knew mile two would be the slowest with the majority of the inclines in that part of the course. We got to the halfway and turn around point and I was in 4th position and feeling very good. Mile two split was 5:12 then it was time to give it everything! As I shot to the front of the field taking 2 runners with me, I knew I had a win and a pb in me now!! Hitting the home straight and with 1/2 a mile to go i left them. I felt great and clocked a 4:50 mile!! Coming to the finish line and with my son Oliver shouting encouragement along with Racheal Bamford ( thanks for babysitting Racheal!!) I crossed the line in 1st place and a massive pb with a time of 15:41. I was elated!!! Zack crossed the line in 14th position in a time of 16:56, a good run but I think he will go quicker later on in the year. I’m so pleased for him as I know he’s been putting in a lot of hard work. Nicola Lee finished in 154th position in 21:40 a fantastic run and pb and Andrew Rayner finished 220th in 23:47. There was a total of 332 finishers.