Report from Tom Lynch: The Hyde Park Summer Mile is a mile race run on a 2 lap triangular course in Hyde Park (Woodhouse Moor). The race is run in heats (based on a prediction of your own time) over the course of the evening, including a race walk heat, with the faster heats coming at the end – predicted at around 8:40-09:00 pm. I persuaded Tom Pomfrett to sign up, before we realised it was on the same night as the Otley bike race.
Due to quite a lot of rain in the day the course was pretty slippery in places despite mostly drying up, and this meant a fairly slippery starting straight and first corner making it feel quite hard to get going. I think Tom and I both felt that we had more to give on the right course, but it was nice to both get a decent PB, if only by default! I had thought I had broken five and half minutes but it turned out the timing clock display was a bit slow.
The race was well organised, with food (two types of chilli with accompaniments, and a cake and snack buffet) at the Packhorse after, just a shame it clashed with the bike race, the late finish meaning we missed all the action.
The winner of the race was Adam Stacey (U/A) in 04:48.5, the first woman was Hannah Oldroyd (Saltaire Striders) in 05:13.0. The winner of the walking race was Callum Wilkinson (Enfield and Haringey AC) in 06:08.5 (a new British junior record).
35th Tom Lynch – 05:33.6
The junior race followed the second lap of the course to make a half mile race. I saw at least two Otley juniors in the race, who I think may have bagged 4th and 6th. At the time of writing the results are yet to come up for the junior race but can be found here: https://racebest.com/races/summer-junior-half-mile