Report from Howard:
Today, together with 6,733 other participants, I ran the Asda 10K in Leeds. A nicely organised event in terms of start logistics, estimated finish time segregation/starts, toilets where they were needed and finish set up. The roads were closed within the route but I was able to park for free within a four minute walk from the start. It was deceptively warm and muggy as I oriented myself for the finish and I was glad I had opted for my summer vest. At the start the compere was brilliant I thought, veritably ‘voice-over man’ himself and he animated the twenty minutes before the start, along with the obligatory ‘warm up’ sequence. I had felt quite fatigued during the week’s training after last week’s efforts but at the start I thought I detected a bit of a spring in my step. I have done a couple of 20 minute 5K’s recently so was hopeful of approaching 40.00 minutes as there was no swim or bike leg to sap my strength today. I stationed myself optimistically behind the 40 pacer. The start was not as slow and congested as I had anticipated but allowed for a steady build-up of pace. The pacer’s flag did disappear into the distance quite quickly and the spring in my step quickly vanished too. There were one or two pinch points going round the station in the city centre but then the route opened up towards Kirkstall Abbey. My predicted time was between 40 and 44 minutes and I settled into a steady pace that would lead me to within that band. The conditions were very muggy and it all felt like hard work but the crowds were out in strength and very vocal at the finish which was great. Leeds is becoming a sporting Mecca (Is it too much to hope for a Football team revival?). The race was won by Jamil Parapia, sporting his Leeds City colours, in 31.51, first lady was Hannah Oldroyd of Saltaire Striders in 36.52. Otley finishers were, Zack Whitehead 13th in 34.56, Cadan Hoare in246th place in 41.32, Marcus Adams in 254th place in 42.12, I came in 364th position ( 2nd O/60 by 6 seconds out of 115) in 43.50, Nicola Lee 544th in 45,36, Peter Gosling 1270th in 50.40, Eriks Zvaigzne was 1467th in 50.51, Melvin Hoare was 1492nd in 50.33, Reid Haddow was 1709th in 54.52 and Sean O’Halloran was 3878th in 1.07.46. All times are chip times which explains why the finish order is slightly awry as these are gun positions.
Is it me or was it quite hard work today?