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Sunday 18th December – Denby Dale Travellers 6


Hold the back page, Howard’s weekly race report is here, the suspense is over.

The weather today for the Denby Dale Travellers 6 was as favourable as it has ever been in the innumerable years I have been competing in this challengingly hilly course in ‘pork pie’ country. Bright , cool, dry and very little breeze made for a perfect set of conditions, so quite a surprise that the field looked relatively small at the ‘pre-start briefing’. Max number was 300 but only 190 brave-hearts finished. I chatted to Mark before the start and he is returning to form after a hamstring niggle. As for me I have been a bit flat recently and on half pot training, so was here to see what the day would hold. The course is either  up or down all the way and some of the hills are long if not particularly steep. I set off steady but found I felt OK up the first mile of hill. Managed to reel in a couple  of obviously same age groupers on the long down to 2 miles. Thought I could see a couple of other likely competitors in my age group, one was long gone but the other was still in my sights at the top of the  hill up to 3 miles. There is then a long downhill to just short of 4 miles and to which the course ramps up. I kept pace with a couple of younger guys down the hill instead of my usual gravity assisted plunge into ‘terminal velocity’. I had done that last year  and struggled up the hill towards five miles but today there was gas in the tank and I left the guys behind and closed up a bit on my target. The route goes down from five miles, with a couple of short sharp inclines up to the finish. I pushed on and was at the heels of my target at 5.5 miles. He is a fellow Wakefield Triathlon club member (not the one I thought it was, much younger but grey haired). He tried to shake me off on the downs but I kept  a bit in reserve and again up the hills he tried to leave me behind. Ha Ha not today and I was able to storm past in the last few hundred yards. Turns out I was actually first o/60 today in 43.47 ( 2.5 minutes faster than last year) in 34th place. Mark was 10th in 38.35 and first MV55. The race was won by Adam Peers of Wakefield Harriers in 33.28. First lady was Margaret Sykes of Holmfirth Harriers AC, in 29th position in 40.29

  1. #1 by Mark Hall on December 22, 2016 - 10:31 pm

    Howard, I have a bottle of red for you your prize for 1st V60. Do you go down the club as I could give it to someone to give to you?

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on December 22, 2016 - 10:46 pm

    This is a lovely report Howard , and Denby Dale is the home club of my rival Peter . A runner can not be in top form all year round , there will be always few weeks that the body needs to rest and does not want to know about the request to perform power ,also if you on the contrary you wish top performances at all the times . Your 43.47 for such challenging course it is really a good result Howard . Also Mark H. ran an excellent 6miles with a stupendous time of 38.35 although is coming from an hamstring injury .

  3. #3 by Howard on December 23, 2016 - 9:22 am

    Mark, thanks. I would actually like for Antonio to have it if you could get it to him somehow. His encouragement in the comments on my reports is part of what keeps me going.

  4. #4 by Antonio Cardinale on December 23, 2016 - 9:59 pm

    Thank you Howard for the bottle of red , it is kind of you. I have been a running club’s member for most of my life , and I am struggling to find in my mind a competitor like you are and the positive comments on your racing are fair , not only running also swimming and bike , all together 3 different sport and it is really super hard , and your reports from all over the Continent are super as well . I would like Mark to keep the bottle of red because he did a superb six miles at this Denby Dale tough race.

  5. #5 by Mark Hall on December 23, 2016 - 10:22 pm

    Howard I will get it to Antonio. Thanks Antonio but I also had a bottle of red, so I will drop the bottle around your house in the next few days.

  6. #6 by Antonio Cardinale on December 24, 2016 - 10:00 pm

    You indeed deserved your bottle of red Mark , maybe more , also a medal , because I can not see any strong and fast competitor like you inside the entire district , it is very kind of you to drop the bottle of red at my house in the next few days ..in case I am out running on the moors , you can leave the bottle at the door ..it is a quite area .

  7. #7 by Antonio Cardinale on December 28, 2016 - 9:36 pm

    I have got the bottle of red today from Mark H. Cheers Howard .

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