Report from Tony Walker
A little story of encouragement for those getting on a bit and with aching joints. 4 years ago leading up to and post knee op, several esteemed people qualified in the medical profession told me I should never run again due to having little cartilage in my right knee. I then saw another specialist who was a bit more balanced and suggested ‘moderation’ and listen to your body. In fact he came out with a classic quote when I was in a check-up a few months later that I always recount when given the opportunity…
Me ‘it hurts when I run downhill particularly on roads’
Doctor ‘well don’t do it then’
Anyway fast forward to this year and having not had any alcohol for several weeks I made the declaration that a drop wouldn’t touch my lips until I ran under 20mins for 5k.
On Thursday I was up in the north east working and spotted a fast Sunderland 5k. Game on. I’d got fitter by doing the Harrogate League – which by the way were brilliant – and was ready. They split the races into 2. The ladies and vets over 50 were in one race and the men another. It was a northern championship so hot competition. I love this kind of race. Quite simply you get dragged around. A bit of a chaotic start as expected and 2 laps of silksworth park – around a lake if you know it.
I tried to start relatively steady and managed to pick my way through to 16th in the vets over 50 race. I couldn’t have put much more in.
My reward and maybe encouragement to others to keep going is that at the age of 55 I achieved my fastest 5k for nearly 5 years…19.54.
Now where’s that beer…