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Thursday 13th July – Sunderland 5k


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’
Sage advice.

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.

Results here
Now where’s that beer…

  1. #1 by Joanna on July 16, 2017 - 3:50 pm

    Fantastic time Tony, well done! Enjoy your beer cheers!

  2. #2 by Andrew Robertshaw on July 16, 2017 - 6:58 pm

    Top Time Tony! enjoy coming off the wagon 🙂

    Silksworth is the scene of Otley’s 1st appearance at the Northern 6 Stage relay back in 89 returning in 91 & my latest blast from the past club newsletter archive: http://otleyac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Northern6Stage1991.jpg
    2 Otley members recording times quicker than the 1988 European Indoor 800m https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/great-britain-ni/david-sharpe-2622

  3. #3 by Andrew Robertshaw on July 16, 2017 - 6:59 pm

    Oh forgot to say a certain Mr Cram ran in the 89 event too…

  4. #4 by Howard on July 16, 2017 - 8:08 pm

    Well done Tony and a great time too. Remember the adage: ‘you don’t stop running cause you get old, you get old cause you stop running’!

  5. #5 by Mark Hall on July 16, 2017 - 9:28 pm

    Good run Tony, nice to see a fellow V55 getting under 20 minutes at 5k, sure you could go even faster.

  6. #6 by Antonio Cardinale on July 17, 2017 - 8:35 pm

    I agree with Joanna and Howard and Andrew R. 19.54 for a 5k is a fantastic time , top time , great time too . Thank you to Andrew R. for the past club newsletter , it is a lovely trip in the past and it is good to see that the same members are still going strong nowadays . Knee problems are usually more painful going downhill and even worse on the tarmac . Well done to Tony W.

  7. #7 by Hannah Lupton on July 20, 2017 - 2:13 pm

    Great time Tony, I hope you enjoyed your celebratory drink.

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