Report from Howard
On Saturday I had the opportunity to repeat one of the Parkruns in the Leeds race series at Armley. This in order to try and better my time of 22.00 from February, when the ground was frozen by 23 seconds to better my rival’s time of 21.38 set in July. Half the course is grass which was wet and muddy and it consists of three laps. I calculated that if I beat the first lady and was in the top 15 I would manage it. Despite being in better shape, coming 14th and in front of the first lady I could only get 22.05. Still in front overall in the series though and a way to go yet.
I was not looking forward to the run at Bramham on Sunday despite it being the closest race to where I live through a fantastic landscape. The weather forecast had been dire but on the day it was clear blue sky and quite mild. I thought the parkrun would have left my legs tired but I managed a solid performance and felt good all the way. The route is undulating and all on hard packed tracks which were a little ‘greasy’ in places. The weather forecast had deterred a lot of people from entering and only 126 finished. There was also a parallel 5K with 92 finishers. First home was Jack Margerrison in 38.48, Charlotte Mason was first lady in third place in 39.18. I was 17th in 48.12.
This weekend is the last sprint duathlon qualifier for the European champs next year. Venue just announced near Seville. So hoping to do the necessary at Bedford on Sunday.