Even the Daily Mail got excited about the Dewsbury 10K this year. It must have been a slow news day because Middle England’s favourite lie-sheet got it’s knickers all in a twist about the race T-shirt, of all things… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5353973/Dewsbury-10K-runners-handed-rude-T-shirts.html.
I was pleased because I had my best race in months. After a fab few days away skiing in France and finally freed from most of my injury niggles, I got to the start line of a race feeling eager to go out and give it a right good smash. I was hoping to duck under 37 minutes, any time under 36:45 I would have considered a really strong run.
It was a cracking day for it – barely above freezing, with nobbut a breath of wind. It’s a quick course comprising a long very gradual 5K drag up Bradford Road, a turn around a traffic cone at halfway, then the 5K blast back to the finish. They had even managed to put the cone in the right place this year…
I was confident enough to stand near the very front of the 1200 starters and went out hard for the first half of the race. I reached the halfway cone in 18:37, which matched my best standalone 5K in the last six months.
I was blowing hard, but felt strong and ready to try to run even faster for the homeward 5K. My head was in a good place and I tried to think only about maintaining my cadence and surging to increase my speed when I felt my pace start to flag. I looked to latch onto other runners that appeared to be running strongly.
I ended up following Alice Leake, the female winner of the recent 5K series at the Brownlee Centre and a GB international at Orienteering. I even went past her for a few metres with 2K to go but she soon put me back in my rightful place and surged ahead.
I resisted the temptation to glance at my Garmin much on the way back, though I’d set the watch to flash up the kilometre splits and mostly they were in the low 3:30s.
With a mile to go I was really suffering it, right on the jagged edge of nearly having to let it go and slow down, but I just managed to resist that temptation. The sight of the Viaduct just before the finish banner was a huge relief and when I spotted 200m sprayed in red on the road, I guessed it meant 200 metres to go and opened up my sprint, managing to nab a few places in the shadow of the finish.
I’d run 17:45 for the second 5K, for a total time of 36:22 which I was thoroughly satisfied with, only 16 seconds slower than my PB set a few years back at the pancake flat Salford 10K.
My Strava analysis showed 155 out of 156 points in the red – indicating that I’d run virtually the whole race right on, or even beyond lactate threshold. Basically, I rinsed myself:
As a wee bonus, I was the first finisher from my club, for some reason all the faster lads must have had other things on. I was also third in my MV50 age category, I might receive a voucher for a new pair of socks for that.
Despite the Daily Mail getting in a tailspin about Cock-gate, I was pleased with my morning’s efforts in Dewsbury.
The next target race is the Bath Half marathon in 4 weeks. Time to get back into grinding out some serious mileage
Comrades 2018 -18 weeks
11 stone 4.0 lbs
19.1 miles, longest run 6.2 miles.
RunBritain Handicap 2.9