|Where I was today - but not in the Long Jump (Click to enlarge)|
In spite of being shaken by a heavy fall on our very first run in Menorca I later came to the conclusion I was running rather well and began to wish I'd entered the Yorkshire Veterans Track & Field Championships, scheduled to take place at Spenborough on September 28th. I'd missed the closing date for entries but wondered if I could run as a guest. I wasn't the least bothered about medals. All I wanted to know was where my times would feature in the British M80 rankings. Championship events have electronic timing, so all are perfectly legitimate. Not having raced for 15 months, and never having been anywhere near a track for over 2 years, I figured I'd be pretty low down the list.
Running through the list of contacts on my iPad I came across the name of one of the main organisers of
|Eric was there - supporting dad in the Hammer and mum in the 800m|
|There were a few Internationals too....|
The problem was (excuses, excuses!) after running a reasonably good 400m in 90.57 I was called to the start of the 800m race just 10 minutes later which was insufficient time to get my breathing back under control. It was one race in which I was particularly anxious to clock a good time. Along with the marathon, 800m was always one of my specialities and I can't recall ever being beaten over that distance. So I was prepared to give it everything I'd got. I'd done my homework and noted that a Sevenoaks runner, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, was top of the British rankings with his time of 3.53.57 - which I thought I could beat. R-P-K became my mantra as I set off round the first lap at a metronomic pace. At the bell the timekeeper shouted 1.47 which I calculated was nearly 10 seconds up on Richard's pace, but could I keep it going? The answer, I'm glad to say, was 'Yes' and I crossed the line in 3.34.39 to go top of the rankings. Richard will not be pleased!
|A couple of 'Golds' for my efforts.....|