Wolverton 5

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  • Rated 76%
  • 5mi
  • Road
Entrants (23) Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
#runningman 🏃 My first race after a 4 month break from racing, my last being on July 12th.
 I had done 12 races this year up til that point including the London marathon so took some time off to just enjoy running for a bit. So I am chomping at the bit to do another race and amreally looking forward to this one.
First race for 4 months but well chuffed with a new PB by 18 seconds Been a great year for me with my running improving in so many ways and with this likely to be the last race of the year for me ....a greatending to 2008. Unaffiliated 33:17 33:17 34:00 33:17 64.43
Adrian Cold but thankfully not windy. Nearly 30s faster than the same course two years ago. Town & Country Harriers 32:44 33:45 34:00 33:45 69.07
amandajohns18 Leighton Buzzard AC 49:37 49:37 49:37 48.72
aspiring hippo Unaffiliated 37:04 37:04 38:13 61.98
Chris 10k Still day Bedford Harriers AC 35:45 36:32 37:00 36:32 67.55
ChrisThePuma Milton Keynes AC 32:37 33:08 32:30 33:08 67.68
Daz M I find these short distances hard and prefer the longer races - got a pb and kept to the pace i wanted. Bedford Harriers AC 33:49 35:43 36:00 35:43 61.85
doopy Vale of Aylesbury AC 35:58 37:30 37:30 72.61
Lycra Hurricane A pb at last! Bedford Harriers AC, Rushden Runners 39:15 39:15 39:15 63.40
MK.aidy Redway Runners 29:41 37:30 37:30 57.18
Mr BDR Absolutely freezing, but a good incentive to get round quick to get back in the warm!  Very pleased with that result... Milton Keynes AC, Team Milton Keynes 32:11 32:11 32:30 32:11 66.63
Mrs GT Bedford Harriers AC 46:13 46:13 46:13 54.51
Plodder73 First time at this event, although I know the area well, as I used to train around there.

Absolutly freezing, bit of a wind on far side. Struggled, started with a 6.43, then 7, 7.10, struggled between 3 & 4 had 7.20, then finished with 6.50.
First 5 miler for 18 months so ok Unaffiliated 33:01 35:13 36:00 35:13 61.32
Runner Martin Function race no frills - happy with time Redway Runners 34:55 40:04 40:04 60.08
sanddancer Vale of Aylesbury AC 47:51 1:01:49 55:00 1:01:49 35.74
Sean1504 Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 33:28 33:39 33:39 63.37
Smile2 garmin said 39.42 but I as we were chipped at the end only and the start was a little slow - will assume extra time on top - really, really freezing  but delighted I decided to do this - only decided this moring to have a go - achiillies and inner leg twinge fine  :) delighted with a sub 40 at last :) Bedford Harriers AC, Milton Keynes AC 39:44 39:44 40:15 39:44 62.98
Smoggy Wootton Road Runners 29:29 31:50 32:30 31:50 69.39
StuartM Accompanying OH Unaffiliated 43:43 43:43 43:43 54.18
TallRob UKnetrunner 33:48 33:48 36:48 60.03
The lone ranger Very Cold with the temperature hovering around 3c and foggy.

Nice course but very crowded at the start so couldn't get a good start! Fleckney and Kibworth Running Club 29:50 29:50 32:00 30:57 70.10
Tim of Fife WOLVERTON 5-MILER (AT WILLEN LAKE)  -  36.06 PB (stopwatch)   -   

Where do I start with this one.   I'd had a really rotten week.   Quite serious work-related stress.   Broken nights' sleep.   Feeling lethargic and depressed.    Yesterday,  I dragged myself over 2.5 miles on the gym treadmill and felt awful.    But the lady next to me urged me to enter today's race nevertheless.   She told me that things would come together on the day.    

Well, I finally decided to take part just a couple of hours before the start time.    Didn't enjoy the hour or so I spent in the registration building.  It was full of running club 'geeks',  resplendent in club tops,  jackets etc  and armed with garmins, gels,  power drinks and all manner of other aids.   All really over the top and a wee bit anal. God,  how hard can it be just to put one leg in front of the other and repeat?   Me, all I had was a £4.99 Aldi top, a pair of old shorts and a tatty stopwatch.

Anyway, the walk to the start was absolutely bitter.  The wind chill factor around the lake really made it feel freezing cold.   At the Start,  met a lady that I knew who was aiming for 37.00.   Decided to try and run with her for a couple of miles, then relax right off and hopefully come in the right side of 40 minutes.

At the half-way point,  I was really surprised to find that I was still keeping up with the lady runner and feeling good.  Also, that I was running at PB pace - gulp.    She started to fade,  so I said goodbye and pressed on.    Had a good fourth mile, but it was slower and took me about ten seconds off PB pace.  Never mind, I thought.   The run had been beyond my wildest expectations.    Just 'run free' to Meat Loaf over the last mile and clock a good time.    

In the end,  perhaps due to always ending my gym runs with a speed flourish,  I found some power from somewhere and 'flew' the last mile - especially the final quarter.    The result was a PB by 6 seconds.    I'm shell-shocked.   

Overall, a great run and a great time.   But I'm really starting to loathe all the 'trappings' that go with races.  I used to really immerse myself in it all.   Now,  I find it all somewhat weird.    So,  despite the joy of a genuinely unexpected PB,  will be very selective about future races.  After all, I don't need to enter races to be a runner.

(Mile splits - 7.13 / 7.16 / 7.14 / 7.25 / 6.58)
Unaffiliated 36:06 36:06 36:06 65.09
Vitalstatistix Weather-dependent obviously...revised estimate 2 days before based on partial recovery from cold...

Well a PB by 15 seconds and 5 secs outside the club MV40 record, so an excellent run but the 10 days of missed training might have  taken that vital few seconds off... Bedford Harriers AC 27:39 27:39 27:30 27:39 81.10

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