Lots of MBH in this race and as i jogged up to the start line with Steve Chapple. I could see at least 8 or so of us standing on the start line right at the front. I thought only Sam P was allowed to do that?
We joined them with about 2 minutes to go. Lots of chit chat going on and without any word of warning the starter fired his gun! Unfortunately at least 50% were unprepared. Sam Hill who was actually facing me, turned and fell right in front of me bringing down Emma Stallard of CAC. It was a nasty fall and they both went down heavily.
I managed to hurdle Sam with what i thought was great aplomb whilst still trying to set my stopwatch. Emma later needed treatment in hospital for a badly gashed elbow. I glanced back to my left on the first corner at 100 metres to see if Sam had got up. But alas, no sign. Took the corner and looked ahead of me. And there he was. Right in front of me!! How the hell did he do that? So just to get Sam out of the way at this point of the report, i never saw him again. His adrenalin must having been rushing . He finished 5th overall, 2nd under 20 and just 2 seconds behind Shaun Milford! So if he hadn’t fallen…..I believe Sam is going to be one of the best runners in Cornwall. And in fact already is. Tim Drew 2nd overall in a fantastic time of 21.45. Mike Robinson 6th in 23.06 and young Damien Wager 11th in 24.18. And then… oh yes, little old me 12th in 24.26 and first in for the over 90 year olds or something like that.
Now my first mile of 5.28 was a bit worrying. In fact very worrying as I normally go eyeballs out in this first mile and do it in around 5.40. But I had held back on purpose to try and save some energy for later on in this race. The long drag into Illogan was now ahead and i would soon see if I had miscalculated my pace. No I hadn’t it would seem as I was holding my position and indeed beginning to catch Damien Wager and Jeremy Gusterson. Nigel Sims and I had traded places a couple of times in the first mile and he was still nibbling my heels as I came up to the halfway point.
My aim now was Gus as I had never beaten him before. I managed to pass him around 2 miles and then set my aim on young Damien who looked back a few times and obviously put in a couple of kicks as he could see i was getting close. Nibbler Nigel kept on nibbling and at 3 miles overtook. How dare he, but I wasn’t going to let him go and hung on to his shirt tails. Down the old Redruth bypass we hurtled. And now in the snow. That was I first for me. The left hand turning off the bypass was approaching and so was decision time.
I know i can sprint. The trouble was, he knows I can sprint too so i felt he may have tried to demoralize me at this point and pull a gap out. I couldn’t take the chance and decided to hit the afterburners 800 metres out. I knew I couldn’t sustain an 800 metre sprint but if I could just get a big enough gap and then hang on in the hope of getting second breath. 200 metres from the finish i look behind. For Chrissakes he’s having another go at me. One last blast and its all over. I’ve beaten him but just wished I had concentrated on Damien. Still, 24.26 is not bad for an oldie and yet another P.B. on this circuit, and the first time my Winter time had beaten my summer time.
31 MBH took part and it was great to see so many of the team take prizes.
From memory , and apologies for any omissions. Tim Drew, Sam Hill, Mike Robinson, Damien Wager, Geoff Letchford, Nigel Sims, Dave Prady, Liz Prady, Mark Omori, Sue Mathews, Yvonne Turner, Janet Chapple, Steve Chapple, Nancy Hill and Clive Hibbert all got awards.But to everyone who ran today. Thank you for representing MBH and thank you for running in the snow. For those of you who finished further down and didn’t get any prizes or were doing their first race or their first race for a while. Stick at it. Running keeps you fit and focused. When training by yourself, keep a note of your times over certain routes so you can look back and compare them with an aim to try and beat your best.It helps to make it more interesting and gives you more of a reason to get out there and run even if you don’t feel like it or the weather is bad. Try not to stick to the same route every time. It gets boring.vary your type of running, maybe 2/3 miles flat out one day then 2/3 miles medium pace, then 4/6 miles fast, then 6/7 mile plod etc. Ok if you are specifically marathon training etc then it will be different, but in general, take my advice. See my improvement this year!
Start getting ready for Blaythorne.