Saturday 17 November 2012

Glasgow Parkrun #198

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Having completed precisely 1-mile of training in the past 2 weeks, and crocked my back carrying the baby buggy, I lined up in front of the Burrell with lower back in spasm and feeling quite weary from the aftermath of gastroenteritis.

I was surprised to see British Fell Running Champ Joe Symonds on the startline, sporting his boggin' brown HBT vest, and had a brief chat before the run was underway.

I started much more slowly than normal, partly because I couldn't run properly with my lower back locked. Once the road levelled out by the carved woodpecker, I passed George Taylor to move into 4th place, with Joe Symonds rapidly disappearing from view.

I got a shout from Jethro at the first junction, and then aimed at closing down Michael Sweeney on the first little uphill section. I caught Michael just as the path levels off again, and then starting trying to close down Stuart MacDougall. I appeared to be catching Stuart for a brief while, but then the gap never came down, so I just kept a constant gap and finished 8 seconds adrift in a fairly average 17:25.

Joe Symonds was a full 2 minutes ahead with 15:27 for the 7th fastest time ever on the course.


Jean Pommier said...

Was it a 5K (your Garmin indicates 3:05 miles)? Your version of our local Turkey Trots? ;-)

Chris said...

Hi Jean - Yes, it is a measured 5k, however the course is under heavy tree cover with some sharp turns, so the Garmin distance is not that accurate. Hoping to give it another shot on Dec 8th. The Parkrun happens every Saturday, dependent on the weather :-)