A couple of Shabbas ran along with Jonnie, Chris Tucker and Darren Redmond. Well done to all three - running a race midweek in the evening after a full day in the office is not easy!
DK10K was to be first race after London and with my legs sort of recovered I was ready to go. Prior to the race I’d had a couple of 3 milers followed by a Walsall Park Run PB which went great until the next morning where my calves felt solid and tight A few days of the foam roller, stretching, deep heat and compression socks it was off to Kingswinford! In my head, tonight was going to be a steady one in preparation for the Market Drayton 10k. It was 2004 the last time with a wine glass the prize and I was rather unfit coming home in 59:38…
Before the race met up with Daz and Chris and then it was a walk around to the mile flat for the start. An ambulance arrived before we had started, was this a sign! It was a nice dry but fresh evening and perfect conditions for me. Daz had to limber up before moving up to the front. The start commenced and I set off with Chris who steadily pulled on a head as I was aiming for 8min pace. The first couple of mile had me blowing a bit as an evening race was a funny one to judge with food and drink etc.
After the big incline, it then moved into a nice undulating course, with some welcome declines and on through some great countryside along the lanes. The marshalls were very supportive from DK as they were at London a few weeks before. Soon to pass me were Craig Watters and Paul Butler from Park Run but I stuck to my pace just under 8 min miles and the calves were holding up. At the drinks station I saw Chris ahead and gradually caught up, passing a quick hello but to be honest could not have held a conversation. I continued to plod (hop) on and despite a couple more inclines I kept things on pace to the mile flat section which I managed to push on with sub 50 still on. Surprisingly to myself I still had a bit to give shaking off the one guy who was on my shoulder and finished with a quicker finish than normal in a time of 48:38 exactly 11 mins quicker than 10 years ago #BOOM.
In usual shabba tradition Daz was waiting there to see everyone home and I was off to get my goody bag off fellow Tipton Runner Loz Heathcock’s sister (Cath) who I’d met before Ashby 20. A quick U-turn and back round to catch Chris coming through the finish line. Legs felt great, no injuries picked up and a real nice atmosphere about the whole event. A quick photo with Jo Poweredby chocolate was grabbed who looked glad to have finished but yet another race under her belt.
At the clubhouse I caught up with my old class mate David Smith (first time we’d met since school, err 30 years ago!) who finished in an amazing 4th place and also Penny Barber from Tipton who was first lady in her category (55+) in 42:00. These guys along with the SHABBAs and my Tipton Harriers training guys are just an inspiration to show what you can do and that you can keep improving, even at my age! I capped the night off with a curry in deepest Black Country – Old Hill…
The question is now have I got something left in the legs for the Market Drayton 10k when the red mist of Shabbas walks into town! Well I’m looking forward to the good bag anyway!
Well done Jonnie - and thanks for sharing your story.