John Carr 5k #2

Abbie Cleal at the John Carr #2
Abbie Cleal: First Female Junior

It was 5 AM and a blanket of tranquility rested gently over the city of Bradford. Dawn broke whilst most slept, unaware of its resident birds beginning to sing their songs with the most sedulous care; the birds themselves, in turn, blissfully unaware that the forthcoming day would be host to the second John Carr 5k race. Had they known, they would have fallen straight off their perches.

As the day progressed and the event drew ever closer, many competitors would be beginning to experience the onset of pre-race nerves: a racing heart, sweating, the shakes… The explosive start to the first race of the series would have done nothing to help, nor would the flashbacks of a stiff headwind. PBs were however plentiful and aspirations were consequently set high for the following two runs.

But wait: #ConeTooClose! It has transpired that the course of the first race was shy of the full 5 km and the halfway-cone was to be set a few paces further out to compensate, extending the course by 100 metres by my reckoning, which is an additional 20 seconds of running at a 20:00 5k pace. With the calmer conditions but a longer course, how would the Queensbury runners fare?

 

Runner Race 1 Race 2 Comparison
Time Position Time Position Time Position
Chris Williams 15:42 4th 16:02 7th + 20 s + 3
Marc Wright 19:02 97th 19:01 83rd − 1 s − 14
Stuart Leader 20:10 149th 20:07 121st − 3 s − 28
Declan Craven 19:23 115th 20:18 127th + 55 s + 12
Peter May 20:11 152nd 20:20 129th + 9 s − 23
Richard Brook 20:25 161st 20:35 140th + 10 s − 21
Stacey Cleal 23:12 236th
Stephen Wilby 25:26 309th 25:32 292nd + 6 s − 17
Abbie Cleal 25:45 301st
Stephen Brook 26:51 329th 27:07 327th + 16 s − 2
Bronte Simpson 28:41 356th 27:27 332nd − 74 s − 24
Dianne Simpson 27:34 341st 27:29 334th − 5 s − 7
Sharan Loughran 27:57 346th 27:50 340th − 7 s − 6
Andrew Smith 31:37 368th 31:06 365th − 31 s − 3
Vikki Bean 33:55 375th 34:32 373rd + 37 s − 2
Tom Collinge 16:18 16th
Shelley Ferneyhough 27:42 344th

Fantastically well, it seems. Congratulations to all and especially to Abbie Cleal for being the first female junior pass the finish line. Many thanks to the Saltaire Striders for organising the event. The third and final race will take place on next Wednesday 20th May. As always, please advise of any missing or incorrect results at peter.may@peter-may.co.uk.

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