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|
|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|
|Stephen Wilby||25:26||309th||25:32||292nd||+ 6 s||− 17|
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.