Wigan Harriers continued a hectic schedule of races this weekend with the club represented at both the Dent 15 and the Trafford 10k. Kevin Edwards incorporated an appearance at Dentdale on Saturday with his scheduled marathon training. Not content with just a race over 15 mles, Kevin trotted out a further 5 to make it a 20 mile LSR in his Spring marathon countdown. A finishing time of 1:40:05 earned him a very creditable 42nd place out of 345 finishers.
Over at Trafford on Sunday, Dave Collins and Graham Millington pulled on the red striped vests to tackle the renowned 10k. This slickly organised event boasted chip timing in line with its reputation as a PB hunters course. Many of the assembled 800 runners were in attendance with just that in mind, including Graham who was looking to build on his recent success at Wrexham to bag another landmark time. Dave was using the race to assess his current fitness and predicted a time around a minute down on the PB he set on this very course
A two mile warn up soon had the pre race nerves under control as the early morning crispness gave way to some pleasant intervals of sunshine over West Manchester. With a bit of warmth in the air, but no noticeable wind the conditions were perfect for some fast performances. The potential for swift times has attracted an impressive list of elite runners to Trafford in previous years including Chris Thompson with a blistering course record of 28:02 in 2010, and last years winner Kenyan Edwin Kipkorir in 29:15.
This year the sharp end of the field attracted Olympic Marathoner Serod Batochir along with the likes of Andi Jones and Northern Cross Country champion Lizzie Adams. The win went to local runner Anthony Ford of Sale Harriers in a blistering 29:04. First lady was also a local runner Elle Baker of Stockport Hariers in 32:42.
Dave Collins found himself initially hindered by a number of runners who had gone off too quickly and slowed within the first few twisty miles of the course. Even chip timing doesn’t seem to discourage some runners from getting over-excited in the early stages of a race! When Dave did manage to settle into his rythym he ran a strong race to finish within 10 seconds of his predicted time in 37:40. This represented a fanastic 4th in age category – no mean acievement in such a strong field.
Graham was also having a good race further down the field with the benefits of recent interval training bearing fruit. A final surge in the finishing straight saw a time of 44:57, some 4 minutes up on his previous PB, (44th in category).
As is fast becoming the fashion amongst Harriers runners, the “couple of miles” warm down turned into a 7 mile re-tracing of their steps as both runners added a few miles towards their Marathon trainining!
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