Race addict Peter Mills continued his quest for a sub 20 minute 5k time with a trip to Worsley Woods Park run last weekend. In his own words:
Having done a handful of Parkruns I made a last minute decision on Saturday to try Worsley Woods. Not knowing the terrain I wore light New Balance road shoes 880s. These soon became 3x as heavy with the rain and mud of Manchesters finest weekend weather.
The first mile of this course is on a potentially very quick hard surface. Trying to remain in the – for god’s sake don’t go off too fast again frame of mind – I kept to a 6.40 mile 1.The congestion at the start of the event forced me onto the mud soaked embankment just to keep a decent position. The sudden change as we entered the woods to some large steepish steps was a bit of a shocker on the legs. By now my New Balance had given up completely on trying to be trainers. Covered in mud, tread clogged and slippy as hell, every step became a challenging slide.
Still in recovery from last weeks cold – Without pushing it to the limits we came out of the dank woodland, through Alton Towers style dark tunnels and then hit the last straight mile for one more time. Slightly picking up pace here I managed a respectable 33 place out of 152 with a time of 21.52.Better suited footwear and warmer drier weather would make this a good fast course to try your hand at Parkruns