October 2010 – Willett 5k miles Time Trial
Mike Holborne convincingly wins
inaugural 5k time trial.
With the nights drawing in we needed a
new time trial course which is lit. During the past month Roy Long has
been out and accurately measured a 5k route. This is a little shorter
than the time trial routes we have used in the past, so should allow us
to show some real pace. The 5k distance was chosen for good reason. At
the end of the winter series we intend to make an award based on the
best performance after calculating our times against our VO2max, which
will level the playing field and take into account both age and gender.
For our first 5k trial the number
taking part was a little down on usual due to races coming up the
following weekend. Our first ever winner over 5k was Mike Holborne, who
won by a considerable margin (more than a minute and half). Mike had run
in formation with two non-competing pacemakers, Callum Kennedy and David
Long (they had a race to look forward to two days later). Also having
fine runs and ahead of the main pack were Rachel Gladdis and Kim
Brackley. The runners came in quick succession once Kelly Williams had
crossed the finish line in fourth place.
A new course will inevitably mean a new
course record. Andy Olden was the fastest man (20:29) while Lynn
Hutchings set the ladies’ record (22:05). No doubt both these times will
prove to be benchmarks and will come tumbling down over the course of
We were able to welcome back Paul Grist
from paternity leave. Teresa came along to say hello to her fellow
WACers, along with prospective new member, Imogen. We don’t have a red
vest her size at the moment, but give it time!
Our timekeepers did a great job, thank
you to Jeff Hinsley, Becka Hughes and Wendy Kennedy. Full results for
the time trial were:
October 2010 – 5km – Willett