Six Tyne Bridge Harriers lined up at the start of The Blyth Valley 10K this morning, hosted by Blyth Running Club.
Big Mac sends this report.
The Blyth Transped 10K is growing in popularity and this was evident by the quality of field and clubs with Darlington Quakers, Morpeth, recent double XC winners Heaton to name but a few.
I did this race in 2009, so 2 years older and now running in the black and white of Tyne Bridge Harriers I was determined to see if I could improve from my last Blyth sojourn.
Conditions were slightly breezy but dry and warm and 6 Tyne Bridge Harriers started from the gun, Dave Daniels, K Mac, Micky Baker, Mark Hall, David Rowe and Rob Kirtley.
I took off behind DD, running alongside Brian Hetherington from Wallsend. The first mile was slightly faster than I wanted 5.28 as I had undertaken a perfect pacing at the Thirsk 10 miler last Sunday.
I was now in the zone and went toe to toe with Brian Hetherington for the next 4 miles and could see DD in the distance. I actually started the race in sunglasses but threw them into a bush half way through the race. My splits were then 5.46 5.48 5.50 5.49 which were similar to my similar 5 miles during Thirsk last week. Maybe I was still carrying this race in my legs but every race and every day is different.
The 5 mile marker board loomed ominously in my view and the Garmin bleep confirmed a mile to go. Mile 6 was 5.40 which proved I was opening up and finding fuel and stamina I always seem to find near the end of the race. I was now in a dog fight to catch Phil Walker from Morpeth with Lee Millmore from Birtley coming from nowhere to push me all the way. I tried to sprint the remainder of the race ,0.2 miles, and finished just behind DD and Tommy Brannon from North Shields.
I had given everything I could today and Brian Hetherington like the good sportsman he is shook my hand at the end. To be honest like all races I go into the zone and cannot recall landmarks, people or situations and all I can remember from today is Brian and I like two boxers sparring, jabbing and punching each other all the way around the course.
Results are in with PB’s for Kenny Mac, Rob Kirtley & Dave Rowe. Kenny Mac also took the 3rd V40 position too
Solid Runs also from Dave ‘DD’ Daniels, Micky Baker & Mark Hall
Run of the day must go to David Rowe who executed a fine PB in a time of 41:15.
Well done Dave, you were looking strong out there.
Tyne Bridge Harriers results from Blyth Valley 10K
|15||K MAC||M40||35:26||PB||3rd V40|
results can be found HERE