VAANEE 10K Championships @ Monkton Stadium, Jarrow – 8th September 2012

Club member, Dave Moir, was TBH’s sole representitive at this year’s VAANEE 10k Championships and sends in this report.

A bit of a disappointing turn out with only 7 of the 8 entrants making it to the start line, possibly due to a conflicting fixture taking many of the potential entrants over to Farringdon to compete in the open XC relays. It was a fairly hot and muggy affair this year, with the starting temperature of 25C quickly taking it’s toll on the competitors.

I had my race plan, and took an early lead, but after a few laps I realised it was going to be a very slow time and it would be better to just race it. I knew what my planned 5 lap splits should be and was so far off them, forgot about trying to get anywhere near my goal. 3 competitors came with me and at about the 5K mark one dropped off the pace leaving me pulling the remaining 2 around until we reached 9K. The Ken Harker from Richmond & Zetland had obviously decided to push on hard at this point, so after 22 and a half laps of leading, I watched not just Ken, but Kevin Blyth from Sunderland Strollers sail past me and push on hard. I think I may have done too much of the work earlier on and just couldn’t respond, so had to be happy with a time 2 minutes down on my last 10,000m time, placing third overall in the race and taking a silver medal in my age category.

Hopefully next year this fixture won’t clash with anything else and it will be better attended (and a lot cooler). 25 laps can feel very intimidating on a track, but I guarantee if you were looking for a fast 10K time,  it would  be the flattest 10K you will ever run, and if you can switch off and just get on with the work, it is a good way to set a PB.

 

Position

Number

Name Club

Time

 

1

221

Ken Harker Richmond & Zetland

37:36.9

M40

2

225

Kevin Blyth Sunderland Strollers

37:46.7

M50

3

223

David Moir Tynebridge

37:52.1

M40

4

224

Paul Tarbitt Gateshead

38:13.1

M35

5

220

Peter Walker South Shields

43:40.1

M60

6

222

Kevin Freeman Blyth

47:46.7

M55

7

229

Alan Elders Low Fell

51:06.4

M60

 

Dave Moir

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3 comments

    • David Rowe on 10th September 2012 at 16:15
    • Reply

    Well done Mr.M, makes 5 laps of the town moor sound exciting!

    • Brother Louis on 10th September 2012 at 16:45
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    Get in Psycho Eyes!! Silver medal, well done Dave

    • Stu Dickson on 10th September 2012 at 20:04
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    Well done Dave, another excellent race although slower than hoped the heat on the day (25C phew!!) would not have helped.

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