Longtown 10M Road Race: 6 April 2013

Dave Moir reports on the latest ‘Ten miler’ to join the racing calendar.

This was the first running of this road race, and it was put on by a company called “Sport in Action” who are better known for a portfolio of triathlons they put on in the Cumbria area. With a promise of a “gently undulating course with PB potential around quiet country roads” DD & myself decided to give it a go.

The weather in the morning was absolutely spot on, with temperatures being 6-8C, very little wind and a bit of sun to cheer us all up. There were only a few representatives from NE clubs (Low Fell, Heaton and Elswick) in the fairly small field of around 100 and it was hard to work out what sort of times people would be aiming for. I spoke to one runner from Lancashire who ran 57 minutes for a very flat 10M 2 weeks ago, and I thought that may have been a little fast for me on a flat one, but was probably achievable (he ended up about 30 seconds in front of me so I’m keen to try a flat one now). I was after getting under the hour for the first time, and at this stage I had realised there were to be a few hills to tackle. The gun went at 12:00 prompt and very soon it was clear that there were 4 or 5 runners who would be battling it out right at the front, so I settled into a chasing pack of 4 comprising of a lad from Dumfries Harriers, one from Border Harriers and an unattached runner. The first mile felt very easy (it was flat) and it went by in 5:35 which was a little faster than I had planned, but I was comfortable in the group, so stayed with it. The next 3 miles were all around the target pace of 6:00 and it felt a bit slow, so I tried to push the pace a few times over them.

The first climb happened between mile 4-5, there were some hills that took a little work so the pace dropped to 6:30 followed by a 6:20. I was really struggling with the hills and just managed to hold onto the back of the group, knowing that the organisers had promised a good long 4 mile downhill finish. The unattached runner coped very well with the hills and eventually dropped all of us over this section, charming!! As promised we then had a very welcome downhill mile and this nearly matched my first mile being a 5:40 followed by another 6:00 then a 5:55. The lad from Border had dropped off at this stage, and it was just me and Al from Dumfries Harriers (makes you realise how grateful you are for home support when you are out the area, as Alan was getting all the shout outs).

At the 9 mile marker (probably the most accurate mile markers I’ve ever come across, you could set your Garmin by them!!) my new friend Alanand I realised we were at 54 minutes dead and all we had left was to run a sub 6 minute mile and that would be us home and dry under the hour. I’d been putting s few surges in over the last couple of miles to try to drop Al (he wasn’t that good a friend), but he was still there by 9.5 miles, so I gave it one last go and put a gap between us, so having committed I had to go with it and managed to maintain and extend the gap a little. I was delighted to see the clock on the finish line reading 59:46 which is over a minute and a half off my PB, on a fairly tough course.

DD was fairly hot on my heels in just over 61 minutes (14th place), with Jon Stevens from Low Fell just behind him to get second V50. I was 7th overall and second V40, realising the unattached mountain goat just in front of me got first V40.

This was a very well run event, very scenic and it must have been a little disappointing for the organisors to not get a bigger field. The prizes were very generous, particularly when you consider the entry fee was only £8 for attached runners. A further nice touch was the free cakes, tea, coffee and Jaffa cakes (they knew DD was going) at the presentation.  We should definitely support this race next year, so let’s have a big TBH posse head over there to make sure the race continues for years to come.

Dave Moir

 

Photographs from the event can be found here and here and the results here

Permanent link to this article: http://www.tynebridgeharriers.com/2013/04/07/longtown-10m-road-race-6-april-2013/

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  1. Thanks for a great report Dave and many congratulations on your 10M PB.

    I know there was some light-hearted banter about ‘that’ photo from the Good Friday relays, but if everyone was as committed and determined as you then the club would attain even more success.

    • Big Ron on 7th April 2013 at 14:24
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    Well done to both of you. I think that breaking the hour for ten miles is one of the toughest challenges for runners but when you finally achieve it, wow!

    • Apples on 7th April 2013 at 16:00
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    Another great report Mr Moir and serious congratulations on achieving that sub 60 10 mile time. As I said getting better with age, you old dog.

    • Cuthbert on 7th April 2013 at 19:49
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    10 mph for an hour, I’ve owned cars slower than that. Well done indeed – a great milestone. Did you sign the unattached lad?

    1. we tried, but he was damn too fast and got away from us!!

    • Badger on 7th April 2013 at 23:30
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    Great stuff Dave, all your hard work is paying off. Sub 3.00 for Sunderland marathon must be a good bet on your form at the moment.

    • Sean Kelly on 8th April 2013 at 09:26
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    Very enjoyable report Dave. Congratulations on a brilliant run. As DD has said, your determination and commitment are inspiring. Just avoid picking up any coughs or colds between now and the marathon!

    • kenny mac on 8th April 2013 at 17:03
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    Good shout Cuthbert and well done lads

    • david rowe on 8th April 2013 at 17:37
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    Well done Mr. M, great time and I’m sure a sub 3 in makem land. Great stuff.

    • Kevin Conchqr on 9th April 2013 at 09:40
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    Hi Dave. Great report. I ran this on Saturday too and was part of the Dumfries running club contingent. We had this as one of our Grand Prix races hence the big turnout. “Al” or “Alan” is my club nemesis and I’ve ran with him for years trying to get him off my shoulder!! I finished around a minute and a bit behind in 61.04. It was a good race but as you say the hills at around 4/6 miles were pretty tough.

    • Alan Baxter (Al) on 10th April 2013 at 20:01
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    Dave

    Kev told me about your report. It reads well and I agree a tough but nice race with good organisation and prizes, cakes etc.

    We had 2 people supporting out on the course who kept popping up along the way…that definitely helps keep you going. I thought I had lost you a couple of times going up the hills and thought the Border Harriers runner was the main threat..after the man in blue took off!!

    I missed a pb by 1 sec but on that course I was delighted to be under 60min. I reckon we could knock a min off on a flat route.

    Hope to see you and a few of your club mates in Dumfries for the half marathon in Sept?!!

    Cheers

    Al

    • dave moir on 12th April 2013 at 17:23
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    Thanks for all the comment everyone.

    Al – I was really struggling with the hills and my only thought was to hang on to the group and survive,as I was going fine on the flat. I thought you were going to come back at me at 9.5 miles and leave me to struggle to get under the hour on my own! Should be a few of us at your half, felt very similar to Longtown to me. Dave

    • Brother Louis on 15th April 2013 at 09:28
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    Well done lads, especially pleased that Psycho got under the hour. Things are shaping up nicely now for the marathon, don’t think you’ve been in better shape in the time we’ve been running together

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