Not having run a stride in over five months, I’m still getting in some races, albeit I’m walking with my dog Jack. That said, I am walking as fast as I can manage. So far this year, we’ve completed six parkruns and, last week, walked our first Great Run Local 2k, in a time of 14:21. Given, that last week I had to turn around to pick up my marshal’s arm band, which had fallen off, I was confident of beating that time this week. Indeed, I set myself a target of walking a sub 14min 2k.
We set off with another six runners and headed west wards along the Broomilaw, from the Squinty Bridge. Jack and I kept to the left, with the Clyde on our right, and it wasn’t long until almost forty 5k runners were running towards us. We passed each other without incident and we power walked behind the runners, until Jack had to ‘go’. After his convenience break, we continued on our way west at pace, trying to make up for lost time.
The 5k leaders overtook us before we reached the 1k turning point and again, we kept ourselves on the left hand side, allowing the runners to pass us unhindered.
I was delighted when we reached the finish line in a time of 13:50. Ten seconds below our target and some 31 seconds faster than last week. Well done Jack!
Great 2k Run
Up front, young Dale Garton led from the start and ran well, crossing the line in first place with a time of 9:51. In her 24th GRL, Karla Cunningham placed first female, in a time of 12:39. I was last, or first walker 🙂
Great 5k Run
I managed to see much of the excellent 5k race, which saw young Kieran Cooper and Paul Lafferty (on his 24th birthday) running neck and neck for the first half, with Keiran’s dad, Richard*, close behind and Darren McQuade and Simon Gold running shoulder to shoulder, with Cat MacDonald in sixth place, leading the women’s race.
By the 3k point, Keiran had established a good lead on Paul and at the 4k turn, Richard over took the birthday boy who wasn’t too disappointed, having the consolation of running a PB of 17:43. Richard closed in on his son but in the end had to settle for second spot, with a time of 17:37, finishing just one second behind Keiran (17:36).
Cat won her fourth race in Scotland, out of four, crossing the line in a time of 20:29. Anna Macpherson continued her amazing progress, which saw her winning last week, with a PB of 21:11, around 50 seconds, faster than her previous best. She took another 27 seconds off of last week’s time, finishing in 20:44. On an impressive maiden run, Catriona Nisbet, placed third with a time of 23:56.
Many thanks to all the volunteers, who ensure that the weekly free runs take place. If you’re local and you haven’t volunteered yet, then why not help out, you’ll be made very welcome by the other volunteers and runners too, just ask Jack. You can volunteer here
Moira Jones was murdered in Queen’s Park, Glasgow in 2008. Richard had went to school with Moira, in Staffordshire, and is raising money for The Moira Fund which makes grants to individuals bereaved through violent death by supporting:
- Access to specialist bereavement counselling
- Access to respite and/or retreat
- Participation in a support network
- Needs which may arise and for which there is no current provision.
Charity No: 1129693
Richard is hoping to raise £6,000 for The Moira Fund by running 366 miles of races in 2016. You’ll probably see him at a race near you at some point in the year. Why not give him some encouragement by supporting him and making a donation to The Moira Fund here