David McKenzie reports on hectic build-up to the event:
…. After a big problem finding the venue as I was meant to be getting a lift…didn’t show up, so I ended up driving around Glasgow trying to find Garscube Sports Centre. This left me 5 minutes to warm up before the start of the race. It was actually well organised, wet day though, so numbers weren’t what I would usually expect at this race.
Big numbers from my club Inverclyde, a few of our very experienced athlete’s turned up also to take part. I started off fast trying to make a slight distance between my two team mates John and George who I was hoping to keep infront of. The first mile was going well, for the first time this season i felt strong going out fast. We did 2 laps of the course which has some challenging hills and a few difficult tight turns. However after lap 1, my troublesome tendon started to flare up. I thought i could ease off it slightly before picking this back up. My team mates began to pass me and i stupidly tried to kick into another gear. My tendon thought otherwise, so I ended up having to jog it at a much slower pace than i anticipated. My PB for 5 miles is 33.37, on Saturday i recorded 37.17. Chris MacKay of Inverclyde my 1st claim ended up winning the race in a new course record of 23.57, Chris also runs for Newham and Essex Beagles and is currently coming back from injury at fantastic rate.
I managed to pull a few places back at the end with my sprint finish, I think from now i will be concentrating on my sprint training. Over the winter i’m hoping to compete in a few Indoor fixtures, 60m is an option to try but as of right now my kick happens abit late for the 60m…no harm im trying though.