The first Rubbish 5k went really well last night with 14 runners taking part [ I was expecting about 6 for the first one!]
With Jon's help I picked the course markers up from Ron's then went down to mark the course out, we had 5 marshals available [ thanks to all] and I sent them off to various points of the course, CLLR Fred Weavers came down to watch and took a photo shortly before the start.
7pm came around but there was still no Rob [ he had confirmed that he was running!] I waited a couple of minutes then decided to start the race. Brian Grice [ time keeper and results, thanks Brian] started the race and now the fun started!!!
I quickly found myself in the lead with John Sprackland right on my shoulder as we ran downhill into the strong wind [ it had been raining all day but amazingly the weather cleared just in time for the race!], after 400m we took a left and headed along the narrow outer path, running through a enthusiastic crowd of youngsters, then it was down a steep descent and a quick sprint up a short very steep hill, then along the top before turning right and a fast downhill and a sharp left before hitting the new bridge , [Vicky and Andy were doing a great job marshaling the runners through and over the bridge].
Now I was running round the new park with Jon still hot on my heels, a quick glance at the Garmin showed 10.8 mph, I was motoring a fair old bit! Over the bridge again and a sharp right then left and onto the outer path, John's footsteps started to get fainter as I pulled away and all of a sudden I was running on my own leading my own race!!!
A short uphill and I crossed over the main path [ marshaled by Jon] and started the second lap, I was time trialing now [ 1st lap av speed 10.4 mph] with no one to push me I relaxed a bit but thought about breaking my course record of 18.34, I could start to feel my legs tiring on the short hills but there was not far to go now, a final corner and I could see the finish at the top of the hill, just 400 to go, pushing hard my speed increased to 10.8 then 11 mph as I crossed the finish line, The winner of the first RUBBISH 5K , I'd was expecting Rob Mcgrath to take that Honor!
It seems he joined in late missing the first 400m and after finishing 3rd was disqualified!!!
First lady was Angela Delanay in an amazing p.b. 20.54
Everyone seemed to enjoy the event and every thing went far better than I could of hoped for!
Thanks for taking part and helping, cheers Steve, Jon, Vicky and Andy and Norm!
Next race will be 15th july. MAP
RESULTS Rubbish 5k trail, 17th June 2009
1 RICK 18.07 'COURSE RECORD'
2 JOHN SPRACKLAND 18.43
3 STEVE MCLEAN 19.04
4 SIMON TOBIN 19.27
5 PAUL CAIN 20.31
6 ANGELA DALANAY 20.54 First lady 'COURSE RECORD'
7 PHIL BAXENDALE 22.55
8 P BROOK 23.32
9 C WRIGHT 23.33 lady
10 C CUTNER 25.18 lady
11M LAVENDER 27.35
12 G GILLISON 28.49 lady
13 S MARSHAL 29.11 lady
ROB MCGRATH [18.47 DISQUALIFIED]