Darren John crashed The Sharpster’s date night as the three amigo’s headed over to Leamington for the Warwickshire County 3000m open races. £5 entry. No frills. Three heats with all abilities. Slowest time in Heat 3 was 14:32 for 3k – 25min parkrun pace. Suitable for most club runners.
Darren and Flick were in Heat 2. The fun of track racing is how you get dragged along and 7 1/2 laps of a 3k can feel incredibly long despite it only being a few minutes effort. Its a weird sensation, painful but pleasurable (like that weekend you spent in the Berlin leather dungeon with Torsten).
It’s also a great ‘training’ session. And a way to break up your usual routine. An open track 3000m is a super introduction to the oval and it’s also brilliant for your parkrun training. Sitting on the red-line and testing yourself for a 3/5ths of a 5k. Less fun is being beaten by an U17 girl but we won’t mention that.
Darren ran 10:30.84 – his fastest 3k split for a year – and Flick clocked a PB of 20+ seconds by running 11:14.82.
In the ‘Elite’ Heat the fast guys tore round. Chris Sharp, fresh from running 9:00.87 at Birmingham Uni Relays on Friday had a tougher race, running solo for 5 laps in 6th place. He dug in for a 9:16.65 though. His 9.00.87 by the way currently ranks him 25th V35 in the UK.
Interested in joining the fun?
Next race is 3000m and/or 1500m at Leamington’s Edmonscote Stadium (Monty 5 location) – Sept 4th, 8pm, £5. Darren is organising convoy if people are interested. (Spa Striders had 20ish entries on Wed – not that we’re competitive but…) – The Whatsapp group for 4th Sept is on 07854848083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for a bit of fun Elite Athlete Jenny Nesbitt shares 10 fun things you need to know about Track here: