Event number 298
This weeks reports comes to you from Ed Lee
Chasing that PB
Almost four years to the day since I first ventured down to Burnley parkrun, I thought I'd have another go!
Most weeks I am to be found plodding around at the back of the field at Pendle parkrun, volunteering as tailwalker in a role fulfilled so admirably at Burnley most weeks by my old friend Anthony Hudson.
There were a number of reasons I decided on a change of venue for a week.
My mate, gym buddy and fellow Trawden AC runner John Thompson was clocking up his 100th parkrun, so I decided on a show of support.
Secondly I knew it was pacers week and I had a target in mind as my old PB needed sorting out.
And thirdly, and probably most importantly, by brother-in-law Steven Taylor needed putting in his place, having run a very respectable time on one fluky morning last year.
John duly got his shout out for his 100th run and congratulations should also go to Helen Nolan for her 50th.
Then it was time to get on with business!
My previous PB, which was on the current course, was exactly 26 minutes. I decided to find the 25 minute pacer and stick with him as long as possible: making sure I never got more than 100 metres behind him would ensure a shiny new PB.
Confusingly, after the second bend the 25 minute pacer was in front of the 24 minute guy, but they soon sorted themselves out and we settled into some fairly metronomic running.
Brother-in-law Steven was so close to the pacer that I thought they would have to get married before the end of the race, but I stayed in touch until just before the top of The Avenue the second time around when a niggling glute injury slowed me up for 20 paces, but then we were off down the hill and when we got to the final corner Steven and I were shoulder to shoulder with PBs in sight.
We drifted past the pacer and I joked with Anthony Hudson that I had lapped him for a change, meaning that it I am the person usually getting lapped as tailwalker across at Colne.
"Not yet you haven't" was his reply and set off like a four-year-old after an ice cream van. I managed to stay with him right to the line, clocked in at 24-40 for an 80 second PB and a nine second win over Steven who helped himself to a 24-49 PB. A well-paced effort that left us with just enough to nip in ahead of the pacer.
Typically I picked just about the only week that David Belshaw missed so there is no photographic evidence of my endeavours, but going sub-25 is one of those landmark runs you'll never forget.
It was really good to be back at Burnley for a change, friendly, well-organised welcoming and so, so busy.
In total 57 of us chalked up PBs and I can, in all honesty, tell you that I run at Pendle with less runners than that.
I usually try and turn up for some of the landmark events at Burnley and in a couple of weeks it is the 300th with a return to the original route: The Avenue three times, not unless someone buys me some new glutes beforehand!
Roll of honour
(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -
- 1st Richard Stevenson (Clayton Harriers) 17:54
- 2nd Daniel Fleming (Unattached) 18:45 PB
- 3rd Michael Goodlife (Blackburn Road Runners) 19:51 PB
- 1st Phillippa Barrett (Wharfedale Harriers) 21:17
- 2nd Michelle Abbott (Clayton Harriers) 22:22
- 3rd Sarah Angelone (Clayton Harriers) 23:03
Congratulations to Helen Nolan on completing her 50th parkrun and to John Thompson on becoming our latest parkrunner to join the 100 club.
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