British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) T& F Championships
Stratford Big 10k
Report – Phil Brennan
You know the one where you enter various races and discover at the last minute that you’ve double-booked a weekend?
Well last weekend was interesting.
I’ve had a quiet summer sorting out a few issues – my last competition was at the beginning of June – but I hadn’t entirely stopped training.
Last weekend was a clash between two days at the British Masters T&F Championships, doing a couple of races and watching Paula win things and then one of my favourites, Stratford Big 10k.
The sensible thing would have been to concentrate on one or the other, so I decided to do a bit of both.
Saturday: Those of you who do age-category racing will appreciate my chum Vic. Every five years, as soon as his birthday puts him at the bottom of his age category, he appears from nowhere, breaks a few records, wins everything and disappears again. Especially annoying when we’re in those races where you have your name on the number. His says “Victor”.
As he’s a bit younger than me, we met for the first time in nearly five years in the British Masters 1500m final. He did me a huge favour by towing me round into second place, albeit over 20 seconds behind and an unbelievable 2nd fastest time in the UK.
So no complaints. It was “only 1500m, so no worries for Sunday….
Sunday: Big 10k, Glorious day, wonderful SAC people everywhere. Stuck to my game plan: took it easy for the first hilly 4k, then completely lost interest in the heat until it was all over.
Vague memories of cheery club members passing on the Greenway. Provisional results say 2nd in category (again!) but I think it’s gone to appeal.