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Canterbury 10 Mile 2013

 

The lead up to the race was full of speculation with the snow that had cancelled the SEAA cross country in London. Road Runners though are a notoriously hardier bunch and the weather did not stop 772 athletes and fun runners turning out for the challenge of the 10miles. Spirits were high as we made our way to the starting line. 

 

As defending club champion I was charged with the responsibility of flying the flag for the host club. But I had a brilliant team supporting me comprised of:

 

James Brooke 39th (1:04:07),


Nick Little 56th (1:05:35),


Dominic O’Mahoney 88th (1:08:15),


Chris Harvey 194th (1:13:18),


Michael Gallyer – Barnett 203rd (1:13:58),


Peter Donaldson 212th (1:14:22),


Victoria Talbot Rosner 240th (1:16:06),


Phillip Burnett 364th (1:22:18),


Theresa Johns 369th (1:22:35),


Sue Cooper 386th (1:23:22),


Lucy Clarke 402nd (1:23:43),


Janice Moorekite 514th (1:28:23),


Richard Hudson 540th (1:30:39),


Alan Stopher 617th (1:35:34),


Lea Burnett 734th (1:45:36),

 

These athletes are a true credit to the club and big congratulations on their performances. Unfortunately the weather played an important part in slowing the race down and the top times were off from last year. When you are presented with a terrible headwind it feels like your pace is slowed to walking. In the off road sections the rapid thaw of the snow and ice had created patches of muddy puddles which were slippery for the rapid turnover of the runner’s feet. Despite this all the participants sped their way through driven on by the marshals and local spectators who supported us all the way.

 

I personally do not use the water stations at this distance, but was grateful for all who gave up their time to provide extra hydration to those who required it. As the miles tumbled I reached mile 9 where my mother gave me a position update. I was 13th, but disaster Peter Hogben (Canterbury Harriers) made a move to place himself 12th overtaking Mark Penny (Cambridge Harriers) who I had been chasing. I remained relaxed and waited for the 400m mark. The 1500m track runner was awaken from his dormant state and was released as I kicked into the finish straight taking back the two positions and pulling away by 9 seconds. A great success which placed me 12th overall - this was very close to my 11th place the year before. Unfortunately because of the weather I did not achieve the PB of 58min that I was aiming for but was satisfied with the time of 59.42.

 

On behalf of everybody who took part I would like to say a special thanks to Steve Burt, the Race Director for making this event happen. I feel this is the best Canterbury 10 yet and could not have happened without the full support of all the helpers who gave up their Sunday to support their club. I look forward to using my new red training bag for years to come. What a lovely memento of my first race for 2013.

 

Tom Purnell

Website Admin IEK AC

 

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