Category Archives: 5k

5k Road Club Champs

5k Club Champs – Aylesbury parkrun

Another sunny morning greeted the  LBAC runners as they commuted to Aylesbury for the 5k Road Club championship race. As has been custom the last few years, the 5k race has taken place at a local parkrun and this year Aylesbury was the location of choice.

Purple and Gold vests packed the starting line with 28 runners turning out in the Meadowcroft area of Aylesbury.

As is custom with parkruns, the start was a fast one with runners haring off between the trees. The route itself follows the River Thame and is fairly flat and fast, but with a few tricky corners and slight inclines it can also sap your energy somewhat. read more

Breaking the 15 minute barrier

I’ve done it; I’ve broken 15 minutes for 5k!  I ran a huge personal best and took the Leighton Buzzard AC record too.

Quite a few people have asked me if it’s something I’ve always dreamed of, but in all honesty until about 3 months ago I didn’t even think it would be possible.  That all really changed when I finished 83rd at the National Cross Country Championships and beat a lot of very good runners.

A couple of months later I did the London Marathon, but people I beat went straight to the track and laid down some very good times.  Mates from Bedford Alex Bellew (now of Leeds City) and Josh Lunn have had superb summers and have both cracked 14:xx twice which really made me believe I could do it too if I put the work in. read more

A Couple of Mugs – Waddesdon 5k

Waddesdon Manor 5k

by Jo Sharples

Organised by Vale of Aylesbury AC, the Waddeson Manor 5K is a mid-week, non-chip timed evening race around the grounds of this national trust site. The race director also organises the Aylesbury Boxing Day 5K, and sports one of the most spectacular moustaches in the area.

I ran this event last year when unfortunately the course got changed last minute and ended up being a 1.5M up hill and 1.5M downhill. It got renamed a ‘hill race’ and everyone got a Waddesdon Manor beer as an apology. This year they had reverted to the original course and I thought great, this can’t be as hilly… wrong. read more

Record Breaking Girls in the MK Festival 5k

MK Festival of Running – 5k

by Amy Killick

When I first arrived at the event it was chucking down with rain and was very chilly. I was frozen but still ran in shorts and my club vest. Whilst waiting in the car the rain began to stop and we then began to journey over to the starting area. As I was one of the first racers there I found a spot at the front of the line and began to warm up.

As we set off I was quite near the front and in sight was the lead cyclist. The first kilometre of the race was all downhill and was very fast as I ran it in 3:51. It stayed downhill for the second kilometre as well but began to incline at the fourth kilometre making it a lot slower. I eventually warmed up about a kilometre and a half into the race which made me a lot happier. At the end I did a sprint finish as everyone was cheering me on to beat the man in front of me. As I crossed the line my time was 21:25 which was a new PB that has beaten my mother’s and father’s official times (not parkrun times). Also I was the second lady through the line. I was shortly followed by Zara and Daisy who both ran under 25 minutes. read more

Breaking 16 minutes at The British Milers Club

by Elliot Hind

Over the past year I’ve taken my training to another level and alongside it I’m results.  I am now able to cover between 115 and 130km (71 and 80 miles) a week and keep getting quicker over pretty much all distances that I’ve competed in.

As most people know I love parkrun; I’ve almost done 100 parkruns (of which 40 of those are different ones!) and successfully cracked the 17 minute barrier almost a year ago.  I’ve since been getting closer to breaking 16 minutes (under 16.20 5 times including the Cottisford 5k) but no matter how flat a course I can find (Dulwich!) I still couldn’t do it. read more

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