Category Archives: 5k

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

Cottisford 5k – Run fast!

by Elliot Hind

Last year James asked a few of the club to join him at a localish 5k race hosted by Alchester Running Club with the race HQ in a farm.  I was sad to miss out, but wanting to break my 5k pb (16.37 at the time, now 16.10); I was determined to run this year!

It had rained solidly for 2 days so I wasn’t sure about how fast a course it was going to be.  I arrived with Sam and Jamie (one of my training group from MMKAC) and we were delighted to meet Richard at the start.  We all had an aim for the evening; I wanted to run under 16.15, try and win and possibly run a pb, Sam wanted to beat Adam’s time (17.38) from last year and Jamie wanted to get under 17 minutes. I flew off the start in a pack of 4 and despite a small decline was shocked to see we had passed 1km in 3.02; had I gone off too fast?  I kept good rhythm but as the road undulated and had a couple of tight turns our pace slowed.  We were down to a front pack of 3 with 1km to go, but this is where the doubts crept into my mind.  Could I really go under 16 minutes?  Did I really have enough left in the tank to really go for it?  Unfortunately, on this occasion the answer was no.  Aaron Burgess from Oxford City (who I later found out ran 71 minutes at the Cardiff World Half a couple of months ago)  pulled ahead and James Bolton from Woodstock Harriers AC (who came 2nd behind Simon and under 16 mins last year) followed.  I didn’t have enough to respond.  There was a clock at the finish and I could see beating my pb was going to be tight, I tried to push to get there but went over the line bang on 16.10, level with my pb!  Beating myself would have to wait until another day. Once I’d stopped panting I turned round to see both Jamie and Sam had already finished!  Jamie had stormed home in 4th place comfortably under 17 minutes in 16.48 and Sam continued his brilliant recent form coming 10th in 17.34; we’d all achieved our main aims for the evening! We jogged back to support the other runners and saw Richard who was looking very relaxed; he finished in a brilliant 24.40 to claim the v70 prize and a brand new Club Record!
The LBAC Team!

The LBAC Team!

We waited for about 20 minutes for the presentation which took place in one of the farm’s barns.  I was delighted to get a medal and bottle of wine; Richard, having won the V70 category had already dashed home so hilariously Sam stepped up to collect his prize. I thoroughly recommend the Cottisford 5k for future years. It’s a really well run event, almost completely flat and has a great atmosphere.
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