Category Archives: 5k

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.

All Girls Together for the Chicks Chase

by April Meadows
Wednesday 20th April 2016

As Wednesday evening dawned the nerves began to kick in as I prepared to meet my fellow runners (Kate, Susan, Kathleen and Modupe) for my first ever Chicks Chase race.

Pre race nerves are a constant companion at present but after 7 weeks of beginner’s sessions with Kate and solo runs my confidence has grown beyond belief.

As a newbie you are told constantly of the solidarity and sportsmanship between runners new and old, you take this as the cynical newbie who doesn’t dare dream of running 5km comfortably with the proverbial pinch of salt. How wrong I was…. read more

Mad March Hare 5km

Mother & Daughter team tackle Mad March Hare 5km

by Susan Johnson

Sunday dawned very foggy and I was glad I wasn’t racing until lunchtime as I hoped the visibility would improve! It was my third race in an LBAC vest in as many weeks, since joining the club in January. I had enjoyed my training with the beginners and improvers session and I was feeling confident after the Winslow 10km and MK Festival of Running.

The Mad March Hare is organised by the PTA of Great Horwood Church of England Combined School and it’s as much a race for the school kids as any adults. It’s an out and back race, barrelling down hill for the first 2.5km before you turn round and straight back up to the start on a closed country road. My daughter Kate and I had run this before and just loved the route, support and the medals. The kids tend to go pelting out of the start for a km and then grind to a halt and it’s great to see them all squished together on the start line. It is the ultimate feel good run for all involved. It’s pretty similar to the feel of a parkrun, but with some really fab medals. read more

Beginners Tackle Tough Parkrun

by Kate Johnson

Our Tuesday sessions for beginner & improver runners are proving popular, so we decided it was time to test their progress!

We took a trip to Rushmere parkrun, which for those of your who have done this course, it’s a tough one! It’s both undulating and on trails and the weather had left it in a decidely soggy state, so was a real test for our newbies.

5 of our runners met the challenge: Lucie, Susan, Kathleen, Modupe and our newest runner April, who has only been running for 2 weeks. read more

MK Festival of Running

From 5k to 20miles, we had at least one runner in every distance, all with different targets and goals in mind. Here is an insight into the day through the minds of Dominic, Stuart, Lynn and Mark.

5k

by Dominic Grimshaw

On Sunday morning I had to wake up really early and I couldn’t watch videos on my phone or TV.  The reason was we had to go to Milton Keynes as there was the MK Festival of Running.  My mum was running the half marathon so she put my name down for the 5k and I thought it was a good idea. read more

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