On March 22nd I headed to Lincoln to run the 10K for the second time, having last ran it in 2011. I had entered it again as I needed to do the same run as a fellow Beverley AC member, Steve Evins, as we'd been drawn against each other in our club Knockout Cup. (The Cup works on the winner being the person who performs best against their predicted finish time which is worked out on your recent race history).
Another club runner, David Morrison, was running and I had noticed I'd been similar pace to him in a few recent runs. David is a new runner and making great progress and I'd been having a bit of better form this year. David was aiming to break 40 minutes - something I'd never achieved but I said I'd run with him (or try to) to see how it went. The 10K has around 4,000 runners and is very well supported. We were near the front to start and set off at a ridiculous pace and cleared the first kilometre in 3:42! David then informed me he always goes off too quick! We carried on and at half way I had broken 4 minutes for every kilometre and cleared 5k in 19:22 - in itself a PB for 5K by 8 seconds.
Much to my amazement I was still keeping under the 4 minute kilometre mark at 8km's with David only around 10-15 metres ahead of me. I had the best part of 40-50 seconds spare on my average pace to still get under 40 minutes. At 9km's I went over the 4 minute mark and was feeling the pace. However, I didn't want to risk dropping it - although I was now confident I'd get a PB (My previous being 40:37 in 2012). The final kilometre was draining and David had gained quite a bit of ground. I finished in 39:44 - knocking a wapping 53 seconds off my previous best and finally breaking the 40 minute barrier! I had to thank David for keeping the pace - he broke 39 minutes in the end - and my PT at the gym, Tyronne, who had told me I could break 40 minutes (and I somehow felt I needed to prove to him I could despite having said I wasn't anywhere near that fast currently!).
Steve finished in 41:32 and was too close to his predicted time to beat me in the Cup. My downfall being I'll now have a much tougher time to beat in the next round (When I face another continually improving runner and one of my 40-40-40 team, Edd Lisney). The Lincoln course is pretty much flat and it was good weather conditions - not hot or windy. Next target I guess will be to break 39 minutes!
After the run - 4 Beverley AC runners - David Morrison, Alan Flint, Steve Evins & Lucas
With David after we’d completed the race and Lincoln Cathedral in the back ground
Right - my time on my Garmin