On Sunday evening (27th of January 2013) the Penarth & Dinas Running Club had its annual prize evening. For the 2nd year in a row I managed to win my category, old farts. Over the course of the year the Club nominates 15 races which count towards the Club Championships, and one’s best 8 races will be chosen if one runs more than 8.
In 2011 I ran 10 races, and my best 8 races gave me a points total of 160 out of a possible 160. This last year (2012), mainly because I ran two marathons, I entered fewer Club Championship races, only doing 8, and my score for these 8 races was 155 points out of a possible 160. In 2nd place in my category was Steve Goodfellow, who got 109 points. In the overall Club Championships, I came 5th with a points total of 127, 10 points behind Malcom Bradley, our exceptional Senior Vet, who seems to defy age and beats many members less than half his age.
As of today, we have had our 1st Club Championship race, the Lliswerry 8 this last Sunday. I have done very little running the past two months, having what turned into a 7 week break after the Florence Marathon on the 25th of November, so I ran this year’s Lliswerry 8 with only 2 weeks’ training. My lack of fitness showed, I finished in 1 hour 5 minutes 38 seconds, a full 8 minutes and 21 seconds slower than my 2012 time! (but still over 4 minutes quicker than my 2011 time). I was beaten by two others in my category from Club, so I will need to get back into shape pretty quickly to stand any chance of retaining my title for a 3rd year in a row. What better incentive do I need to knuckle down to training after my lay-off? The next Club Championship race is in less than 3 weeks, a 10-mile race in Llanelli. So I’d better get my arse into gear!