Not the type that you have in pieces on the floor at home, but the 10k run type, but the run around the aerodrome at Dunsfold famous for the Top Gear race track type! The is a perfect race for a PB. It doesn’t get flatter, it is on tarmac and if the weather is nice then whoosh!!!
The weather was perfect 8’C overcast, a lovely day for running. There was just one small part of the weather that was difficult. A 40 mph wind.. BOOM! Taking a look at the windsock first thing in the morning showed where the wind was going. It was going straight down the runway perfectly, however we were running into it continuously for 2km which also got repeated at the start of lap 2.
Your report writer wasn’t running this week due to injury so was volunteering and managing the turn around point at halfway. I was stood there with a gale blowing in my face for the entire time, shouting encouragement at the runners. Not that they could hear me from more than 3 feet away due to the wind.
So the run began at 10:30 and they started “running” into the wind, running being a term for moving the legs as fast as they can and being blown back. At the far end of the runway they turn out of the wind and start the run round the outside of the airfield back to the start point. At this point suddenly people were running really quickly. The tail wind has its effect and people come round the perimeter really quickly. At 17 minutes the first runner comes through halfway turns round and goes off into the wind again. Simon Copper is in the top few at this point and Steve Low is not far behind. The look on everyones face as they turn into the wind was memorable and many people didn’t want to go down the 2km runway again.
Round everyone goes for a second lap and the last km of the race has a massive tailwind as they come home to the end. Everyone is absolutely roaring home incredibly quickly. The winner comes down the finish straight a long way ahead of everyone. Just over a minute behind is Simon Cooper in 3rd with a time of 37:35, brilliant especially considering the conditions. A couple of minutes later and 5 places is Steve Low in 39:40. Outstanding by both of you well done.
The third official BVR runner was Lisa Simpson in 51:51 brilliant result in awful weather. I just want to mention my son.. Nicholas Radford who ran his first 10k ever in 43:52, (that’s enough proud dad moment) was the 3rd team member home but doesn’t count.
Just behind Lisa they all came in thick and fast, Vanessa also broke 52 minutes with Sadie Hamblin just the other side of 52. Mary broke 54 minutes, Sarah Jennings 55 minutes and Linda Radford and Karen Morgan 56 minutes. Incredible runs by all in a “light breeze”
Ruth Chaplin and Gemma Robinson fought hard and ran well for 56:56 and 58:34 respectively. Then Amanda Bailey sprinted for the line and worked really hard to break an hour by just 6 seconds. Just behind Amanda were Ave Turner and Sara Vale. I’d just like to congratulate you all on a remarkable run and achievement by all. Brilliant stuff.
The original aim of the run was to go out there and achieve PB’s as it was sold as a very flat and very fast course, however the wind had other ideas. Well let’s just say it tried to have other ideas because BVR are a hardy group of runners. Stand up and be saluted Vanessa Cracknell, Sarah Jennings, Linda Radford, Karen Morgan, Ave Turner. All of you achieved a PB on a day when it wasn’t going to happen. You’re all just plain nuts!
And what happened to our marshall… wind swept and slicked back hair from staring into the wind for 2 hrs. Who’s back again next year? Oh and the first points update for 2016 will be out in the next day or so.