Massey Ferguson RC 10k
Following on from The EHH Good Friday Hill race Sheila and myself travelled down to Warwick for the weekend. Despite tired legs from the hill race the plan was for me to take in Leamington parkrun on the Saturday then for both of us to compete in The Massey Ferguson Running Club 40th Anniversary 10k race at Stoneleigh.
Having previously run Leamington on two occasions both with Sheila it was my opportunity to gain a PB of my own, the course is varied terrain starting and finishing on a football field with sections through a wooded trail, a gravel path around a golf course and one short sharp hill. So with Sunday’s race in mind I decided not to push too hard but we all know what happens to plans when the ‘race starts’ in the end I ran a 7minute 52 second course PB and then started to think how I’d feel for Sunday’s ‘proper race’
The Massey Fergusson 10k was the first race in Warwickshire road race league and attracted 400 runners. The event was based at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre at Stoneleigh and was a very well organised with plenty of parking, changing facilities, toilets, bag storage and even a small café.
The route was one small lap and two longer laps on fast flat tarmac roads around the centre, with a water station at 4 and 7kms. The nature of the course along with favourable conditions of little wind, overcast skies and cooler temperatures made this a fast PB potential course. The winner Callum Hanlon of Leamington crossed the line in a time of 33.21, the first lady was Amanda Deavy of Northbrock AC in a time of 38.47.
I was more than happy with my finishing time of 44m20s in 122nd place out of 365 finishers, Sheila showed great determination on tired legs from her Winter League Winning run on Good Friday to finish in 62m42s in 340th position.
The medal at the finish was a bright red tractor, runners were also given a fruit bar and jelly fruit sweets. One interesting point was as runners walked through the finish funnel the recorders used a scanner to record the barcode on the front of the race numbers which tied in with each runners details.
All in all a very well organised event, friendly marshals, great medal, a fast course without been boring and definitely one for the race calendar next year.