4th June 2016 AUTHOR: dwhite CATEGORIES: Event Report

Vitality 10k – London

I expect you’re all getting bored of my 10k adventures but like a venereal disease I’m back, this time with the Vitality 10k held in London on bank holiday Monday which takes in some of London’s finest attractions, starts on the mall & finishes outside Buckingham Palace. I had added this race in late to my schedule but as I was off work I combined it with a few days in London to relax & unwind. Having just about sobered up from a cracking Harriers night out on the Saturday & with the hamstrings still intact from busting some dance moves to rolling down the river I made my way to Hull station for my lunch time train, I had arranged to meet up with Tony Cross on the evening for a pre race meal & race tactics discussion as he had also signed up. I booked my hotel near kings cross station as it was easy access to the race HQ in Green Park on the tube & after checking in I made my way to Waterloo station to meet TC in all bar one for a drink before our meal, an enjoyable meal was had in Locale although I can’t believe Tony didn’t let me have the best seat in the house lets just say there was a cracking rack on view….. I left Tony not knowing whether he would be sleeping on the London eye or a park bench as his check in was not so smooth as he had was told he would have to change hotels due to the one booked not been available.

The race:

Tony Cross and Mike Petersen - Vitality 10k 2016
Tony Cross and Mike Petersen – Vitality 10k 2016

This race was a UK qualifier so attracted a top field with that likes of Andy Vernon, Andrew Butchart, Phil Wicks, Lily Partridge & Charlotte Purdue running. The race started at 10am so I made my way to Green Park at 8.30am, quick change in the tent before waiting for the bag drop zone to open at 9am, after a quick warm up around the park we were released in to the start pens, luckily I was in the pen just behind the elites so hopefully wouldn’t get held up too much. At around 9.55am the tape was lifted & we joined the elites eagerly awaiting the gun, at 10am we were off, I had no problems in getting away the wide road accommodated everyone nicely. The first mile however was slightly slower than I had planned but after that I opened up & went through 5k in 19.08 so a PB was definitely on my mind again, having been tipped off the race was slightly long i knew what to expect in the second half, miles 4 & 5 seemed to fly by & I went through 5 in 30.43, I realised now if I kept this pace up for mile 6 something very special could happen, I banged in a 6 minute mile & then just held on for the last 0.21 (or 0.31 as it was). As I crossed the line the timing clock said 38.40 so I knew I had a PB, I then looked down at my watch & was absolutely buzzing to see 38.28 knocking 28 seconds off from a few weeks ago. Tony crossed the line in 39.17 which was just 2 seconds off a PB & not far off from that sub 39, I was really gutted for TC as like I said in my previous report he’s been putting in a lot of hard work in training & I’m sure it will come sooner rather later.

Overall the race was a great experience, the route was fantastic, the support along the way was amazing & the goody bag was decent – medal, technical t-shirt, sweets, nuts & sun lotion. Afterwards myself & Tony enjoyed a good pint or 7 rehydrating around the pubs of London, although TC’s bank card managed to disappear in one of the pubs my theory is it grew a pair of legs & did one, couldn’t face another £11 round… I rounded my night off with a curry in Leicester Square & was nice to read everyone’s kind comments on Facebook & even better to get more likes than Iain McGowan does on the hull daily mail page.

There seems to be a right buzz around the Harriers at the moment & the club goes from strength to strength & everyone keeps improving which keeps me hungry & motivated. Next stop Woodhall Spa 10k 5th June & Hull 10k 19th June.

Mike Petersen

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