Barrie Roberts reports: I headed north up the A38 and A6 to compete in the Annual Queen’s Head 5km Road Race.
I managed to get to the Race HQ: The Queen’s Head Pub, Chesterfield Road, Belper, Derbyshire in just over an hour. The Course is an out and back 5km course with the kilometres marked. There is a ‘slight’ uphill start, followed by a flat 800m and a downhill.
Just before the second kilometre the road rises again to the turn. The Start and Finish are in the same place about 600m from the Race HQ. The road surface was wet and there were still a few icy patches. The temperature had soared to 2 degrees Centigrade above freezing and there was some wind, rain and sleet.
I enjoyed what I can only describe as a bracing run although I have got used to running on the flat in recent times!
It is not probably a course for pbs, but it is an excellent post-Christmas opportunity for ‘a useful run-out’ in preparation for the challenges of a new year ahead. A pleasant and friendly atmosphere and a race worth putting in your diary for next year. Beer and soft drinks as well as coffee and tea were available after the race as well as cheese and ham baps etc. What more could you want?
First home was Matt Janes of Bedford & C AC (AG 81.65%) in 00:15:48
Barrie Roberts, Bournville Harriers, was in 70th position in a time of 00:24:21, 2nd in the M60 category (1st in M65 category) (AG 70.17%).
Malcolm Weir,almost 6 years younger , crossed the finishing line in a very respectable time of 00:21:08, 1st in the M60 category (AG 77.25%)
The course record (M) stands at 14:41 (2004). The course record (F) stands at 16:41 (2005).